This is the first time I've posted here and I'm hoping for some advice/support about primary schools in Lewisham - specifically Catford/Forest Hill area.
I'm due to apply for primary schools this autumn. All my child's friends will be going to a good local school but it's not my closest school and given how oversubscribed and how good this school is I feel there is little chance my child will get in. I'm not overly keen on my local school - it is improving but I don't know anyone who is sending their child there if they have another option. But I don't want to run the risk of not getting a place in any of my selected schools if I put it too low down on my choices list.
If I put my local school as my first choice, I'm pretty sure I will get in. Can I then still appeal to see if I can get a place in a different school or can I only do that if I don't get given my first choice?
Also, does anyone know how the system works - what weighting does your ranking of schools on your application form have against your distance from the school? So, for example, if the school has 60 places and only 60 people put it as their first choice do all those 60 get in, regardless of where they live? Or do they pool all the applications and work out a catchment area, meaning some people who put a school as 2nd choice would get in over someone further away who put it as first?
Thank you for any replies! Really I just feel bad that my child will be starting school alone while all her friends she has had since being a baby (who we met at a local playgroup) will be starting together, just because we live on the other side of the hill!
Primary school - lewisham/catford/forest hill
MrsL76 · 30/08/2009 19:46
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