I used to teach at Wymondham High until last year. It's not ofsted 'outstanding' but it's a good school. Diss high school is good but the two best that are very close to Diss are Hartismere in Eye which is fantastic (both in Ofsted's and my opinion!) and Thomas Mills in Fram. PM if you DO decide on this kind of area - I teach in this area, so does my kids' dad AND we have kids at both primary and secondary...
I just had another thought - have you considered Beccles - just over the border into Suffolk and east of Diss ? It is on a train line. It is a bit bigger and more bustling in the town centre compared to Diss. Not sure what the schools are like - but might be worth considering.
We live in south west Norwich and my husband often uses the line through Wymondham to get the train to London. It's not much longer and can be quicker depending on where you want to go to in London. It's also much easier to get to and park at compared to Norwich station. Sheringham is too far in my opinion. Most trains from Norwich are 1hr and 50 minutes into Liverpool Street.
No way could you manage a commute from Sheringham to London even one day a week. Is it part of the Bittern Lane where the trains will be fairly infrequent too?
Diss or Ipswich would be better. Or even somewhere like Ely. I live in Norwich having moved here from Scotland and whilst it is lovely, it is as someone described to me as being at the end of the road to nowhere. Hopefully once the A11 is dualled properly it will make a huge difference. Wymondham is where you should go if you definately want Norwich. Wymondham has a main trainline station but you would need to change at Cambridge or Ely for London.
Thanks for your ideas. Sorry, I didn't explain myself very well. We don't need to commute daily. I'll be working in London on one day a week and my ex -husband on maybe four and staying over (he's moving with me, but without me if you know what I mean??!).
It's really just got to be on a train line (Brandon or Downham are possibilities) and close to a good school.
I'll have a look at Greshams but Holt might be just that bit too far out. Wymondham is a good possibility too but again, makes the train journey more like 2 hours rather than an hour and a half.
We've split up and can't afford two flats where we live with the proceeds of our house so are thinking of making the move out of London. It's all a bit complicated!
We are thinking of relocating to Norfolk but need to be in commuting distance of London. So far we are thinking about the Sherringham area but schools seem to be a minefield.
We have two children aged 6 and 7 but want to think ahed to secondary time too. They are currently at an 'Outstanding" state primary in North London. Any ideas where we would find similar for both primary and secondary?
Any advice gratefully received as my head is near to exploding!!