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Best London area for great primary and secondary school

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user1490024866 Mon 20-Mar-17 16:24:15

Hi all! we are a young family and we will soon have our first son! smile We are planning to buy a 3/4 rooms house, but we are finding very hard to find homes within the catchment area of a great primary and secondary school.
We are looking into an area with good commute to Bank and Canary Wharf.
We have checked:
Greenwich - no good state schools
Balham - no good secondary state schools
Clapham - same problem as Balham
East Dulwich - commute to CW and the city is not great but perhaps is the best option in the school front which is our priority. star

Does anyone else had the same conundrum?? we are not too fussy on the Ofsted classification rather we are keen on hearing opinions of all of you.
Our budget for the home is £1 to 1.2 million

Many thanks in advance! grin

TheCrowFromBelow Mon 20-Mar-17 16:40:05

I would have thought most of London has the same conundrum without the £1m to spend on a house grin
East Dulwich has good primary schools with teeny tiny catchment areas. Don't underestimate how small they are! The new secondary will be on the site of the old ED hospital - it only has Y7 at the moment but seems to get good reports from parents.
Doesnt Peckham/Nunhead have a link to CW?

Noitsnotteatimeyet Sat 25-Mar-17 07:23:01

Chestnut Grove in Balham was outstanding at its last OFSTED and is oversubscribed but I doubt you'd find a house nearby for your budget anyway. Harris Academy in Battersea is transformed - it used to be the school no-one wanted in its former guise but its latest progress 8 and attainment stats make it second in Wandsworth only behind Graveney which is partially selective and massively oversubscribed.

Your budget would get you a house in the catchment of Graveney - you'd have to get a bus or cycle to the tube but then you're on the right bit of the northern line for Bank and it's a commute lots of people do, decent primary schools too.

SquirmOfEels Sat 25-Mar-17 07:47:46

Battersea - if you go for the area between the Commons then there are excellent primaries and the newish Bolingbroke Academy (where lots of pupils from those primaries go). It has a feeder school system for entries, so check which primaries are on it - Wix isn't so popular so easier to get in to. Fallbacks from there would be Chestnut Grove or Ashcroft. Worth a punt at Graveney via the Wandsworth test.

I'd wait to see if the changes at Harris Battersea have really taken root. Like Chesterton (the primary next to it) it attracts some very good teachers, and the new progress scores do show up how much progress the pupils make. Their start point, given the demographics of the surrounding area, means that in old-speak it's added value is high, but the actual grades at exit quite variable. It is however one to consider if your DC are interestested in vocational qualifications - performing arts are strong there.

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