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dogmadmum Sat 06-Nov-10 12:22:54

we are relocating to Scotland sometime in the new year due to my husbands job moving to Erskine near Glasgow. I was hoping some of you mums out there could advise us on the best areas to live and for schools for our 5 and 8 year old. I come from Durham and have never lived anywhere else, so i am very nervous to say the least and any advice will be very welcome. Ideally no more than 30 Min's drive from Glasgow would be good.
many thanks for reading

weepootle Sat 06-Nov-10 12:31:08

What sort of area are you looking for? Built-up city, quiet suburban estate, village-y location?

dogmadmum Sat 06-Nov-10 12:38:09

hi weepootle thanks for your reply i think either quiet suburban or villagey location would be good.

PTA Sat 06-Nov-10 12:42:50

Erskine isn't really that close to Glasgow and is lovely but to echo previous post, what do you want and what's your budget like?

You have a very wide range of options if your husband is working in Erskine.

Sorry if I've not been particularly helpful but let me know what you would prefer and I'll see what I can do to help. BTW anywhere on the West Coast is wonderful!

PTA Sat 06-Nov-10 12:42:50

Erskine isn't really that close to Glasgow and is lovely but to echo previous post, what do you want and what's your budget like?

You have a very wide range of options if your husband is working in Erskine.

Sorry if I've not been particularly helpful but let me know what you would prefer and I'll see what I can do to help. BTW anywhere on the West Coast is wonderful!

prettybird Sat 06-Nov-10 12:43:10

Are you going to be buying or renting? If buying, what sort of budget? Are you looking for state schools or privates (for both primary and secondary)? Do you anticipate moving again within a few years?

Glasgow has good communications links, so 30 minutes drive gives you a very wide area.

Also, when are your kids' birthdays, as the school year intake islighlty different? A child that is now 5 whould either be in P1 (Reception-ish) or P2 (Y1).

dogmadmum Sat 06-Nov-10 13:03:31

wow guys thanks so much for your answers this is my 1st post so didn't really expect this type of response.
my apologies for my lack of knowledge with distances as Glasgow looks really near on the map lol
At present we live in a smallish town in between sunderland and Durham half a hour each way, so within easy reach if needed but as we aren't really into shopping and stuff we very rarely bother, so would really love something similar nice community spirit would be nice, we were thinking of renting for the 1st 6 months to get a feel for places with a view to buy then,and we are hoping to sell our house for 150,000 so around that price is what we would be looing to spend.
my little girl will be 6 in may and my son 9 in march, and are very nervous with regards to this so any advice with this would also be gratefully received

dogmadmum Sat 06-Nov-10 13:07:49

hi prettybird we are looking for state schools and we would moving for the long term hope.
thanks

mankyscotslass Sat 06-Nov-10 13:21:55

Bishopton is very close to Erskine, the primary school there was very well regarded. It has a rail link to Galsgow if needed.

The nearest High School is Park Mains, I believe they were talking about rebuilding it. It used to have a really good rep, especially for music, but I had heard it had gone down hill, and is now improving.

Erskine itself is a mix of housing stock, some ex housing association, and a lot of new builds. There are several primary schools serving Erskine itself, Bargarran, Rashielea, BBarsail, and 2 RC schools, St john Bosco, and St Annes.

It really depends on your budget and what you want.

dogmadmum Sat 06-Nov-10 13:33:24

thanks mankyscotslass great name btw.
I am really ashamed to say ive never been up Glasgow way in my life, we aren't really travelers so really dont know where to start apart from i would really like to live somewhere were crime isnt to much of a problem, somewhere quite quiet also as hustle and bustle aren't really us.

mankyscotslass Sat 06-Nov-10 13:33:47

Some of the North Ayrshire Viaalges are lovey too, and would be within driiving distance to Erskine.

I'd forgotten about Inchinnan, which is another village on the Erskine boundary, it has a primary school too.

mankyscotslass Sat 06-Nov-10 13:35:14

And that Bishopton has more of a villagey feel to it than Erskine, which is a suburban sprawl and typical new town. Or at least it did!

dogmadmum Sat 06-Nov-10 13:38:19

my husband has mentioned bearsden? wonder if anyone knows it well?

prettybird Sat 06-Nov-10 13:41:45

Your little firl would go into P1 this year and your wee boy into P4, if your are mving in the New Year. In theory, he's be one of the oldest in the year as the age placement" year is March to February - but in practice he probably won't be as in Scotland you have the option of deferring (*properly* wink - as in they would start in P1 the following year) the entry of September to Feb birthdays (more usually just the December to Feb ones) if you don't think that they are ready.

If your dh is working in Erskine, then you have the opion of North and SOuth of the river, as you are close to the Erskine Bridge.

Small village-y, you have Houston and Bridge of Weir. Not sure about the secondaries, but primary schools are generally good.

I live in Glasgow in Pollokshields, which is a quiet suburb on the south side of Glasgow with lots of lvely big Vicotrian houses, the majoity of them split, like ours. Big gardens, quiet roads and excellent value compared to the West End where you would pay silly prices for the equivalent. If you watched "SIngle Father" then that is where it was filmed. SOme people are put off by the fact that East Pollokshileds (which is largely tenements) is very Asian - but I love it. Glendale Primary school has a good reputation - high number of ethnic minorites (60%) but well supported. Pollokshields Primary School is 98% "English as an Additional Language" which would have caused me concerns.

The other place on the SOuth Side to look at is Shawlands and Crossmyloof - there may be houses there in your price bracket. Shwalnds Primary also has a decent reputation - as does Shawlands Academy.

We are close to the M8 and on the "right" side of the Kingston Bridge, which is where the jams tend to occur, so your dh would be able to get to work in under half an hour. Coming home, he would quickly learn the routes that avoid the jam.

North of the river, Old Kilpatrick is literally just under the Erskine Birdge. I can remember looking at houses there (when we were looking to buy "North side" before giving up and looking "SOuth side" and finding our current house the first week out looking) and they seemed good value.

mankyscotslass Sat 06-Nov-10 13:41:52

Bearsden is lovely but a lot of it is very expensive!

Just done a very quick trawl of Rightmove, and only 2 houses came up in your budget.

See here look

prettybird Sat 06-Nov-10 13:43:39

With £150,000, I don't think you could afford Bearsden. It is where I was brought up and went to school, so otherwsie I would recommend it - and Milngavie (pronounced "Mill-guy" confused)

dogmadmum Sat 06-Nov-10 13:46:00

shock you dont get alot for your money there oh well dont think il be moving to bearsdon then lol i am currently in a 4 bed detatched so back on with the search

prettybird Sat 06-Nov-10 13:46:27

Seeing the Righmove link reminds me to warn you that the "Offers over" system in Scotland really does mean "offers over" - especially in places like Bearsden.

But we'll have time to "educate" you as to the intricacies of the differnt house buying/selling system in Scotland wink

prettybird Sat 06-Nov-10 13:48:59

Like any city/conurbation, you get "hot spots".

Bearsden, Milngavie, Jordanhill are the "hot spots" for family accommodation on the North side; Newton Mearns and (to a lesser extent?) Bridge of Weir are the hot spots on the south side.

dogmadmum Sat 06-Nov-10 13:51:57

grin thanks prettybird this is going to be the biggest thing my family and me have ever had to do and i dont mind saying i am petrified but you guys are making things feel better and its great to be able to get advise from peeps who know.

mankyscotslass Sat 06-Nov-10 13:54:10

TBH, I think you would struggle to get a 4bed detatched in your budget in the area you are talking about. Not impossible though.

You may have to trawl rightmove to get a better idea of what's realistic for the budget.

prettybird Sat 06-Nov-10 13:56:17

I agree with mankyscotslass. You may find, after renting for a few months and getting a feel, that you will want to see if you can stretch your budget a bit.

mankyscotslass Sat 06-Nov-10 13:57:42

Does it have to be 4 bedroom detatched?

Would you look at smaller properties?

dogmadmum Sat 06-Nov-10 14:01:53

no it doesn't need to be a four bed roomed detached a 3 bed roomed semi or terraced would be just as good for us. House prices are still quite good were we are from.

seb1 Sat 06-Nov-10 14:05:20

Within Renfrewshire you also have Lochwinnoch, Langbank, Houston and Bridge of Weir. Houston and Bridge of Weir feed into Gryffe High. Here is a link to the council web site for schools Renfrewshire. You also have Kilmacolm close by it is under Inverclyde council. You will also have the choice of denominational or non-denominational schools. The council website has the holidays listed which will be quite different so worth checking out.

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