My husband is currently working in Basingstoke and we are in the process of moving there. We used to live in North Baddesley, a village between Southampton and Winchester, a nice estate close to an outstanding infant school. Everything was spot on. Now I feel my life is collapsing (DD moving to year 7 next Sept and we missed the dealine )
Could you please help me or at least guide me in the right direction?
I am thinking the following places might be alright: - Overton - Oakley - Alton - Whitchurch
Any other places that might be similar that i have missed?
DS is football mad too, do you know any good football schools/clubs in the area that i should approach first?
What about Bramley or Mortimer? I only say so because they're on the train line between Reading and Basingstoke so it would be fairly easy to get about. I think they might even come under Reading grammar school's catchment, but you'd have to check on that.
I live in Overton for a bit, it was lovely. You can get the train to London (through Basingstoke) from there. It has a few pubs and the river goes through. There's a few local shops. Can't comment on the other places though!
Yes, what silverduck said, not sure anywhere other than Oakley would give you a shorter commute? Also look at secondary catchments - Overton/Whitchurch (Testbourne School) and Alton schools probably currently outrank the Basingstoke comps. I think you're in catchment for Cranbourne School in Oakley? You could also consider Kings Worthy and Micheldever, which would get you closer to Basingstoke but in catchment for Winchester schools.
If your DD has a talent it might be worth looking at Sherfield School. They are very keen for children with passions for sport/drama/art etc and give generous scholarships. In addition to the above Old Basing and Dummer are nice places to live.also close to the M3 so easy to get out and about. Oakley hasn't got much going for it IMO and soon will be joined to Basingstoke by the Manydown estate
Yes, I know loads of people who do that commute at the very least. Although you say we "used" to live in NB, so are you renting now? If not I would definitely hold your horses as NB is nicer than some Basingstoke surrounds. If you want dinky village house then that will cost £££, especially in Alresford. Overton is nice, but Whitchurch seems a) a bit dead and b) rather full of teenage yobs (probably connected!).
Alton is great (v biased!) The schools both primary/secondary are all good or outstanding and most have spaces - you can generally pick the one that suits your DD/DS the best - we are very lucky. There are several football clubs and rugby is very strong as well.
I've lived in the Overton/Oakley area for most of my life off and on.
I would say that either is nice to live in and both have outstanding primaries. BUT, Overton has a nicer more villagey kind of feel to it and also has a bit more going on and a gin distillery also, in terms of Secondary Catchment in Oakley you're on the borderline between the great school and a crap one (although a LOT of kids go to non-catchment schools anyway) whereas in Overton you'd be safely in catchment for the Good secondary in Whitchurch.
I'm a bit slow on this post, have you made any decisions OP?