Chris Hamilton reviewed 2 years ago
- A HORRIBLE SCHOOL! Banbury Crossroads School left our 9 year old child behind on a field trip and didn't realize it until an hour and a half later. The school told our son not to tell us and also the school never informed us. They tried to keep this incident from us until we found out from another parent weeks later. We asked them about this incident and only after repeated questioning did they finally admit that this incident happened and that they had kept this information from us intentionally. To top it off, they were not apologetic about this incident. This is unacceptable as this information was held from us by the owner, the principle and his teacher and we were unable to help our child deal with it emotionally as they had hid it from us. In another incident, the school took him out of a core subject early in the school year without consulting with us or telling us. The school then let him sit by himself for an hour a day without any supervision and without anything to do. Our child is gifted with a minor learning disability and was in grade 4 at the time and the decision to pull him out of the class was because he struggled with handwriting. The school was fully aware that he had handwriting issues before we started him in this school. The school also purposely left him behind on another school field trip as they told him that there was no room for him to go, which is absolutely damaging for a young child. He was very upset about this, as all of his classmates got to go but him. They left him with the preschool kids 5 years younger than him. We were not informed there was a field trip and if we had known, we would have made sure that he would have had transportation there. In yet another incident, his teacher left students in grades 4 to 6 alone at the Children's festival without any supervision. At this time, our son was almost left behind if it hadn't have been for another student seeing him and notifying him that they were leaving. We had to hire a full time tutor to work with our son as his teacher was not capable of working with him and as such, basically ignored him. If it were not for the tutor we hired, our son would be so far behind on his schooling he would not have even passed grade four. We had to spend thousands of dollars in addition to the tuition to ensure that he was getting educated. The school is not caring as they portray themselves and I would never recommend this school to anyone. It was a horrible experience and after our son left the school, he suffered all sorts of rage and anxiety issues from the way he was treated by the school. It took us months to get him feeling good about himself again after this horrible experience. Banbury Crossroads can not cater to gifted children or children with minor to severe learning disabilities because the staff is not qualified. They will portray themselves as a school that can handle gifted children or kids with learning disabilities, but they can not. Bottom line: This school is not caring and run completely unprofessionally. Our son is now extremely happy and doing exceptionally well at Rundle Academy and he loves it there, thank goodness!