Which school would you send your children to a private or public Watch

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If you had enough money which school would you send your children to a private school a private faith school or a public school. Your reasons why please?
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State comprehensive.

I don't agree with the teaching methods in private schools and I don't think they benefit children in life. If I wanted them to learn a load of posh people's opinions as fact without learning actual life skills, I could do it for a lot cheaper than £10,000+ a year
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State grammar schools are the best :yep:
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I'd sent them to a state grammar/selective school if I could. But failing that, I would likely send them to a private (secular) school. I've done a fair bit of classroom experience in comprehensive schools, and most classrooms are very difficult to do well in, even for bright children.
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Pretty similar really, but I suppose if you're going independent anyway might as well go public.

Would prefer just a good comp though.
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I went to a state grammar school. Was good. I'd defo prefer to send my children there than to a fee paying school. This may be biased since I haven't been to a private school but I think that a lot of them perhaps breed a sense of elitism which I wouldn't wanna see in my kids
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state grammar school + private tutors
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Independent. Small class sizes, longer school days and longer holidays, usually a broader curriculum, specialised teaching from 5, more autonomy for Principal and Board of Governors to avoid stupid government policies, opportunity to do IGCSE/IB, strict uniform policy, ability to ditch pupils who ruin the experience for those who want to work, generally lots of extra-curricular opportunities.....I could go on and on.
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(Original post by Tyrion_Lannister)
State comprehensive.

I don't agree with the teaching methods in private schools and I don't think they benefit children in life. If I wanted them to learn a load of posh people's opinions as fact without learning actual life skills, I could do it for a lot cheaper than £10,000+ a year
My private primary school taught me a lot of things that I found useful later in life. Such as discipline and manners. They were overly strict on uniform though and can spend 5-10 minutes in class, telling off someone for having no tie. :facepalm:

Why don't you agree with the teaching methods? My school taught us French from Year 3 (how it should be) and prepared us for the format of exams way before GCSE level. The French exams were exactly like what you would get in GCSE...etc.

The primary school was worth every penny and I'm glad I went there.

However, not good news on the secondary school (a different one). My state secondary was better and had much better support than the private secondary.

Tldr: Private primary school and possible the state secondary (preferably to the one I went to as the support is just immense and also the great unique community spirit with all walks of life in there). I know it may be controversial but I think come-GCSE and A-Level time, it's better to pay for private tutors. And if they want to study Latin or a foreign language, then I'll support them every step of the way.
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State school.

I want my children to grow up with the knowledge that they can achieve anything they want with hard work and determination, rather than thinking they achieved good grades just by being the beneficiary of private education.

Even if I could afford private schooling, I'd prefer to keep my earnings for the entire family, as why pay so much when you can receive it for free? We'd live in a nice neighbourhood where the state schools are better.

The one type of school I would rule out completely is grammar school as I do not believe in them.
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If I thought it would benefit my child/children the most, and if I could afford it, I would send them to a private school.
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(Original post by SecretDuck)
My private primary school taught me a lot of things that I found useful later in life. Such as discipline and manners. They were overly strict on uniform though and can spend 5-10 minutes in class, telling off someone for having no tie. :facepalm:

Why don't you agree with the teaching methods? My school taught us French from Year 3 (how it should be) and prepared us for the format of exams way before GCSE level. The French exams were exactly like what you would get in GCSE...etc.
Sorry to burst your little bubble, but I had exactly the same at my state primary school. And isn't it your parents job to teach you manners?

The primary school was worth every penny and I'm glad I went there.
Good you can thank your parents for that.
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(Original post by LolaLowe)
Independent. Small class sizes, longer school days and longer holidays, usually a broader curriculum, specialised teaching from 5, more autonomy for Principal and Board of Governors to avoid stupid government policies, opportunity to do IGCSE/IB, strict uniform policy, ability to ditch pupils who ruin the experience for those who want to work, generally lots of extra-curricular opportunities.....I could go on and on.
Academies means some state school have sale level of autonomy over things like expulsions now.

My main issue is I'd hope my kids are bright enough to do well anywhere, given school exams really aren't too tough.
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(Original post by SecretDuck)
My private primary school taught me a lot of things that I found useful later in life. Such as discipline and manners. They were overly strict on uniform though and can spend 5-10 minutes in class, telling off someone for having no tie. :facepalm:

Why don't you agree with the teaching methods? My school taught us French from Year 3 (how it should be) and prepared us for the format of exams way before GCSE level. The French exams were exactly like what you would get in GCSE...etc.

The primary school was worth every penny and I'm glad I went there.

However, not good news on the secondary school (a different one). My state secondary was better and had much better support than the private secondary.

Tldr: Private primary school and possible the state secondary (preferably to the one I went to as the support is just immense and also the great unique community spirit with all walks of life in there). I know it may be controversial but I think come-GCSE and A-Level time, it's better to pay for private tutors. And if they want to study Latin or a foreign language, then I'll support them every step of the way.
Teaching languages from an early age is awesome. My boyfriend's multilingual because of foreign parentage and so learned it from a young age, and both of us think teaching kids a second language is an awesome idea. He can speak about 5 languages, as opposed to me who struggles with my own (I am severely dyslexic in my defence).

I don't have much experience with private primary schools, but it's the elitist culture and lack of all rounded experience that you get that I dislike. I also dislike the way you're taught the exam rather than practical uses. An example would be my mum, who did a placement with a school nurse during her training, was doing morning after pill clinics. Certain schools turned them away, saying "we have no need for that here". WTF? How up itself is that? I wouldn't want my kids not to have a real life eduation and access to proper PSHE (I dunno what else to call it?)
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State comprehensive.

I don't agree with the teaching methods in private schools and I don't think they benefit children in life. If I wanted them to learn a load of posh people's opinions as fact without learning actual life skills, I could do it for a lot cheaper than £10,000+ a year
:rolleyes: You're talking out your arse. I went to a private primary school and to a senior private school. I didn't learn the opinions of posh people. I was educated by people who themselves were very well educated. I was taught to think for myself not what to think, and I did learn life skills. Get it right or bore off.
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:rolleyes: You're talking out your arse. I went to a private primary school and to a senior private school. I didn't learn the opinions of posh people. I was educated by people who themselves were very well educated. I was taught to think for myself not what to think, and I did learn life skills. So you're wrong on all counts. Get informed or bore off. There's a good child.
I know just as many private schools that are ****ty. I went to one for a small time, my ex went to one, and they were ****. So no, I'm not. I transferred to an city state college for my sixth form and it was amazing.
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At my state primary we also had French from year 3 - but this has now been cut due to financial reasons
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(Original post by Ripper-Roo)

I want my children to grow up with the knowledge that they can achieve anything they want with hard work and determination, rather than thinking they achieved good grades just by being the beneficiary of private education.
students who get good grades ALL do it through hard work and determination, not just those at state schools, they dont just hand good grades to independently educated students when they hand over the cash you know, they have to work just as hard!
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(Original post by LolaLowe)
students who get good grades ALL do it through hard work and determination, not just those at state schools, they dont just hand good grades to independently educated students when they hand over the cash you know, they have to work just as hard!
I'm not disputing that private school students work hard for their grades (although there are extra benefits- tutoring, teacher-student communication). But I'm not spending extra money where I don't need to if they can work hard at a perfectly acceptable state school, and I think there is more satisfaction if you achieve highly, but start off with less.
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I know just as many private schools that are ****ty. I went to one for a small time, my ex went to one, and they were ****. So no, I'm not. I transferred to an city state college for my sixth form and it was amazing.
So you know some that are ****, good for you. Clearly the fact that you went to one (briefly) and the fact that your ex went to one clearly means you are completely right. Wait...no it doesn't. To think they all only teach "posh people's opinions" and don't teach life skills is nonsense.
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