Our advice to families with young children is generally to move somewhere with plenty of options – good state schools for all ages, good private schools, and preferably a grammar school area. More and more people are educating their children at a mixture of state and private schools, depending on what suits them at what stage of their education. If you can factor in access to some good outside extra-curricular facilities, sporting and musical for instance, it makes a great deal of sense. These elements are often what are people deem in short supply, even at a good state school.
Properties in areas such as this are often at the upper-end of the scale, but if you are able to find good state education for at least some of your children’s school years, it can be an investment well worth making.
In the past, families have often re-mortgaged to finance some of the most expensive years, but in these uncertain times, that is becoming a more risky strategy. Downsizing may become more widespread. But try to avoid moving too often – either to raise finance, or to put yourself in a good catchment area. The financial implications are tremendous, and the money could be much better spent on fees.
Time spent researching school options, entry requirements, bursaries, etc. is rarely wasted when it comes to selecting an area in which to live.
The main piece of advice however, is to focus on the SECONDARY years – after all who has ever been asked ‘which primary school did you go to?’ in a job interview ?
Your local Stacks Buying Agent can guide families through their choices to reach fully-informed decisions on schools, houses and all the factors that contribute towards a happy move. Get in touch now for a free, no obligation chat.
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Stacks Property Search has been helping clients find the right house for them for over 35 years, and it is not an exaggeration to say that an annexe – or some form of annexe option – is one of the single most useful features a property can have. An annexe provides...
Stacks’ clients are often househunting with the whole family in tow. It bears repeating that, even if you are househunting with the whole family in mind, selecting a school as the sole basis of your house search can be a dangerous strategy. If your heart is set on one school, you...
Getting the best schooling for your child is often cited as the #1 reason for moving house, but think hard first about all that that choice entails – for your whole family! Two kids at a middle of the road private boarding school equals the cost of financing about £500,000 worth...
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