School preference advice is about helping and supporting families including mothers, fathers, adults with caring responsibility and children to make the best and most realistic choice of school.
School preference advisers will advise parents but will not decide for them. They will act independently from the local authority.
Their aim is to help families optimise their school choices using all the information to hand and use of local knowledge of what individual schools have to offer, to ensure parents are more likely to get the best place for their child. Where appropriate, this will include information about schools which might be in different local authority areas with additional advice covering local authority school-admission regimes and individual schools' admission criteria.
School preference advisers will work with families to understand their child's educational needs and interests, providing and explaining key information in order to help them make an informed choice.
Some examples of information which may be discussed are:
- How the admissions system works
- Admissions policies for different types of schools
- Performance and value-added data
- School Ofsted reports
- Oversubscription criteria
- School's offer i.e. school profile. Ethos, special facilities etc
- Special needs policy and provision - if applicable
- School curriculum - including details of the school's specialism if a specialist school
- Academies and free schools
- Travel details
- Uniform policy
A central component of the work of the school preference adviser is that the advice they give is independent and is in the best interest of the child.
The Southwark school admissions team will be holding a drop in surgery once a week for residents to access advice and support on school admission related queries. The drop in surgery will operate on a first come first served basis so there may be a short wait before meeting with the school admissions officer.
The drop in surgery will be held every Wednesday (term time only).
School Preference Advice can be accessed on:
One Stop Shop (Ground Floor)
122 Peckham Hill Street
For those families who may bring buggies, we cannot always guarantee that the meeting will take place in a ground floor room.