Advice/opinions/experiences sought please... I'm new to Tooley Street and looking for a Y1 place for my son from Sept.
He's quite a gentle soul, has aspergers tendencies, is exceptionally able... maybe a bit of an 'odd bod' in some ways (?)
We're looking for a Christian school, the smaller the better... somewhere with love, warmth, community and possible an emphasis on music...
any ideas anyone?
thanks - katrina
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Check out Southwark Council's website for the local schools ... Cathedral and Boutcher are good (C of E); there are also a few Catholic ones dotted around locally (St Joseph's - I think - next to Cathedral) ... and then contact them to arrange a visit and find out how you apply for a Y1 place.
We've just gone through the application process to get our son into reception. In a nutshell you choose your top 4 schools and apply through Southwark Council ... Church schools have their own application form as well ... Southwark Council then tell you what school your child has been allotted - whether this process applies to getting your child into Y1 I don't know.
there is also St James C of E by St James's church in Jamaica Road which is a fairly small school. As Julie said i would arrange to visit the schools in your area to look at them and to allow you to ask questions.
it all depends where you live and how oversubscribed the schools are.
you need to apply with the council as well as the church schools. it seems that the council decides, which place is allocated, but i have my doubts about that.
as you are applying for y1 rather than reception, i am not sure how the process works.(usually the deadline is january.)
cathedral school is (obviously) affiliated with soutrhwark cathedral and there is a sunday school as far as i know, but i don't know the details exactly.
go and have a look at the schools and don't be put off by grumpy staff telling you stuff.
the school is only as good as the parents and pupils who go there.have a look!