Our discussion boards go into overdrive every year in the days leading up to and immediately following the announcement of primary school offers.
It is something every parent worries about.
So we asked Wandsworth Council to let us know what the catchment areas of the borough’s schools actually are at present.
Here’s the info they gave us. Distances are given as at the primary school offer date and may change by the start of term as offers are accepted and refused and the waiting lists move.
|School||Furthest Distance offered under proximity
criterion (distances are in straight line metres)
|Beatrix Potter||all applicants within the priority areas + children outside of them areas with sibling priority up to a distance of 334m.|
|Franciscan||all applicants with sibling priority or within the priority area + children outside priority area up to a distance of 1269m.|
|Furzedown||all applicants with sibling priority or within the priority area + children outside priority area up to a distance of 405m.|
|Hotham||Bilingual class – all applicants with sibling priority+ children living up to 566 m. Open places – all applicants with sibling priority + children living up to 875 m.|
|Penwortham||all applicants within priority area + children outside of it with sibling priority up to a distance of 474m.|
|Sellincourt||all applicants with sibling priority or within the priority area + children outside of it up to a distance of 406m.|
|Shaftesbury Park||Bilingual class – all applicants with sibling priority + children living up to 1092 m. Openplaces – all applicants with sibling priority + children living up to 1468m.|
|Wix||Bilingual class – Applicants with sibling priority up to 995 metres. Open places – all applicants with sibling priority + children living up to 515m.|
|Undersubscribed Schools where all applicants were offered a place|
|Albermarle Eardley Falconbrook Granard Griffin Heathmere High View Hillbrook Mosaic Smallwood Southmead St Anne’s St Mary’s Catholic Battersea West Hill Westbridge|
The borough’s faith schools are not included as they don’t operate on a distance basis.
What’s clear is that the real squeeze on places is confined to a few distinct areas.
There weren’t enough places in Earlsfield at all leaving some children without an offer of a place at all, and others with the prospect of having to travel to the Mosaic school which is currently sited on the Putney/Roehampton borders. The Council has now addressed this by adding an extra class to the intake at Smallwood school, Tooting this year (nearer but still not actually in Earlsfield). Next year a new free school will open on the old Atheldene site in central Earlsfield which should ease the pressure.
The other hot spot is the ‘Between the Commons’ area around Northcote Road. Honeywell’s catchment area is down to a tiny 182m and Belleville’s isn’t much bigger. By our calculations that means that unless you live in either of the two green circles shown on the map below – you are going to have to look elsewhere.
If you live on Chatham Road though, you are totally sorted!
Most of the area south of Broomwood Road, does fall within the catchment of Alderbrook and High View on Lavender Hill (just up from Clapham Junction) was undersubscribed so you will get a place there. Little consolation if you live on the same road as one of the best primaries in the borough but can’t get in.