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Brighton College (again).

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merlincat Wed 01-Feb-12 19:35:45

Sorry to rehash this topic again but have a decision to make. Dd (11) has been offered a place at BC, she's currently at BHHS which I'm underwhelmed with. I guess I'm just a bit anxious about the rumours of ruthlessness, extreme pressure etc. Dd is pretty bright and reasonably robust.Any advice would be hugely appreciated.

luckylavender Thu 02-Feb-12 10:51:16

Well I can help - DS 15, in Year 11, bright but v laid back. Has been at BC since Nursery so 12.5 years - what specific questions do you have?

merlincat Thu 02-Feb-12 13:35:59

Thanks Lucky. I suppose I want to know if the teachers are warm and supportive; I'm anticipating an increased work load from her current school so she might need a little while to adjust. Are the teachers approachable? What about the general behaviour of the children; are they nice to each other broadly speaking? She's currently at an all girls school and am fed up with bitchiness!

BeattieBow Thu 02-Feb-12 13:46:10

it depends what you like really. I had a dd there and a ds and just didn't like the atmosphere. Too pushy, too pressurised etc etc. My dd did ok there, and was in the top few in her year, but now she is in another school she has said how much better the new school is.

No doubt about the academic achievements though.

I've also heard not so good things about BHHS.

There were a couple of parents in dds year (she would be in y6, so possibly the same as your dd) who did move their girls from BHHS and rave about Brighton college.

luckylavender Thu 02-Feb-12 15:10:13

So she'll be joining the Lower School potentially? I know less about those two years as DS went from pre-Prep to Prep to College via Common Entrance. Honestly it doesn't fit with my idea of a hot house at all. DS in the middle of GCSEs, very laid back, quite bright (well I would say very bright but it is all relative!) and sporty. Marvellous teachers, some stricter than others, some more approachable than others but all very willing to give their time face to face, by email, by phone with your concerns. As example although not an academic one - DS very sporty but until the College wasn't seen as one of the top sportsmen, but hovering on the sidelines of the 1st Rugby team etc. Not an in your face boy and would never sing his own praises. In the College they have given him so much attention and constructive help and boy has he flourished, now an automatice choice with the "in your face" boys being seen for what they are more. He thinks the teaching is marvellous (and if you knew my DS you would know that is quite a compliment) and has been happy to go to school every single day since the Nursery. Quite an acheivement. If I am honest I liked the Prep less though this will now change. I think that once you are in you feel differently and see what a nurturing environment it is, well that is my experience. All the children look out for each other and the House system is marvellous (from Year 9). Let me know if you have further questions - happy to help

merlincat Thu 02-Feb-12 15:59:25

Thanks Lucky, I really appreciate that. Mine isn't pushy either but I have yet to see her really stretched, or inspired for that matter. I looked into the Prep but was extremely unimpressed by someone on the staff (if you get my drift).

BC does seem to produce some extreme reactions locally doesn't it?

luckylavender Thu 02-Feb-12 16:59:22

It does yes, but I can only speak as I find. At that price he would not still be there if I wasn't enthralled. Don't get me wrong it's not utopia, but I think it's a very good school.

jayjayc Wed 08-Feb-12 16:22:50

I know what you mean about 'extreme reactions' Merlincat, but I think a lot of the time it's more about whether your DC got in or not than anything else... not surprisingly, really. It's hard if they don't. A friend of mine's DS didn't pass and she took it really hard, felt really negative about BC, and put me off for a while to be honest. But I got such a good feeling about the place when I finally visited, I decided to go for it for my DS. He did get in, and is really, really happy. So am I, and so are the BC parents I talk to. I'd say go with your own instincts and go and see for yourself. Hope this helps.

jayjayc Wed 08-Feb-12 16:27:24

Sorry, just posted then saw your DC's already been offered a place, so of course you've seen for yourself already! I still think going with your own instincts is right...

merlincat Wed 08-Feb-12 19:42:45

Thanks jayjayc, it did occur to me that sour grapes might play a part in some reactions, not an easy thing to raise with people though. I'm glad your DS is doing so well, maybe see you there!

foodieheaven123 Sun 28-Sep-14 12:45:35

Brighton college orientation day for 13 plus
Everyone is invited to this day that sat the exam. I am nervous
to attend as it will raise the hopes of my DS. Apparently this school
is oversubscribed. He really liked the school. Has anyone been in this position.

Thank you

Garbo123 Thu 02-Oct-14 10:15:23

Foodieheaven123 I share your anxiety as Brighton is DS and our first choice (currently only choice) but am trying to be philosophical about it. If he doesn't get in then it wasn't meant to be. How did your son find the exams/interview?

foodieheaven123 Mon 13-Oct-14 15:35:40

Hi there

My DS was really positive about the entrance exam . He really enjoyed the exam process !!!! He sat for Eton and was drained. He did not get in.
How about you? Are you in a similar position as us with BC?
We have decided to take a leap of faith and attend the orientation day.
I will just have to explain to DS it is an open day. If my DS does not get an offer then it was not the right school for him. It has taken a while to get to this philosophical stage….it is such a responsibility doing the school transfer.

Garbo123 Sun 02-Nov-14 11:25:20

Hello Foodieheaven.
Likewise, my son came out smiling and saying the pretest was almost fun. We were very impressed with the organisation on the day. We know quite a few lovely and talented boys who didn't get in to Eton they really do have a 'type' that they are looking for. What we love about Brighton is that the children we have met there all seem to be so well rounded, happy and above all grounded which is what we are looking for. Well Tuesday is nearly upon us, I hope your son enjoys the day and is successful in his application, not long to wait now smile.

foodieheaven123 Sun 02-Nov-14 19:29:32

Nice to hear from you. Yes, we are looking forward to Tuesday.
It was really useful to hear that your son had a positive experience
at the pretest too. He sounds like a bright boy. I really like BC too, and they did seem very organised. It reminded me of the day school in London my Dd attends. Thanks for the kind words about Eton.
You are right a boy can be bright be he has to be right for Eton. We really
like BC, in any event, and a coed environment with the week board
would be our preference now. Is your son local or would he board? The wait for the result has been so long!!! Wish you all the best. I will update with the results one way or another.

Garbo123 Thu 06-Nov-14 14:30:21

Hi.Well he very much enjoyed Tuesday so so far so positive. We are planning to relocate to the Brighton area so ds would be a day boy. Trying not to think about it now as there is nothing more we can do. We should find out by letter next Friday (14th) ......may require a stiff drink before opening ha ha! Good luck to your son. Will update you also.

Agapanthusbluewhite Sun 09-Nov-14 21:58:15

Well if it means anything my friends DD who went to Hove Park School at its supposed worst years is now in her second year at Oxford University and is very happy there. Another friend teaches at BC and wouldn't particularly send her DD's there.

Agapanthusbluewhite Tue 11-Nov-14 15:57:46

However saying that if my DC were to pass the BC entrance exam then yes I would send them there.

Garbo123 Sat 15-Nov-14 11:12:57

Hi Foodieheaven. Just to say DS got in! Very relieved here. Hope you have had good news too.

foodieheaven123 Sat 15-Nov-14 12:50:36

Congratulations. I am so pleased. Your son must be a clever cookie.
We were told there was high amount of candidates and my son did
not quite make it. He got offered a priority wait list offer.

I sort of knew he did not get an offer as the envelope was small!

So we will not know until the mid January 2015. Hey ho! We do have other options so we will work on this.

I will be in touch if we get lucky with BC in the new year. Has anyone else been in a similar position and did they get a place?

Garbo123 Sat 15-Nov-14 15:28:06

Oh I am sorry to hear that but fingers crossed it goes in your favour. They are asking for £2000 to hold the place so there may well be people for whom Brighton is one of a few options or not their first choice who decide not to take it. I think there was a big demand for boarding and obviously fewer places available. Really hope it works out for you in January.

foodieheaven123 Sat 15-Nov-14 21:38:05

Hi, Garbo123,Thank you for your kind thoughts.

I must admit I know very little about BC and the boarding numbers.
Anyway we may get lucky…it is the waiting game now.
We have a local day school we are planning to sit for in May so that is something to work towards.

Congratulations again. BC sounds like a cracking school and I am envious that you will be moving locally as the area is so so beautiful.

Hopefully we will keep in touch in the future - take care it has been a real comfort swapping news, x

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