La Fontaine Bromley or Harris Shortlands or others?

(14 Posts)
MotherofPirates Tue 13-Sep-16 15:27:36

Also posted on primary education but no response so hoping some locals might help me out! About to start visiting and applying for school for Rec 2017 and wondered if anyone had any direct experience of these two especially (as I think we might be in catchment) and they are both fairly new. Also any others that might be worth looking at - Valley is our nearest but the catchment is VERY small so needing to cast the net wider! Thanks!

Snapandcrackle Tue 13-Sep-16 17:49:14

Highfield? It's a lovely school

MotherofPirates Tue 13-Sep-16 18:06:00

Thanks, I think we might be out of catchment (was 0.4m last year!) but maybe I should take a look.

Snapandcrackle Tue 13-Sep-16 18:15:34

I think it was more than .5 for our intake. The other two don't really have much outdoor space.

Is la Fontaine taking over the old hpas site?

MotherofPirates Tue 13-Sep-16 18:22:23

It's moving to the Widmore Centre on Nightingale Lane? Don't know anything about the site - we've only recently moved to the area.

NightingaleMum Tue 13-Sep-16 18:52:54

The Widmore Centre, is right next door to Bickley Primary School, literally next door and St George's Primary School is a stone's throw away (2 mins walk). So the drop off / pick up each day will be busy to say the least.

MotherofPirates Tue 13-Sep-16 19:04:00

Oh pants, that doe not sound good! Thanks for that Nightingale

allyfe Tue 13-Sep-16 20:29:49

My children are at La Fontaine and we love it. We moved from a popular school that wasn't working for my oldest, and I think LFA is much better. 100% of the Y1's passed the phonics test. The year before the school had the highest pass rate in Bromley (below 100% but don't remember what). My children are really happy and the headteacher is fantastic. As you can tell, we are very happy with it. Feel free to PM me.

nancy75 Tue 13-Sep-16 21:12:15

My daughter has just left highfield, despite the ofsted I would not recommend it, the school is only interested in league tables and does not deal very well with problems. I know children that changed school due to serioys bullying that was not addressed by the school at all (think you are out of range of you are near valley anyway). I. The other direction I have friends with children at Parish on London lane, they speak very highly of the school.

MummyPigsFatTummy Tue 13-Sep-16 21:25:41

A friend of mine has a child at Harris. They are very happy with it despite being very unsure when allocated it rwo uears ago. I rhink it has or is just about to move into its proper buildings, so it wont be at the old DSS buildings any.more.

NightingaleMum Wed 14-Sep-16 06:57:41

Harris Shortlands new site is a purpose built, new school. The actual site is small and although the building has made the best use of the site, there is limited outdoor space.

The road the school is in is very popular with commuters travelling from Shortlands as it is free parking. So if you can't walk, you might have to park some distance away for drop offs /pick up.

MotherofPirates Wed 14-Sep-16 09:00:59

Thanks very much everyone, most helpful. I would be able to walk to Harris so that's not a problem but would need to drive to La Fontaine. Allyfe thanks for the offer will pm you in a bit.

Patry Mon 03-Oct-16 20:17:01

I don't know when will LFA start measuring distance from the Widmore Centre but if they do would it be near enough?
Have you thought of Scott's Park too?

MotherofPirates Tue 04-Oct-16 15:35:59

Hmmm it's just impossible to tell with LFA. Scott's Park catchment seems to have shrunk dramatically last year whereas St Mark's (know nothing about) seems to have turned into most of Bromley and Beckenham?! I think I am looking at Valley, Harris Shortlands and LFA judging by the latest data...

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