We live in South London and have a 1 year old and 3 year old.
The long-term plan is to live in Surrey for reasons of space, proximity to family and the countryside.
The problem is we are not yet ready to move. Ideally we would stay in London for 2 more years, leaving when our kids will be 3 and 5.
My question is this – if you are applying to a state school outside of the reception years, does this make it difficult/impossible to get a place at a decent school? I assume you go on to a wait list and will only get an offer if another child leaves the class (and you happen to be top of the wait list).
If this is true, I think we have to pick between moving now or accepting we may have to go private if we move later.