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Clifton College Or BGS for 6 year old boy

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katiebristol Mon 26-Nov-12 21:52:20

I work full time and need a school that will offer my son both a good education but good extra curriculum activities. We have visited both schools and my son has had taster days in both and seemed to have enjoyed both days. Anyone who has kids in the school or knows someone who does? Please help

Beckyjanebristol Thu 29-Nov-12 11:17:49

I have got three children at Clifton College, they all started in Butcombe nursery and have had fantastic experiences at the school. They have made some great friends, we as parents have also met some lovely parents, who are now great friends.

It is a very happy school, with small class sizes (max 17) and a good ratio of boys to girls, my 6 year old has 6 girls and 8 boys in her class. They have great facilities they swim every week, play tag rugby, football, hockey etc and have a huge choice of after school activities from Zoo club to Christmas crafts! (all free of charge!).

The teachers are all very friendly and you do feel that you gain a close understanding of what they are doing in class from the regular open book mornings and afternoons, when you can go in to see your child's work. They work the children hard, but along the way get to visit some great places relating to their topics eg Westonbirt to look at the 'changes' Autumn brings. Last month they were learning about The Great Fire of London and had to replicate how the fire started in the Bakery, so each had to make Tudor houses (one lucky person got to make the bakery!), from shoe boxes which they then set alight at Forest School.

They also have a great 'Butcombe Network', which is run by a group of Mum's and Dad's who organise the Christmas Fair, Book Fair, Ball etc.

The other great thing the school has to offer is the After School Care facility, my kids have never moaned about going to ASC! They can choose to have a hot meal, use computers, make models, watch movies, arts and crafts etc.

All in all I feel Clifton College has a fantastic range of facilities, great working environment, lovely happy children and great facilities for working parents, both before work, you can drop off at 8am with no charge, and collect up until 6pm. I hope I get to meet you, as my daughter is also 6!

katiebristol Thu 29-Nov-12 12:04:59


Thank you so much for your comment, it is very useful,I spoke to another mum who has children in both schools and her view was that kids at Clifton had a much happier school life. Probably See you soon January .

katiebristol Fri 07-Dec-12 21:30:52

Decided on clifton, starts in January... I will be the new mum looking slightly lost. thank you for your feedback

WoodyAndBarney Thu 13-Dec-12 23:04:49

What is bgs?

katiebristol Sat 22-Dec-12 22:31:35

Bristol Grammer school

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