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Moving to UK and looking for schools in Blackheath/Greenwich
I am new here but I have been reading along for a bit. I just registered and this is my first post. I hope you guys can help me with some advice.
We will be moving to the UK in July 2018 and we are looking for schools for our kids. One year 6 place for our girl and one year 9 place for our boy. We have registered the kids with all the independent schools we could find in the area, but since they are very selective and there aren't a lot of places for the number of applicants, we need to register with other schools for backup options in case we don't get a place for our children! The problem is that we don't have an address to register ourselves with, so how do we get ourselves registered with the local state schools?
Also, I understand there is quite a difference between the state schools. Which ones are good (primary and secondary) education wise and with kind children in the Blackheath/Greenwich area and which ones would you recommend?
Thanks for any help you can offer!!
You can't register with the Local Authority/Borough for state schools until you have an address from which to apply.
That was my understanding too. Its really hard because we are moving in July 2018 and we will need a place in September. Of course all the good state schools will be full by that time!
They will be full already as these are not standard ages to apply for state schools. The main entry points are for Reception (age 4), in some areas year 3 if infant/junior schools are separate, and year 7(age 11) then 6th form or college at 16. Anything in between is an In Year Admission where you are allocated a vacancy. The positive is that whatever school place your younger child is allocated will only be for that year as in October you would apply for a secondary place alongside every one else.
We're in SW London but around here pretty much all the outstanding state primary schools have spaces in Year 6 so I wouldn't worry about your youngest child. I suspect you will find a place easily in a good school even in July.
Just to say Blackheath is my fav part of SE London (we live just down the road). Are you looking for private or state schools?