State Boarding Schools

Would you like your children to experience life at boarding school? Do you worry about the costs? State Boarding Schools offer high quality state-provided education with boarding offered at a fraction of the cost of an independent school.  Just like with any state education the government pays for the education so your bill just covers the boarding aspect of life.  This can be between £3,000 and £4,000 a term (as opposed to independent boarding schools which are around £10,000 a term) For some people boarding schools are a practical solution where both parents work or there has been a breakdown in the family structure.  For others they choose to research a boarding school because they appreciate what it can teach students outside of the classroom whilst still offering stability in a caring and nurturing environment. Boarding can offer a range of out of school activities that promise a tailored, unique experience for each child.  For some children who are perhaps doing extra sport training out of school hours it can provide an opportunity to stay at school rather than long commutes or late home arrivals. Results from the state boarding schools regularly out-perform other state schools and many top the league tables.  One example is Sexeys which has been ranked the top performing state school in Somerset, Dorset, Wiltshire, Devon and Cornwall at GCSE (82% A*-CEM) and their students have also achieved excellent A-level results (65% A*-B) and university offers, including Oxbridge. Tatler has once again produced a list of the Top State Schools featuring 11 primary schools and 21 secondary schools. Hockerill Anglo-European College in Hertfordshire, Sexey's in Somerset and...

Schools in Suffolk

Suffolk schools are organised in two different ways. Across the majority of Suffolk there is a two-tier education system. However, in parts of Bury St Edmunds there is a three-tier system. There are literally hundreds of schools with outstanding Ofsted reports in Suffolk but be warned some of them have very small catchment areas.     In year applications are made via the local authority with the exception of Voluntary aided, foundation, free schools and academies  where you apply directly to the school.  The best way to find out more is contact the Local Authority of Suffolk for more information.   It’s interesting to note the high percentage of primary Church schools gaining outstanding ofsted status, particularly around Ipswich.   The ones to mention particularly are St Marys’ Catholic Primary, St John’s Church of England Primary, St Marks Catholic Primary with Springfield Junior the notable exception.     Other primary schools to watch out for include Barrow Church of England Primary and Great Barton Church of England as well as Sebert Wood in Bury St Edmunds.  Also in that area of the county are All Saints Church of England Primary,  Great Whelnethan Church of England and Wickhambrook Community Primary Schools.    Popular villages with primary schools include (please check the schools as not all are achieving the best results at the moment. East Bergholt, Long Melford, Lavenham, Cockfield, Little  Bealings, Grundisburgh, Wickham Market, Saxmundham Primary School, Aldeburgh Primary School, Middleton Community Primary School Sir Robert Hitcham’s Church of England Voluntary Aided Primary School   Some of the secondary schools of particular note include Bury St Edmunds Upper School, St...

Tatler State Schools 2016

Once again Tatler have produced a list of State Schools. ...And unsurprisingly the media reports such as this one in The Telegraph, indicate the cost of moving to the catchment areas to secure a space! In some cases the catchment areas is as little as 0.6miles which doesn’t leave a lot of room for a wrong move. To help you have a visual image of where the best Tatler state schools are located we’ve created a handy map showing the location of the schools. We’ve also included schools that were featured in the previous guides for your interest. Please remember that whilst featuring on The Tatler list is a highlight for these schools there are many others that also perform extremely well with excellent results. To find others check out these links The School Guide or The Good Schools Guide. You might also find this link a great way to help you located both State and Independent schools in your chosen area - finding a school  Other articles which might be of interest to you:- What is State Boarding all about Moving When Schools Matter Visiting Schools and what to look for Sexeys Schools on the benefits of State Boarding Finding the Best School for your Children Benefits of a Country Prep School Education Tatler also produce a guide of the best Independent Schools - if you'd like to see the online version you can visit this link.   Colour Code for the Tatler State School Map Newcomer 2016 Primary School Red Newcomer 2016 Secondary School Blue Previous Year 2015 and 2014 Primary Yellow Previous Year 2015 and 2014 Secondary Green  Featured in all...

Schools in Hertfordshire

Hertfordshire Schools Hertfordshire is blessed with a good choice of schools.  However, the downside means you aren’t the first people to consider moving to Hertfordshire so you need to be really on the ball about catchments and admission criteria.  There are plenty of State options as well as Church Schools and Independent schools.   State Some of those worth of a mention include: Maple Primary School, Abdl Smith School, Manland Primary, Aboyne Lodge, Nascot Wood, Monskmead, Spellbrook, Harvey Road, Templewood, Therfield Primary, Little Gaddesden, Chipperfield For Secondary the Hockerill Anglo-European College is extremely highly sought after and is one of few State Boarding Schools in the Country offering exclusively the IB.  Watford Grammar School for Boys and Girls have great reputations and Parmiter in Watford and Dame Alice Owen’s are also popular. Don’t be fooled by the “Grammar School” in the name - Hertfordshire doesn't have grammar schools. Instead there are a few schools with a limited number of places via entrance exams for those academically or musically gifted.  I’m sure you can imagine how intense the procedure is for entrance to these schools (of which there are around 16 schools).  For a list of those who have a number of selective places visit http://www.schoolguruhertfordshire.co.uk/selective-schools.html).   Private If you’re looking at the Private School Sector you should consider: Haberdashers in Elstree, Bishops Stortford College, St Edmund's College, Ware which is a high perfoming Catholic school offering A Levels and IB Manor Lodge, Heath Mount and Lochinver, Lockers Park, Edge Grove Aldwickbury, Berkhamstead, St Margaret's School and across the border in Essex Felstead  and New Hall School.   Useful websites you need Tool which...

Schools in West Sussex

  Schools There are many primary schools in the West Sussex area with outstanding Ofsted reports.  We wouldn’t suggest you discount those who aren't outstanding schools; it’s worth doing your research making use of websites that offer parent to parent feedback, as well as looking at the Ofsted reports.   Secondary schools in the area have limited catchment areas and you would be wise to keep this in mind when house hunting. There are also a good number of excellent independent schools. State Some worthy of a mention include: Normandy, Horsham, Southwater, Ashurst, Storringon, Washinton, Graffham, West Dean, Washinton, Aldinbourne, Downview, Brighton, Hove, Lancing, Worthing, Felpham State Secondary schools are more difficult in West Sussex but some of those with excellent Ofsted reports are located in Midhurst, Horsham, Burgess hill, Billingshurst, Shoreham and Chichester   Independent Schools  There are many both preparatory and secondary schools. Some of those to consider include Wesbourne House, Windlesham House, Lancing College, Christ’s Hospital, Hurstpierpoint, Handcross Park, Cottesmore School, Great Walstead School, Ardingly College, Cumnor House and Brambletye   Useful tools which might help your search Tool which shows schools, catchments and property for sale via a postcode/town search- http://www.lifeafterlondon.com/finding-a-new-school/ Website which includes parent feedback https://www.schoolguide.co.uk Well known website listing all the private schools, you can subscribe to get more information. https://www.goodschoolsguide.co.uk   For more information about living in West Sussex, visit our Why Move to West Sussex?...