Moving to south Abingdon... advice on primary schools needed please!

(7 Posts)
LiliaSant Mon 25-Apr-16 14:24:58

I am moving to Sutton Courtenay and would like some inside knowledge of the following primary schools, please...

Drayton Community Primary
Culham Parochial School
Clifton Hampden CofE
Long Wittenham CofE
Sutton Coutenay CofE
Europa School

I don't know anything about the primary schools in that area, so any comments would be appreciated..
I have a daughter in current reception year, so we will be starting in year 1, September 2016.

Many thanks mums!!

LiliaSant Tue 26-Apr-16 14:13:47

No one???

enjoyingscience Tue 26-Apr-16 14:57:54

Europa is a fully bilingual school, so children are streamed into either (IIRC) french or german groups and taught that language in all subjects throughout school. It's fab if that's what you want, but it's fairly niche if you are not interested so much in dual-language teaching.

Don't know about the others, but they are all based in nice villages, so that's a good start!

PatriciaHolm Tue 26-Apr-16 15:05:35

As you'll be looking for an in-year placement (rather than joining at the normal admissions point), you may find that some if not all of the schools you are interested in are full.

When you have an address in SC, talk to the local LEA about where there are places. They won't hold you a place now for September though.

NewEnglandMum3 Sun 01-May-16 02:42:08

We're also moving to the area and my son is entering year 1 in Sept. I'd agree that many of these schools are likely full. I spoke with Clifton Hampden last week and they expect to be full in all year groups, unless someone leaves the school. I've found the best way to find out if there are spaces is to call the schools directly.

HPFA Sun 01-May-16 07:21:04

Sutton Courtenay school has a different profile from most village schools in that it has an above average number of disadvantaged children.It seems to be regarded as the school for the council estate rather than the whole village. Have you thought of looking at the primary schools in Didcot itself? The schools you have mentioned are all very small and finding spaces in them could be an issue.

On the positive side my DD goes to Didcot Girls -your catchment secondary and I have been hugely impressed with it. That probably seems a long way off though.

LiliaSant Mon 02-May-16 21:52:50

Thank you all for the very helpful comments! I had a feeling that the schools would be full. I will call them and find out more about places available...

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