Wednesday 11 January 2006 12.16pm
there have been some posts on this before. I live near you and my little fella started school last year. The schools near us that are popular with parents are Tower Bridge but they tend to take pupils from the other direction-i.e. towards Jamaca road as Snowsfields school in our direction. Charles Dickins also has a good reputation but again tend to take pupils from towards the Borough due to Snowsfields. Both schools are very over subscribed as is Boucher which has a small catchment area. If you are Cof E Cathedral also has a good reputation but again is over subscribed.
I went round all the schools when putting my sons name down and asked lots of parents what they thought-and the above were the most popular -Snowsfields did not come out very well so i did not even consider it. The Grange
in TBR some parents loved and some hated.
I was lucky enough to get my son into my first choice - a school near my parents rather than near me-as i work full time and they pick him up but that was due to a very sympathetic head and Govenors and the fact he had cousins at the same school.
Put your childrens names down for as many schools as you can as due to over subscription - to be honest i think it is a matter of luck if you can get into a school of choice unless you live very close to the school. My experience was that they do not allow you to do a tour of the schools but even from going to put names down you can get a feel for the atmosphere of the school. also talk to as many other parents as you can at playgroup etc as they will have some knowledge through siblings and family etc.