|With Secondary School Applications Pending|
We provide some general advice for making this important decision
As is the case each year, the last two weeks of September will be fraught with parents and their Year 6 children visiting schools trying to assess which one is right for their child. Parents also have to assess which school their child might get into and then marry the two lists up and hope for some overlap.
Hounslow has a brochure on Secondary School Transfer which is available for download or at libraries. All children in Year 6 should also receive a copy to take home. This explains the procedure and goes through Hounslow's schools. Page 6 has the calendar of open evenings (mostly 21-31 September) and day time school visits (early October). Page 5 has the last distance offered in 2010, which shows how far away a child lived last year from the school and still got in. This can change considerably from year to year as popularity of a school changes. Distances now involve footpaths and a good estimate can be made on Google maps which shows you distance and path (by car or on foot) between two points.
The online closing date for applications is 31st October, with one form for all of London, although some schools for example Church of England or Catholic schools have additional procedures.
General advice for making this huge decision is as follows:
Application forms must be received by your primary school by Friday 22nd October although they will be accepted until Sunday 31st October at the London Borough of Hounslow. Apply online at www.hounslow.gov.uk/admissions
September 13, 2010