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Moving to Exeter / Schools

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iwanttogoonholiday Mon 04-Jun-12 11:54:12

We are thinking of relocating from Bristol to Exeter and sending our children to Exeter School. We are a doctor and teacher, kids (3 boys) love music and sport. We enjoy living in the city but also like our own space. Where should we live and what's the school like?

sherperkiel Fri 04-Jan-13 11:19:49

I too am thinking of moving to 20 mins from exeter on the west side, I am totally confused as to which school is seen to be good for what. We are thinking of private schools as they give more breadth and our son will be 11 when he goes.
On the net chat Colyton, Exeter School, Stover, Bendarroch, Magdelaen Court and Bramdean have been mentioned among others, but without knowing any 'at the school gate chat' it is impossible to know which are the good ones for what.
Please help me and the post above. All the school web prospectus things are like party politics, they all want health and education.!

lurcioloves Fri 04-Jan-13 12:02:30

I live in Exeter, just round the corner from Bramdean. Talking to parents with children there: Colyton is excellent but v. much an academic hothouse - also it's a state grammar covering a very wide area so entrance is very strongly contested; Exeter School has a reputation for being very good at turning out all-rounders. I read an article in the Times (full disclosure - I'm a pinko lefty Guardian reader - mention the fact that it was in the Times because I felt they wouldn't have a lefty, private schools=bad axe to grind) which pointed out that you don't have to go that far down the school league tables before a good state comprehensive outperforms a weak private school that exists largely to exploit snobbery among parents. Having been round Magdalen Court School (I was looking at their nursery, but they gave us the full tour as clearly they saw the nursery as a feeder for the main schools), my impression was that it's not in the top rank of private schools. If you have any religious affiliations, your boys would be better off at St. Peter's (C of E state secondary), though from what I've heard, the other comprehensives are nothing much to write home about (and I don't know what I'll do when my DS is secondary age).

You mention that your boys love music and sport. Exeter is not good for youth music provision - the Devon Youth Orchestra only meets termly for an intensive weekend course, and I think that's not enough (I grew up playing in a youth orchestra that rehearsed weekly, which is much better). For sport, Exeter School is certainly your best bet for extra curricular stuff.

As for areas of the city, St. Leonards (near the river, so lots of green space that direction) or Pennsylvania (near the university - again, lots of green space) are the best areas (as reflected in the property prices). I live in Heavitree which I find very nice. Also, don't confuse Wonford Road (v. v. posh) with Wonford (v. v. unposh).

sherperkiel Fri 04-Jan-13 19:35:03

thanks very much, that is exactly the sort of thing I need and thanks for taking the time to out it down.

JamandSpoon10 Mon 07-Jan-13 10:17:22

We are thinking of relocating to the Exeter area from Brighton. We don't want to live in the city but a surrounding pretty village or town that has a good local primary school but easy access to Exeter and the M5. Any suggestions anyone?

CatCouscous Fri 25-Jan-13 10:46:31

Hi, regarding music, there's the Cathedral school, they specialise in music, it's a boarding school but also takes 'non-boarding' people. Not sure about the sport angle though.

The cathedral school is private and next to...the cathedral!

I hope this helps,

TickleMyTitsTillFriday Mon 28-Jan-13 06:09:18

Stay away from Magdalen Court. My daughter went to the nursery school and they left her with a 13 year old one day and the teacher went home. It was shocking. They used to lose our cheques all the time too.

TickleMyTitsTillFriday Mon 28-Jan-13 06:09:54

Jam have a look at ide village.

sniggy02 Mon 28-Jan-13 17:37:02

Hi - just to set you straight about the cathedral school - it is a day school that has borders, mainly children who sing as cathedral choristers. I have 4 children who have all been or go there now and i couldn't recommended it enough. It has a wonderfully caring ethos that makes it unique, the music department is wonderful. All the children take part in sport and they go a long way to provide the best provision they can considering they are in the centre of the city.

I'm a mother of a St Margaret's pupil and as it's closing in the summer I'm looking for a new school for DD (4). I'm aiming for Exeter School or Maynard in the long term.

Does anyone have children at St Wilfrid's? I'm comparing it to the Cathedral School but can't find much opinion of it online.

Nixx26 Mon 28-Jan-13 19:49:59

Hi, I have 3 boys ages 13, 11, and 4 that all go to ST WILFRID'S SCHOOL in Exeter, it is a great little private school with small class sizes where pupils receive maximum attention and supervision, within a secure environment. It is a non-selective school and has 100% pass rate at GCSE's. Every pupil is treated as an individual and all my boys are very happy there. I would definately recommend it.

Thank you very much for your reply. I'm new to Exeter and it's a little further from where I live so it's not really been on my radar. After the shock of our school closing on us it's really good to hear there are other great schools out there. I'm having a look round on Wednesday. Thanks again

CatCouscous Tue 29-Jan-13 01:17:33


Re: Magdalen Court school, are you talking about the nursery? Because my son goes there and the young people who work there are amazing and the children seem to be very happy. It's probably not perfect, but I have never had cause for concern.

I thought I would put something positive here! :-)

chocolatepizza Tue 29-Jan-13 10:14:01

I have to agree with Nixx26. St Wilfrid's does well by the pupils, small classes, friendly hard-working staff, good results and lots of extra activities. I don't think you can ask for more.

TickleMyTitsTillFriday Tue 29-Jan-13 13:12:57

It was the nursery at Magdalen court school, it was her last ever day and the teacher went home and left her with a 13 year old. This was about 9 years ago though! Still makes me mad. I even complained to Ofsted.

dinnermoneyready Wed 30-Jan-13 21:41:38

Jam and Spoon - also have a look at the Crediton side of Exeter. Areas like Brampford Speke and Thorverton both have great primary schools and are close to Exeter.

MadChickenLady Thu 31-Jan-13 21:49:50

sherper- Sadly Bendarroch School shut 2 years ago. A crying shame as it was "probably the best school in the world". Falling roles and the economic climate made it unsustainable.

MadChickenLady Thu 31-Jan-13 21:53:10

Jam and Spoon, you could do worse than Broadclyst for your requirements. Have a look at the school website though- it's an acquired taste if very highly rated by Ofsted.

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