Saturday 15 November 2003 2.50pm
I'm Chair of governors of Friars in Webber St and a governor of St Joseph's RC in Redcross Way
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There are 4 primary schools in the NW corner of Southwark - the two above, plus Cathedral C of E and Charles Dickens. They are all very good - all were well within the top 10 Southwark primaries last year and all had really good SATS results. Friars I think was the last to be OFSTEDed & we had a great report.
However, because the schools are good, they are oversubscribed. It's pretty hopeless applying to St Joseph's or the Cathedral school unless you (or partner) are a practising member of RC or C of E as they are voluntary aided church schools and give priority to people of their faith. Friars is not, but it gives priority first to children with siblings at the school, then children with recognised special needs, and then those living very close by. It is so much in demand that children living only a small distance away often have to be refused, which is sad. I don't know about Charles Dickens, but the thing is to visit the schools and suss them out as soon as possible.
Of course there are primary schools in Lambeth, & I don't know where you live. Sorry, I don't know anything about Lambeth schools. But I do advise you to visit the schools you fancy, see what you think, and ask about entrance/waiting lists. Three is certainly not too young to get sorted.