Primary School Catchment was created to help parents navigate the confusing and often daunting primary schools admissions process.
Our free map search provides latest catchment data for London, Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire primary schools, enabling you to see what your local schools are and what kind of catchment areas they have. We also have useful information to guide you through the process – from how school catchment areas work to choosing a primary school.
We’re sorry we currently only have data for London, Herts and Bucks – we hope to expand it in the future but, well, it’s a heck of a lot of data and we’re working parents with little ones demanding their potato waffles.
Are you feeling a bit overwhelmed by the whole primary school admissions process? We’ve been there. A few years ago, we bought our family home in north London. I was pregnant with our eldest and while I thought I’d done due diligence when it came to primary schools, doing a cursory search to see what the nearby schools were like, I didn’t delve much deeper.
So, it came as quite a shock when I realised that despite the local schools all being great, we couldn’t get into any of them. We were in a school catchment black hole. I promised myself I would never turn into one of those crazy catchment area obsessed parents. Well I did.
Months of research turned me into a primary school catchment area encyclopaedia. Friends, relatives and neighbours started turning to me for advice – they, too, were overwhelmed by the whole process. I realised that there’s a whole lot of data and information out there, but not really anywhere that brings this all together for parents to access, free of charge, in an easily digestible and non-scary way. And that’s what inspired Primary School Catchment.
Just in case you’re curious, we got our fifth choice school, stuck it out on the waiting list and got offered our first choice one week into the first term. We accepted the place and our daughter is now in year one and loving school.
I hope you find this resource useful. And remember, wherever your child ends up, they are sure to thrive so don’t worry. Things don’t always turn out the way we want – they turn out better. And if in doubt, there’s always wine.