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George Heriot's vs Stuart Mellvile College

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Scienceattack Fri 08-Feb-13 00:22:56

Along the same lines that have been discussed or George Watson's and George Heriot's can I please invite comments on George Heriot's vs Stuart Melville College. DS has been offered places in both in P7 & we have to decide pretty soon. We live outside the city (on the north side) so travel is one consideration. DS is very athletic, loves sports and we would have to rely on aftershool club. so any input about SMC and its other facilities, sports like hockey, cricket, rugby etc and drama plus music would be highly appreciated as I have read lots above about GW vs GH but can anyone include info about SMC and update please.
Many Thanks

3nationedinburgh Fri 08-Feb-13 14:29:09

We looked around all the private schools and you get a sense of what "feels right" for your particular child. Obviously the biggest difference is that SMC is single sex from S1 to S5 and although there are lots of joint activities with the girls, on a day to day class by class basis it is all boys. Many boys thrive in that type of atmosphere, some do not. Only you know your child best.
Travel is very important especially as they get older and want to be more independent- is there a bus service from your area either privately run in conjunction with the school, or by Lothian/ First bus. Also many of your weekends will be spent ferrying about to rugby/ sports activities, which is more convenient for you?

Scienceattack Fri 08-Feb-13 22:17:15

Thanx 3nation. DS is at the stage in life when they anyways tend to form boys only groups so do not know which one he would prefer & thrive in when bi older in say S2!
Yes regarding travel SMC does send a bus to our area everyday so from that point of view SmC opis certainly easier in the mornings. Do not know how we'll manage extra practice days when school bus leaves early. Would just have to do pick ups but that probably would till be easier as it is outside more towards the north (our side) than Heriots which s more in the middle…same goes for weekends.

Maggiesoup Sat 16-Feb-13 16:43:39

Hi, I've just joined Mumsnet so please forgive me if I'm still a little vague. My son (now 19) is very sporty and very much enjoyed his years at SMC. If you're concerned about transport, give them a call and they will gladly tell you all about transport they offer. Best to try to get together with mums who live in the same area and whose children are doing the same sports and try to organise car sharing, although I remember years ago the school did offer car sharing information

Scienceattack Sun 17-Feb-13 22:00:06

Thanks Maggiesoup. I shall get the bus info from them.

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