Is there somewhere nice to live not too far from the train station and with a good primary school?

(37 Posts)
FGM Sat 23-Oct-10 09:19:06

We are waiting on a job offer that could mean a move to Bath. DH will need to commute to Swindon therefore we'd need to be in easy distance of Bath train station.

And my DD1 is due to start school next September- the applications need to be in by January!

I'm having a small panic about finding the right place to live...

MogTheForgetfulCat Sun 31-Oct-10 21:26:19

Widcombe is a church school, but know plenty of kids who got in easily whose parents don't attend church at all, so don't think it's like Bathwick or St Stephen's in that regard.

I went to KES, but only secondary from 15 (when we moved to Bath), and loved it. Have friends who have sent children to the pre-prep and thought it was great. Don't have any other info/views though. Do remember that people in my year at KES came from all over Somerset/Wilts, though, so if you're after community involvement etc and your DDs meeting and becoming friends with local children, I would imagine you'd be better off with a good loca school. Think the BANES website should have stats on it to let you know how far away from the school the furthest entrant in Reception this year was living - that should give you an idea of how close to the school it would be advisable to live in order to get a place.

jinglingsal Thu 04-Nov-10 14:57:27

Widcombe had a massively improved OFSTED report a few weeks ago - now classed as excellent.

JenaiMarrHePlaysGuitar Thu 04-Nov-10 15:56:25

I don't think any of Bath's primaries are bad tbh. Several are rated Excellent by Ofsted. I seriously wouldn't lose out on a dream house because I wasn't 100% about the nearest primary, basically. Or at least not in Bath.

IMO Bath primaries are all quite different from each other - including the "Excellents" - so do take this into account. Batheaston Primary and St Stephens are like chalk and cheese for example. You really do need to visit them.

WRT Marshfield (and other villages to the East), it's in Wilts. St Marks is a consideration for secondary but there are also v.good schools in Chippenham and Corsham. If you're years away from thinking about secondaries though I wouldn't base any homebuying decisions on it - as Malkuth says they're all set to change.

aliceeve2 Wed 13-Jul-11 13:22:42

This thread is a little old but I am in a similar position moving from London to Bath in November. We're not constrained by commutability but similarly would love to be near a good primary without church going requirements (DS starts a year in September) with a good community close to amenities. Friends live in Weston and rave about WASPs but it is a bit of a hilly trek from the town centre and not very bike friendly. We'll be renting to start so the catchment area is probably the most important issue right now.
Any thoughts very welcomely received.

Mammalia Thu 28-Jun-12 19:04:40

aliceeve2 - where did you decide was a good area? I am in a similar position to you, from london etc.

JenaiMarrHePlaysGuitar Fri 06-Jul-12 15:01:04

grin @ "hilly" alice. Bath is hills basically! I don't think you can avoid them.

Have a look at Bathampton - you can cycle in and out of town along the canal from there. It has a primary (which I think is CofE but no church attendence requirement iirc - you'll have to check B&NES website though). Someone else mentioned it upthread.

The route from Weston or Newbridge would actually be pretty OK - as Malkuth says.

Mammalia Tue 10-Jul-12 10:20:05

Thanks JenaiMarrHePlaysGuitar! And Malkuth indeed had some good advice!

I am surprised you can cycle from Weston/Newbridge to the University of Bath since it is on a hill, do you go along the river? Also why did you decide to avoid Odd Down and Southdown, Malkuth, because they are far away?

JenaiMarrHePlaysGuitar Tue 10-Jul-12 10:28:47

Good grief I wouldn't want to cycle up to the Uni! People do (Olympic athletes probably) but they're far fitter than I grin

If you were Newbridge way you could get the bus (there's a service aimed at students and staff that runs from bath Spa University College to Bath Uni).

Zazacat Tue 17-Jul-12 17:06:08

Widcombe is much closer to Uni than Weston etc, although still a hill to get up! The Infants and Juniors are separate schools, and the Infants isn't a church school. The criteria changed recently for the Juniors (which IS a church school) so now once you're in the Infants, you pretty much automatically get a place in the juniors.

We love it here, close to town and the canal and countryside, and good community feel, but does make it rather pricey!

Zazacat Tue 17-Jul-12 17:09:56

Ooops lost track of who asked what there! Widcombe is a flat quick walk to center, only a hill if you need to get to uni etc!

Tigerbath Thu 08-Nov-12 22:32:52

We are planning to move to bath in the summer, we have three Ds 's 12 10 and 7. One will go to bryanston and we need to find schools for the younger two. I am looking for a slightly quirky small ish school close to bath . We are planning to look at monkton coombe and prior park at the moment. Any help with this would be great. Thought we would live up to ten miles from bath but don't really think this would work anymore I think I would feel a little isolated. Now thinking max 3 miles away from bath. Help. Please.

Tigerbath Thu 08-Nov-12 22:46:14

Oops sorry everyone meant to post new thread will post it again

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