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moving to Bath - please help?

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moominmama37 Sat 22-Jan-11 20:48:57

Hi all,
We're planning on moving back to Bath after quite a few years and now have kids and just wondered if anyone could help with regards to friendly areas to live and good primary and secondary schools and nurseries? We'd thought about the Larkhall area and possibly Oldfield/Widecombe areas, but we're pretty vague and would welcome any thoughts or advice. Hopefully hear soon! and thanks.

MogTheForgetfulCat Sat 22-Jan-11 21:19:11

Hello, I'm in Larkhall, been here for nearly 5 years. We find it a lovely place to live, have made some v nice friends, and has good shops, parks, OK buses (and is also easy to walk or cycle into town).

Not so sure about schools. Know St Saviour's infants is v good, have heard slightly less encouraging things about the juniors, but nothing disastrous. Have also heard not v encouraging things about St Marks, but from what I've seen of the pupils and the work they do (there is a local newsletter produced by the school) it looks really good. Has specialist science and technology status (not sure what that means in practice) and is currently looking for a confederation (again, not sure what that will mean in practice) with St Gregory's (RC) which is v successful.

Plenty of kids from round here seem to get in to Hayesfield (girls), Beechen Cliff (boys) and Ralph Allen (mixed) which are all meant to be good, esp Ralph Allen. But not sure whether catchment areas will shrink when the current big shake-up of schools at secondary level (Culverhay apparently to close, Oldfield Girls to go co-ed) has been finalised, meaning that is less likely from this area?

Re: nurseries, my DSs have been to Snapdragons on London Road which has been great, and St Saviour's (pre-school only), Apple Tree and Alice Park Nursery also v popular. Also Norland Nursery on London Road - friend had her DS1 there, thought it was lovely.

Hope this helps a bit.

moominmama37 Sat 22-Jan-11 21:30:20

Thank you, that's really helpful and encouraging especially about the secondary schools as our oldest is approaching that age. We'd heard Larkhall is friendly and as we both work from home it's great to know it has a nice community. Big thanks again and best wishes

moominmama37 Sat 22-Jan-11 22:55:47

Thank you, that's really helpful and encouraging especially about the secondary schools as our oldest is approaching that age. We'd heard Larkhall is friendly and as we both work from home it's great to know it has a nice community. Big thanks again and best wishes

MogTheForgetfulCat Sun 23-Jan-11 19:33:27

That's good - meant to say, there are also other options at primary level living here. My DS1 goes to St Stephen's, other friends locally (Larkhall, Swainswick) have children at Swainswick Primary and Bathampton.

moominmama37 Tue 01-Feb-11 12:02:03

Thank you! my DD1 is 2, time whizzes by so quickly so that's good to know.

Rieslinger Tue 15-Mar-11 17:11:21

We live in Walcot (one of the two street party streets) and have been blown away with how friendly people are round here (mostly obviously!)

Larkhall, Widcome, my wife met loads of new freinds through waterbabies so that might be an idea.

Welcome to the best place to live!

gina99 Tue 17-May-11 10:43:34

Newbridge is a great place to live & I cant recommend Newbridge primary school enough smile

EndoJ Thu 20-Sep-12 23:48:33

Larkhall is a lovely sleepy village, it has a butcher, independent grocer and hardware shop amongst others. Local pub with locals included makes it more special. The church central to the village makes it even prettier - my Auntie got married there. I would love to live in Larkhall. A decent sized Morrisons on the London road is within minutes walking distance. It seems an ideal place for families and i know 3 people that live there, i totally recommend it

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