Primary school in bromley

(7 Posts)
adas8495 Mon 14-Oct-13 11:38:43

Hi all,

My daughter will be turning 2 this coming January and we were looking at shifting to any good area in bromley where while filling up school council forms I can have choice of 6 schools which are good or outstanding .

Suppose if I live in a location in bromley where my catchment area has 4 good schools and 2 under performing school then if my kid doesnt get in the good schools we have no other options but the under performing one.

So is there any particular area ( in terms of close distance from school ) that has more or less good schools .

Thanks

allyfe Mon 14-Oct-13 16:17:13

You basically need to find the one school you want your child to get into, check what the smallest catchment area has been for the last 3 years or so, and move WELL within that smallest distance. To be honest, I don't know of anywhere in Bromley that you could be in the catchment area of more than 1 good school at the time (based on distance). So you need to check out the schools, go to the open days, make your decision and move accordingly. Totally nuts I know.

allyfe Mon 14-Oct-13 16:17:53

Sorry - should have been more than one good school at a time.

wineoclocktimeyet Mon 14-Oct-13 21:39:27

As Allyfe says, the catchments for all the good Bromley Primaries tend to be very small and I cant think of many areas which will have more than one - let alone 3 or 4 . This is a booklet online which gives you a map and the catchment distances of all the primary schools over the last 3 years.
http://www.bromley.gov.uk/downloads/file/1784/starting_primary_education_in_bromley_2014_booklet

If you have any questions about particular schools, please feel free to PM me

tiggytape Tue 15-Oct-13 09:16:39

As others have said, in populated areas, it doesn't really work like that.

It probably won't be the case that if you miss out on your nearest outstanding school you get into the second nearest outstanding school instead. Most people will only live close enough for 1 school to be a viable option. All the other schools, even ones just slightly further away, will probably be off limits because they will be someone else's closest school and other people living closer than you will get priority for them.

If you are moving for schools therefore, identify one you like and move nextdoor (or at least well within the previous year's cut-off distances). It helps if you can also identify another nearby school that isn't oversubscribed but isn't too bad either and have that as your plan B (because otherwise missing out on the local outstanding school may mean being sent to one you wouldn't have chosen with spaces left over)

MummyPigsFatTummy Wed 16-Oct-13 10:48:29

Where I live in Bromley I am not within the catchment (looked at over the lastthree years) of even one outstanding school. In fact, the only schools we are likely to get (apart from on faith criteria) require improvement according to Ofsted. So do your homework carefully but bear in mind that schools can go up and down quickly as a result of a change of head so try to get within reach of a few good schools if you can as well as one outstanding one.

PancakesAndMapleSyrup Wed 23-Oct-13 00:32:40

Clare house, valley and highfields are all very good and if you look on a map all relatively close in proximity.

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