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Dontunderstand01 Tue 15-Dec-15 12:56:19

We originally moved to east anglia fir job reasons. DH and I bought our house without origanally considering schools- they are quite bad. We have family and friends in Yorkshire.

Can anyone suggest an affordable (I. E not york or harrogate) northern town? Ilanyehete north of Nottingham and south of Scotland is fine by me!

Also, has anyone relocated and changed everything? The idea of both of us changing jobs, dc chabeing nursery etc is a little terrifying!

mouldycheesefan Tue 15-Dec-15 12:57:51


Dixiechickonhols Tue 15-Dec-15 12:58:41

Skipton? Nice market town and grammar schools.
We are on other side of border Clitheroe area.

Northumberlandlass Tue 15-Dec-15 12:58:44

Tyne Valley!

mouldycheesefan Tue 15-Dec-15 12:58:53

Or somewhere near Harrogate like skip ton or ilkley

sickofforgettingpassword Tue 15-Dec-15 12:59:23

I live between Leeds and Huddersfield and it's affordable with some great grammar schools and with great motorway links.

MrsMoggy Tue 15-Dec-15 13:00:04

Cheshire east has some good schools and most of it is very affordable

Norfolknway Tue 15-Dec-15 13:01:43

Newcastle/ North Tyneside. 'Tis great here.

Best schools in the country, lovely coastlines, 10 mins from Northumberland and easy to access the city

PeasOnEarth Tue 15-Dec-15 13:02:36

Worth remembering that Wirral is a grammar school area still (all children can sit the 11+) and there are two streams of schools . West Wirral is the 'naice' bit!

Chester is really beautiful and the King's School (boys and girls but separately ) is rated highly.

Monica101 Tue 15-Dec-15 13:16:49

I am considering Whitley bay. Which is near Newcastle.

A few good schools, I think kings school and Whitley bay high school both worth consideration.

citybushisland Tue 15-Dec-15 13:20:44

Well don't pick North East Leeds, fabulous housing, lots to do, love it here, BUT - we moved here in May, my 6 year old still doesn't have a school place. There is a severe shortage of primary school places.

pinkdelight Tue 15-Dec-15 13:21:45

I was also going to say Skipton. Or Clitheroe/Ribble Valley - that's always in the 'best places to live for quality of life' lists and has some v good schools.

scaevola Tue 15-Dec-15 13:35:42

It might be worth having a look at Easingwold in North Yorkshire (might be too small a town though?)

BrianButterfield Tue 15-Dec-15 13:39:40

Beverley in East Yorkshire over Whitley Bay.

mouldycheesefan Tue 15-Dec-15 13:42:19

Whitley bay is a Bit run down tynemouth is nicer

Clarella Tue 15-Dec-15 13:56:06

Newcastle and North Tyneside. I live in one and work in the other.

Specifically the new school in tynemouth is supposed to be dammed good as was a state primary merged with a private 4-18. So it is a 'state' school with private background.

Or any in Heaton, Gosforth, Hexham....

Clarella Tue 15-Dec-15 13:56:58

Jesmond too.

Ijustworkhere Tue 15-Dec-15 14:02:42

I would also say Skipton. Lovely market town, great facilities, brilliant schools, reliable and fast train into Leeds if you fancy something more urban for a night out. Though I've always fancied living just a bit further on in Giggleswick. smile

emsyj Tue 15-Dec-15 14:02:52

We live on the Wirral and it ticks your boxes OP. Local primary is Ofsted outstanding, we're in catchment for the grammar schools and you can get a 3 bed house with garden for somewhere around 200k.

Want2bSupermum Tue 15-Dec-15 14:09:01

Wirral is ok , as are parts of Yorkshire like Hebden Bridge if you are sure your DC are very bright and will get into the grammar schools. Cheshire west is good for both grammar and comp. I would be careful with Chester. Kings and Queens are good schools but the fees are high considering the average income. The state schools are not great IMO. Christleton High in Chester has a good reputation but I think they could do a lot better considering their intake.

Dontunderstand01 Tue 15-Dec-15 16:26:42

Thank you for all the replies - I have a lot of research to do!

We can't afford fee paying schools but both me and DH are pretty bright (good a levels and university educated) so maybe ds could get into a grammar school?

Interestingly Beverly isn't far from where I grew up and my oldest friend lives there...

WhoTheFuckIsSimon Tue 15-Dec-15 16:31:58

Plenty of grammar schools in lincs, yorkshire, Lancashire. How old is DS? If he's too young for you to know if he will get into a grammar or not you need to make sure you're in a good come area.

We live in a village which is halfway between a town with shit comps and a grammar town. Dd passed the eleven plus and our village is normally in the catchment but the year she passed it wasn't (catchment changes yearly as the closest 120 kids get places). So she's in one of the country's worst comprehensive schools. If we'd moved here planning for a good school we'd have been disappointed. Some grammars go on distance like our local, others go on that's something to look into.

bookbook Tue 15-Dec-15 16:41:11

I came on to say Beverley - got beaten to it!

bigsnugglebunny Tue 15-Dec-15 16:43:03

Morpeth is nice... biased fgrin

katienana Tue 15-Dec-15 16:46:15

What do you do for a living, it might not be compatible with some of the areas mentioned.

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