Mine are at Woodbridge. Has gone downhill a little over the last few years. Quite a lot of Private schools have had to tighten their belts due to falling numbers and increased costs. Has impacted the quality and atmosphere.Thomas Gainsborough as the comp. if private, then St Mary’s in Colchester or the Hospital School in Ipswich....
We're lucky around here. Our boys went to CRGS for A-levels, and although they did well the pressure was a bit intense at times. Any school that considers a B to be a borderline fail and threatens to turf you out if you don't improve is clearly placing results above welfare. Happily, they came out pretty balanced and seem to be flourishing at uni. Whilst officially a 'state' school, CRGS felt more public than a lot of public schools: the huge funding from overseas students, the facilities, oak-paneled dining room, gowns... Not much like the comp I went to!My eldest daughter is taking GCSE’s next year and she was lucky to get into Colchester County Girls Grammar school which is top of the country (https://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/0/secondary-school-league-table-search-top-schools-gcse-results/) BUT....... having seen this school at work, it really works for some and DOES NOT for the rest. Kids at 14 having counselling and private tutors. WTF?
So for her, she will probably go to the comp in Suffolk as it seems to suit her personality based on feedback we have got from other kids who already go there...
I agree with all of this.Lots of great and differing opinions.
It matters how good the school is, not if it is private or state.
It also matters what school is best for the individual child, again, not private or state.
How many people do you know, where siblings went to the same school. One was Head Boy/Girl. Whereas the other sibling didn't fit in.
Paying for education, doesn't guarantee a good one.
Aside from that, and being fortunate to have gone to a top Grammar, I am always favourable to the social mix that you get at a non-private school. In my year we had parents driving Brand New Original 8 Series to drop off their kids, Range Rovers etc...but we also had someone on free school meals.
We also had everything in-between, and being in North London had a big race and cultural mix. The result I think was great.
That said, friends from Private School seem to have networks that endure forever. There is almost a little Club. There is also a sense of confidence that can come from Private School. All of that can (possibly) lead to success later in life.
Ultimately, all of it depends on the child.
I guess that is one of the reasons I am prepared to sacrifice all the nice cars that I could have or would have bought, just to ensure that my kids have the right school environment in what I believe the most important years of education.I've not got kids so can only comment on my own experiences as a kid.
I was bright at junior school, nearly top of the class in most years, passed the 11+ (I was in Conservative Trafford which still had Grammar Schools) and went to the local Grammar school, the facilities were poor, crumbling 60's building, full of asbestos, two school computers and a head master who thought he was running Eton. We had a lad in our class as he broke in, started a fire and nicked the top loader video player. Some of the teachers were great, others were awful. I didn't exactly help myself in the final year but scrapped enough to get into 6th form college in Eccles in staunch labour held Salford. It was completely different. Teachers treated you like adults, and were your friend. I struggled with the curriculum as i didn't do half the stuff Salfordians did at their Comprehensive especially in Pure Maths. I even learnt to play rubgy without flankers.
What I'm trying to say is State Schools are a mixed bag but parents must get involved with their kids education, ensuring that both the parents and the teachers push, help and guide the child. Some parents blame the schools 'for not teachin them nuffink' but like charity education starts at home.
an old Italian car is never going to give your nearest and dearest the chance to do the career of their choice ‘be happy’ and earn a considerable amount in their lifetime. Surely the sensible thing is to pay for both?Back to, I assume, the original point. The depreciation and/or running costs on the average forum Maser are but nothing when compared to the costs of sending a child to boarding school. You could easily buy a 3200/4200 for the cost of just one term of school fees. Whether you think that’s good value or not (the school or the car) is up to you.
Oh there's definitely a clubThat said, friends from Private School seem to have networks that endure forever. There is almost a little Club. There is also a sense of confidence that can come from Private School. All of that can (possibly) lead to success later in life.