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Thomas Tallis / Leigh Academy / Eltham Hill - anyone have DC at these schools?
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tigerbear · 28/01/2020 13:24

V interested in hearing personal experiences from parents with DC at these schools?
I live on the Greenwich/Blackheath border, with not many great state options available.

The nearest state to us is John Roan, and I can see it has a very poor OFSTED, and the Head at DD’s primary has advised against it as an option.

I’ve had a tour round Thomas Tallis (by students, not teachers) and was surprised by the positive vibe I got.

Any of these schools worth moving for, as we are not in the catchment for Tallis or Eltham Hill? Might just be in catchment for Leigh Academy, but really not sure how to gauge it, as it’s so new...

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londonmarathonhalfwaypoint · 29/01/2020 09:21

I work at a primary in the area and know several families with very happy and thriving children at Tallis.

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Warmbutteredcrumpet · 29/01/2020 10:57

[email protected] We're had a very experience as a family of Thomas Tallis . I have send to a message . Good luck x

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Warmbutteredcrumpet · 29/01/2020 11:01

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Warmbutteredcrumpet · 29/01/2020 11:03

Apologies for so many mistakes. My post should have read that our family had a very positive experience of Thomas Tallis, it's a wonderful school.

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tigerbear · 29/01/2020 16:10

@londonmarathonhalfwaypoint and @Warmbutteredcrumpet thanks so much for your posts, really good to hear this.
@Warmbutteredcrumpet thank you also for the message, that’s the kind of view I was really looking to hear. DD sounds similar - quite sensitive, very able, and I’m also looking at seeing if an independent school would be right, but it would be a struggle financially.
Your message made me see that Tallis could be a v good option.

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SE13Mummy · 01/02/2020 15:59

Have you visited John Roan? It's had an unsettled time in recent years but I know a number of families whose children are there who really rate it.

A number of my DCs' friends also attend Tallis or Eltham Hill and are perfectly happy with the schools. No school is perfect but the high-achieving children I know who've attended all three of these schools have left Y11 with excellent GCSE results i.e. mainly 8s and 9s or A*s and As and have been given lots of opportunities.

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tigerbear · 03/02/2020 08:34

Thanks @SE13Mummy
No, I haven’t been to John Roan, and perhaps that’s unfair of me, but as it was only two out of a long list of schools we discussed with her current Head that she advised def not sending DD to, I just don’t want to take the risk.

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SE13Mummy · 03/02/2020 16:32

I wouldn't say it's unfair of you not to visit John Roan but it seems odd to be considering spending thousands to move house or look at independent schools without visiting, even if only to cross it off the list.

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tigerbear · 03/02/2020 18:49

@SE13Mummy going by both their OFSTED, online reviews and the advice of the Head, there just doesn’t seem much point tbh.
I’m not even 100% convinced by the ones she has recommended, such as Tallis, so don’t think it would be a good exercise.

Even though I’m not in the catchment for Tallis/Leigh, my ex is, so we could use his address to make the applications, as DD has 50/50 residence.

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tigerbear · 03/02/2020 18:51

If she got in to Tallis or Leigh, then we might consider moving, if the journey there is too long from where we are now

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