I didn't mean to cause offence with my previous posts. We all love our own streets/area - that is one of the good things about living in this part of London.
I would, however, question how objective some of the posters are about the relative merits of SW17 primary schools. See this link to a comparative analysis of the Ofsted reports of SW17 primary schools (unfortunately doesn't include Penwortham as that is SW16, but still Wandsworth council):
http://www.tootingonline.com/forum/toot ... ports.html
Also see this link to a comparative analysis of the KS2 results of SW17 primary schools:
http://www.tootingonline.com/forum/toot ... ances.html
Some posters suggested that Ofsted reports and KS2 results are not particularly relevant. I disagree, although I think they have to be viewed in context. If schools with low levels of children on free school meals and/or without English as a first language are getting significantly poorer KS2 results than nearby schools with much higher levels then I wouldn't be complacent about the performance of the school particularly if the Ofsted report on the school is also less than good.
I also stand over what I said earlier about Graveney School. I know from friends who have children there that the streaming is extensive and that the results of the lower streams are not good. If you go to http://www.education.gov.uk
and go to school league tables for 2012 you will see the following when you compare Graveney with other local comps Ernest Bevin, Burntwood and Chestnut Grove:
In terms of ave point score per pupil across 8 best GSCEs:
Low attainers: 201.3
Medium attainers: 312.0
High attainers: 420.4
Low attainers: 111.0
Medium attainers: 266.3
High attainers: 370.1
Low attainers: 209.2
Medium attainers: 314.4
High attainers: 403.2
Low attainers: 162.3
Medium attainers: 286.1
High attainers: 389.2
None of Ernest Bevin, Burntwood or Chestnut Grove would be considered a school that parents are falling over themselves to get their children into. Howevever you will see that the results for Graveney are not in a different league.
Graveney's results are better because they admit 25% selective places and therefore have more high attainers in the first place, i.e. the raw material is "better", not necessarily the production process itself, IYSWIM. Also, siblings of those getting selective places are automatically admitted, ahead of those getting in on proximity to the school alone. Thus, the 75% non-selective places aren't all "local" children but a good chunk of them are younger siblings of those who go in on the test in previous years. Children that are good enough to get in on the Wandsworth test will have a good chance of having a younger sibling that is good also (even if not quite good enough to get in on the Wandsworth test themselves).
Partly because of the number of siblings getting admitted, the distance to get in on proximity alone last time was just over 500m (straight line from centre of school) which covers most of Furzedown but not quite all of it.