Hello, need some advice. We are in living in Stokey & love it but about to move again and I think we need to start thinking about schools etc. Our DD is only a year so I know things can change drastically but we have seen a good size place on Hackney/Stoke Newington borders but local primary (Northwold Primary) hasn't got a good OFSTED and not rated well on Good Schools Guide, although has a new head and seems to be improving things (slightly!). We have also been looking towards Alexandra Palace but it would mean getting somewhere much smaller. So, I guess the dilemma is do we buy somewhere in Stokey which is bigger with big garden etc but schools not so great (although could change) or look towards Alexandra Palace and compromise on space and outside space? We can't really afford the places round Church Street. Am I worrying about schools too early? I really don't know but has to be said that when we move this time we don't want to have to move again for a long old while. Any advice would be great. Thank you.
fyefoot, there are some fantastic primaries in N16 area. So I'd stick with where you like. I don't know Northwold, but there really are lots and lots of lovely primaries in that area. Why not make a list of the schools you like, then only look at properties in their catchment area.
smee, there are a whole host of reasons, but mostly because I could see his future and it was grim. 'average' children are utterly ignored, support and engagement with them to exploit their potential diverts resources away from adding value to the school. So they sink. And do badly at secondary.
I struggled with the decision, but now he is blossoming and I can see the little boy I knew was there suddenly himself to the world. His confidence levels have soared and he is so happy.
We looked at Jubilee but this place was a bit too far, anyway have decided not to go for that flat, but more to do with damp and exposed pipes in the bedroom than the school! But its really hard, it seems unless you are living just off Church Street the schools aren't great, well except Jubilee. I love Stokey and at the moment I can't think of a better place to live with my DD being 1 but I really don't want to have to make huge compromises with her education. Anyway, the house search continues... Thank you for all the advice - it really is a minefield.
Think G is now improving after some problems recognised (there's a shocker) by Ofsted. We are about to move to Walthamstow as we can't afford the garden we need in Stokey but really, we wouldn't move! Dd goes to playgroup, and will be starting nursery in Sept anyway at Sir Thomas Abney in Stamford Hill. I love it, a medium sized school but the kids really seem to enjoy it there.
If I had the choice of the smallest nearest school I would take it, but I am a teacher with experience of Inner London state schools and think really, most schools are fine. Mind you, am a idealistic socialist type .
I have heard some very funny stories about that school (via friend of friend who was involved), of highly stokey parents turning up and demanding why the food wasn't organic, and why little Jack wasn't going swimming every day like he did at nursery, and having to have it explained to them that, well, there were a few other things that the school had to deal with first...