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messageBessemer Grange Primary Views
Posted by hmcgilp May 10, 03:06PM

Hello,

Wondering if anyone could give me some reviews or insight into Bessemer Grange Primary.

We have been offered a place for primary this year.

Any thoughts, good or bad welcomed.

Thank you

messageRe: Bessemer Grange Primary Views
Posted by peggoula May 10, 08:01PM

Wonderful school. Caring, hardworking teachers and brilliant grounds. Have two children there, one with SEN and they have both flourished there.
If you would like more info please PM me. Would very much recommend a visit (my daughter got in there instead of Heber that was our closest school and was gutted at the time but honestly it's the best thing that could have happened to us).

messageRe: Bessemer Grange Primary Views
Posted by edanna May 11, 09:44PM

Itís a lovely school. Like peggoula I have 2 kids there. My son is in Year 6 so this is his 7th year at Bessemer. There is so much to recommend it - amazing staff, all the different play areas and the nature garden, really strong leadership. They have been inspected by Ofsted v recently so you will see lots of detail in there. The main thing is that both my kids are really happy there and seem to have a lovely learning experience (much more fun than when I was at school). If you search Bessemer on here you will probably find similar threads going back several years.

messageRe: Bessemer Grange Primary Views
Posted by Willy10 June 05, 02:37PM

I have no experience with Bessemer Primary, but looking at the Southwark Performance indicator the school is under performing. [www.compare-school-performance.service.gov.uk]?
I can really recommend Judith Kerr Primary School on Half Moon Lance. Excellent Performance, lovely community and that they teach German on top of the impressive curriculum is certainly a plus.

messageRe: Bessemer Grange Primary Views
Posted by RobMiller June 05, 03:00PM

Do be careful with the performance data. Schools are complex things and boiling them down to a few stats doesnít really tell the full picture. Iíd really recommend visiting to get a proper feel for the school and getting feedback from parents who already have children at the school is also really valuable.

Itís some years since we were looking at primary schools for our application, but I was impressed by Bessemer when we looked there. And parents whose children are there now seem positive about the school.

messageRe: Bessemer Grange Primary Views
Posted by Passiflora June 05, 11:43PM

Willy10 Wrote:
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> I have no experience with Bessemer Primary, but
> looking at the Southwark Performance indicator the
> school is under performing.
> [www.compare-school-performance.service.gov]
> .uk/schools-by-type?
> I can really recommend Judith Kerr Primary School
> on Half Moon Lance. Excellent Performance, lovely
> community and that they teach German on top of the
> impressive curriculum is certainly a plus.

But Bessemer Grange Primary seem to be performing well and not under performing by any mile.

Stating that Judith Kerr also teach the German language to primary school children is always a plus I suppose but it's not a plus factor overall.

Bessemer Grange and Judith Kerr have had a recent Ofsted visit. Interesting to see if the Dulwich Village Infants School and Dulwich Hamlets have a visit anytime soon. Both Ofsted visits/reports were over 10 years ago.

messageRe: Bessemer Grange Primary Views
Posted by Ginster June 08, 10:43PM

We're very happy with Bessemer too. Child in Year 1 and a reception joiner starting in Sept. Did you go to an open day? That is what sold it to me. It felt right and so many London schools are tall and surrounded by concrete and this is low and spread out and surrounded by fields and nature (and it has its own nature garden)

messageRe: Bessemer Grange Primary Views
Posted by goldilocks June 10, 10:39AM

Would echo that looking at the schools is key. Performance data doesn't tell you everything you need to know by a long way, and actually Bessemer's performance has been amazing in recent years with only a slight dip in the last year. Bessemer has a really active friends organisation from what I can see, so chatting to them might be a good first step.

On Ofsted they only visit outstanding schools if there is a performance dip, so unless that happens or there is a change to the Ofsted guidelines I wouldn't expect an Ofsted inspection for DVIS or DHJS any time soon. Again though, looking round the schools will give you a clearer view as to whether it would be a good fit for your child.

messageRe: Bessemer Grange Primary Views
Posted by hmcgilp June 10, 10:42AM

Thank you all.

Managed to view the school last week and itís put my mind at rest.

Weíve accepted the place. Though still on waiting list for Dulwich Wood.

H


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