Better Schools, More Choice

Providing more places

Demand for places is soaring. More than 5,200 children are born in the borough each year, compared to around 4,000 in 2001. The good reputation of our schools also attracts applications from other boroughs, which legally we cannot refuse if those applicants meet the schools oversubscription criteria. Putney Hospital school

In 2012 67 per cent of pupils got into one of their three top choice schools, compared to 78 per cent across the whole of London . We need to improve on that. Here are some of the ways we will do it.  

Expanding popular primaries

We're spending £10m on expanding 11 local schools. Permanent additional Bolingbrokeplaces have been provided at

  • Hillbrook, Tooting
  • Smallwood, Tooting
  • Riversdale, Southfields
  • West Hill, Southfields
  • Swaffield, Wandsworth
  • Penwortham, Tooting
  • Granard, Putney
  • Shaftesbury Park , Battersea
  • Southmead, Southfields
  • Smallwood, Tooting
  • Sherindale, Southfields
  • Granard, Tooting

  The council is to invest in new classrooms, play areas and other educational facilities at Allfarthing, Hillbrook and Albemarle schools to provide more pupil places and improve teaching space.  The changes mean an additional 90 primary school places will be available for local families in Southfields, Wandsworth, Earlsfield and Tooting from September 2015.

We're also expanding two of the borough's special school, Greenmead and Linden Lodge

Read more on primary school expansion and the need for more places.

Building new schools

Expanding existing schools won't be enough. We are building new schools as well.

A new 420-pupil primary is being built on the site of the former Putney Hospital. It will be an academy, run by the educational charity Oasis.

A new primary school is being built on the site of the Atheldene Centre in Earlsfield, run by education charity Floreat, and the Mosaic Jewis Primary School has secured a permanent home after buying a council-owned property in Roehampton Lane.

Meanwhile millions of pounds have been ploughed into improving school buildings at Southfields Community College and Burntwood

And work has officially started on Wandsworth’s new Catholic secondary school and sixth form college at Surrey Lane, Battersea. This will be the new home for Catholic secondary school St John Bosco, currently located in Southfields.

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