Chesham Bois C Of E School
Posted 13 January 2012 - 08:33 PM
Is it easy to get a place if within the catchment?
Posted 16 January 2012 - 12:09 AM
Posted 16 January 2012 - 01:01 AM
Sorry I can't add more!
Posted 16 January 2012 - 08:23 AM
Posted 16 January 2012 - 11:24 AM
Posted 16 January 2012 - 11:52 AM
Posted 16 January 2012 - 12:11 PM
It's a shame, because under the old Head (Mr Brigden) the school really was wonderful.
Posted 16 January 2012 - 02:33 PM
In terms of whether you are likely to get a place. If you live in catchment, then, if past years are an indication, you should have no problem getting a place at the normal entry points (Reception/Year 3). The school seems to take a large number of non-catchment children (mine included!).
I am happy to discuss more if you have any specific questions.
Posted 16 January 2012 - 05:37 PM
We have a child who is starting school next sept and I have put chesham bois down for her as well.
We find it a very holistic school, nurturing, caring and a lovely atmosphere.
We are in catchment for chestnut lane but for our children felt they suited the approach of chesham bois better. The traffic is a nightmare but if you can walk its lovely as you meet other parents from other year groups and chat on the way to / from school.
Hope this helps
Posted 17 January 2012 - 09:08 PM
We are within walking distance to the school but it is so difficult to decide what school to go for when you only hear about chestnut lane all the time but nothing about the school that is within your catchment area.
We can also apply for the our Lady but I find it is "a bit far" considering the other school is just 5 minutes walking distance but on the other hand if our Lady is much better I wouldn't mind the extra car commuting. The most important for me is too be clear about the pros and cons about both schools.
I did hear that the school has a new head but no idea if this is good or not. For the parents that had kids there before and after, what were the main changes you noticed?
Does anyone have kids at our Lady too?
Posted 18 January 2012 - 09:40 AM
I think any school will have it's bad points, but it's weighing them up against what's best for your child. And like I say, I had a inside view of the school which most parents won't see! Have you visited the school? Things like being able to visit whenever you like, not only on set days was a big thing for me, and how welcoming the staff are etc. I'm not one to go by OFSTED reports or 11+ pass rates as I see that as a load of old tosh to be honest! (I'm aware I am in the minority here )