lovely big house near ok school or small house near v good school?

(17 Posts)
Singbluesilver Tue 21-Jun-16 09:23:22

What is more important? A small house, a bit cramped, not my dream home at all, but, walking distance to an outstanding school OR a lovely big house, lots of storage, big rooms, v rural, with school that needs improvement...? Primary school age child.
I'm torn!

NoahVale Tue 21-Jun-16 09:25:17

what about the senior school?

school begins at home.
if you are actively involved your child will do well.

i would go for big house, assuming senior school is good enough of course

DonkeyOaty Tue 21-Jun-16 09:28:27

Schools go up and down the ofsted scale like incey wincey spider

I would go for larger house and make sure the children have lots of books and access to nature

DonkeyOaty Tue 21-Jun-16 09:29:09

What Noah said. Grrrrr. Wish I'd said that.

redhat Tue 21-Jun-16 09:32:15

I agree, the senior school catchment is what you should be concerned about.

Loads of lovely big houses around here in a beautiful setting - but unless you can also afford school fees they are ruled out by most because the nearest senior school is in a not very nice at all place and isn't well regarded at all (even though the local primary is outstanding). You have to be able to afford the house and the school fees.

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Tue 21-Jun-16 09:33:48

Senior school definitely!

Notbigandnotclever Tue 21-Jun-16 09:37:00

I would go for the big house personally unless the secondary school difference is outstanding Vs poor.

My kids moved from an ofstead outstanding school to an ofstead satisfactory-good school. Best move I ever made. The new school improves every year and the old school has since bombed under new leadership and is currently satisfactory dipping into poor.

Notbigandnotclever Tue 21-Jun-16 09:37:49

Secondary is the school to look at. Primaries vary hugely and ofstead doesn't always properly reflect them.

Singbluesilver Tue 21-Jun-16 09:42:57

Good advice from everyone thank you.
No senior school in rural village, closest is 5 miles away and looks good.
I have only been thinking about primary schools and not the bigger picture.
My heart is saying big house.

JinkxMonsoon Tue 21-Jun-16 09:45:31

Location is everything. Not necessarily in terms of proximity to good schools, but the area generally.

Is the small house in a nicer area and the big house in a not-so-nice area? If so, I'd have to think long and hard about the big house.

KateLivesInEngland Tue 21-Jun-16 10:01:45

I was looking at houses recently and doing this exact equation.
I really think you should be looking at good secondary's and, if you have to, take a hit down to an Ok primary if there are no good options. I think that's where the important schooling lies IMO.

Singbluesilver Tue 21-Jun-16 10:25:55

Jinkx Smaller house is in an OK area, more shops, park, pub, but the house is tiny and new ish.
The big house is in a v small village, church, shop, primary school village hall, not much else but stunning location.

Singbluesilver Tue 21-Jun-16 10:28:31

Kate I think you are right, I just haven't really looked further than primary as children are so young.

I keep thinking, what would Kirstie and Phil say?!

NCGone Tue 21-Jun-16 10:28:37

If secondary ok then go for the big house

AlpacaLypse Tue 21-Jun-16 10:30:05

Primary schools are all about the head and can change almost overnight. Definitely go for big house in catchment for good secondary.

And you don't have to send the children to the nearest primary school, if it turns out to be truly not good.

Ditsy4 Mon 18-Jul-16 18:31:47

I went for the smaller house but sometimes I wish I was in a bigger one. Nice neighbours though.

ShelaghTurner Mon 18-Jul-16 18:32:42

I live in a shoebox. Go for the big house!

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