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Mummybetty Mon 06-Jul-15 10:15:48

Can anyone tell me where the good secondary state schools and nice living areas are in Guildford? I have 3 daughters aged 14, 12 and 11.
Thanks so much!

AuntieStella Mon 06-Jul-15 10:19:38

I think this might be better off in the secondary education topic (not family planning ie contraception).

I've reported if to MNHQ to see if they'll move it for you.

TheOnlyOliviaMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 06-Jul-15 10:24:14

Done for you
Best of luck with the move OP

mummytime Mon 06-Jul-15 12:45:59

Okay - first when is your 14 year old's birthday? Will she be going into year 10 in September or year 9? eg. will she be 15 before 1st September (year 11)?

Second where you live may have some influence, but not much. All schools in Guildford tend to be full. You may have to appeal to get your daughter's into your preferred school - I am assuming you are looking at state schools.

Are you Catholic? If so you can look at a wider area, and there are buses (but you have to pay) to St Peter's - if you can get your DD/DDs in to there.
If not the other schools are: Christ College, C of E but not as highly sort after as some of the other schools, but okay.
King's College - in a deprived area, but some nice places to live in the catchment.
Guildford County - a sort after school just outside the town centre, close by housing tends to be sought after.
George Abbot - a highly sort after school, Merrow and Burpham are highly sort after areas. (Also has buses from Send).

You need to apply to the LA ASAP.
Are you coming from overseas? Because the big issue is that years 10 and 11 are GCSE years, and children will have already chosen their options. Schools can work around this if they have to; I know George Abbot took one girl in year 11 this year and created a timetable so she could attempt 5 GCSEs, but it is not straight forward.
You want to get at least your eldest into school ASAP.

Guildford is basically a nice safe town, and even the more dubious areas are safer than lots of places. And even one large area of social housing I probably wouldn't put in even the dubious category.

inthename Mon 06-Jul-15 17:12:24

Hi there,

as said above, the biggest problem you are going to have is that the schools are oversubscribed. Even Christs College, though you need to contact them direct if interested as they handle their own in year admissions and give priority to practising c of e (just been through their process lol)
The others, george abbot you seem to have to live only in certain areas and house prices reflect this.
Contact Surrey LA very quickly as the schools finish for the summer in a few weeks as they may need to direct you to look at schools outside of guildford

Namehanger Mon 06-Jul-15 20:11:38

George Abbott - big (300 in a year), well organised, great results
County - smaller (150 in a year), scruffier, strong artistic and music specialism, v good results
St Peters - Catholic, good pastoral care and results
Christ's - good facilities, over subscribed this year, results on the up

Schools are very full but quite transient area so hopefully places will come up.

TwigletPiglets Mon 06-Jul-15 20:28:03

Others have described them well, I know a lot of parents who would only ever consider Gabbot, County or St Peter's.
The choice may come down to where there is space.

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