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St Winifred's School Southampton

Testimonials

It's always good to hear what other parents and the students themselves think about a school.  These are just a very small sample of all the letters we have received.  Nothing has been changed from the original texts.

 

Dear Mrs Sellers,

 

So that’s it then, all done, both girls got their `education, education, education`… no more Gregg School after eight years of school musicals, house dance competitions, speech days, parent/teacher evenings and sneaking visits to the Gertrude Jekyll garden.  Yes, we are going to miss the place even if the girls don’t (just yet).

 

Inevitably we ask ourselves, was it worth it?  Did the girls receive a better education by going private?  Were the difficult financial commitments we made a sensible decision when the state provides the same for free?  Ultimately did S and G get better exam grades than they would have otherwise…

 

I don’t imagine that we can ever really know for sure the answer to these questions.  For all we know they may have received identical exam results from our local state school and we could have saved a small fortune.  One can only assess these past eight years on feelings and impressions as we’ll never know how they may have fared otherwise, and from our very first open day visit as prospective parents those feelings and impressions have been never less than entirely positive. 

 

The only questions that are relevant to us are; do we regret sending S and G to a private fee-paying school (no, not for a moment), do we regret choosing The Gregg over other similar schools (same answer), would we always have wondered `what if` had we chosen the local state school (I rather think so).  We are delighted to have been part of The Gregg School these past eight years.  You have a fine establishment there which has always struck just the right balance with all of the competing tasks that are required of a successful school and we thank you for doing an outstanding job on S and G.

 

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M has had a wonderful year. She is the bright, beautiful and confident child I saw entering school at 4-years-old. Through her primary years she was bullied terribly. When I stood up for her through the school head, both the teachers and head and I, successfully tackled the issue but it took a long time and M was a shadow of herself. 

 

Things got so bad for M that she became very depressed. When I chose The Gregg, I did so on the recommendation from some very trusted friends. I was very worried at the start of the new school year that M would be too scared to trust people again because she had little trust left in others.

 

I am typing this email with tears of joy in my eyes because your school has given my little girl her smile again. No amount of wealth in the world could equate to the joy of seeing M so happy and contented.  Everyone has contributed to giving this little girl her sense of self-worth.

 

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I am writing to you to say thank you, I really enjoyed Speech Day yesterday. Having seen A and R through two previous schools and at both had the privilege of sitting through school events such as these, I can honestly say that none have gone so far in recognising the contributions and achievements of all their pupils.

 

I thought the pen profiles of the year 11 students were done very well and reflected on all of them not only as individuals but for what they brought to, and how they would be remembered by, the School.  

 

These tributes were delivered very positively (and amusingly) whether they were at the top of their year in exam performance or not. This was a pleasure to see and I believe this is what really sets the Gregg School aside from its peers. The ability to recognise every child as an individual through not only your beliefs but more importantly your actions and teaching style. 

So many schools speak of this ambition, so few actually achieve it.

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Dear all,

 

This is a letter to thank you all for teaching me, feeding me, and for basically being awesome human beings for the last five years.

 

When I first came to this school, I was the shyest, most anti-social bookworm you could ever meet.  My idea of a friend was a chunk of pages (and let’s be honest, it still kind of is).  But I made my best friends here.  I learnt how to take my raw love of words and craft it into something delicate and yet so powerful.  I learnt how the world works.  I learnt how to cook things without burning them (mostly) and I learnt how to do quadratic equations (again, sort of).

 

But most importantly, you all taught me to be confident.  You taught me to become who I wanted to be, and you taught me that friends aren’t just found between the pages.

 

I want to say thank you to you all.  Thanks for teaching me, thanks for telling me that I could DO stuff, and thanks for listening to what I had to say.  And yes, this is the clumsiest way I could possibly phrase it (I can hear Mr Pratchett turning in his grave), but it’s the best I can do.

 

Thank you so much for all of the hard work you put in.  You have all been wonderful teachers to me, and I will miss all of you very much indeed.

 

Your (forever irritating) student, F.

 

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Dear Mrs Sellers,

 

M’s overall attitude towards her GCSEs has been really impressive. We have actually had to encourage her to still have a social life and breaks!

Before the exams take place however, we would like to express our thanks to yourself and all the staff at the Gregg School for making each of the pupils realise that they are an individual and that each individual always has something to contribute to the school and that each of them are important.

When we started looking for a secondary school for M, it wasn’t for ‘grades’ or because we didn’t like our feeder school. It was because the feeder school did not suit M and we did not want her to become a number who had to fit into the system. She did not have a huge amount of confidence, had chosen not to have very many friends as in her own words, she didn’t really ‘like’ anyone at Primary School.

Although this was not exactly true, it was her way of trying to say that she didn’t feel as though she ‘clicked’ with anyone or fitted in. She was never bullied and never had any friendship issues, she simply didn’t feel a part of her year group.

For us, we wanted M to feel a part of somewhere, to make friends and be happy for 5 years - any exam expectations had not entered our mind.

We met doing French A level……retake! P went on to go to university in France and I qualified a few years later in HR whilst working full time and we are both now educated to Masters Level. We have explained to M that some pupils will follow the natural line right through to degree, others may take a different path and take slightly longer to get there. Does it matter? Not at all!

M has been SO happy at the Gregg, she has made a number of friends (who appreciate her dry sense of humour), she has felt valued and realised that she is liked for her individuality and that it is ok for her to simply be her.

The outcome of this confidence and happiness has led to her achieving grades that we had never anticipated. It may be that these grades will shine through in August - but they may not (depending on the day and M’s nerves), but she has seen what she is capable of and we do not feel that she would be the smiling young lady we see today had she not attended the Gregg.... and that smile is worth it all!

Many thanks

 


 

 


 

 

 
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