Starting reception class in school in September 2021? A birth date between 1/9/2016 and 31/8/2017?
The deadline for parents to choose their preferred primary school for their 3 or 4 year old is Friday 15th January. Online application forms and detailed information about Lambeth schools is here.
The applications must include copies of documents proving the parent’s and the child’s address and the child’s birth date. For families needing advice contact the Admissions team on 020 7926 9503 option 2 during office hours. To use a computer for online forms and for printing, scanning and photocopying try your local library. Telephone 020 7926 0750 to book a 2 hour time slot first. You will need a library membership card but if you haven’t got one just ask for a temporary one.
If you miss the deadline you can apply again in April.
For children with special needs and an EHCP (Education, Health and Care Plan) contact the Admissions team 020 7926 9503
Norwood’s Children Centre is up and running after lockdown with most activities now based at 18 Benton’s Lane SE27 9UD just off Gipsy Rd .
‘Stay and play’ and other face to face sessions are social distancing so you have to book your place on 020 3409 0704. Other “virtual” activities are one to one telephone calls and some group sessions are via facebook.
For details of the Norwood Children’s Centre programme see [attached pdf]
Please phone 020 3409 0704 for advice on what sessions might best suit your child.
Lambeth’s Family Information Service online directory has lots more information on a wide range of activities and services for children:
The Roman Catholic secondary school for girls on Central Hill SE19 1RS is planning to close in August 2021.
Admissions were suspended for year 7 students in September 2020. Year 8 , 9 & 11 students are attending the Virgo Fidelis site but Year 10 students are attending St Marys in West Croydon CR9 2EE
Virgo Fidelis no longer has a 6th form and pupil rolls have been falling recently – with a corresponding impact on school budgets. The Victorian buildings date back to 1848 and so are exepensive to repair.
Croydon council is consulting on the closure – to have a say fill in the form linked below before the deadline of Oct 23rd.
Rathbone in West Norwood have fun-packed summer activities for young people aged 11 to 19 years. include Sports, Arts and Creative Crafts, Music, Dance, Media, Cookery, Trips and much more – contact email@example.com
CEF Lyncx are offering 5 weeks of activities for children and young people aged 8 – 15 and volunteering/work experience opportunities for young people aged 16+ http://cefi.org.uk/home
Lambeth Autism Group (NAS Lambeth) will be hosting a range of online sessions this summer -contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Inspirational Youth have a one week 3rd to 7th August Summer Club for Year 6 children transitioning to Year 7 – at Streatham Youth and Community Trust SW16 – contact email@example.com
The Empire Windrush ship that brought some of the first Caribbean migrants had 1,027 passengers. Many of their relatives and descendants suffered under the Home Office’s ‘hostile environment’.
Since the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis on May 25th, and the global response to this shocking incident, there is a renewed determination to tackle the inequality and discrimination faced by Black & Asian Minority Ethnic communities. Windrush Day is one part of this effort.
Ed Davie, the councillor responsible for schools in Lambeth says: “As a parent of Lambeth primary and secondary school children I know how tough the last few months have been struggling with home learning, worrying about returning to school and just trying to get through each day. We want to listen to families, schools and unions to understand your concerns and support everyone to stay safe, healthy and learning”
Lambeth Libraries are closed during the coronavirus lockdown but there is a fantastic choice of extra online activities : e-books, audio books, newspapers & magazines, research your family history using the Ancestry database , quiz, book group chat , chat with writers, business advice, wriggle & rhyme sessions, film streaming.
Sign up here (top of the page) for the e-newsletter of events. (Next newsletter due out on Monday 4th May).
Don’t worry if you are not a library member – some activities are open to all.
West Norwood library waiting for end of lockdown
Since lockdown hundreds of residents have registered as new library members – to join just go online here.
Or speak to the library team on 020 7926 0750 between 9am and 6pm.
Some families can get up to 15 hours free early years learning for their two year olds with a day nursery, childminder, play group or Childrens’ Centre. The children learn to make friends and gain confidence that helps them get ready for school.
Families getting tax credits, benefits and special needs may be eligible. Check on page 25 here.
Use the Families Information Service (FIS) to find early years & childcare to suit the needs of your family:
In the West Norwood area free 2 year old places are offered at: Monkey Puzzle Day Nursery, Abacus Early Learning Nursery, Chapel House Day Nursery, Bright Horizons Day Nursery & Preschool, Ana-Bela’s Day Nursery and local childminders.
All children aged 3 to 4 are eligible for 15 hours free early up to 38 weeks a year until they start the reception year at primary school.