moving to twickenham or teddington

(27 Posts)
Heather123456789 Wed 30-Jul-14 10:45:37

Hello
I got to move to london before school starts and I am kind of stuck here as I am running out of time..I m looking for teddington or twickenham or hampton. .which will be appropriate for me and my husband work to commute ..can u help in guiding me to a good family firndly placed to live in n good primary school..
Thanks
Heather

pamplemoussed Wed 30-Jul-14 11:20:17

All three areas are great places to live with a family with lots of great schools (at primary). Great secondary provision is a bit patchy. Because the schools in this borough are so well regarded they are full to bursting, with tiny catchments and waiting lists. How old are your children ? Id call richmond borough and find out about available places. there are also lots of v well regarded independent schools. 30% of children in this borough are privately educated.
Where do you need to commute to for work? If you need fast access to central London, Twickenham provides that better than Teddington or Hampton.

peanutbutterandoreos Wed 30-Jul-14 11:40:48

Twickenham is closer to Richmond and has better transport links. It is also a lot cheaper compared to Teddington. Tbh pretty much all of the primaries in that area are great, but catchment areas are tiny. For secondary the best ones are probably Teddington (mixed) and Waldegrave (girls), the the others are still good but not as good. There are a few grammar schools in Kingston and Hampon boys as well.

Heather123456789 Wed 30-Jul-14 22:41:05

Thank u for helpful answers..I need to commute to kingston uni. I have been looking at state agency and I think teddington is out of budget..so I think I will be focusing on twickenham..can u advice me with particular primary schools n twickenham. .highly appreciated

pamplemoussed Wed 30-Jul-14 23:00:20

They really are all good in this borough. You need to find out where there are spaces because they are all full to bursting. Check out the Richmond upon Thames local site for lots of discussion on the schools

peanutbutterandoreos Wed 30-Jul-14 23:09:25

You won't get much choice really. They're so full it's likely you'll just go wherever there is space.

sixlive Thu 31-Jul-14 07:24:20

Are you catholic? Schools v full, you might struggle to find one school that takes both kids. I would look at Hampton too if you need to get to Kingston.

BayJay Thu 31-Jul-14 21:52:47

Heather, is your child going into Reception or another year Group? There are often spaces higher up the schools at this time of year. My DCs school has space in certain year groups.

Bear in mind that many of the faith schools coordinate their own in-year admissions so for anything other than Reception you might need to call them direct.

BayJay Thu 31-Jul-14 21:55:45

P.s. you can easily get the train to Kingston from Twickenham, Strawberry Hill or Teddington

Pickelback Fri 01-Aug-14 09:57:12

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Heather123456789 Fri 01-Aug-14 10:33:15

Thank u all for wonderful advices..I have one boy in reception n a girl in year4..I am still contacting the estate agencies to arrange for viewing..I hope I can find something appropriate quickly..then I will contact schools.

Heather

BayJay Fri 01-Aug-14 10:44:01

Heather, it might be worth getting the Y4 place sorted first, then your Reception child wlll have sibling priority if a Reception place comes up at the same school. There was definitely a y4 place coming up at our school, though not sure if it's filled yet. I'll PM you the school name.

Otherwise, a Reception place might be a little harder to come by.

pamplemoussed Fri 01-Aug-14 11:55:44

I can recommend Snellers estate agents locally. I know a few people who have rented via them when having building work done etc. Good luck with your search.

Heather123456789 Mon 04-Aug-14 08:54:38

Hi
So far teddington is out of my budget..Unfortunately.. what about hampton,Feltham.whitton..( bit cheaper) in terms of family Friendly and primary schools.
Thanks
Heather

Icimoi Tue 05-Aug-14 00:13:21

Whitton has some excellent schools - Chase Bridge is probably best but again it tends to be oversubscribed.

blinkinwinkin Tue 05-Aug-14 08:45:04

Hampton hill juniors is also a great school

Teddingtonmum1 Wed 06-Aug-14 00:25:03

If the budget won't stretch to teddington
How about trying fulwell so you'd be close to Stanley road school. My DS just left collis in teddington which was the top school in the area but the headmaster has retired so it will be interesting to see if the excellence is maintained as he ran a very tight ship . I'd steer well clear of feltham if I were you .

Heather123456789 Wed 06-Aug-14 12:44:25

Thanks for all your kind replies..again i find the Prices in Isleworth reasonable..how s family life over there. .
Thanks..appreciated
Heather

blinkinwinkin Wed 06-Aug-14 14:18:03

Don't know about schools I'm afraid, but it will be cheaper because of the Heathrow-bound airplane noise. We looked at a fabulous house that way, years ago, and whilst I hardly noticed the planes during our visit, it drove my dh mad.

It really bothers some people, so you need to know about it, in case you are one of those people.

soddinghormones Wed 06-Aug-14 17:53:43

Triple glazing is your friend under the Heathrow flight path!! How long are you likely to be there? Secondary options not great unless you're in catchment for Osterley

BayJay Wed 06-Aug-14 18:14:13

Whitton has a fab High St, on the up, and Nelson primary is tipped to improve rapidly now it's part of the Waldegrave Trust.

You can still get the 281 to Kingston from there too, but no direct train. You'd have to change at Twickenham.

BayJay Wed 06-Aug-14 20:34:54

Oh, and as your eldest is in y4 she'll be the first cohort for the new Secondary at Egerton Rd, opening 2017. I expect parta of Whitton will be in catchment for that, especially in the early years. www.reec.org.uk/

Icimoi Sat 09-Aug-14 00:46:55

Why would anyone want to go into a totally untried new school?

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tess73 Tue 12-Aug-14 13:21:42

hi Heather,
how are you getting on? I know this area well and the schools if you have any questions.
The first thing i would do is ring Richmond borough and ask which schools have a place in yr4. That shouldn't be too difficult as that is when places start opening up as people move away or into private and others don't move their kids to take up a place.
Think about secondary for your yr4 daughter - waldegrave is the best option but you may prefer mixed. Lots of houses in waldegrave catchment that aren't too overpriced if you base around Fulwell, up towards staines road. But from there, a bit of a black hole for other secondaries...
Surbiton / Hinchley Wood area might be a better bet for commuting to london and kingston uni, better value properties and decent schools too, though not familiar with the individual schools there.

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