What is the name of your child's school? (Please report on one school per survey.)
King Richard III College
In what town or city is this school located?
How would you describe this school? (i.e. American, British, International, Local, etc.)
What grade levels are represented at this school?
How do most children get to school everyday? (bus, train, walk, etc.)
car, bus, cycle, walk, probably in that order.
If you drive, watch out for your wing mirrors because the 4x4 owners clutter up the pavement all the way down the school road and it's very difficult to get through.
Also, because of this, there is a fatal accident waiting to happen because children are having to walk in the road.
How would you describe the facilities at this school? What extra-curricular activities are available?
Very limited in all areas. A small site but a pretty school. Money spent most summers making it look attractive but little being spent on adequate teaching staff and better facilities. Some after school games/clubs but nothing to write home about.
Generally, the school provides as little as possible and charges the most money.
A large proportion of pupils have extra tuition outside school, need we say more!!
What has this school done to help your child transition from the curriculum in your home
country into the curriculum in your new country? Are there programs to prepare your child for repatriation?
This question is totally irrelevant to this school. This school could be better described as an expensive day care centre rather than a good educational establishment. If they don't publish exam results and many children have extra lessons, at great cost, outside school hours, this surely tells a tale.
How would you describe the social activities available for parents through this school? Are there parent-teacher organizations?
Absolutely non-existent. The parents are not allowed to have any "organisation", the parents are not allowed to have any say in how the school is managed.
As has been experienced just recently, a parent wrote a letter to the director after an incident with one of her children. That child has now been permanently excluded from the school and without explanation, the director then refused to allow that child's older brother to return to school in September. The older child is in the middle of his GCSE's.
What advice would you give to someone considering enrolling their child in this school?
If you are wealthy and want your children looked after for the day, then this is for you. If on the other hand, you want to send your children to a good school which will provide all the things you would expect from an expensive, private school, then you should consider staying in the UK for the sake of your children's education.