Our eldest has been offered a place at Sevenoaks school. We don't want him to board and so it will mean a move away from London. We live in a lovely community in London but the surrounding areas are starting to have a worrying undercurrent of aggression. However I am not sure I can face the upheaval of moving the family (we have three younger children too) - does anyone have experiences to share/lessons learned?
We moved out of London for ds's sake (although he was a baby at the time so different circumstances to you). Took me about six months to adjust but I love it now and am SO glad we did.
Friends of mine live in Sevenoaks. Lovely place but has been hard to make friends who aren't smug Tories - if that's not your sort of thing, you'll have to work to find like-minded people. It is very, very pretty though.
I wish we had taken the plunge when the children were younger, as you did. If we move out I would like to be somewhere where we can walk to school, shops and bump into friends when out and about (as we do here) so am thinking mainly of Tunbridge Wells - do your friends have a view on whether it is too big to have a strong sense of local community?
Well done to your son!! Come and live in a wonderful area of the world. Sevenoaks is lovely - very good community feel. Tun Wells a bit - er- er. My DC prefer to go up to London only 25-30 mins on the train! Great primary schools in the area which mean you don't have to pay for younger ones and yes they will get in to Sevenoaks too!! Also fab grammars.