Schools and catchment area advice - moving to area

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fish100 Thu 29-Jul-10 15:11:07


I am looking to move to this area and am currently trying to get my head around the choice of areas to live in Bournemouth and Poole - it is huge!

I have a 2 year old so am looking at schools and catchment areas. It seems from what I have gauged so far that Lilliput and Courthill are the schools that a lot of people rate in Poole but what about Bournemouth?

A lot of the houses I have seen from estate agents come under the Queens Park area. I see Queens Park Infant has an outstanding rating from Ofsted but what is it like? It seems to have a very large and varied catchment any of your children or friends children attend if so, do you rate it ? What about the junior?

Are there any other schools that are well rated in Bournemouth? I don't just want to look at Ofsted because it only tells part of the story but it is really difficult to get the inside info when you are moving to a new area where you don't know other people with children.

Thanks for your help

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Lizyloo Sat 08-Dec-12 10:04:56

Springdale first school every time rather than Broadstone first, imo it's gone right downhill recently...will be pleased when my little one finishes there tbh. To see for yourself, just check out the newsletter section of their website...very negative comms to parents which should give you an idea. They say the right things but actions are different! Broadstone middle fab.

powertrump Fri 04-Jan-13 22:02:31

Hello! I recently got a job in Poole so we're relocating from Brighton and are absolutely pooping ourselves! We've got to move our ds who is 5 and in reception and the good schools are all full.

We're thinking of living near to Courthill school, as the houses in this area match our price range (we're renting) and we have to be close to a station for my dh. It's also near to where I'll be working.

Courthill seems to be in the Parkstone area - googling this comes up with some really mixed reviews! Are there specific roads or parts of parkstone we should avoid? I know lower parkstone is nicer but it's also more expensive... and where exactly is the divide between upper and lower...?


charadams Fri 18-Jan-13 16:42:28

Hi im moving to christchurch in april and im aplying for a school place for my son.. can you recomend 3 of the best infant schools x

sternfish Tue 16-Apr-13 12:04:37

Hi, I'm another one moving to Poole, looking at Lower Parkstone in particular. Feeling quite nervous about school. My son will start yr1 in Poole and it seems to be next to impossible to get a place in either liliput or courthill. And I haven't even started looking into preschools for my little one!!!

I'd be curious to hear how you got on powertrump. Which school did you get in the end. We are also moving from Brighton so also wonder how you are finding the change in general.


powertrump Tue 16-Apr-13 15:14:55

Hi Sternfish I replied to your PM earlier.

Poole is not Brighton by any stretch of the imagination, but it has everything that Brighton lacks. Once I'd had my son, I wasn't really get the most out of what Brighton has to offer but was still paying a fortune to live in a tiny flat! Poole/Bournemouth definitely meets our needs better as a family.

Will you be visiting to look around at different areas before you move?

our son is at Hamoworthy First which is rated 2 on Ofsted, but we really love it there. He's settled in really well. Plus there is a park really close to the school which is right on a sandy beach - perfect!

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