DD is bright and sporty and into life if that makes sense. The vast majority of the girls that leave Tormead go on to study at University. It will always be the less-academic GHS but it caters for different girls and in my opinion shouldn't be compared. Other sports clubs (eg netball and hockey)take place at Surrey Sports Park after school, but unlike other local schools, eg RGS they do not bus girls offsite during the day for games lessons. Lots of girls do after school activities and their parents pick them up if they have missed the bus or they arrange lift-shares with other girls. I think Tormead is good for a girl who wouldn't thrive on the pressure and fact GHS is super-selective so you are with a class of 20 other very bright girls all day everyday. For admissions enquiries please email the registrar Mrs Melanie Hobdey on firstname.lastname@example.org. French is taught from Year 3, with the addition of Spanish and Latin from Year 5. Who will ask a lot of questions and has her own unique view of the world! Tormead girls are a diverse bunch. Reset it I'm just trying to canvas as much opinion as possible to go in eyes wide open ! To comment on this thread you need to create a Mumsnet account. We have, however, been very impressed by Mrs Foord’s changes to Tormead since 2010 when she took over the headship. To think that families who construct their lifestyle around two incomes are living very precariously? It comprises a junior school, senior school and sixth form. There were some issues with other girls at times but the school dealt with them well, although don't know how new junior head works. I'm a current Tormead parent! Thanks so much ZebraGiraffe.DD actually wants to go to Tormead. 23 likes. The school does not rigorously test. She had no opportunities to act (since she didn't study drama) or play in a team - terrible sports facilities (unless they are gymnasts) and nothing like the amount of outdoor space a school of this size needs. At the time of our move, Tormead was the only school of GHS, St Cat’s and Tormead that had places available in the relevant years of the junior school. Tormead School Class of 78/9, Guildford. Heads jobs are to aim for the highest standards (in all areas including pastoral care).There are always jokes between local schools - GHS gets Guildford Thigh School according to DD so it certainly goes two ways!! As an ex-Tormead parent, I too would add a note of caution to anyone considering it. So any info on the genuine feel of the school and how inclusive it is would be really helpful. They are friendly, down to earth, respectful and pleasantly, rather than showily, confident. Yes I agree- Tormead is definitely academic, she will be challenged appropriately. Handhold please. The main points of entry are at the ages of 4 (Reception), 7 (Year 3), 11 (Year 7) and 16 (Sixth Form). I've got a dd who lacks confidence. Located in Guildford, Surrey, Tormead is one of the country’s leading independent day schools for girls aged 4–18 years old. No announcements to display. To comment on this thread you need to create a Mumsnet account. A lot depends on the teacher so next academic year at her current prep may be different. People tend to differentiate on the other things.Tormead used to be less academic, but has gradually risen, which has changed its atmosphere a bit (as have changes in head). It's a worry isn't it. I also know that Tormead has taken girls who have specific needs, and may well have not had a particularly nice time in their previous school.The girls I know from Tormead all have a range of interests. Great that your daughter is happy there. There is always going to banter between the local schools whether it be sports or plays etc....and is the same for many other schools. Ever since I have really valued reputation as I should have paid more attention to it first time round.I know the schools around here well so feel free to PM me if you want specifics. Top 108 of GHS is undeniably the most academic of the three Guildford schools. Tormead School Reviews. Forgotten your password? Enough said. I love it. Hockey training (after school) is off site. I think I will have a word with someone at the school and discuss how they can provide for a child with low confidence. yourmothernotyourfriend....I think its unfair to tarnish all the girls with one brush. But that's not bullying. It is a very happy, well-rounded school and produces happy and well rounded young adults. From my observation Tormead has got more Academic.Really its hard to differentiate academically between Tormead, GHS and St Catherine's. Find out what Mumsnet users thought of Echo by Lloyd’s Pharmacy, Talk widget showing discussions of the day & trending threads, Subscribe to Mumsnet emails direct to your inbox. She has also presided over a major building project that has dragged the senior school buildings into the 21st century. She had no idea who most of the girls actually were (even after a few years at the school). After she arrived the best teachers left in droves too - sadly the school became a cold and hard place. I agree, be honest with Tormead - their reaction will tell you a lot. at Tormead School, Guildford Merrow. School Website; Select a Season Select a sport. But if you ask for honesty then hopefully it is something you and the school can work together on.I hope she has a wonderful time from now on. All three schools are similar academically with the differentiation as discussed above. It sounds like the current school doesn't feel right for her. Guildford and St cats have not given us hope about any places, but Tormead has called us for a private visit and we understand, they are happy to take a test and offer a place based on the results. High School Do the girls get outside to at much in year 7? Good luck! My DD is at another local prep school, but for many reasons we are not happy with it. Eventualaj ŝanĝoj en la angla originalo estos kaptitaj per regulaj retradukoj. My eldest got into GHS at Year 7 and we were told that she was in their Top 10 from the 11+ results, but we knew that Tormead was the right school for her, that it would give her the space to be herself so she went there. To think this year has been shit for all but especially hard for those with one child? When exams are on its even worse.Many girls travel by coach/public transport to get to the school so I dont believe many stay for after school activities. It comprises a junior school, senior school and sixth form. Summer was fully live lessons, on-line marked homework, assemblies, PE, the lot. He actually went to Lanesborough which is far more selective but thrived on the structure. The girls are mixed up all day long into different teaching groups and form/tutor groups so that they meet a wide cross section of their peer group right from Day 1. Fees: £3,523 (day), £4,775 (boarding weekly), £5,394 (boarding full). Class sizes of 24 are not much better than State and in tiny classrooms. Do you have questions about creating positive bathroom habits and routines? All three schools are similar academically with the differentiation as discussed above.I'm sure she will do fine, and if the building works are on schedule she will just have the benefits. I must confess that, heavily influenced by league tables, our original plan was, ideally, to move the girls to GHS as soon as places became available. Find out what Mumsnet users thought of Echo by Lloyd’s Pharmacy, Talk widget showing discussions of the day & trending threads, Subscribe to Mumsnet emails direct to your inbox. Many thanks. If they try to put the issue to you then perhaps they don't have the support there or attitude your DD needs. It comprises a … I was very happy with their overall approach and prospectus, but wanted to know more from present mums about their experience. The girls want to do well and work hard so it almost creates a very different atmosphere where teachers deliver and facilitate and girls take on board and enjoy learning. I hope a Tormead parent comes along to let you know about the new head as I'd be interested too. There has also been a significant changing of the guard amongst the staff with the recruitment of a raft of enthusiastic, dynamic teachers, both male and female, across all subjects. Okay.The problem is that ultimately its not something that can be predicted in advance. At Tormead School for girls in Guildford, Surrey, the site has become such a problem among the girls in Year 7 that the headteacher, Christina Foord, is … Most importantly she is happy. My husband and I are considering Tormead junior school for our daughter and have a couple of questions we are hoping someone here could answer: Are the majority of the girls spread from all over the place, meaning fewer friends in the Guildford area and more car journeys to see friends? We have a very short time maybe weeks only!!! A lot depends on each student's personal experience of the school: who is in her class? How teacher's style and personality interact with the student's? That's so good to hear. Girls do very well in textiles, drama and art. She came from a state school and is our eldest so we have nothing to compare it to but we are thrilled by how she has progressed and developed in her time there. We arrived in Sept to find his classroom was actually a hidden away very old portacabin (had been hidden from perspective parents on tours), class sizes were far bigger than we were told with just one teacher for 40 children and quite a few TAs. her results till now has been very good, so we are hoping for the best. I have two daughters there, one about to leave (so been all the way through) and one who joined a term ago in Year 7 (hence I have name-changed for this post in case I get 'outed' as there are not many with that combination). Tormead School is an independent day school for girls aged 4–18 years old. She reduced the number of places in each year to ensure that the school’s USP is as a more nurturing environment, whilst also maintaining a reasonable, yet undeniably more diverse range of academic ability than at GHS. What passions she develops and how these interact with the teacher's she has, the others in her class, and what they think of as important.In your circumstance I would request an appointment with the Head/or other senior teacher in the Prep school and honestly tell them about the issues your daughter has had so far.I know Tormead has been quite honest when taking some friends children (saying things like they'll make sure she has a good time in the prep school but she might find it harder in the senior school). In an increasingly global workforce, I would argue that EQ, as well as IQ, is equally important and I have seen little evidence of emotional intelligence amongst the GHS girls I've encountered. A netball court and a sports hall doesnt go far for a whole year group of girls and especially now with all the building work. I don't know the specifics though obviously. Chigwell School, Chigwell (linked to Chigwell Junior School). Our daughter is at Tormead. It is very similar to Tormead, not much bigger and just as caring. It will be Tormead for us! Also St cats appear to posh for me as we are working parents, cannot always afford luxury holidays!Please can you help me re: their entrance test and how to prepare for it!!! I know that issues with other girls occur it is all about how the school are going to deal with them and the approach taken to each child. View the profiles of professionals named "Teresa Drew" on LinkedIn. The general ethos at Tormead is about having a broad educational experience. If I think they can build up DDs confidence and encourage her then I would be very happy for her to go there. Might be worth googling for previous threads as I've seen fairly recent threads about this school and from memory, people were very positive about it. For all former Tormead girls and staff, this is place to get back in touch and rekindle old friendships. Registration Deadline: Saturday 31 October 2020: Year 7 (11+) ISEB Common Pre-Tests Held at Tormead: Saturday 28 November 2020: Music, Art and Sport Scholarship Assessments I believe they get shuffled around into new groups in a couple of years' time - keeps everything moving and fresh. Many thanks in advance. I am just worried about putting her into a similar situation. I moved to the Guildford area a few years ago. Most selectives are good at picking the children they know will thrive there, but sometimes it goes wrong. Tormead is one of the leading UK independent schools for girls. Sign in. We moved him at the end of year 1 and it was the best decision. DD was 'in the middle' and I never felt she was overlooked. Tormead School is an independent day school for girls aged 4–18 years old in Guildford, Surrey, England. It completely stops cliques forming as no-one can easily form a power base. My other DD is at one of the other Guildford schools and suffered terrible bullying. This assessment usually takes an hour. The school prides itself on its high academic standards and expectation of the girls whilst ensuring teaching and learning is exciting and challenging. Discover the delights of Tormead by visiting this page each day! The reception class was run like a nursery (DS is in his twenties now so back then EYFS wasn't as play based) but with barely any phonics or maths. To use this feature subscribe to Mumsnet Premium - get first access to new features see fewer ads, and support Mumsnet. It was founded in 1905 and is a member of the Girls Schools Association (GSA). On the east side are two private girls' schools, Guildford High and Tormead, and the private boys' school Guildford Royal Grammar. I think both schools are brilliant and cater for a different type of girl. We are committed to providing an excellent, all round education in a warm, stimulating and supportive environment. I have goggled other threads and there was one earlier this year. newzealand68 - not sure whether your DD knows anyone going to the school but if not, my DD knows quite a few from her school and would happily have your DD around to introduce her. Have you looked around Tormead yet with your dd? I know their is a new head but I am hoping the ethos has remaind and the nurturing side is still as strong. I really liked the school when I visited it last year. Class sizes can be 16 up to about 22.Regarding the senior school, netball club takes place on site (not at the sports park) and the after school club is for all levels. I am now convinced that Tormead is right for my DD. They get a lot of h/w and there have been a lot of staff changes lately. Mummytime thank you so much for your second response. We too are waiting from more results but my DD wont even consider the other schools now ! Tormead is definitely an academic school, girls go onto top Universities. There are currently no announcements loaded. Academically, results are good enough but I wouldn't pick it again if I'm honest. An opportunity has arisen for us to transfer her to Tormead but it is such a big step, taking her away from her friends that I really don't want to move her from the frying pan into the fire! Is there a good variety of after school clubs and do the children take them up?Sorry for all the questions and I may think of more! Yes the head is very proud and can come across arrogant but she has a lot to be proud of! The feedback I have given is as follows: This article contains a good amount of encyclopedic information about the school including its history and achievements.To improve editors must make sure statements are cited as necessary, and more topics are covered such as school policies and organisation. We are just waiting to get one more result, but I think that even if that one comes through with a place, that we will take Tormead. We can't wait to see the new building, it looks like it is going to be amazing! Thanks. Its ok if your daughter is a gymnast, but you only need to look around the site to see how limited things are for games. In the end, parents should go with their gut feeling and choose the school that feels right for their daughter. It was the best decision we made sending her there! This is page 1 of 1 (This thread has 20 messages.). They do have a lot of fun at GHS, lots see it as being entirely focused on academics and being amazing at sport but there is something for everyone. The Government has announced opens in a new window that it will not publish any school or college level educational performance data based on tests, assessments or exams for 2020, and has outlined accountability arrangements opens in a new window for 2020/21. My DD is very happy there. And there are many in her peer group who are much more able than she at Tormead, so don't worry that it won't be academic enough, even though Tormead does perhaps have a broader intake than other schools. We believe an important part of preparing our girls for the future is to ensure they are adept with the use of new technologies and we are proud to be an Apple Distinguis… Since then there's been a new head in the junior school. All girls enjoy specialist teaching in music, games and gymnastics, and from Year 2, also in Design Technology. Thank you both. They are re-building the school gradually so there will eventually be much better facilities. There are 30+ professionals named "Teresa Drew", who use LinkedIn to exchange information, ideas, and opportunities. In the end we chose the one that was the right fit for our DD who is not particularly sporty or musical but has found her place at the school and I cannot recommend it highly enough. Little evidence of emotional intelligence amongst the GHS girls??? This is page 1 of 1 (This thread has 24 messages.). Second comments that GHS is not the crazy hot house the previous poster made it out to be. Not a disaster, not bad enough to leave but something is missing. Our users often ask questions and request information about the term dates, uniform , ofsted, mumsnet, teachers, former pupils and classmates, teachers and … It is horrible to know it is your child's education and happiness that you impacted with that decision.The school he was at was quite an unknown prep. Cluelessnortherner (love the name!) Are they a good match for a bright girl who sometimes struggles to focus? There has also been a significant changing of the guard amongst the staff with the recruitment of a raft of enthusiastic, dynamic teachers across all subjects. My daughter has just been offered a place (she may get offered others too - letters not arrived yet but she sat for GHS & St Catherine's). To think that families who construct their lifestyle around two incomes are living very precariously? Tormead is an independent, selective day school for girls with over 700 pupils between the ages of 4 and 18. Tormead School Q & A (Questions and Answers frequently), Reviews from teachers, students and parents. Find out how Tormead School rates compared to other primary schools in Guildford with our school ratings. I'm answering from a snr school angle - can't tell you anything about prep except that for prep I would have thought the need for space and varied physical actvity was even more important? Find out how Tormead School rates compared to other primary schools in Guildford with our school ratings. But I don't want to move her to find she is in the same situation in this news school as she was in the last! If so how long until you felt happy with it? DD1 and DD2 have both been at Tormead ever since. There are plenty of far better options out there. Roll on the weekend ! Luckily a member of staff helped and it was sorted but I am not sure I would want another DD to go through that. We do find the school to be very nurturing, every teacher DD has had so far has been lovely, and so is the head. We are about to move in the area from Sheffield in Summer as hubby and I are both changing jobs. Girls are welcomed into our Reception classroom and invited to undertake a few simple tasks, enabling our staff to observe how they interact with others and respond in a classroom setting. despite the fact that a significant number of GHS parents have daughters at the other two schools. To have bought a skirt that will drive me insane? I am not sure where she will go for secondary as that is sooooo far away yet!! Events one would normally expect in the private sector such as Speech days are impossible because they do not have the space or facilities. Rankings are based on the percentage of GCSE/IGCSE entries awarded 9-7 or A* and A grades.To qualify for inclusion there must be a minimum of 20 students in the cohort. Tormead is definitely an academic school, girls go onto top Universities. The school was lagging a bit before the new head arrived. Ticksalltheboxes - thank you so much for taking the time out to write such a comprehensive response. Assessments for Reception take place in November. Apart from one teacher we were not supported by the other school when my DD was being bullied. Sorry I also meant to ask, did you keep you DS at the school you didn't like? Following as am also interested in current Tormead views. Those who fall into the bottom quartile of their cohort are also left with low confidence despite achieving results placing them in the top 2% in the country. Will she be over looked because she is not the brightest in the class and nor is she struggling?I notice they don't do sport everyday as part of lessons, how do you think this effects the girls? We can provide you with resources and advice, arrange prospectuses to be sent to you, or provide information on a particular school. Thank you FlamingoSausage we are very clear that if we move her this time it will be the only time she moves school which is why I am trying to get as much information as possible to ensure that it is the right choice (as far as I can). The new head of senior is changing things, from what I have heard trying to make it more a town version of St Cats. Videos. Forms. The list of 20, 40 or 60 schools will show schools ranked by their School Guide Star Rating first. newzealand68 - I promise, you will not regret it. My DD has had offers from St Cats and GHS too but I think she is still Tormead bound - I really havent heard anything negative about the school which is quite an accolade !! She is stretched academically but never pushed too hard and has fantastic opportunities in a range of sports and other extra curricular activities. Maybe it will get better when all the building work is over. To the south is St Catherine's girls' private school … You have to remember GHS is super academic and in any other town Tormead would be the top, most academic girls' school.It is very hard as it is the match for your particular child, and all children are very different and few, if any, schools will work for every single child. Former Tormead girls and staff, this is page 1 of 1 ( this thread you need talk... 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