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#1 MsFeralPerthFembo

Posted 25 February 2013 - 04:08 PM

Hi, I was wondering if anyone had any experience with the following primary

Campbell Primary
Excelsior Primary
Forest Crescent Primary
Bletchley Park Primary

Our local primary around the corner is Huntingdale PS, but we have heard bad things and their naplan scores were very below average so want to check out our other options. I am contacting the schools soon to check whether they are local intake only or not, (I know Forest Crescent takes students outside their catchement).


Edited by JBaby, 25 February 2013 - 04:09 PM.

#2 TheMuriels

Posted 25 February 2013 - 04:48 PM

We went to Bletchley Park last year and it's a huge primary school (900+ students).  Whilst I'm sure it's good for most, it was a disaster for our daughter.  We're now at John Wollaston which is absolutely the bomb.

#3 Cat©

Posted 25 February 2013 - 06:42 PM

Forest Cresent is the only school you will get to intake out of area. I know as we live in Huntingdale too wink.gif

I tried for years and unless they have had a mass exodus in Canning Vale schools they were full to bursting a few years back and wouldnt take anyone sad.gif

We had one in CVale SN centre there and they wouldnt even allow the other boys to attend that mainstream school, so I was doing two drop offs each day, and running around madly.

I started at Huntingdale, it sucked big time to say the least - then again we did have SN children, and they werent at all geared to SN kids back then.
We moved them to Forest Crescent and even though they werent geared to SN they did a heck of a lot better! Schooling standards were much higher, and the teachers much better, even the bullying policy and general child behaviours were better.

We now homeschool as there was no "decent" school anywhere near here that we could sent SN children - we have 5 SN. It was easier to just pull them all out and homeschool in the end.

If your kids arent SN then they will thrive at Forest Crescent.

#4 *kat*

Posted 26 February 2013 - 12:54 AM

DD is currently at Bletchley Park - yes its a massive school and I really doubt they will accept anyone outside the catchment area. I do like it there - but have concerns that they have a no homework policy for the students.

#5 Quirk

Posted 28 February 2013 - 04:42 PM

Campbell is huge, 1200+ kids. My daughter started there end of last year and said she feels like an ant sad.gif
Exelsior is smaller, but we actually took her out of there as we weren't happy with the teaching staff and lack of support.

#6 DreamingM

Posted 06 March 2013 - 08:57 PM

Is there any chance you can get into Ranford?

It's a great school. My kids go there - I'm extremely happy with the school. And it's not huge either.

#7 DreamingM

Posted 06 March 2013 - 08:57 PM

Is there any chance you can get into Ranford?

It's a great school. My kids go there - I'm extremely happy with the school. And it's not huge either.

#8 kabailz13

Posted 10 March 2013 - 10:23 AM

Like Cat mentioned, all Canning Vale Primary schools are local intake only. As is Bletchley Park.

Our kids are at Bletchley and the school is very big and completely full - we currently have two demountables being installed (that was meant to be completed over the christmas holidays) which will mean that the school will get a couple of their specialist rooms back.

We cam from a school of 400 kids and I liked the closeness much more however Bletchley has a great reputation.

As an independent public school, the principal has greater say in how it is run and he has a slush fund for PD etc for his teachers.

All that said, if you are not strictly within BPPSs intake area with proof of residence, you will not be accepted. If we lived on the other side of the road, we would have had to go to Huntingdale too.

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