Secondary schools in Hammersmith and Fulham

Joanne MacInnes's picture
This may not be the right forum for discussing the merits of individual schools but im looking for advice about secondary schools in H&F and Kensington. I live in Brook Green and seem to be surrounded by Academies; Hammersmith, Holland park and the West London Free School, which ideally i would like to avoid. of course those are the schools that enjoy the new buildings and facilities. Does anyone have experience of Pheonix or Fulham Cross? Im not religous, so cannot consider the faith schools.

I was raised in canada, where, at that time we all went to the local school. Private schools were very rare, but I understand they are on the increase. I am unfamiliar with the whole English system, i.e. Grammar vs Comprehensive and find it difficult to make a judgement as to what is best based on my lack of experience in this school system.
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Rebecca Hanson's picture
Wed, 13/06/2012 - 20:09

I live in Cumbria and have no direct experience of any of these schools, but I read a lot of discussion forums in education and remember recently someone writing incredibly positive things about Phoenix. It seemed to be intelligent and genuine praise for a well led school.
I assume this is the one you're talking about?

andy's picture
Wed, 13/06/2012 - 21:17

I'm not based in London and don't have personal knowledge of the schools to which you refer. The best I can offer is the links below which will enable you to compare and contrast in relation to their performance data and where available links to Ofsted reports. You may be more in the know that I am but to the best of my understanding, and having looked on their website, Holland Park is not an academy nor in the process of converting.

Fulham Cross School

Phoenix High School

Holland Park School

beth murphy's picture
Sun, 01/07/2012 - 18:19

Look at Fulham Cross website. I have just been offered a place for my daughter in september and am over the moon...on paper it looks very good indeed!

andy's picture
Sun, 01/07/2012 - 20:03

Hope it goes to plan and that the school lives up to its reputation.

Daniel's picture
Fri, 13/07/2012 - 02:05

Have to agree with Ken Maddison's comments. As a diristct nurse we are constantly trying to marry a person's care requirements across health and social care with what is available and try and to push the boundaries within our own professions and social care to try and change the status quo as well as trying to provide a resource and practical care for the patients and families we see. There seems to be some reasonable provision for terminal patients but if people have long term, chronic conditions requiring support, this becomes a minefield for people to navigate across the health, social care and benefit systems which often only even starts to become resolved when a crisis occurs. I have to say there are some excellent health and social care professionals where I live but they are not all so patient centred with problem solving, thinking outside the box' attitudes.

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