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Author:  iamwhatuthinkiam [ Fri May 31, 2019 9:23 am ]
Post subject:  Habs/ COL - open day vs group tours

Hello all

Some independent schools (e.g. Haberdasher boys and City of London boys) hold both an open day (on weekends) and group tours (on week days). I have already signed up for the open days but am not sure whether I should sign up to a group tour (always a bit difficult to get out of work). However I would make time if it provides an extra edge to my DS's candidature. Do any of the parents on the forum have a point of view? Does attending the group tour help?

Thanks,

Author:  hermanmunster [ Fri May 31, 2019 10:50 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Habs/ COL - open day vs group tours

iamwhatuthinkiam wrote:
Hello all

Some independent schools (e.g. Haberdasher boys and City of London boys) hold both an open day (on weekends) and group tours (on week days). I have already signed up for the open days but am not sure whether I should sign up to a group tour (always a bit difficult to get out of work). However I would make time if it provides an extra edge to my DS's candidature. Do any of the parents on the forum have a point of view? Does attending the group tour help?

Thanks,


Don't think going on group tour gives your child more chance of getting a place but it is very well worth seeing a school on a normal working day - they are different places at the weekend

Author:  Daogroupie [ Fri May 31, 2019 1:59 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Habs/ COL - open day vs group tours

I would always go on a weekday while the school is in operation to get a real feel for the school.

Does your ds have a preference for either school? DG

Author:  Moon unit [ Fri May 31, 2019 2:51 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Habs/ COL - open day vs group tours

I am as sure as I can be the group tour won’t give the edge.
We had two chances to do group tours.
We did both and felt they were miles more useful than open days.
I would also highly recommend seeing if you can get to a concert/play/fete etc.
You get so much useful info from those things and no sales pitch.

Author:  drinkmoretea [ Tue Jun 04, 2019 8:52 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Habs/ COL - open day vs group tours

We did a weekday tour of COL with a few hundred others - but we were shown round by boys and got a really good chance to chat too them. I'd recommend that (book ahead)

Author:  iamwhatuthinkiam [ Sat Jun 15, 2019 5:02 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Habs/ COL - open day vs group tours

Thanks all. Daogroupie - no, my son does not have any preference for any of the 2 schools.

Author:  Daogroupie [ Sat Jun 15, 2019 5:04 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Habs/ COL - open day vs group tours

Perhaps he will after the tours.

They have quite a different feel. DG

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