Is Halifax still a good area for raising a family?(23 Posts)
DH works in the area and says it is lovely. But he doesn't have experience of the schools.
I grew ip on London and hated it. I settled in the (southern) outskirts of Huddersfield 13 years ago. Both children (5 and 2) were born here. I love it, it is my forever place. Lovmt countryside, useful towns, brilliant road links to further afield. Great cities in Leeds, Sheffield and Manchester on easy reach.
We are in Leeds and don't much experience of Halifax other than the odd visit for things.
I love W Yorks. We moved back here from London 5 years ago and still feel privileged to be somewhere with a bit of the best of everything. I am about to go for a cycle from Ilkley to Bolton Abbey - one of the most beautiful areas and its only 40 mins from my front door. ANd i counts as a long haul day - usually I am on the bike from my own front door.
Practically speaking, Kirklees does have a chequered past in terms of education. Research schools carefully but there are plenty of good and improving ones afaik.
It was beautiful - the sun shone and the light over the hills beyond the Abbey was glorious. Met a friendly bunch of women, had a good cycle and an enormous piece of cake. Lush.
When we lived in London, we had a "TIme to NEarest Cow" measure. We timed it in all directions from our flat and the closest cow was 55 minutes up the A1. Now its 5 minutes on the edge of the Ring Road.
I still commute regularly to London and it reminds me why I don't miss it. We had a great 5 years there, I am glad I have done it but it is a bubble. Life in London is not like life anywhere else in the UK. I am glad to be out of it but be able to go back and visit - like an ethnographic safari.
There is a real issue in Calderdale re secondary schools because of the 11 plus. If you can afford private tutors and book them up
before the child is born early and your child is bright you'll be OK but otherwise....there is a complex system of catchment areas and feeder schools and faith schools at primary level. My great nephew just missed out on11 plus and he was in the catchment area and attended the feeder school for a dreadful secondary school with no sixth form either. My niece then moved my younger grand nephew to a primary school that fed into a much better secondary - the feeding system trumped catchment area. My poor sister is now using up her savings paying for her elder grandson to go to an independent school. Scenery might be nice bit I wouldn't go back to live in Halifax for anything - it would have to be the Dales.
Obviously depends which part of Halifax you live in but Brighouse High School has a good name, as does Ryburn & Brooksbank. I've also heard that Hipperholme & Lightcliffe has turned things around & looking quite impressive. Of course, there are always the Grammar schools if that is the route you want to go down - Crossley Heath & North Halifax.
I've a teenager at Huddersfield Uni & he has had some excellent nights out in both Huddersfield & Halifax...seems like the Accapulco is the happening place for students on a Thursday night but yes, you still stick to the carpets .
Something else that was pointed out to me was, whichever route you leave/enter Halifax you always go through some really pretty scenery...maybe Junction 25 on the M62 wasn't taken in to account but hey ho...get yourself back ooop North
Come to South Kirklees instead - we still have first, middle and high schools.
I don't find people from Yorkshire friendly at all. I am usually regarded as a posh stuck up southerner. I am from the south and from a working class family and a place with a strong sense of community. Your experience of the south is not one I recognize.
Well, if your DD doesn't go down the grammar school route (I've 2 DDs in Primary that won't) just do your homework first & make sure you are in the catchment area & your DD goes to a feeder school for one of the better High Schools. That way you've the best of both worlds, you've the option of Grammar school but with a good High School as a back up, if she doesn't pass her 11+.
Most people send their children for tutoring for the 11+ around here too & Gleddings School (private) has a near 100% pass rate for the 11+...food for thought!
Yes...the good old Acca!!! Can't tell you how old that makes me feel, my son going, funnily enough he doesn't want to take me up on my offer of going with him
Yorkshire has just been named third best region in the WORLD by lonely planet. What are you waiting for?
Another Yorkshire lover here. From Huddersfield originally and as soon as I decide to settle down then I'm heading straight back. One of the villages on the outskirts hopefully. Lovely schools. Nice people and such a beautiful place. Gods own country indeed.
I grew up in Halifax, literally over the street from one of the high schools you mentioned. I went to one if the grammars from a state primary with no tutoring, then I went to university in the south and have lived in Oxon for 10 years. I adore and miss the scenery you describe, and my family, but I don't miss Halifax. And I don't recognise the South you've described.
There were so few employment prospects for me in Halifax, even after my degree. I was desperate to escape at 18 as I was bored of the same insular people with narrow ideas (not that everyone is by any means, but I felt like so many people I knew were). It was not the done thing to be clever or interested in anything other than football and drinking. People were friendly on the face of things but not truly so. So many people had a massive chip on their shoulders about being northern and my parents still panic that they 're not 'posh' enough when they visit here (madness!)
I knew people who were stabbed, who overdosed on drugs, who drunk drove habitually, and several teenagers who crashed cars and died. Obviously that can happen anywhere but I see it far less here where there is less deprivation. There's still quite a heroin problem in Halifax so far as I'm aware.
In contrast I know a lot of teenagers here who are smart, open, friendly, witty, and independent thinkers. There are so many more prospects and opportunities for young people.
If you really yearn for Yorkshire I'm sure you'll find somewhere lovely to be, but as someone who's had a different experience of moving I thought I'd add my two penny worth
North Yorks is really rather lovely in places btw.
I prefer thirsk, Whitby, etc.
Halifax was rough as alt years back. No idea what it's like now. Hebden bridge seemed nice to me as a teenager though.
You could try asking on the loca boards http://local.mumsnet.com/Talk/calderdale/local-active
if you really want to move to Halifax then unless you want to move to Saville Park itself then try Ripponden / Greetland area. They have excellent primaries and if your child doesn't pass the 11 plus for Crossleys then they will be in the right feeder schools for Ryburne and Brooksbank which are good alternatives.
Having just moved from this area though I'd have second thoughts. Parts of Halifax are really grim, there's a lot of traffic and it's still very urban.
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