Appointment with the parish priest: Parents who are considering applying for a nursery or primary school should make an appointment to discuss the matter with our parish priest as early as possible.
There are many primary schools in our local area but our Parish schools are St Bede's Roman Catholic infant school and St Bernadette Catholic Junior School (see the contact details below).
St Bede's Roman Catholic infant school
Thornton Road, Streatham, London SW12 0LF | Telephone: 020 8674 7292
St. Bernadette Catholic Junior School
Atkins Road, Clapham Park, London SW12 0AB | Telephone: 020 8673 2061
Details of all Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Southwark can be found on the website for the Education Commission serving the catholic diocese of Southwark. Please click on this link for more information.
Inspections: The Catholic schools in the area are regularly visited by government (Ofsted) inspectors and are also inspected by the Archdiocese of Southwark Commission for Schools and Colleges. For recent Ofsted results please view reports via this link and complete the details as requested on-line.
Admissions: For details of primary school admission policies and procedures you should contact your local borough in the first instance, which is usually Lambeth for those attending Mass at St Simon + St Jude, and then speak to the schools you are interested in to find out more.
You should also make an appointment with your parish priest, as explained above.
Children start primary school in reception class when they are "rising 5", that is, they have their 5th birthday in that school year.
Some primary schools have nurseries (generally speaking for the "rising 4s", that is, ages 3 to 4 years old), while others do not, and the admissions procedures for nurseries may be different from those for the schools to which they belong.
Unfortunately many primary schools in our area are oversubscribed so it is important to check the admissions criteria and the availability of places in each school carefully before you apply for a place for your child.
As a general guide to admissions, siblings of existing pupils usually have first priority, some primary schools give priority to current nursery pupils, with church schools having faith criteria and other schools having distance or "catchment area" criteria but you should always check admissions policies carefully for each school your family is interested in as they can differ quite a lot from school to school.
Other Catholic schools in our neighbourhood (listed alphabetically):
St. Andrew's Catholic Primary School - (please click on this link for more details)
Polworth Road, Streatham, London SW16 2ET
Telephone: 020 8769 4980
Corpus Christi Catholic Primary School - (please click on this link for more details)
Trent Road, London SW2 5BL
Telephone: 020 7274 4722
St. Helen's Catholic Primary School - (please click on this link for more details)
Knowle Close, Brixton, London SW9 0TH
Telephone: 020 7274 4343
St. Joseph's RC Infant School - (please click on this link for more details)
Crown Dale, London SE19 3NX
Telephone: 020 86702385
St. Joseph's RC Junior School - (please click on this link for more details)
Woodend, London SE19 3NU
Telephone: 020 8653 7195
St. Mary's Roman Catholic Primary School -(please click on this link for more details)
Crescent Lane, Clapham, London SW4 9QJ
Telephone: 020 7622 5479
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