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On 15 Mar 2017 at 2:36pm Parent in Landport wrote:
Have been to all schools to get an impression of which one would suit our boy the best, not really impressed with Western Road and Wallands but quite liked South over and Malling as they seemed very organised and welcoming. Could anyone confirm this to be the case?All my friends recommended Western Road but seemed a bit small (the outside. Where would you suggest?
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On 15 Mar 2017 at 3:07pm Hgt wrote:
Malling
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On 15 Mar 2017 at 3:49pm Mumofthree wrote:
Which year will your child be going into As in year admissions are very difficult at the moment! I like southover and Malling as best lewes schools
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On 15 Mar 2017 at 3:55pm A Person wrote:
Southover is about to double in numbers if not in size, because of the recent closures. That will definitely mean it's pushed for space.
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On 15 Mar 2017 at 4:51pm Mothership wrote:
We are really impressed with our choice of South Malling over Western Road. It has a great ethos, excellent outside space and wonderful teachers. I find the mix of children (and parents!) to be a little more diverse than some of the other Lewes schools.
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On 15 Mar 2017 at 5:24pm Parent in Landport wrote:
Thanks, I really liked Malling, but what do you mean more diverse, Mothership? I found Western Road to be diverse as in many creative types but also many other types. My son is 4.
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On 15 Mar 2017 at 6:38pm Earl wrote:
She means more working class kids, I expect. We're so coy these days. Southover is allegedly more like a private school, very academically driven. Western Road has been through a very bad patch - I don't know how much it has improved. Wallands had an appalling SENCO (special needs person) who should have been sacked, but instead was rewarded with a promotion. In the end, it's all about which school fits your child's personality. If they're sporty, Wallands is good, if they're academic, Southover, if they're creative, Western Road.
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On 15 Mar 2017 at 7:59pm Lewes girl wrote:
I can only speak for South Malling as mine went there it is a very good school with high standards.
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On 15 Mar 2017 at 8:52pm Lisa wrote:
And are working class children different to other children? In what way would you say they are different? Looks, language, interests?
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On 15 Mar 2017 at 9:14pm Parent wrote:
They're all reasonable schools. It's difficult to tell which one is likely to be the best fit for your child based on their strengths (academic, creative etc). Four year olds aren't developed enough to tell how they're going to turn out although parents often assume they are based on their own preferences. From other parents that I've spoken to, Malling seems to have the best all round reputation at the moment. That will probably change over the next couple of years though. Pick the one that you feel most comfortable with. Whether your child will get a place is a different question.
P.S. If we're categorising kids based on their 'class' at age 4 then we're doomed.
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On 15 Mar 2017 at 10:47pm Earl wrote:
In my experience, working class four year olds are no different from middle class four year olds. They're all generally bright, inquisitive children. But five years on, when they're nine, the differences are far more noticeable. The middle class children are generally more confident and articulate. I've noticed this both as a parent who volunteered on school trips over the years, but also from my own experience as a working class child. It's all very well to say that class doesn't matter - it shouldn't - but if you grow up in a house where your parents don't generally read books and left school at 14 or16, it puts you at a disadvantage. It took me years to catch up with classmates whose parents filled their childhoods with books, trips to museums, galleries and the like. Of course I'm only generalizing and there will always be exceptions, but even today, I'm depressed by how so many kids' lives are mapped out for them at a relatively early age.
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On 16 Mar 2017 at 1:06pm Belladonna wrote:
You can apply to all of them but would suggest visiting them all and talking to the head about the school ethos. Primary school should be focused on the child not exam results. Sadly education budgets are being cut and most kids nowadays in the state system will end up with a very basic education. None of the nice extras like trips and after school activities will be offered. And forget about special needs provision.
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On 16 Mar 2017 at 2:35pm Lisa wrote:
At our primary the working class children are not invited to parties etc. so yes 4-5 year olds are already categorised, sorry to say.
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On 16 Mar 2017 at 4:42pm Wtf wrote:
I presume that would be southover. Give me a working class person over a middle class snob any day.
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On 16 Mar 2017 at 4:52pm Lisa wrote:
Not Southover, a village school but have heard of others in Lewes where this is taking place. But it goes both ways, the working class parents dont interact with the middle class parents.
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On 16 Mar 2017 at 5:17pm Really? wrote:
Are there working class people in Lewes? It's not like there is much in the way of low-skill, low-pay, manual labour work round here and the only people living in town with low incomes these days are those on benefits and they can hardly be described as "working".
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On 16 Mar 2017 at 5:49pm Earl wrote:
@Really - You can use whatever label you prefer working, lower or underclass, but even if they aren't involved in traditional manual labour, they exist as a group with a lower income, lower expectations and opportunities and, quite often, poorer health. I've also noticed what Lisa says about the party invitations.
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On 16 Mar 2017 at 6:04pm Phwoar wrote:
There's a very tasty mum at malling...looks like a french catwalk model
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On 16 Mar 2017 at 6:25pm Eric wrote:
Is a Tesco worker and a cleaner not working class?
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On 17 Mar 2017 at 11:32am Tossco wrote:
Half the people who work in Tesco are school age themselves and I doubt the rest have enough kids between them to have a dramatic effect on the social makeup of any of the primary schools in town.
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On 17 Mar 2017 at 2:10pm GoM wrote:
Just.....etc. That there is no class, nor such a thing as society
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On 18 Mar 2017 at 1:26am Deeply concerned parent wrote:
I believe that all the schools in Lewes are inadequate for my young boy Horatio. None of the teaching capabilities are to my satisfaction, and I've even considered homeschooling, however it is very hard to find the time to get away from my job as high class escort as I normally work from home during the day, an inconvenience to say the least. Even Lewes old grammar was disappointing, although I am now considering that to be my only option what with a very special offer from a teacher at the school who happens to be part of my clientele. Needless to say I should never have considered moving to this right wing God forsaken bore hole in the first place.
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On 19 Mar 2017 at 11:47am Lewes Parent wrote:
Have you considered Iford and Kingston? Our daughter has been there for several years and loves it. They've recently expanded and built several new classrooms so now there's a class per year. The headmaster is very good. Very friendly and close knit since most of the families are in the Kingston area, but children also come from as far away as Lewes and Newhaven.
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On 21 Mar 2017 at 1:17pm First Aider wrote:
I know all of the Lewes primaries and South Malling is definitely the most impressive at the moment, with an inspiring head and strong senior team, heartening ethos and high standards. Because it has a decent amount of space, it has repeatedly been asked to take bulge classes, with the result that most year groups have kids from a much wider range of Lewes neighbourhoods, which in turn makes both the playground and the school gate less cliquey. I think that may be what a previous poster meant by 'more diverse'.


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