We are currently in the process of moving to London after living overseas for the past 5 years, we havent started looking at schools as we have no clue how the english systems works, I've heard its different from the scottish system.
The kids have been following the british ciriculum whilst we have been away and are currently in year 2 and year 4 (ages 5 and 7).
What is the process with appply to schools and is there a catchment system also. Any information would be hugely appreciated. Husband will be working Sunbury/Feltham so any school advise around these areas would be good aswell Thanks
But in London area it is very fluid. The LEA may not give you advice on where has places until you have an address. The LEA has to give you a school place, but if all the schools are full this may be at some distance (when they will have to provide transport), or they could make a school go over its admission numbers. For your child in year 2, they are covered by the infant school class size, which means the class size is limited to 30, and it is hard to get extras into a school. It is easier to win an appeal with your year 4 child. Each LEA has their own admission criteria, and they can also differ between schools within an LEA, especially faith schools. Also if you end up living in Kent, they have an 11+ system for secondary. I would start by looking at the Good School guide site, followed by the OFSTED reports for the area you are thinking of living.
Thanks for the info I'll have a look at the good schools guide, that was the other thing I wasnt sure about, what years they would go into, they have already done yr 1 and yr 3 their birthdays are April/May