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Chailey / Priory

On 25 Jan 2016 at 11:38am Parent wrote:
Can anyone (sensibly) outline any key differences between Chailey and Priory please, other than number of pupils and Chailey's language focus?
On 25 Jan 2016 at 11:45am jonehu wrote:
priory is in lewes...chailey is not
On 25 Jan 2016 at 12:34pm JMMM wrote:
Not Chailey School in my view. The language focus of Priory seems more solid to me. Chailey rests on its laurels - isn't innovative in many ways. Music is better at Priory. They think languages and music are normal. I had to argue with Chailey for my son to be able to do two languages at GCSE - he is still doing two languages now at A Level. If I knew then, what I know now, it would have been Priory for my son.
On 25 Jan 2016 at 1:15pm Jeff wrote:
When we looked round for my boy Priory was full of life and exitement, Chailey looked like it had had the joy sucked out of it.
The DT facilities looked great though
On 25 Jan 2016 at 1:26pm Priory Alumnus wrote:
Good to hear Priory has carried on from the Grammar School days. I remember the "state of the art " language lab, and Dickie Richards on the organ in the chapel.
On 25 Jan 2016 at 2:15pm Fairmeadow wrote:
Where do you live? Send your kids to their local school. They are both fine.
On 25 Jan 2016 at 3:34pm Headmaster Bates wrote:
Forget Priory. Appalling school. Go Chailey or Ringmer.
On 25 Jan 2016 at 8:08pm Dad wrote:
There's not a great deal of difference. Don't ignore location - kids being within walking distance of their friends can make life a lot easier for them and you. Priory has a good focus on language too including Latin and British sign language in addition the traditional MFL selection.
On 26 Jan 2016 at 2:36am Another Dad wrote:
Priory has no swimming pool but it does have the athletics track. Priory does Classics as part of the syllabus, Chailey does not. Now, from this year, there is no streaming for ability in Priory whereas - I believe - Chailey still split children into sets according to ability for some subjects. Priory is stronger on science than Chailey. To me, having visited both, Priory is the better school (especially ifyour child lives in walking or cycling distance) and is very well run by the current head and staff.
On 26 Jan 2016 at 6:09am One of that lot wrote:
I witnessed a child being assaulted in the convent field yesterday by others, it looked like a whole year group had come to watch! They were pretty foul, as I assisted the younge chap. This not an unusual event with priory kids in my experience.
Talking to one of my kids who went to Chaily they said this never happened there. I'm sure there are levels of bullying at Chaily but not as ugly as Priory. Priory I'm sure has lots of positive points and my eldest had an okay time there!
On 26 Jan 2016 at 7:30am One of that lot wrote:
* Chailey..... The word"is" is missing from 2nd line! Apologies!
On 26 Jan 2016 at 9:31am JMMM wrote:
There is bullying everywhere to a greater to lesser extent! My son told me about an assault on a boy at Chailey when he was there. The Head is newer at Priory and wants to make his mark. The Head at Chailey has been there a long time and seems very tired to me - and it shows. Priory for me all the way.

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