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Moving to Worthing

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iamamyp Tue 13-Sep-11 17:31:47

Hi there, me and my family are hoping to move to Worthing or nearby next year to be near my family in Hove. If anyone has any advice on nice areas to live and schools of course, I would really appreciate it. We live in Leeds at the moment and have lots of lovely friends here but really want to be near family and out of the city. Am very daunted about moving somewhere I hardly know and don't have any friends though! Thank you.

katiecubs Fri 16-Sep-11 13:02:41

Hi! I live in Hove at the minute but am in the process of buying a house in worthing - i'm born and bred worthing too so i know the area well smile

There are lots of nice area's. Goring is generally quieter and you get more spacious houses/gardens - more older people too! Durrington is probably one of the cheaper areas to live as it's further away from the sea, behind the railway tracks.

I would look at Worthing, West Worthing, Tarring and maybe East Worthing too (although it does tend to get a bit rough the further east you go) - then you are pretty close to town too. There are lots of nice period houses and generally the south side of the railway is a bit smarter.

Schools wise I'm not 100% sure as still looking myself but generally they are good/ok. Thomas a beckitt in Tarring seems to have the best reputation!

Good luck with the house hunt - What age are yur kids? x

Lynzie Sat 17-Sep-11 16:39:13


I am in Worthing :-)

Katiecubs has explained all the areas pretty well. How old are your children? my lo is 13 months.

Katiecubs when are you moving to Worthing?

Elm grove is a lovely school, as is thomas a becket (houses are pricey in these catchment areas)

We live in West Worthing, and love it here :-)

iamamyp Wed 21-Sep-11 22:10:13

Thanks for your replies, that's really helpful. My kids are 5, 3 and 1 and we're hoping to move by next Sept so will need to find Reception and Year 1 places for them. Coming down in Oct half term to have a look around. Good luck with your move Katiecubs

smogwod Tue 27-Sep-11 13:30:42


Sorry to hijack your thread iamamyp but I too am thinking of a move to Worthing (from Brighton) and was wondering where kids tend to go after Elm Grove? There doesn't seem to be a middle school in West Worthing or am I just being an idiot?!

MABS Tue 27-Sep-11 21:28:51

Custardo lives in Worthing, she can advise, I am 20 mins away. Come to our Brighton meet at lunch on 8 Oct!

Lynzie Tue 27-Sep-11 22:39:55

Hi Smogwod,

If they attend elm grove, they tend to go to west park middle school or thomas a'becket middle, but generally its west park

Worthing has many primary schools, but not many middle schools, some school do have have primary and middle all together like, ferring, thomas a becket, west park.

Hope that helps. x

NonnoMum Tue 27-Sep-11 22:47:43

You're right about the lack of middle school in West Worthing though. Loads of the schools are really good, especially the first schools. The school system is a bit more complicated as there are still first and middle schools, which means that generally children don't start secondary school until Year 8. (with a few church-school exceptions).
Lots of recent new families have come over from Brighton (after being priced out of the market there or deciding a garden and somewhere to park might be a good idea). There is a wealth of differing housing styles, from Victorian/Edwardian to 1930s art-deco, to good value new-build in Durrington. South of the line is generally more popular, apart from if you go really far north to High Salvington. If you live in walking distance of a station, you can commute to London in less than an hour and a half - lots of secondary school children take the train to their schools if you want more choice at this age.
Good luck.

Tortington Tue 27-Sep-11 22:52:30

oh hullo.

MrsMooo Fri 30-Sep-11 14:28:56

Another West Worthingite here.

I'd say for families, Broadwater, Tarring, West Worthing and Goring are the nicest IMO, East Worthing and some parts of Durrington can be a bit rough - but it depends what you define as rough, I grew up in S.London and don't think any of it's that bad wink

Lynzie's right about Elm Grove, West Park is the offical feed school though kids do go to others.

It's a very lovely place to live, no really bad areas though some are nicer/rougher than others.

Maybe there should be a Worthing meet...

MABS Fri 30-Sep-11 15:28:37

custardo has tried to arrange a Worthing meet before but no interest sad go far it! i am half way btween worthing and brighton so i would try to come

Tortington Fri 30-Sep-11 16:33:41

meet with wine, food and no kids?smile?

katiecubs Sat 01-Oct-11 23:17:21

Sorry for slow reply not been on for a while!

Not sure when we will be moving, we are waiting for the vendors of the house we are buying to find somewhere themselves so it will be 2/3 months at least sad We live in a flat at the minute and i'm dpesperate for more space and a proper home!

Am up for a worthing meet before then anyway if others are too x

smogwod Mon 03-Oct-11 21:57:49

Thanks so much for all the replies about middle schools. We had our first scouting mission at the weekend and now feeling a mixture of excitement and confusion! I had thought about looking for somewhere south of the railway line between durrington and worthing but now wonder how on earth I'd manage to drop dd2 at elm grove, dd1 at west park and then get over to the station for my commute back to Brighton (assuming they'd get places in the first place of course!). Nicer looking houses further north around Broadwater but is it worth it if we're that much further away from the sea?!! Agh, decisions, decisions...

iamamyp Wed 02-Nov-11 20:21:30

Came down to Worthing over half term to have a look around, it seems great, we're def going to try and move down next year. Will have to try and get both my kids school places next summer, hoping that won't be too much of a nightmare! Found a council doc about which schools were over subscribed last year, seems like there were a few good ones that weren't so hopefully it should be okay? Went down to the playground on the seafront, it was absolutely mobbed so it seems like there's quite a few other families with young children!

Lynzie Wed 18-Apr-12 11:37:05

Hi iamamyp, I was just wondering if you had the link to see which schools were over subscribed.


iamamyp Fri 20-Apr-12 23:59:16


Click on the contact details for south area.

Lynzie Sun 22-Apr-12 13:33:03

Thanks so much for that smile

Hows your house hunting going?

iamamyp Mon 23-Apr-12 20:57:58

You're welcome : ) Okay thanks, had a good look around in the easter hols but can't buy until we've sold our place in Leeds. Want to rent first anyway as I don't know where my two will get into school and want to buy nearby so we can walk. So going to rent from beginning of June and hoping the school places won't be too much of a nightmare! One estate agent we talked to in the hols was having trouble getting her daughter a reception place. : ( Any info on schools etc much appreciated!

WomaninWorthing Sun 20-May-12 21:35:30

Hello, I don't usually post here but was looking for info and stumbled upon this thread. I've lived in Worthing for 3 years, moved here from Brighton and before that lived in London. I love it here and wanted to speak up for East Worthing as it gets a bad press but is not at all the horror people paint it to be - especially if you've lived anywhere else in the UK! There are perhaps two large council estates with a mixture of residents - some go to my child's school and are nice, decent people. The Ham Road area is diverse and friendly with large Victorian houses at the seaside end, lots of families around there and artists who open their homes during Artists Open Houses in June/July.

There are good primary schools in the Central-East Worthing area too:- Lyndhurst First is very popular, Springfield is lovely and Whytemead is also very good. Most children go on to Chesswood or Downsbrook Middle School. Chesswood went into special measures a year ago and now has a new head, new teaching staff and looks set to become a very good school. It is extremely popular (even after failing the Ofsted!) and has a great, diverse intake, from those estates in East Worthing to the leafy large houses surrounding Homefield Park. Lovely people send their children there and it is a great community. For secondary schools we have Davison's for girls, St. Andrew's for boys (both very good) or Worthing High School within walking distance.

There is a Facebook group for Worthing parents and that may also be a good place to ask questions https://www.facebook.com/groups/111736362237194/

Good luck!

iamamyp Thu 24-May-12 19:33:21

Thanks very much for your reply. It's good to hear someone say something nice about East Worthing! After looking around we really liked East Worthing and Broadwater, they had a really nice feel to them. We live in Harehills in Leeds at the moment, which is pretty dodgy (although great community wise), so can't really understand why people are so down on it!

I'm not sure if we're going to end up buying there though as the schools admissions have told me that the only primary school places for Year 1 and reception in September are at Hawthorns and Laurels in Durrington. So if we lived in East Worthing and they went there we'd have to get another car. We're going to have another look at half term then decide. We can stay with my folks in Hove for a bit but can't really afford anywhere big enough there. Hopefully we'll work it out soon!

We are in sompting which is very close to Worthing. We don't have children yet but sompting village primary has a good ofsted report.

cheerup Sun 27-May-12 08:49:43

Another defense of East Worthing... I've lived here for 7 years and arrived via the London/Brighton/Hove route. We have an affordable 3 bed house 10 mins walk from the beach and 20 minutes walk from town. It's not chi chi but its solid. Our neighbours have mostly been here 20 years plus and its quiet and safe. There are some pockets of local authority housing but nothing I would call an 'estate'. I have to say that anyone who calls East Worthing 'rough' must have led a fairly sheltered life. Yes, the far east bit of it is solidly working class and there are some social problems but its hardly a ghetto. The most westerly and northerly parts are v naice.

Findonmum Mon 25-Jun-12 21:42:00

Hello.... Have you moved yet? I've only been in the area since may but love it! X

iamamyp Tue 26-Jun-12 21:58:03

Just bought a house on Ham Road in East Worthing, fingers crossed it all goes through, very excited! Thanks for all the advice everyone, can't wait to move down, hopefully Aug/Sept time x

Lynzie Wed 27-Jun-12 12:00:01

I think I may have saw the house you brought in Ham road, as we was thinking of buying it :-)

Hope it all goes through for you. x

iamamyp Wed 27-Jun-12 13:50:20

Thank you Lynzie. Was it very 'in need of modernisation' and with a long garden?! Are you thinking of moving over to East Worthing then?

Lynzie Thu 28-Jun-12 21:04:23

Yeah I think that was the one, and it had a massive garden. We are looking to move anywhere at the moment, just want to get on the housing ladder, but properties in Worthing seem to be few and far between at the moment.
Fingers crossed we will find something soon, but there just seems to be nothing on the market.
Are you looking forward to moving down here?

iamamyp Thu 28-Jun-12 22:33:58

It's so stressful looking for houses, we looked at about 50 before we bought this one. There is stuff out there but lots of houses have been on for a while and are really overpriced too. Hope you find something soon, think you have to be looking all the time and be ready to act quickly when something good comes up.

Yes thanks really looking forward to moving down, be great to be near my folks and the sea. Sad to leave friends and bit worried about where my kids will get into school but sure it'll all work out. Have your kid(s) started school yet? If not, def try and get settled before they do, will save you lots of stress!

kikisunflower Thu 09-Aug-12 10:50:42

Hi I am about to start looking at houses in Worthing due to better value and space. We are in Hove right now, and I don't really know anyone who lives in Worthing. It will be a leap of faith but I'm hoping the kids get into a nice school and enjoy the space. Are people generally quite open and friendly esp through schools? Im hoping its better for teenagers generally although mine are still primary age so hopefully the change wont affect them too much. Planning on having a proper drive around later but am pleased with all the above comments as all very positive. So long as I have decent neighbours preferably also with young kids then I'll be more than happy smile

iamamyp Fri 05-Oct-12 23:29:06

Yes I've met lots of lovely people in the few weeks we've been here, lots of things for kids going on too. The facebook group mentioned above is really good too. Good luck! x

Helenagrace Sun 07-Oct-12 21:11:58

We're also moving to December. We'll be renting a house near West Worthing station. Can't get that group link to work - wondering if it's an invitation only group?

We have a DD aged 11 and a DS aged 6.

Just another Worthing person saying hello!

I've lived here most of my life. Would be great to have a Worthing meetup.

girlynut Mon 08-Oct-12 22:57:47

Another Worthingite here! Born and bred.

Broadwater is nice (I went to Whytemead and Downsbrook). My parents still live in the house they bought 35 years ago.

But I now live in Goring which I just love. Lovely, friendly neighbourhood. DS1 thriving at Goring First CE School and will be moving on to West Park for Yr4 in 2013. Both schools have good links with St Marys church.

Another Worthing person saying hello. I've lived here four years and have come to really love it - though I admit I hated it at first (mainly because it wasn't Brighton and I was pregnant, had just moved and was very hormonal). But it now reminds me of the storybook plainer sister who doesn't quite realise how pretty she is. Great playgrounds and lots for kids to do and there seems to be real investment going on. Really hoping that the influx from Brighton and Hove will add a bit of buzz that the town needs.
A meet up sounds like a good idea...

Kaydee123 Sun 21-Oct-12 21:45:30

Hi there! I'm new smile
My dh and I with our two kiddies are hoping to move from Newcastle to worthing ASAP to be close to family and within commuting distance to Brighton. This thread has been really useful though getting a place for dd (who has just started reception up here) seems a bit daunting. We are hoping to scout the areas within the next two weeks- any thoughts of nice areas that are close to a station for dh but near good schools for dd? Thank you and hi again smile

Helenagrace Mon 22-Oct-12 20:10:38

Hi kaydee we're moving to Worthing in early December. Lots of areas seem to be near stations so I doubt you'll have any problems. The biggest problem we've had has been finding a house. We're currently near the Lake District so could only go down at weekends. Houses would come up on a Monday and be taken by Thursday. We did it eventually though and have now found a house for the next year. Jacobs Steel were by far the nicest agents to deal with.

I'm looking at schools after half term. The system is different as everything is done through county and schools can't even tell you if they have a place. The school everyone seems to talk about is Thomas a Beckett but it's full from what I can gather.

When you move PM me and I'll buy you a coffee!

Kaydee123 Tue 23-Oct-12 16:43:22

Hi there thank you for the warm welcome and info. I've joined the facebgroup

Kaydee123 Tue 23-Oct-12 16:44:13

Hi thanks for the nice reply and info! I've joined the Facebook group and they were really friendly too. We live in Newcastle so getting down to l

Kaydee123 Tue 23-Oct-12 16:47:34

Sorry it keeps posting before I'm done!!

As I was saying (lol) getting down to see houses is going to be hard but dh's parents live half an hour from worthing so they can always look for us and narrow things down I guess. Man the school system is completely different to what we are used to- that's going to interesting! It seems thr worthing has some fab schools though. I've heard good things about Thomas a Beckett but we are looking at Springfield and the catchment area. I would have liked to lie further west but it's glfurther from dh's parents and for dh to commute. I will def keep you posted for that coffee smile and hope everything goes well with your impending move!

Helenagrace Tue 23-Oct-12 18:39:05

I've been told that there aren't really any "must be avoided schools" in Worthing. It's a mix of first / middle / high school areas and primary / secondary areas. I'm finding that a bit odd. Initially the county said they wouldn't let me apply for school places before we moved - which would have meant four weeks out of school for my DS. I challenged it and they've backed down.

Our house is near West Worthing station.

Kaydee123 Thu 25-Oct-12 12:35:24

So is the school system not done by catchment or is it like a ballot system? I would've challenged that too! 4 weeks is a lot for a little person.

Helenagrace Thu 25-Oct-12 14:11:53

It is done by catchment but in-year applications have to apply to schools with places. There seem to be lots of good schools according to ofsted's website.

The house we're renting is in Thomas a Beckett catchment but I can only get one of my children in. I'm looking at the Vale and Field Place and The Orchards.

Kaydee123 Sat 03-Nov-12 14:06:38

Hello we've been looking at houses and areas in worthing this week- its been exhausting but good to look round- the school thing is a concern but I guess I'll have to cross that's bridge when I get to it :/ does anyone know what sompting is like?

clarey73 Fri 24-May-13 22:41:43

Hi there, sorry for jumping in and 7 months late, but we're moving to worthing too and are looking at Cobden rd and Gordon rd. We've got a 13 month son and OH works in Wothing. Any thoughts on areas? Which one would you choose? We're torn... Thanks for any help...

Loonabob Tue 18-Jun-13 10:50:33

Hello - help!!! We have found a house we love on Ham Road but have concerns about the parking, as other streets are controlled (Ham Road is not) so there is a big overspill of people parking for the day and residents not being able to park on Ham Road and having to park in other roads that are restricted.

The estate agent told us 'he believes' Ham Road is due to be changed to a one way street and made permit only in the next 6 months but I can't find anything to confirm this on the internet. Does anyone know? we really love the house and are scared of missing out due to our concerns but my husbands car is vital for work so parking is a must.

Thanks so much, any advice welcome smile

aschencoby Sat 13-Jul-13 18:26:06

Hi, i'm a single dad with 7yr old twin boys, we live on merseyside at the moment but i am thinking of moving to worthing, i know brighton quite well as i use to live in london, about ten years ago, cant really afford brighton rentals, have seen a flat in wothing on brighton rd which seems just right for us, but dont know the area, any help please!!

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