Secondary state schools - Caterham catchment area

(6 Posts)
StarWarsStanley Sat 18-Jan-14 18:58:24

Hi there.

I'm thinking ahead a year or so but would appreciate advice on reasonable options for state secondary within the Caterham area -

would oxted county be too far?

what's de Stafford like these days?

Oasis academy - what's it like? Outside of catchment perhaps?

Any others that I've missed?

What about grammars?

Thanks muchly.

LadyMuck Sat 18-Jan-14 19:05:42

I know people living in Caterham Valley who got into Warlingham.

Flappingandflying Sat 18-Jan-14 22:08:57

Warlingham and Riddlesdown both well thought of. Oxted is massive but a good school and has the head who also runs Howard of Effingham.

De Stafford has greatly improved over the last six years or so. My DS1 got very good GCSE grades there. We were worried when we first moved here (Caterham Valley) as the previous owners of our house warned us that De Stafford had a bad reputation and they home schooled for that reason but a new headmaster was brought in and things improved quickly.

No knowledge of Warlingham but I do know that most of the students expelled from De Stafford then go on to Warlingham.

Have not heard good things about the Oasis Academy but no first hand knowledge I'm afraid.

Forago Mon 17-Mar-14 09:55:57

any updates? Warlingham or deStafford?

sandyballs Tue 18-Mar-14 12:24:31

Oasis academy has improved enormously in the last couple of years. I have friends with children there and they are happy and impressed by it. Two years ago our DDs were allocated Oasis - it was our second choice, no other options except our first choice - and we were all extremely disappointed. They didn't end up going there as we were near the top of the waiting list of our chosen school and eventually got in.

Two years on I would react completely differently to that news.

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