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  • Beatrix Potter Primary School
    Magdalen Road
    SW18 3ER
  • Head: Mr S Neale
  • T 020 8874 1482
  • F 020 8871 9416
  • E [email protected]…
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  • A state school for boys and girls aged from 3 to 11.
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Wandsworth
  • Pupils: 426
  • Religion: Non-denominational
  • Open days: Some Tuesdays at 2pm
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Good 1
      • Early years provision Good 1
      • Outcomes for children and learners Good 1
      • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment Good 1
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Good 1
    • 1 Full inspection 5th December 2014
  • Previous Ofsted grade: Good on 15th June 2011
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

Outdoor spaces have been redesigned, courtyard areas, picnic tables, three outdoor courts and large new sports hall. Sports coaches are brought in from local clubs for lacrosse, cricket, tennis, tag rugby and football. Parents say the arts are developing well, particularly now the school has separate spaces for art, dance and drama. It's not a pushy school, but everyone gets to where they want to go. School produces parents’ booklets packed with information on how to…

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What the school says...

The School is gradually expanding to two form entry over the next years.

What the parents say...

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What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 1988, Stephen Neale MA Dip Ed Tech Dip Ed. Growing older and wiser, he remains a popular hands-on head, described by parents as a real character, somewhat unconventional and very easy to get on with. Brave enough to make his own decisions and not a person to get tangled up in bureaucracy. Married to a Polish opera singer, with one grown-up son. His enthusiasm for travelling, links with other schools and exploring different cultures all over the globe influences many of the school’s activities. Beatrix Potter has gained the British Council's Full International School’s Award twice. A steam train enthusiast, Mr Neale also enjoys sailing and travelling.


Admission to the school via the standard Wandsworth primary school admissions criteria. Looked after children and special needs pupils first, then those living closest to the school....

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Who came from where

Who goes where

Special Education Needs

Beatrix Potter is an inclusive school, we have catered for a range of needs over several years with great success. Like any school with a 30's building and space limitations we think creatively In the years 2000-2009 we had on average 11 children with statements and some 32 children on the SEN register. There are always some tensions catering for SEN children but the impact on all children has been very positive. Clearly, changes to the funding of SEN have an impact and will inevitably cause questions to be asked about what can and cannot be done. However, in an inclusive society at some point these issues will have to be properly addressed. 10-09

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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Interpreting catchment maps

The maps show in colour where the pupils at a school came from*. Red = most pupils to Blue = fewest.

Where the map is not coloured we have no record in the previous three years of any pupils being admitted from that location based on the options chosen.

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Further reading

If there are more applicants to a school than it has places for, who gets in is determined by which applicants best fulfil the admissions criteria.

Admissions criteria are often complicated, and may change from year to year. The best source of information is usually the relevant local authority website, but once you have set your sights on a school it is a good idea to ask them how they see things panning out for the year that you are interested in.

Many schools admit children based on distance from the school or a fixed catchment area. For such schools, the cut-off distance will vary from year to year, especially if the school give priority to siblings, and the pattern will be of a central core with outliers (who will mostly be siblings). Schools that admit on the basis of academic or religious selection will have a much more scattered pattern.

*The coloured areas outlined in black are Census Output Areas. These are made up of a group of neighbouring postcodes, which accounts for their odd shapes. These provide an indication, but not a precise map, of the school’s catchment: always refer to local authority and school websites for precise information.

The 'hotter' the colour the more children have been admitted.

Children get into the school from here:

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quite often
sometimes, but not in this year

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