for parents choosing primary schools
who want their children to start attending a Wandsworth nursery
or primary school in September 2004 can find out more about
the admissions process in an informative new council brochure.
education department has produced a new brochure called Starting
School in Wandsworth which gives detailed advice and information
on how to apply to local primary and nursery schools.
booklet gives simple and straightforward information about
all aspects of the admissions policy of every single Wandsworth
primary school and nursery.
contains a map so parents can find their nearest schools,
a timetable of important dates in the admissions calendar,
details of local after-school care schemes and contact details
to help find out more about other early years services in
are being distributed to schools and council information points
and further copies can be requested by telephoning 020 8871
8265, visiting the education department's offices on the fourth
floor of the town hall or by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
of the brochure, as well as a wealth of information about
local primary schools, can also be downloaded from www.wandsworth.gov.uk/startingschool.
applying to a Wandsworth primary or nursery school must do
so by Friday, February 13, 2004. There is no limit on the
number of schools parents can apply to.
schools will announce their decisions on Friday, March 5.
Parents who have successfully applied to more than one school
must let each one know straight away whether or not they wish
to accept the place.
with firm offers of a place must tell the school whether or
not they wish to accept the place by Friday, March 12. Failure
to do so by this date means that those places could be offered
to other children.
Parents who apply after the February 13 deadline will be offered
any remaining places at the school of their choice, but if
the class is already full, the child's name can only be put
on a waiting list. At this stage parents will need to secure
a place at another school with available places.
member for education Cllr Malcolm Grimston said: "We
strongly recommend that parents find out more about a school
before they apply. They can use the information in the council's
booklet to contact schools for a prospectus or to arrange
schools receive more applications that they can accept. The
booklet explains the admissions criteria which are used to
decide which children will be offered places. This will give
parents an idea of whether or not their child stands a good
chance of getting a place at the school they prefer.
parents are certain that their child will get a place at a
particular school, they should apply to other schools as well.
of England and Roman Catholic schools have different admissions
criteria from other schools. Parents should contact these
schools direct for more information."
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