Hi all (I am Renata
Sorry, I was tied up in meetings yesterday. I did manage to speak to a couple of you who contacted me, let me know if you have any more questions.
I will now try and answer all your questions.
Hi Kristy, yes you automatically go on all waiting lists and will remain there until the 1st of September unless you accept a place at a higher ranked school. On the 1st of September, waiting lists get transferred to the individual schools who will then be administrating them. They make ask you if you wish to remain on the waiting list at this point.
Sydenham Girls last place distance this year was 1.75km.
Hi Sol, contact Southwark admissions, give details of your admission number, child's name and address and DOB and which schools you are interested in. You can also ask to be added to the waiting lists of other schools. Southwark will do this quickly for Southwark schools, but from previous experience Lewisham won't release information on their schools waiting lists or add children to lists for 3-4 weeks.
Hi HPSaucy, there is always data released by Southwark on the primaries under Southwark's control, however all the secondaries are free schools/academies/voluntary aided/faith so such centralised secondary data doesn't exist, unfortunately. You would need to get this information from the individual schools. I know that after waiting lists etc the final place for Charter last year was 1km.
Hi Nunners, Kingsdale can take up to 15% of their intake from their Scholarship list. The Scholarship list is score ranked rather than the lottery of general admission. From what I have gathered of their system, you could gain a place from either the scholarship waiting list or from the relevant banding, random allocation waiting list for your child. Due to the other music linked entry opportunities for both private and state schools, I would expect there to be more movement on music than the sport list. Kingsdale has a huge 390 entry this year, it means, however, that 59 children will have been offered places under music and sports scholarships in total.
There is usually little movement on waiting lists until later March, once all the initial allocations can be dealt with. If you are unhappy with your allocated school, do look at other schools you could apply to. You can have your child's name to schools you didn't initially apply to, contact Southwark admissions to do this. This won't affect your current waiting lists/preferred schools. Think for example about Harris Girls/Boys or Forest Hill Boys and Deptford Green. I don't think there will be entry onto the Lewisham lists for about 3 weeks. Thomas the Apostle is oversubscribed this year.
I'm sorry to hear this, I'm not surprised you are gutted when you live so close to a school with 390 intake! Keep in mind that they may re-rank their waiting list at a later point if, for example, they have in year applicants who have good reason for not having sat their banding test eg moved to the area, but have equivalent banding information from elsewhere.
If you want any help/advise please contact me, the best is to email me with your address and the schools you applied to.
I will also check on here.
Cllr Renata Hamvas
Labour Councillor For Peckham Rye Ward
4th Thursday of each month (3rd in December), 6.30-7.30pm Nunhead Library, Gordon Rd SE15