This is probably the most frequent question from expatriate families, before coming to London. How do I find a good state school in London for my children?
The answer we always give is to first ask the family what they define as a good school. Some families will favour the academic results, other families the environment provided to the children, as an example. Whatever the answer is though, there is a method to assessing and selecting schools, ahead of the applications:
1) Contact your local council to find out what schools are in your area and the admissions criteria
2) Find out more about a school by visiting (most have Open Days, Summer Fairs and Christmas Fairs)
3) Check school league tables
4) Read the school’s Ofsted report – you are looking for Ofsted ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’
5) Meet the School Head and talk to parents
Steps 3 and 5 are great if you already live in London. But if you don't, then you will have to rely on reports and league tables, as well as the knowledge and advice of a Schools Expert, which we provide at Simply London Relocation.
Remember that families cannot apply for a state school without a permanent residence address in the Borough (London area) where the children want to enter school.
If the state school selection and application process sounds daunting to you, feel free to contact us to discuss how we can help.