Lewisham is London's 4th biggest exporter of secondary school kids

Lewisham is 4th biggest exporter of pupils after year 7 in the government's ranking of London boroughs.

The stats, which are available via data.gov.uk, show an improvement in performance since 2002, but also underline the urgency with which Lewisham Council needs to fix its education strategy to provide more quality places at secondary school level following the collapse of plans for Lewisham Bridge school:

71.4% of resident secondary pupils in Lewisham attended schools maintained by the Local Authority. An increase of 5.7 percentage points since 2002.

Lewisham was a net exporter of pupils. 28.6% of the Local Authority’s resident secondary school population attended schools maintained by other Local Authorities, compared with 34.4% in 2002. The biggest importers of resident pupils from Lewisham in 2009 were neighbouring Greenwich 9.5% and Bromley 8.1%.

The neighbouring authority of Southwark was the biggest exporter of pupils into Lewisham. 7.7% of Lewisham’s school population live in Southwark.

12 comments:

grrrrrrrrr said...

Thats rubbish trying to blame It on not being able to knock down Lewisham Bridge,That would have taken a year or more to build,so they would have had to find places for primary kids too.

Brockley Nick said...

I think it's pretty clear that I wasn't blaming the situation on the Lewisham Bridge school situation, for the obvious reason that this is historic data and the school would not have been rebuilt by now, even if the Council had had its way.

Anonymous said...

Why mention the school then ?

Brockley Nick said...

Because the statistics highlight the problem.

The Council's plans were partly their attempt to respond to that problem.

Whether or not you think it was the right strategy is moot, as they have been forced to rethink their plans.

Therefore, we now have a problem and no proposed solution. I said that the stats highlighted that problem and therefore the urgency.

It's all in the article...

maxink said...

There's a need of some analysis, in time numbers shift but a few years ago it was the north of the borough that was mostly affected,children with a troubled background, with maybe English as second language and that don't find a local place will find it hard to be admitted at good schools in neighbouring boroughs and will be condemned to a very long travel to and from school for years, with detrimental effect on his results.

Kids from steady and relatively affluent families in Lee or Blackheath, that traditionally apply to Greenwich schools are a completely different case, and I think they represent a significant part of that export.

M said...

Lewisham don't seem to be too bright on sorting out primary school places, so I'm not surprised they are short of secondary ones too.

M said...

...and they could have sorted it by not selling all that council land neighbouring Lewisham Bridge to Barratts?

Anonymous said...

If Barrats had not been sold the land where would the new leisure centre have been built and how would it have been funded?

Due to a group of political bigots the children of Lewisham are destined to a second rate education for generations.

Any parent who 'defended' Lewisham Bridge School and complains about a lack of secondaty school places, needs only to look in the mirror for the answer.

The increase in the number of borough residents attending Lewisham secodary schools is probably due to Haberdasher Aske's Knight?

Tressilliana said...

Knights and St Matthew's Academy, I expect, which were both in such a dire state in their former incarnations (Malory and St Joseph's) that their rolls were plummeting. I hope that the transformation of Crofton into Prendergast Ladywell Fields will also encourage local people to send their children there.

When we applied to Aske's (Hatcham) for a place for our son it was the most oversubscribed school in England (12.5 applications for every one place, I think). For his band of ability the last place handed out on proximity went to a child living 140 metres from the school. So that was that!

Tamsin said...

At least proximity now comes into the still very opaque equations. We moved to the area before we even thought of children so it was for the views not the schools - but when our children were applying it was an absolutely even lottery with applicants from three boroughs. My daughter - a quarter mile from the school gates - did not get in to Aske's while one of her junior school friends - south of Lee Green did. Likewise when it came to my son three years later - he was not pulled out of the hat, but friends over in Greenwich did get a place.

Anonymous said...

There are two sites sold to Barratts so there is room for the leisure centre. Maybe if they were clear about the funding, we would know what is possible. We aren't privy to the deals. The borough need to expand Lewisham Bridge to take the extra primary school children, not reduce the school role. Isn't the area due over 5000 new residents? There was never room to squeeze a four form entry school on the site and keep a primary school. It wasn't just the local people who cared about the long term affect of a poor plan, it was national bodies too. If you care about children and education you don't try and pull off schemes like Lewisham Bridge. Why not look at options of a school with a leisure centre accessible to public post school hours, it might have been feasible. Many of those opposing the scheme had children at the school and why would you want your spacious school site to be shared with a secondary school? Apart from the fact they would then have to find somewhere for a primary school. If they can find that (which needs to be closer to children's homes than a secondary) then why not find that site and use it for a secondary school. Why should primary school children have their playground taken away and given spaces that don't comply with considered guidelines for school or sustainable schools policy? I know Lewisham Education has no regard for giving children healthy spaces to play outdoors, but anyone with basic common sense knows that it's important for the development of healthy children.

Have Lewisham done deals on all the other sites around Lewisham Bridge or didn't they own any of them? There seems to be lots of potential along Thurston Road? I don't suppose developers want to think about a school at Convoys Wharf?

I'll look in the mirror and not feel ashamed. A bit more of the vision of those Victorians is what is required around here.

Anonymous said...

@Anonymous 01.39
Agree wholeheartedly with you. It could have been one of my rants!

It's clear we need more school places, primary and secondary. I don't know the solution to this but then I don't work for Lewisham and so am not privy to what land/buildings are available to them, the Lewisham Bridge scheme sounded unfeasible.

I don't agree with some people on here that if you don't get your child into Askes then your life is effectively over. There are other schools in the borough, your child will survive if they go to them.

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