Category Archives: Schools

Virgo Fidelis school to close

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.  

https://getinvolved.croydon.gov.uk/project/672

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Safer Streets for Schools

Schools start to go back next Wednesday. And the council is developing a temporary scheme to help with social distancing on the journeys to and from school.

The road outside selected schools will be closed for 1 hour 30 minutes – twice each school day. These timed road closures will be at the start and the end of the school day: 7.45am to 9.15am and 2.15pm to 3.45pm during school term time.

Julians School

In Norwood the schools taking part in the scheme in September are:

  • Elm Wood SE27 9RR : Carnac St closed from Hamilton Rd to Clive Rd
  • Hitherfield SW16 2JQ: Hitherfield Rd closed from Mount Nod Rd to Leigham Vale.
  • Julian’s SE27 0JF : Wolfington Rd closed from Casewick Rd to Knights Hill St
  • Luke’s SE27 0DZ , Linton Grove closed between Basil Gardens and Elder Rd

More schools are expected to join the scheme in coming weeks.

To provide feedback and for more information see:
https://www.lambeth.gov.uk/parking-transport-and-streets/streets-and-roads/school-streets

Transport for London (TfL) is increasing bus services to help with safer journeys to school.
https://tfl.gov.uk/info-for/media/press-releases/2020/august/tfl-urges-children-to-walk-cycle-and-scoot-to-school-to-help-children-safely-return-to-the-classroom

We are still waiting to see when the government requires TfL to replace the free children and youth fares. The new fares are expected to be 50% of adult fare so 75p fare for most trips.

To support the campaign for free fares for children sign this petition here.

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Summer activities for children and young people

To find out about local summer activities for children, young people and families check out Lambeth’s web site:
http://www.lambeth.gov.uk/Summer2020

Or you can download this brochure.

With the coronavirus lockdown reducing there are changing government guidelines every week. So do check regularly for the latest information.

Here is are examples of activities:
Lambeth Libraries programme includes the Summer Reading Challenge https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/UKLAMBETH/bulletins/292c570
Fun packed summer programme filled with engaging activities for young people aged 11 to 19 years.

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 cking@rathbonesociety.org.uk

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: lambeth@nas.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   louise@inspirationalyouth.org

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Back to school in June?

Are you ready to send your children back to school after the coronavirus lockdown ? Not sure?

Lambeth council is holding an online question and answer session this Thursday 29th May at 1pm. For details & to book a place see: https://love.lambeth.gov.uk/coronavirus-back-to-school-discussion

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”

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Our local Children’s Centres

Lambeth Children’s Centres run a  wide range of free activities with babies & young children, midwifery services, advice sessions and much more. Ask your Health Visitor or baby clinic for details.

Or to help decide the sessions best for your family –  phone or drop in to one of our local centres:

Benton’s Lane SE27 9UD 020 3409 0704

Crown Lane School SW16 3HX 020 8761 7139

Hitherfield School SW16 2LW 020 8835 9569

Streatham Hub SW16 6HX 020 8835 9569

And see the timetables online:

Norwood activities timetable

Streatham activities timetable

Tulse Hill activities timetable

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Starting Secondary School Sept 2020

Children born between 1/9/2008 and 31/8/2009 must apply for a secondary school place in 2020  by Thursday 31st October. See details and online application form for Lambeth schools at https://www.lambeth.gov.uk/school-admissions/secondary-school-admissions-202021

Many schools have an extra  “supplementary information form” that is sent direct to the school by a date before the 31st October.

The test day for schools using an admission test is on Saturday 9th November.

Deadline for primary school admissions is  15th January 2020.

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Visit places normally closed to the public

Clockworks

The weekend of 21st and 22nd September is a chance to visit over 800 buildings in London  not normally open to the public. Open House weekend also includes walks & tours. A few need booking in advance.  Visits free.

See locations at  https://openhouselondon.open-city.org.uk/  . Or download the app: [ https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.opencity.openhouse ]

Locally in West Norwood we have:

Saturday 21st

Cheviot Gardens extra care housing , 36 Cheviot Rd SE27 0SU 1pm to 5pm

Clockworks, clock museum, at 6 Nettlefold Place SE27 0JW 10am to 5pm

West Norwood Cemetery Norwood High St Road SE27 9JU Tours 2pm and 3pm

Sunday 22nd

The South London Botanical Institute, 323 Norwood Road SE24 9AQ 1pm to 5pm

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Starting school in Sept 2019

There is less than a week left to apply for a reception place in a Lambeth primary school from September 2019 . Apply by  midnight on Monday 14th January 2019 for  a “reception” place for children born between 1st September 2014  and 31st August 2015.

The on-line application form and proof of parents and child’s current address are an essential part of the application. It is also important to name your top 6 preferred schools. Offers will be made on Tuesday April 16th .

For a copy of the application form and booklet see:  https://www.lambeth.gov.uk/school-admissions/apply-for-a-primary-school-place

It’s easy for parents with hectic lives to forget deadlines so do remind friends and neighbours about January 14th .

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Holiday activities

Cllr Jane Pickard with summer booklets

School holidays start this week for the summer. Young Lambeth Co- op  has produced a booklet with a wide range of fun  & educational activities for children and young people in Lambeth.

Pick up a copy in libraries or go on line: https://www.lambeth.gov.uk/summer-activities-2018

Young Lambeth  Co op is a membership organisation involving young people to decide on services for young people in Lambeth. To find out more see: http://www.younglambethcoop.co.uk/about-us/what-is-the-ylc

Cllr Jane Pickard is deputy cabinet member for young people. She says “ Despite losing more than half of the money we receive from the Government for day-to-day services, Lambeth has managed to keep open the vast majority of its youth clubs and adventure playgrounds.”

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Solar power to West Norwood

Our local Norwood School &  Repowering London are starting a community solar power project. To find out more come along to a meeting on Wednesday 18th July 7pm to 8.30pm at The Norwood School, Crowndale SE19 3NY.

All profits from the scheme go straight to the community who get to choose how the money is spent. Norwood’s young people will also benefit from training opportunities.

For details contact : zaira.rasool@repowering.org.uk

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