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Hello, I live in Walton on Thames and am starting to look at schools for my daughter. She's 18 months old so have ages!! I'm a teacher though, so eager to find the right one. We live very near Walton oak school and do not want her to go there. I'm confused about catchment areas; when I look on the Surrey cc website, they have a smart area and when I put in my postcode, 92 schools come up. Are these all in my catchment area?? I'm also wondering about St. James's in Weybridge. We are c of e, but not devout (Ashley's out then!) St. James's doesn't seem to have the harsh criteria that Ashley does. Would we be in their catchment area? Also, can you recommend any other good schools please. State schools. Thank you
Euler - the tool from Surrey County Council is only useful in showing the distance between your house and each school. You certainly won't be in the catchment area for all that it shows you. You may only be clsoe enough to the top 1 or 2 schools to get a place. You need to print off the distances that this tool generates and then go to each school website (or the Surrey Council website) where it tells you the 'last distance offered' for each school last year
So you may find you live 300m from Walton Oak School and the furthest distance they offered a place to a non-sibling last year was 750m .This means you are 'in catchment' (although last distance offered is not fixed - it can shrink if more siblings apply)
For St James', they seem to have no faith criteria at all - it is siblings and distance related BUT they give priority to people for whom it is their nearest school so you may well be last priority at this school since you have Walton Oak as your closest school. You'd need to check how the distances are officially measured.
You can look here and follow the link to Elmbridge to see who was offered which schools in 2012 based on distance. It seems for example St James' took all who applied and 5 extras as well who got lalocated it despite not asking for it.
((just reaalised there's probably more than one St James' so double check the figures to make sure it is 'your' one before relying on it to judge chances of a place)) The website link though should give you a general idea and if not, you can ask Surrey council for the figures for the schools you are interested in.