So in 2011 it was time for my first-born to start school.
We were living in Broughton, Milton Keynes and we entered into the world of primary school applications!
Awesome primary schools in the area at that time were Monkston & Middleton (Still are) Both over subscribed though, so you needed to be living in the catchment area! Broughton sadly was not represented well in its OFSTED report, however local mums said it had improved greatly. Brooklands Farm had a brand new school, we could walk to it but being the first pupils in the new school, scared me too.
So we looked just across the border, only 2 miles as the crow flies, to Bedfordshire and were extremely lucky to get a place in Swallowfield Lower School.
2017 update: We have relocated back to Milton Keynes now and Brooklands is now an established school and has two campuses. My boys are in the newer campus and I could not be happier.
Why is this decision SO hard?
Here is a great article which may help you…
“What makes a great primary? Let’s deal with this one straight away – it isn’t what Ofsted says. All the inspectorate has cared about in the past few years is data progression in maths and literacy. Simply put, children have become numbers in these subjects, and if the school’s numbers don’t reach a certain total, then it automatically “requires improvement”, regardless of whether it is a happy school with an enriching wider curriculum. So if your prospective school is proudly displaying that “We Are Outstanding” banner on its perimeter fence, well, that is wonderful … but do bear in mind that in all likelihood it has been awarded for results in those two subjects, rather than for its delivery of a broad and balanced curriculum which brings out the best in every child. Which is, of course, what makes a great primary school. So “outstanding” schools aren’t the only outstanding schools, if you ask most teachers”.
Read more here @
I always go with what i feel comfortable with…
The first question you should ask yourself on setting foot through the gate is, do you personally feel happy here?
How do I find out about my local primary schools?
Search online at Directgov for a list of the primary schools in your area and on your local authority website for details about individual schools.
“Your first point of call should be your local LEA website. Our local one has all sorts of handy info and links to Ofsted reports. The Ofsted reports are not the be all and end all. Some of it comes down the ‘style’ of school you like – for instance, one of our local schools gets outstanding Ofsted reports but is very big and a little impersonal for my liking.” PatsyCline
Read more @
Do your research
“It may sound obvious, but you’d be amazed how many parents rely on ‘rumours and opinions’ of a certain school rather than using their own judgement, and their own eyes.
Start by going online to get all the inside knowledge on schools in your area. Go to ofsted.gov.uk/reports and type in the name of the school. Or try schoolsfinder.direct.gov.uk. You should be able to instantly access the school’s most recent Ofsted inspection report which is a detailed ‘warts and all’ description of everything from the school’s attendance records to the quality of teaching in every lesson”.
So your latest MK info says that…
Please note that even if you have applied online in previous years you MUST register as a new applicant for your child’s admission in September 2017
“Please read all the information below carefully, and also read the council’s relevant guide for parents and carers which you can view or download from the Milton Keynes Council website on the school admissions page, before making your application”.
If you are a Milton Keynes resident you may apply for a place for your child for September 2017 at a community, foundation, voluntary controlled, voluntary aided school or an academy.
Starting school for the first time
You can apply online if your child is due to start school for the first time and was born between 1 September 2012 and 31 August 2013.
The closing date for applications is midnight on Sunday 15 January 2017 for children starting school for the first time.
Moving up to a junior school
You can apply online if your child is due to move up from an infant school to a junior school at the end of Year 2 and your child was born between 1 September 2009 and 31 August 2010.
The closing date for applications is midnight on Sunday 15 January 2017 for children moving up to a junior school.
Moving up to middle school
You can apply online if you are a Milton Keynes resident and your child is due to move up from a Bedfordshire lower school to a middle school at the end of Year 4 and was born between 1 September 2007 and 31 August 2008. Please note, you will only be able to select a Bedfordshire school from the schools listed. If you wish to make an application for a place at a Milton Keynes school, you cannot apply online at this time and will need to make an in-year application in June 2017.
The closing date for applications is midnight on Sunday 15 January 2017 for children moving up to middle school.
Moving up to secondary school
You can apply online if your child is due to move up to secondary school and was born between 1 September 2005 and 31 August 2006.
The closing date for applications is midnight on Saturday 31 October 2016 for children moving up to secondary school at the end of Year 6.
Ousedale School – If you would like your child to be considered for a place on grounds of aptitude for music, you will need to register to take the aptitude assessment. Details of how to register and when assessments will take place will be available on the school’s website in early September 2016.
St Paul’s Catholic School – If you are applying for a place at St Paul’s Catholic School, you will be sent a supplementary form from the school which you must complete and return direct to the school.
Stantonbury Campus – If you are applying for a place at Stantonbury Campus on the grounds of aptitude for the arts, please complete and return the school’s supplementary form direct to the school.
Denbigh School – if you want your child to be considered for a place on the grounds of aptitude for technology, you must also complete the school’s supplementary Aptitude Test application form and submit it to the school by 4.00pm on Friday 16 September 2016. The test will take place on Saturday 24 September 2016. A copy of the application form can be found on the school’s website.
Moving up to an upper school
You can apply online if you are a Milton Keynes resident and your child is due to transfer from a Bedfordshire middle school to an upper school at the end of Year 8 and was born between 1 September 2003 and 31 August 2004. Please note, you will only be able to select a Bedfordshire school and Walton High from the schools listed. If you wish to make an application for a place at a Milton Keynes school, you cannot apply online at this time and will need to make an in-year application in June 2017.
The closing date for applications is midnight on Monday 31 October 2016 for children moving up to an upper school.
Moving home – if you move home into or within the Milton Keynes area during your child’s last year at their infant, junior or primary school, you must let your child’s school and the Education Access Team know as soon as possible. You must apply by the application deadline and provide appropriate written proof that you will be resident in the catchment area by 1 September 2017. If you move later the council will still need to scrutinise and accept the evidence of your move before the application for your child is treated as in-area from that date onwards. For further information, please refer to the council’s guide for parents and carers.
Free school meals – You should indicate on the application if your child is eligible for free school meals, particulary if you are expressing a preference for a Buckinghamshire grammar school. This is because these schools have free school meal eligibility as one of their oversubscription criteria.
“Southwood School in Conniburrow has been rated the number one primary school in Milton Keynes by school review website @
Southwood School in Conniburrow
The school, which received ‘good’ from Ofsted, had 92 per cent of pupils achieving level four or above in maths, reading and writing – 14 per cent above the national average.
The website allows parents to review their children’s school and compare against others locally with an out of five star rating”.
The top 10 in Milton Keynes (2016):
Bradwell Village School
St Monica’s Catholic Primary School
Jubilee Wood Primary School
New Chapter Primary School
Good Luck Ladies & Gentleman from all @ Milton Keynes Mums