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messageHELP PLEASE ... Herne Hill School (v The Villa)
Posted by TRed January 14, 02:31PM

My wife and I welcome any thoughts which can help us with School choices.

Our situation is

- we live in Peckham quite close The Villa
- we are unlikely to get a place at preferred state schools in the area because we live outside expected catchment
- Our son is currently at The Villa nursery and we have been broadly happy with it, but have some reservations regarding him staying on at the school (despite the convenience).

He has been offered a place at Herne Hill School, and therefore are after any thoughts on HH v The Villa, or HH generally

We have heard mixed reviews on HH ... including (a) very pushy (b) tends to be more girls.

all thoughts very welcome, in particular experience for boys ... we are confused :/

we need to accept the HH place by this Monday 20th Jan!!! arrrgh.

messageRe: HELP PLEASE ... Herne Hill School (v The Villa)
Posted by goldilocks January 15, 03:21PM

I don't have comments on either school as no personal experience, but my main comment would be that in taking either place as they only go up to year 2, make sure you're happy to commit to the private system for the whole of your son's education (and any other children you may have). With the exception of a couple of kids who may go to Dulwich Hamlet from HH school, the vast majority go onto other independents. Its doubtful you'd be in DHJS catchment from near the Villa, and probably unlikely you'd move to a state primary mid way through!

messageRe: HELP PLEASE ... Herne Hill School (v The Villa)
Posted by Soylent Green January 16, 08:40AM

You could keep him at the Villa and see if you can get a place on the waiting list to get into a state school you like. Otherwise, why not take a look at some of your closest primary schools, which you might not yet have considered. They might surprise you.

messageRe: HELP PLEASE ... Herne Hill School (v The Villa)
Posted by Digbina January 16, 01:49PM

If you live near the Villa then would you not be likely to get into Dog Kennel Hill, Lyndhurst or the Belham? Lots of children from the Villa nursery go to those schools.

messageRe: HELP PLEASE ... Herne Hill School (v The Villa)
Posted by bels123 January 16, 08:10PM

I think there’s a lot to be said for ease of logistics on the school run each day, especially with young children. The journey from near The Villa to Herne Hill is tricky.

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