Hi there, we went to look at preps for our DD recently. I liked the Manor but would prefer a co-ed, and the Chandlings, co-ed, is closer. But I found the head really offputting. Have read other threads on this topic. I liked her energy, drive, ambition, intelligence - I just felt she didn't ask us about our DD, and instead reeled off a whole bunch of assumptions about what 'we' would want for her. It felt odd not to be asked what we 'actually' wanted for her. I would prefer to send my DD to Chandlings as it's co-ed and closer, but was really put off. Can anyone (parent, teacher) give some feedback on it as a school, and whether it's worth giving it another visit?
I know what you mean - she is pretty formidable! I suppose she didn't want to appear to be shifting her patter to fit your requirements. We went to another (vgirly) school where the Head listened to our descriptions of the kids and then basically said - yes, we do all of that here!! Hmmm, a bit thin and flaky. Of that, Chandlings Head cannot be accused! I went to a parent meeting recently and she was just dazzling. And importantly so so caring about the children. She was quite firm with us, but we didn't mind because her ambitions are for our children. Another newbie parent told me that they visited her twice before making up their mind and that in the end they thought they could find no better role model for their DDs. True. I'm sure she would love you to visit again - tell her why!