There are 51 nursery classes attached to primary schools (34 community, 12 voluntary-aided and 4 foundation and 1 academy), and 3 separate maintained nursery schools offering a mixture of part- and full-time places. In addition there are around 220 non-maintained providers of free early education. The council also commissions 14 Children's Centres and provides a range of services for young children with special needs. The council's policy is to provide a nursery place for every three-year-old in the term after their third birthday. Some 2 year olds are eligible for 15 hours Early Education, but this is not currently available in primary schools.
There are 61 state primary schools (59 JMI, 1 infant, 1 junior) educating approximately 21,000 pupils. 19 of the schools are voluntary-aided (9 Church of England, 9 Roman Catholic and 1 Muslim). 27 are community schools, 5 are foundation, 7 are academies and 3 are free schools. Children generally enter reception classes in primary schools in the September of the school year in which they become 5.
There are 11 state secondary schools currently teaching about 11,700 pupils. There are 9 academies (including an all-girls school and a Church of England school), one voluntary aided co-educational Roman Catholic school), and an all-boys community school.
Special schools and resource bases
The Council has 6 maintained special schools and one special academy catering for children and young people with a wide range of special educational needs (SEN). 4 of these schools, Garratt Park, Greenmead, Nightingale and Paddock, cater primarily for Wandsworth children and young people; and Linden Lodge, Oak Lodge and Bradstow, in Kent, are regional providers, catering for children with low incidence SEN across London and southern England. These regional special schools offer both day and boarding places.
The Council also has 13 resource bases in mainstream provision for children and young people who benefit from access to a mainstream curriculum but need additional specialist support to access mainstream classes. These cater for children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Hearing Impairment, Speech Language and Communication Needs, and Learning Difficulties and range from pre-school to post-16. The Council is currently consulting on a proposal to open an additional resource base for primary-aged children with an ASD and is working with other schools who have expressed an interest in hosting resource base provision.
In addition the Council has a wide range of specialist services, which provide advice and support to enable schools to support children with SEN.
Information on Wandsworth’s educational provision for children and young people with SEN is available on the local offer webpage.
Further and adult education
There is 1 further education college and 1 sixth form college located in the borough. There is an extensive adult education programme with funding channelled from the Learning and Skills Council by the council. South Thames FE college, delivers a large part of this programme on behalf of the council under the umbrella of the Federation Agreement and contract. In recent years the number of providers operating in the adult and community education field has increased significantly.
Education Business Partnership (EBP)
BEST (Business Education Succeeding Together) manages a work experience and work related learning activities programmes for students aged 14-19 years old. BEST brokers relationships with employers to increase the knowledge and skills of young people of the world of work.