Did you get your first choice primary?

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Re: Did you get your first choice primary?

Postby pepper » Fri Apr 17, 2015 9:03 pm

I try to find out the distance to St Mary Catholic School in Clapham Common, anyone knows the distance?
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Postby Blueshorthair » Sat Apr 18, 2015 9:52 am

Really interesting to see the distances - thanks for posting. Rutherford House catchment hasn't actually changed much since last year. Not surprised that Ravenstone was able to offer a place to everyone given its Ofsted (and I know there are mixed views from parents on the report) but i came away from the open day with a pretty poor impression of the place. Surprised that Trinity St Mary was able to offer everyone places though. Alderbrook catchments shrunk quite a lot.
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Postby marmarzet » Sat Apr 18, 2015 10:41 am

I'm interested to find out what school children from the area around the southern end of Wroughton/Hillier/Devereux Roads were offered? Looks to me like the Alderbrook catchment has shrunk sufficiently to exclude this area, but it's too far from HW/BV (even with the increase in BV's catchment). Ravenstone (seems very far for a 5yo to go)? Or do all kids from this area just go private?!?
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Re: Did you get your first choice primary?

Postby mumandmore » Sat Apr 18, 2015 11:36 am

I can confirm that the honeywell catchment extended to 189m as we are 189m and received a place.
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Re: Did you get your first choice primary?

Postby mamilou » Sat Apr 18, 2015 7:05 pm

Marmarzet, I and others in the areas you mention have been given trinity st Mary's in balham. Hadn't heard of it before - keen to hear any views.
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Re: Did you get your first choice primary?

Postby firsttimerSW11 » Sat Apr 18, 2015 9:44 pm

re Trinity St Mary, have you read the Ofsted report, it's never the full picture obviously but see excerpt below:

The proportion of pupils who are known to be eligible for free school meals is above average. The majority of pupils come from minority ethnic backgrounds. Approximately a third of pupils are learning English as an additional language, including several at a very early stage. The proportion of pupils supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is above average. The proportion of pupils joining or leaving the school at other than the usual times is much higher than average.
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Re: Did you get your first choice primary?

Postby Pud1 » Sat Apr 18, 2015 10:23 pm

This would be a similar picture in many Wandsworth schools. The best way to judge a school is to go and visit it, and talk to current parents if possible.
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Re: Did you get your first choice primary?

Postby sid_seal » Sat Apr 18, 2015 10:38 pm

I back Pud1's reply. That's what our area is like. If you read the rest of the Ofsted report, it's actually very complimentary of the pupils' behaviour and achievement as well as of the leadership. The Data dashboard also shows encouraging results.
If an Ofsted report isn't quite the whole picture, even less so is an excerpt from it.
Good luck to all puzzled parents who were allocated this school without having ever heard about it. I never visited it as we were not considering a faith school, but it sounds like a lovely and nurturing place.
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Re: Did you get your first choice primary?

Postby siying » Sun Apr 19, 2015 12:08 am

Which website do you use to calculate the direct distance?
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Re: Did you get your first choice primary?

Postby Blueshorthair » Sun Apr 19, 2015 6:47 am

Trinity St Mary's was one of our choices - and one we would have been happy to have been offered. It's a small school and felt like a very caring, nurturing place to me.
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Re: Did you get your first choice primary?

Postby Frangipani125 » Mon Apr 20, 2015 10:15 am

I'd be really interested if anyone has information on the distances this year for two schools in the Hyde Farm part of Balham - Henry Cavendish and Telferscot?

Unfortunately Lambeth isn't on the ball like Wandsworth and I can't find published metre information for this year.

Thanks!
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Re: Did you get your first choice primary?

Postby Jellie75 » Mon Apr 20, 2015 2:16 pm

Feel rather silly asking this question but what does BTC stand for?

Thanks.
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Re: Did you get your first choice primary?

Postby Annabel (admin) » Mon Apr 20, 2015 4:19 pm

Don't feel silly Jellie75!

BTC is between the commons ;)

Annabel x
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Re: Did you get your first choice primary?

Postby Munchkin16 » Wed Apr 22, 2015 10:15 am

mamilou wrote:Marmarzet, I and others in the areas you mention have been given trinity st Mary's in balham. Hadn't heard of it before - keen to hear any views.
I have a daughter at Trinity St Mary's and she has been there since nursery and she loves it. She is now in Year 2. It is a small school but the children know they are part of a nurturing, caring community and this is shown in their behaviour and attitude towards learning, each other and adults. My LO has been looked after like she is a member of a family with so much care and love. There is very good discipline at the school with children very respectful of others and adults. The staff are amazing and always ready to assist and answer questions. I am so glad that my LO is in such a good school.

Taking a small excerpt from an Ofsted report which poster firsttimerSW11 does not give the full picture. Perhaps call the school and ask if you can have a visit and have a look around and get a feel for the school yourself.
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Re: Did you get your first choice primary?

Postby BigCat79 » Thu Apr 23, 2015 10:57 am

It's great that Wandsworth distances have been confirmed - but does anyone know where to access Lambeth too? I'm applying in Jan and live on the Lambeth/Wandsworth border, so really keen to see what this years distances are at first offer level.
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