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Thoughts on Southover and Wallands schools please

On 27 Dec 2011 at 5:39am Jacky wrote:
Hello, We're considering sending our children to either Southover or Wallands schools (assuming we can get a place) but I'd just like some inside information as to what the schools are like.
Any feedback from those with experience of either school much appreciated.
Thanks in advance.
On 27 Dec 2011 at 6:23am Farm boy wrote:
Both very good. No problems worth a jot with either.
On 27 Dec 2011 at 4:52pm Fairmeadow wrote:
All the Lewes primary schools are fine. They will all stay that way, providing parents keep their eyes open and help the staff when help is needed. What Lewes does NOT need are people who want to make sure their little princes and princesses get the very best, without contributing.
If you think your job as a parent is to establish league tables for all the local schools, and then plot and scheme your kids' way into the best, please move to the private school system where you belong. Or anywhere, really, as long as it's away.
They are our schools. Its our job to keep them ALL good. Send your kids to your local one, and join the other parents in keeping it great. There IS such a thing as society, and it's important. Undermine it and you make it worse for everyone.
Happy New Year.
On 27 Dec 2011 at 5:07pm ahem wrote:
to be fair not all lewes schools are good. pells is in special measures. and give issue a n the oversubscription issue a lot of kids who expected their local school will end up there.
On 29 Dec 2011 at 1:31am Fairmeadow wrote:
So, assuming for the purposes of discussion there was a real problem at this school, how will it help if Jacky and others who think like her withdraw their children from the Pells and leave the school to those parents who don't care enough (or those unlucky in the annual lottery)? That is exactly how the sink schools in London and other cities were created.
Or would it be better if the Pells staff and local parents got together and sorted things out?
On 30 Dec 2011 at 7:37pm Metatron wrote:
Jacky I take it that you may be new to Lewes. Please read Fairmeadow's posts, this sums up the way Lewes residents tend to think.
I hope your children have a happy education in Lewes, whatever school they go to.
On 1 Jan 2012 at 1:58pm syrup wrote:
they are both good schools but i think southover probably has the edge as lots of people recommend it. And i've seen it is run with rules but has nice fun ideas for the children.
On 4 Jan 2012 at 3:42pm schoolmistress wrote:
Wallands - good overall no nonsense local school
Southover - up itself big time as are the parents
Western Road - should do much much better, relies too much on middle class aspirational intake
Pells - lovely headteacher, probably most difficult intake in Lewes
South Malling - well run, good local unpretentious school
St Pancras - catholic, well liked by its parents, but not 'desirable' by yummy mummies

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