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Do your dcs attend a happy and decent mixed comp? Can you buy a 4 bed house for £300,000 within walking distance?

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SusieP40 Fri 11-Jan-13 09:31:00

Hi, name changer here so I dont out myself and fuel local (smallminded here!) gossip.

We have decided to move away and after months of discussion we know exactly what we want but are not sure where we can find it.

We would like dcs to attend a decent HAPPY properly comprehensive school - so preferably a grammar-free area. DS12, is so unhappy at his current school sad. We are really disappointed with the lack of provision (mild SEN) and lack of care (that's a whole different thread).

We want to move from the snooty area we currently live where the neighbours are so up their own arses noone speaks to anyone else! We run an internet-based business and dh works 16 hour days and more to meet mortgage payments on our house. I want us to be mortgage free so we can actually spend some money enjoying life. We can move ANYWHERE but would like to be in a friendly neighbourhood with a sense of community. Maybe in a market town? Our budget would be around £300,000.

Ideally I would like dcs to be in walking distance of school - its healthy , sociable and good for independence.

Any ideas?

mumzy Thu 24-Jan-13 23:01:56

Susie I'm not sure about the SEN provision but if there are any areas you think are possibilities post in education and I'm sure local posters will be able to advise

NewFerry Thu 24-Jan-13 22:45:38

Yes, yes, Avebury so much better than Stonehenge.
But remember, don't tell anyone, it's a secret!

Sunnyshores Thu 24-Jan-13 22:28:24

NewFerry - plus Avebury, beautiful medieval Salisbury, wonderful local farmers markets, farmshops, Love it here Whoops.....

jo164 Thu 24-Jan-13 18:27:42

Another vote for South Gloucestershire area. Katharine Lady Berkeley in Wotton Under Edge, Castle School in Thornbury - both market towns with good access to Bristol, Gloucester, Cheltenham. Winterbourne International Academy, in Winterbourne which is an area in the very north of Bristol so not as rural, easy to get into centre of Bristol for all city amenities.

NewFerry Thu 24-Jan-13 18:09:17

Hmm, I understand that John Bentley in Calne is good for SEN. I have a friend who is a governor there, her DC is Y8, and she is very happy with his progress, though not SEN.
The villages round Calne are lovely, and its pretty close to Swindon for teenage stuff.

SusieP40 Thu 24-Jan-13 17:49:06

Sunnyshores - I think Hardenhuish are full (in year 8) but quite a few Glos schools had spaces including some very good ones. I can let you have the list if you want. Our ds is also currently in a private school but we are not getting much value for money from them! Its a high achieving school and I think they have written ds off as he performs so poorly academically. As we are completely mobile, our search is broad. So far Glos, Rutland, Lincs and Leicester seems to have possiblities for us. I am quite surprised at the property prices in areas that I assumed would be cheap!

SusieP40 Thu 24-Jan-13 17:42:32

grin NewFerry, I wont say a word!
Do you know anything about good SEN pracrice in Wilts secondary schools?

NewFerry Thu 24-Jan-13 17:40:47

Shhhh, please don't go telling people that wiltshire has good schools! Next you'll be talking about how reasonable the house prices are, or the excellent quality of life, or the fact we have very low crime rates, and are close to 2 world heritage in Bath & Stonehenge.
Just stop it! grin

Sunnyshores Wed 23-Jan-13 19:49:08

This is something I've looked at alot for DS (currently private, but wondering why!!). Anyway I looked at counties around the M3/M4 and the best remarks I had were from parents in Chippenham of 2 (yes 2!!) schools Hardenhuish and Sheldon. Many parents from local preps send their children to either of these.
Chippenham isnt exactly picturesque, its nice enough though and the area is lovely. If you didnt want to be in walking distance their are some beautiful villages 10 minutes away and both schools run buses.

SusieP40 Wed 23-Jan-13 10:58:36

Great - more food for thought! Thankyou smile

Auntpetunia, Have spoken to St Michaels in Crosby (2 people have recommended same place!). I t has places so will look further into that one as a possibility.

Will look into other suggestions this morning.
Mumzy, do you know of any shffield schools with a good record of SEN provision?

mumzy Tue 22-Jan-13 22:09:54

Sheffield would be a city I'd consider it has very few indies and no grammars so the majority of dcs attend comps some such as Silverdale and Tapton which are outstanding. As a city it has loads going for it and easy reach of the Peak District and 2 hours by train to London. The houses look pretty good too I'd say the south of the city is more des res

GotAnyGrapes Tue 22-Jan-13 21:03:57

Posted this on the other thread but just in case you're checking this one instead now:

Hi Susie, I know you are ideally looking for state schools but the area we have recently moved from has one or two excellent independent schools who specialise in HFA/dyslexia/dyspraxia. I know of 2 children whose parents sent them to the same school after their state schools failed them spectacularly. One has dyslexia and the other has aspergers. Both are thriving!

It's a fairly pricey area though you do get a few 4beds within your budget. However, as it's a densely populated urban area, living just one postcode along (thus adding 5 mins to journey) gets you a lot more for your money.

Good infrastructure too and easy into Manchester. Excellent state schools too especially primary. I was sad to leave but DHs job rules our life.

Anyway, here's a link to the school. Good luck! here

LedaOfSparta Tue 22-Jan-13 12:07:09

Catchment for Crofton School in Stubbingtonsmile

Lovely big village, v friendly and good access to bigger cities on south coast.

auntpetunia Tue 22-Jan-13 11:15:31

ok you don't mind where you live then try Crosby north Liverpool, we have 15 minute train to Liverpool city centre and all the history that entails. We have one of the lowest crime rates in the country (google it it's true!) schools St Michael's local comp which is just getting better all the time, fabulous SEN provision.

Houses this is 5 minute walk from the school and the local shopping centre, Sainsbury's etc. Walking 20 minute the other way you have ironmen and the lovely beach.

FantasticDay Tue 22-Jan-13 09:53:47

Hi, South Liverpool has a lot of family homes for well less than that. (Ours is a three bed terrace in a for £134K). Lots of 'outstanding' and good schools - though high proportion have a religious affiliation. One grammar - but it really is a super-super-selective, so the comps still get about 80% plus 5 or more good GCSEs.

SusieP40 Tue 22-Jan-13 09:46:56

Thanks alot for more responses smile. Any information re SEN in any recommendations will be gratefully recieved!

Yes, Matlock, Derbyshire

jojane Tue 22-Jan-13 08:11:33

We are Chepstow, comp with sen department, there is a private boardin school but no framers in area , 4 bed house wod be about £300000, close to cardiff and Bristol for anything you might need, concerts, shopping, etc

TheHumancatapult Tue 22-Jan-13 08:05:10

Oh and Birchwood has fab Sen policy's to

TheHumancatapult Tue 22-Jan-13 08:03:26

Hmm may struggle with a 4 bed but there are a few.
schools excellent .
Fab public transport (trains and buses )
Good shopping
Swimming all in walking distance
Airport on bus /train route
Same 30 mins London /40 Cambridge

In short I love it here and will never ever move

Google hockerhill school , Birchwood , or single sex options . Boys high or Herts and Essex

SusieP40 Mon 21-Jan-13 23:16:16

jeee, the ofsted for the cotswold school is astonishing! I have had another recommendation for bournside school. they seem to have very good schools around the Cheltenham area.
Do you have any idea about SEN in either of the schools you recommended? Thanks.

jeee Tue 15-Jan-13 14:09:54

My parents live in the North Cotswolds. The two local secondary schools near to them both seem brilliant - Chipping Campden School (okay, I'm biased about this school, because I went there), and The Cotswold School. They are both genuinely comprehensive. They have great facilities. And frankly, I wish my children could go to them.

You should be able to afford a four bedroomed house in catchment as long as you don't expect a picture postcard cotswold cottage. My parents live in a 1960s four bedroomed number that would sell for less than £300K - and it has good sized gardens.

higgle Tue 15-Jan-13 14:00:25

Gloucestershire has lots of nice places and good schools. Wotton Under Edge and Dursley are both small market towns. Dursley has Rednock Comp, leisure centre, in the midst of beautiful counryside. Wotton is even better, arts centre, excellent GPs, NHS dentists and nice individual shops. Katherine Lady Berkley school is a former grammer than has been comp for generations now, founded in 1300 ish (I think) You can walk everywhere and again, lovely countryside. I moved to this part of Gloucestershire fron London when I got married and have been very happy here. There are grammar schools in Stroud/Cheltenham/Gloucester but they are well away from the two towns I've just mentioned and don't afect the intake. Very easy journey to Bristol/Cheltenham and trains from Stroud and Stonehouse to London, or Cam&Dursley station to Bristol and points beyond. You would get a nice detached house with a garden well within your budget here.

SusieP40 Tue 15-Jan-13 13:07:01

You are all absolutely brilliant and I have had a fascinating tour of the UK sitting here in front of my pc ignoring my rapidly expanding work pile!

I have spoken to quite a few of the schools recommended and they tend to be oversubsribed with waiting lists. This is tricky as we have to give a term's notice at ds' current school and wont necessarily have a place guaranteed in a new school. I have started new thread here asking more speicifically about schools that are good for SEN and undersubscribed!
Hoping for a miracle!

sleepdodger Mon 14-Jan-13 23:58:35

Shripshire- shrews bury
Good state comps
Excellent sixth form
Houses at 300k a plenty
Pretty countryside on doorstep
Hr to Brum
Train links all over
Hr to bhx airport or 1.3hr to Manchester

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