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alessandraV Tue 07-Jul-20 20:42:30

A friend of mine is moving to London in September and she has a DD starting year 8. She is not British and she won’t be admitted in a estate school, so she is looking for a private one. Ideally she would live near her work in brook street but could also go to NW or SW (she also has to rent). Could you advise some good private/international school? American schools are out of the equation ( too expensive). Thank you all!

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AveEldon Tue 07-Jul-20 20:49:06

Most private schools will be £21K +

alessandraV Tue 07-Jul-20 20:52:20

🙈 thank you

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cakeisalwaystheanswer Tue 07-Jul-20 20:58:43

Why won't her DD get a state school place?

leafeater Tue 07-Jul-20 21:19:47

Look at the GDST website if she wants an all girls school. They have six or seven dotted around London.
You should bear in mind most schools are closing in the next three weeks so she should contact admissions ASAP for private to see if they have spaces in her year group.

alessandraV Tue 07-Jul-20 22:07:35

cakeisalwaystheanswer

Why won't her DD get a state school place?


Because every one she is writing to replies they have no vacancies. 🤷🏻‍♀️

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alessandraV Tue 07-Jul-20 22:07:49

cakeisalwaystheanswer

Why won't her DD get a state school place?


Because every one she is writing to replies they have no vacancies. 🤷🏻‍♀️

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alessandraV Tue 07-Jul-20 22:21:42

leafeater

Look at the GDST website if she wants an all girls school. They have six or seven dotted around London.
You should bear in mind most schools are closing in the next three weeks so she should contact admissions ASAP for private to see if they have spaces in her year group.


The girl prefers a mixed one 🤷🏻‍♀️

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Embracelife Tue 07-Jul-20 22:25:15

She has to have an address then the local education authority will advise what places are available. For state school. Or she could look by local authority.

alessandraV Tue 07-Jul-20 22:26:04

leafeater

Look at the GDST website if she wants an all girls school. They have six or seven dotted around London.
You should bear in mind most schools are closing in the next three weeks so she should contact admissions ASAP for private to see if they have spaces in her year group.


The girl prefers a mixed one 🤷🏻‍♀️

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alessandraV Tue 07-Jul-20 22:29:19

Embracelife

She has to have an address then the local education authority will advise what places are available. For state school. Or she could look by local authority.


Thank you! She wanted to rent near the school... maybe she will have to do the other way around.

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Tavannach Tue 07-Jul-20 22:39:17

As pp says school places are allocated by the local authority (so wherever they're living eg. Camden or Haringey or Lewisham etc) so they need an address. As I understand it the local authority are obliged to find a place. The good schools are difficult to get into, although it might be a bit easier in year 8.
This will take time and dedication to sort out. Does she have any contacts in London who could recommend a school? She could find out if there's a place in yr 8 and move into that area.

Tavannach Tue 07-Jul-20 22:41:07

Parents in London spend years agonising about schools.

Embracelife Tue 07-Jul-20 22:56:51

Schools won't know until September what places they have. Prople move. She should choose a Borough with OK schools then apply when has an address.
Where is Brook Street anyway?

Embracelife Tue 07-Jul-20 22:59:48

It will count as in year admissions for example
www.barnet.gov.uk/schools-and-education/school-admissions/year-admissions/secondary-year-application

Embracelife Tue 07-Jul-20 23:00:34

www.wandsworth.gov.uk/schools-and-admissions/admissions/in-year-admissions-and-transfers/

Embracelife Tue 07-Jul-20 23:01:03

Basically look at each borough. See which list vacancies.

Embracelife Tue 07-Jul-20 23:03:12

Fir example Wandsworth says You should contact the Pupil Services section to find out the availability of places in the schools listed in the brochuresChoose a Wandsworth Secondary School.

So she can call each londonm borough education department and ask which schools have places for Yr 8 September then look up.those schools with places

Embracelife Tue 07-Jul-20 23:04:02

..but situation can change in September

cakeisalwaystheanswer Wed 08-Jul-20 00:31:37

Get on every waiting list OP. There is a lot of movement in London and it will be enhanced this year because some expat jobs based in london may go or be moved back to the home country.

Places may be very last minute but they will come up. Good luck to your friend.

alessandraV Wed 08-Jul-20 03:33:21

Thank thank thank for al the answers!! 💜💜💜
Brook Street is SW1

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ComeBy Thu 09-Jul-20 13:35:31

In her shoes I would find an area that suits her journey to work. Then (of those areas) find one that has good schools. 'Good' rated Ofsted is fine, doesn't need to be 'Outstanding'.

Then check that that school admits on distance. The find a place to live that is as close to being on the doorstep of the school as possible.

For example, if she is working near the Northern Line stations in N1 she could move to Balham , as close as possible to Chestnut Grove school. And also put her name down for other Wandsworth schools such as Burntwood.

It would be better if she could come in August and have her name down on the waiting lists before term starts.

ComeBy Thu 09-Jul-20 13:40:43

Oh, sorry, SW1 is not on the Northern Line.

But if she is close to Victoria she has lots of transport options to different areas. The principle is the same.

If close to Victoria she could move to the doorstep of Dunraven school in Streatham , put her name down also for Elmgreen and Norwood school, and catch the train from Streatham Hill station.

For example.

alessandraV Thu 09-Jul-20 14:49:23

Thank you very much @ComeBy 💜

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My0My Thu 09-Jul-20 15:00:16

I cannot find a Brook Street in SW1. W1. In Mayfair?

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