I have been going around in circles with the decision of where to buy
We currently live between Clapham junction and the northcote road and have sold our house and are looking to move to a bigger house as we have two children under two.
When my children were born I registered them for three schools - Eaton house the manor (girls), Finton house and Thomas’s Clapham and think I will also register them for Newton Prep. (The reason why so many is my children came prematurely before we had a chance to look around the schools)
But we are still undecided about state and a prep school (we have seen properties in the catchment for Belleville - at least according to the distances over the past three years)
The dilemma is that during our search for a house we looked a bit further out to Barnes as we quite liked the area and have found a house in East Sheen that is much bigger than anything in the same budget in the Northcote Road area. But, I don’t know East Sheen and for some reason I don’t really want to live there and I think it’s because I love Battersea/Clapham too much. So the benefit of East Sheen is space and a big garden (as well as the river and Richmond Park) but I don’t think the education options are as good at primary.
I suppose my one concern with staying here is do families of older children remain in the area and where do you send your girls to secondary ? Or do most families stay for prep/primary and then move out for more space?
For those living here for the schools do you feel happy with the space you have or do you feel that you have made a sacrifice? And is the sacrifice worth it?
That’s a very long post
But any insight would be gratefully received