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claireb8 Fri 18-Aug-17 18:32:24

Hi there

My husband and I and our one year old daughter are plannig to move out of London so we can be closer to family in Wolves and Liverpool.

Sutton Coldfield sounds great on paper - lots of green space, excellent schools and good transport links into Birmingham.

Please can someone share their local knowledge and advise us if we should be looking for properties in specific areas of SC. We want to increase our likelihood of being in the catchment areas for the best state schools (infant through to secondary) and we're ideally looking for a period (Victorian or Edwardian) home. All advice and knowledge shared about the area would be gratefully received! Which areas are best for our property search? Any areas we should avoid?

Many thanks

WinkysTeatowel Mon 04-Jun-18 19:08:13

Lots of Good rated, some Outstanding. Remember an Outstanding school is not the be all and end all, outstanding schools are also more likely to push the kids hard for SATs which you may not support.
Plus the house prices will be very high in catchment areas. You need to have a look around and find somewhere that suits you.

You can't have it all... there are Outstanding schools in places I would never want to live. Balance is everything.

123mariam Mon 04-Jun-18 15:35:08

Does lichfield have good outstanding school like sutton?

WinkysTeatowel Mon 04-Jun-18 12:05:05

Elizabeth Road in New Oscott? Not a great area plus Chester Road is horrific for traffic between Boldmere Road/ Gravelly Lane junction and Tesco, I would avoid.

Yardley is not the best area in my opinion, I would say it's a bit rough (although times have changed).

The problem is that Sutton is massively overpriced due to the schools/perception. We initially moved to Erdington (some nice houses but schools not great) and have now moved out altogether to Lichfield. I have to say, I wouldn't go back in a hurry, I prefer where we are now.

If I was looking in Sutton I'd go for Boldmere/Wylde Green.

123mariam Mon 04-Jun-18 07:42:43

What do you think of this area ???

Olton Boulevard West, Birmingham, B11 3EZ

123mariam Mon 04-Jun-18 07:24:44

Well with my budget I cant get the hpuse I want ... iam a bit down confused ok so now i want to find out if there is any good areas like four oak with outstanding schools just outside surroundings Birmingham .. any suggestions ???

123mariam Sun 03-Jun-18 09:25:39

Hi winkyteatowel
Ive been looking at Sutton Coldfield as a whole and walmely is part of it ... what do you think about Elizabeth road?

PurplePimplePin Sat 02-Jun-18 21:20:32

Yes, no problem!

123mariam Sat 02-Jun-18 19:41:04

Yeah ive seen this house but the rooms were too small for us unfortunately.. this is a perfect location I know.
Thanks alot for your help purple pimple pin I hope you dont mind if I consult you in future houses smile smile

PurplePimplePin Fri 01-Jun-18 20:49:13

PurplePimplePin Fri 01-Jun-18 11:38:06

This has sold, but would be a decent location...keep looking.

PurplePimplePin Thu 31-May-18 12:14:13

Are you moving for work and will you be working in Birmingham Centre?

WinkysTeatowel Thu 31-May-18 10:17:30

I hunk you're going to struggle to get the house you want in Sutton for that budget. Does it have to be Sutton? Lichfield is very nice (nicer in my opinion) and a little cheaper.

You could try Walmley area which may be a little more reasonable.

123mariam Thu 31-May-18 10:12:43

I see .. max I can pay is 230,000 for a three semi detached house.

PurplePimplePin Thu 31-May-18 08:47:04

Hi Mariam, that house is in the Falcon Lodge area of Sutton Coldfield and Is right on the edge of Sutton Coldfield, so it is close to the fields and countryside. Falcon Lodge is a much cheaper area of Sutton. The area didn't have a great reputation, but I don't really know what it's like now. It is a short drive in to Sutton centre. The local primary school would probably be New Hall or Hollyfield and there are two secondary schools opposite each other close by.
How much can you stretch to for the house?

123mariam Thu 31-May-18 05:26:12

Hi there is another house near Raddicap heath road ... do you know about the area?

I found this property on the Rightmove Android app and wanted you to see it:

123mariam Wed 30-May-18 17:59:10

Thanks alot for your help!

PurplePimplePin Wed 30-May-18 13:03:53

That's good 👍. Are you coming from far?
If you can, go to Boldmere high street and then drive out towards Elizabeth road. Also take the drive to schools closest to the house.
I would also explore Wylde green, Sutton park and Sutton town centre of you don't know the area well.
Although technically Elizabeth rd does make it in to the Sutton Vesey ward (by one road) most people would consider the area over Chester rd to be Kingstanding.
See what you think anyway!

123mariam Wed 30-May-18 12:44:18

I will today 🤞🏻

PurplePimplePin Wed 30-May-18 11:40:03

Have you been able to visit the area and the house?

123mariam Wed 30-May-18 08:48:09

Thanks PurplePimplePin for your reply... new scott primary school is 0.4 miles from the house. I looked in google maps the house is on the boarder of boldmere!

PurplePimplePin Tue 29-May-18 09:42:48

Hi, Elizabeth Rd looks to be on the other side of Chester Rd - so more in to Kingstanding and not such a good area imo.
I don't know if you'd make the catchment for New Oscott Primary School from there and would be more likely to get a Kingstanding school.

123mariam Tue 29-May-18 09:24:59

Hi I need your advice ... iam moving to Birmingham and looking for a house to buy through my search I saw a really good house in New oscott near the retail park area on Elizabeth Road ... any one has any idea if the area is a good one? I have two daughters so iam looking for good schools as well.

MC92 Wed 20-Sep-17 00:22:21

I would recommend wylde green for the style of house you want and it's so close to Boldmere! 😍

KingsHeathen Wed 23-Aug-17 07:25:26

Well, if you want Arthur Terry, you'll need to be v close, as in 300 yards, and the catchment may well shrink further by the time you DD is ready to go. But that would place you close to the station, so it's not all bad.
Primary school may be more of an issue there- there's a little black hole in terms of primary schools just to the SW of butler's lane. Also, I personally believe you should go for the v best early education as that is when the foundations are laid down, rather than focussing on secondary, but hey.
Schools in Birmingham are not of the same standard as London- London state schools have had money thrown at them, and heavily targeted for improvement. The opposite has been the case in Birmingham for the last ten years.
If I had a budget of £750, I would live elsewhere and send them to independent, for primary at least. (Birmingham does have super selective grammars for secondary).

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