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Brackenbury Village or Chiswick Primary Schools

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robelima Fri 19-Apr-13 15:01:22

Hi dear mums, please help me:

I have only one child who is almost 3, have few friends in London (I am Brazilian and moved here 4 years ago) hence I do not know many children/parents for my daughter to play with
We currently live in Kensington where I met lots of mums (most foreigners) but now we are moving from here as we want to buy a flat. I like being close to the city - my husband calls me a city sleeker (?) - and at the same time, I would like to be in a family area where my daughter can make new friends and try to get a GOOD Primary schools.
When I first moved here, I lived in Twickhenham and my experience was not good: too far away from the city and I made no friends even if I would go to all NCT coffees. Foreigners seem to be more open to make friendship with other foreigners and there are very few foreigners in the area of Twickenham.
Because I want to be close to the city, it seems that, within our budget, the best places are that meet our requirements:
1). Brackenbury Village
2). Chiswick
3). Putney
4). Battersea

What is your experience as mums, foriegners or not, in these areas? Specially Chiswick and B.Village?

Many many thanks!

mimbleandlittlemy Fri 19-Apr-13 16:34:52

All the primary schools in Chiswick are very good and Hounslow council has recently taken action to make sure there are more spaces available for an expanding population with both William Hogarth and Grove Park Primary School now 2 form entry having taken bulge classes over the last couple of years. Belmont is also 2 form, Strand on the Green 3 form and St Mary's (Roman Catholic so places allocated by lottery) and Cavendish are just 1 form.

Ds's school has 27 different mother tongues so it's full of foreigners and everyone mixes really well. I'm a Chiswick native but nearly all my friends are from the 'foreign' section!

I think it's a good place to bring up children too though it does have a slightly villagey feel so if you like to be a city slicker I'm not quite sure!

Can't help with Brackenbury Village, Putney or Battersea I'm afraid.

robelima Fri 19-Apr-13 22:30:19

thanks a lot, mimbleandlittlemy!

robelima Wed 01-May-13 22:07:19

dear all, I saw a very nice house (much nicer than the ones in Brackenbury village) in Chiswick on Strand on the green. Close to the 2 primary schools there..they are obly "good" according to ofsted but it seems parents like it a lot. Any thoughts? many thanks again!!

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