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Dh thinking of working for rolls - where would we live?

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Dh is thinking of applying for a job with rolls Royce derby.
We live in Bristol and have 2 dc (3 and 1).
Where are the good places to live? That we could afford? Probably £35k salary for dh and I'd have to give up work for a bit at least.

Any ideas? smile

TheTwiddler Wed 11-Apr-12 12:55:34

Mickleover, Littleover, Oakwood all nice areas. Rolls Royce has quite a few sites over derby so depends on how far he would like to travel. Some of the villages outside derby are nice too, Etwall, Hilton etc.

I hadn't realised they had multiple sites! I'm not sure dh did either! shock

We used to live in Sheffield but never went nearer derby than the peak district.
Is there anywhere peak-district-like that would be suitable?

Thanks! smile

Belledechocolate Wed 11-Apr-12 14:25:54

It depends. There's a site in Sinfin. I wouldn't live there though. Are you looking for schools?? Ashbourne is very nice, I'm not sure of the commute though. Littleover is nice, the secondary school is 'outstanding'. Allestree is also very nice.

Dc are 3 and 1 so will need schools but not immediately. Thank goodness! smile
This is all useful info!

Belledechocolate Wed 11-Apr-12 15:26:43

Ashbourne is lovely (I don't live there so not biased), I'd look into toddler groups though as the last thing you want is to be stuck in the house with nothing to do. It's a bit of a treck into Derby and you may not want to do this once/twice a week. There's a toddler group in Mickelover, schools are good and there's shops, including Twatsco. It's easier to get to the city centre from there and there's a swimming pool, it's also not too far to a very large park (Markeaton Park).
Littleover is nice also, just smaller. I'd look at the crime reports for here though, it has some lovely houses but there's been a few break ins in the local newspaper.
Darley Abbey is lovely but there's nothing there, only a shop which isn't open all the time and a pub. It's on the river and next to the rugby club though. They have an open aired concert there at the start of September which is lovely. It does attract most of Derby though but it has a nice atmosphere.
There are other areas, I tend to stick to this side of the city though.

The city centre is OK. There's a cinema, swimming pool etc. Shop wise, it's a bit of a clone town (it shouldn't be a city, it's too small), M&S, Next etc are all in the Westfield shopping centre. There's a few independent shops a little further out towards the Cathedral and some lovely cafes.

Arion Wed 11-Apr-12 20:31:59

I used to work for RR, what area is he applying in, I might be able to help with potential site location? We live in Alvaston, we've not found it too bad although it doesn't have a good reputation. It's very close to the main "RR city" which is Sinfin, Moor Lane, Victory Road. HR and finance are at Jubilee House in Pride Park (there is a brand new housing development still being built on Pride Park). Ashbourne is lovely area but v busy in the summer, should take 30 minutes to get to Derby but you can queue 30 minutes to get into Ashbourne off the main road in summer with all the tourists. (I used to work in Ashbourne and commute from Mickleover, so reverse of what you are planning.)

Villages around the area are nice, Repton, Willington are just down the A38 into Derby. Hilton has good links (A50, 3 lane new dual carriage way) but has recently doubled (at least) in size from all the development. There's also Rolleston and Tutbury, which are down the A38 from Derby, towards Burton, also quite a reasonable commute and quite countrified! (But not as touristy as Ashbourne so not as heaving in the summer.)

Feel free to PM me if you want a chat! I grew up in Repton, rented in Mickleover and now own in Alvaston. I also have a DD (4) and DS (1) so know the soft plays, parks, good National Trust places, farms etc to go to.

Thanks arion! Thats loads of useful info!
May well PM you if he gets as far as interview. smile
He's an engineer - looking at technical lead jobs. (other than that I zone out on the details) grin does that help narrow down to which site he might be on?

I got way over excited last night looking at rightmove and how much more you get for your money up north! blush
I'm an ex Geordie and have always hoped of getting back to the north one day.

Belledechocolate Wed 11-Apr-12 20:53:17

We're not North, we're East Midlands! grin

Compared to Bristol you are! Although I do agree technically the north stops after Sheffield for me. wink

Is it aerospace? Just being nosey as that's what my DP does in Leics, not far from there. They make lots of parts for RR. Good luck to you smile

BiscuitNibbler Thu 12-Apr-12 07:41:36

Have PM'd you.

It's planes. He does similar here in Bristol.
It's all a wait and see game now. Closing date is in 10 days so will find out soon ish hopefully. smile

Arion Wed 18-Apr-12 23:55:37

A lot of the engineers were grouped in Moor Lane building (on Moor Lane surprisingly enough). I used to work in HR and we were all moved to Jubilee House and more engineers moved into Moor Lane in our place.

Of course it's more complicated by the fact that you have RR split into 4 main areas (although there are really more) Civil, Defence, Nuclear and Energy (and then there's another that works alongside that I can't remember off the top of my head!)

Good luck to your husband, if you come up to the area to visit feel free to contact me. If I've nt got anything on we could meet for coffee with a map of the area and I can talk you through some areas/ places to go if that helps? (We relocated abroad for 18 months pre-kids so I now what it's like to up sticks and try and sort out somewhere new!)

Thanks everyone!

He's now decided that actually those jobs aren't quite right do isn't going to apply. hmm rather miffed about the sleepless nights thinking about moving has caused me!!

Will keep all this in mind just in case tho...

It's back on the cards again as a job he wants has come up.

Any more words of wisdom? smile

Belledechocolate Fri 22-Jun-12 19:44:17

I've just moved to Stapleford, it's just across the boarder in Nottingham. It's quite nice here. grin

Belle - does your dh work at rolls?
Dh currently walks to work so having a commute in the car will be a big change.
How much of a commute is it?

Thanks! smile

Belledechocolate Fri 22-Jun-12 21:31:41

Ah, no. Sorry. I do have a pal who's DH works there, they live in Littleover. It's not a bad commute from there, the secondary is very popular though.

GracieGirl Mon 09-Jul-12 16:23:21

Hello! I live in Littleover (Heatherton village- not really a village). It's very nice. Littleover community school is the one everyone tries to get in the catchment area of. Griffield primary school just got outstanding at ofsted too.
I have a 2.5yr old and a 3 month old so can help you out with local Childrens stuff if you need it.
Good luck! grin


Dh was offered a job! shock
He hasn't officially accepted yet as they need to talk £ but we've decided to go!
We can offer the dc a bigger house in a better area. Which obviously has a knock on effect of better schools. Much more than we can afford down here. So we're going to do it. confused smile

Little over is currently my favourite of the places suggested. Any other ideas? We're looking at about £200k.

Keziahhopes Sat 11-Aug-12 17:09:48

Littleover, Allestree, Chellaston if you want city areas with good schools smile - congrats. Just check if buy in Littleover that the house is actually in Littleover's Secondary School catchment area - as not all houses are! Feel free to ask lots of questions!

Thanks keziah! smile
We've pretty much decided on littleover as
- we can afford 1 more room than now
- the schools sound great! Better than what we have here
- its a fairly quick commute for dh - he's used to a 15 min walk!
- it looks like a pretty good area - current area is not so good.

Anything else you can tell me?
Dc are 3 and 1 so will need plenty of preschooler things to do.

Also ds will be getting his free hours from September so will need a preschool/ nursery. Any recommendations?

I am on a quest for knowledge! grin
it stops me panicking!

Keziahhopes Sun 12-Aug-12 20:59:31

Hi, I don't know the individual schools (primary level) in Littleover, but many Derby primary schools have nurseries attached to them, so might be worth either finding your house first and then applying for a place or choosing your primary school then finding your house if you see what I mean. As long as you check your home and primary is in the Littleover Community School catchment (primary) which is the school to get into at Secondary level in that area. Some parts of Littleover feed into other Secondary Schools. If you are wanting day care in private nursery there is a wide range but I don't know Littleover ones particularly - are you wanting one attached to a school or day care provision?

Lots of preschool things to do in Derby - baby and toddler groups galore (will you have a car?), lots of swimming pools for toddlers, the usual Tiny Talk, Baby Sensory, Baby Yoga, Baby Gymnastic, Music Time type of things. Advantage of Littleover is you can easily get to other areas for what you want! There is a really useful publication (free in Libraries) called "Lots for Tots" that tells you what is on in each area of city... will find mine and can post what is on in Littleover for you if you want.

Happy house hunting!

Oh keziah that's fab! smile

As I'm not working once we move ds will just be having his free pre school hours.
The houses I've like so far (rightmove is ace!) are within spitting distance of littlover community school so that should be ok.

The lots for tots leaflet thing sound really useful! I'm used to working 2 days a week so being a sahm will be quite a change! confused I'll need plenty of cheap things to do with the dc!

I'm really excite but terrified too! blush

Keziahhopes Mon 13-Aug-12 13:07:58

Ok in lots for tots, under Littleover section it has:
3 Parent & Toddler groups held in church halls (ie very cheap!)
Baby Sensory
Playgroup - held in Littleover Methodist Church
Water Babies
Puddle Ducks (but can just go to the much cheaper swimming sessions instead)
Heatherton Babies group
Activities at local sure start centre
Library sessions

But Littleover is near many other areas and if you can get to the City or Allestree or Micklover you then have:
Boogie Woogie Babies
NCT group
Little Tykes
Jo Jingles
Music Time
Tiny Talk (baby sign language - can take whole family for same charge)
Lots of Parent and Toddler Groups - 2 I know of in very large churches (but not religious) with fantastic toys and craft facilities for £1 charge on 3 days a week.
Soft play centres in several places out of town.

In the City there are as above, also baby gymnastics and Deda Dance and Movement - movers and shakers type things. Plus the swimming pool which is easy to get to by bus.

To encourage you that you will not be isolated and have lots of things to do

That's fab! grin

I thought there'd be a fair bit to do in littleover but that's loads! smile

Thank you SO much for finding all that out! thanks

right we seem to have narrowed it down to littleover or mickleover. littleover is looking a little expensive/ difficult to find what we want so we might need to look in other areas.

can you tell me anything about any of these schools? they seem to be the nearest secondaries and i'd love to know which to avoid. smile

- littleover community school - outstanding ofsted - is it that great?
- derby moor community sports college - ofsted looks a bit iffy - high free school meals and english as an additional language are often indicators of a challenging catchment area here
- murray park foundation school - seems fairly average although improving?
- bemrose community school - the ofsted and their website seem to be at odds. the ofsted was ages ago though, 2009, have they changed much lately?


PS - anyone who Pm'ed me I'm PM-ing this at you - hope you don't mind! smile

Belledechocolate Wed 29-Aug-12 20:49:48

Avoid Bemrose, seriously. It's improving, but the GCSE pass rate has always been terrible. They were 'aiming for 24%' a couple of years ago and seem to have a lot of passes for vocational courses. Littleover community school is excellent, hence the house prices (as is Ecclesbourne school). Derby moor is also one to avoid, Murray Park isn't too bad. Generally speaking, look at the area. The poorer the area, the lower the exam results. It's wise to look at the catchment areas when trying to find a house, remember that the catchments will get smaller.

belle you have confirmed what i thought! smile
a fancy website can only cover up so much about a school.

i thought murray park might be ok so will maybe keep that as a back up plan.

there's not a huge amount on the market that ticks all my boxes atm in littleover, i'm hoping the perfect house will appear once we have a seller for ours! confused

naturalbaby Wed 29-Aug-12 20:57:32

Just seen your thread, well done your DH! Mine has been there for about a year and I hear and read nothing but positive stuff about RR.

Belledechocolate Wed 29-Aug-12 21:01:48

Do a google search. A behavioural expert was brought in about 5 years ago as the teachers were struggling, she ended up in hospital after being punched by a student! They are trying, it's a slow process though. A lot of parents want their children to get a place at Littleover Community school. Woodlands in Allestree isn't bad also, and the primary (Lawn) is excellent. Allestree isn't far from Mickleover. Duffield is lovely, the schools are 'Outstanding' and there's a small train station with links to Derby. It's on a main road, so easy to get to in the morning but drivers need to allow for the traffic as it can be busy. Parts of Borrowash are great, some of Chaddesden isn't too bad (schools are not good though), Normanton is an area of social deprivation, as is Willmoreton and Mackworth. Darley Abbey is lovely, but has little facilities apart from a pub and a shop which is only open for a few hours a day. Chester green is nice, I'm not sure which school it feeds to though.

i think we'll need to be on the south of the city.
dh walks to work atm so if a bit freaked out by a commute to work. he's currently thinking he can cycle to work from littleover, rather than buying a second car or being stuck in traffic etc etc

i've had a little look at allestree and duffield but i don't think our budget can stretch that far.

natural- thanks! we like RR bristol so hopefully its more of the same!
belle - i might not google search that story - i wake up in a panic about moving already! ;)

Belledechocolate Wed 29-Aug-12 21:11:26

Don't move to Sinfin! What about Heatherton? It's only slightly out of Littleover, so wouldn't take him too much longer to cycle.

Heatherton doesn't seem to have much on the market in our price range.
It looks nice on paper tho!

Belledechocolate Wed 29-Aug-12 21:36:09

Hmm. When are you moving? The property turnover is fairly still at the moment, so are you looking to rent until you find somewhere?

We want to move ASAP - need to sell here first.

Dh starts in October. RR will pay expenses for him to be I derby 4 days a week in a hotel for a few months. Ideally we will be settled by Christmas do I can get ds's reception place applied for in time!

We can't really wait around for the 'perfect' house. confused

Belledechocolate Wed 29-Aug-12 22:09:34

Best of luck. What sort of house are you looking for so I can keep an eye out for you? We don't live there now, but I go back when I can (we're back on Monday).

Belledechocolate Wed 29-Aug-12 22:12:25

Yes I am all about spending too much time on rightmove!

I want 4 beds, kitchen diner, extra WC or bathroom, close to littleover school and probably have max £220k to spend. (although I'm looking at dearer!).

Hoophopes Thu 30-Aug-12 19:34:21

Hi - the type of house you want sounds lovely! Guess the problem is location and school with that budget if you are wanting good condition 4 bed. Not sure what to suggest. Would a larger 3 bed be any use, as may be able to get school catchment then. Or house that you could extend at later date, or move from easily.

Enjoy looking. And as others say here - definite no for Bemrose!!

ldt87 Thu 30-Aug-12 19:46:46

Have you looked at stenson fields? Very close to sinfin but very good primary. I have lived here for 2 years now and its great. Lovely local people. The only problem is the secondary is not good at all I don't think.

ldt87 Thu 30-Aug-12 19:49:39

Also you can still get quite a lot of house for your money here. I have a detatched 3 double bed with 2 receptions, garage and massive garden worth around 170k. Hope you find somewhere you like x

well after a frustrating afternoon phoning estate agents in littleover we may need to cast our net wider.

what's chellaston like?
it'd be a similar commute for dh to work and the secondary school looks good.

any thoughts - positive or negative! smile

ltd - we did look at stenson fields but tbh it was the secondary school that put us off. we're looking at this as a possible forever house so it needs to be right.
hoop - we will have bugger all money left after moving for extensions and i can't see us having the large amounts of cash necessary to do a big building project.

Belledechocolate Thu 30-Aug-12 20:02:23

Chellaston is lovely. I'd live there, and the secondary school is really good. Just don't move to Allenton, Alvaston, Normanton or Mackworth.

are those areas a bit rough? confused

<runs off to consult map again!>

ldt87 Thu 30-Aug-12 20:06:03

Ah I see, it makes sense if yo. Want to stay in one place once you've moved. I am looking at landau forte hopefully for mine as it is a very good school and central so only 1 bus away. I wouldn't want them ending up at sinfin secondary.

Belledechocolate Thu 30-Aug-12 20:12:17

Do you mean 'very rough'? wink

I used to live in the city centre, towards Allestree. It was in the catchment for Landau and my old neighbours son goes there. It's an excellent school, great sports facilities.

www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-21832881.html This is lovely. It's only 3 bedrooms though, but under your budget so you could do a loft conversion.

Belledechocolate Thu 30-Aug-12 20:12:39

Oh, and it's in Littleover.

Belledechocolate Thu 30-Aug-12 20:17:13
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Hoophopes Fri 31-Aug-12 11:31:43

Agree no to Allenton, Alvaston, Normanton or Mackworth. Also Stenson Fields is nice place but Sec School was in special measures and if you want a forever home then it is probably a "no". Recommend Chellaston also. Moving costs, so understand you wanting a forever home now rather than moving again.

Landau Forte is a school that is highly rated but you never know if you can get in - it is in the city, has weird terms so not good if you have children at different ages and longer days etc I think.

Eeeek! We have 3 viewings for Wednesday in derby - 2 in chellaston and 1 in littleover/ mickelover.

I am definitely leaning more towards chellaston now - the whole secondary school catchment thing seems a bit clearer in chellaston - simply because it's not such an odd shape and doesn't border lots of other places.

We'll have to see what Wednesday brings. And maybe tomorrow too a we have more viewings on our house!
<fingers crossed>

Belledechocolate Fri 31-Aug-12 14:22:48

It has weird term dates, Hoop, so can be hard if you have a child in primary school as well.

Best of luck, sleepy. I hope you find something that you fall in love with. smile

Hoophopes Fri 31-Aug-12 14:27:02

Enjoy looking around sleepy!! At least this coming week you can actually drive round Chellaston and Littleover to help you choose a specific area more and look at commute for dh! If he is prepared to cycle then Chellaston means you would only need one car. Oh - and there are buses, RR provides intersite buses.

Hoop - tell me more about the buses!

Dh is quite excited about cycling - he wants to go shopping at the weekend. Which means I might need to shop too!

<ignores the fact that we should be saving every penny!>

Hoophopes Fri 31-Aug-12 14:47:28

Buses I think from the train station to RR. Then they have intersite buses - so if your dh has a meeting at another part of RR in Derby then he doesn't have to have your family car at work - he can either work, or get one of the free buses that seem to drive around RR sites all day!!

Chellaston is great for cycling as a family too... you can get to the canal by Shardlow, lovely marina at willington etc etc grin - so bikes would be great!!

GracieGirl Thu 06-Sep-12 19:17:52

How did the house viewings go? I live in Heatherton. I have a 5 month old DS and a 2.5yr old DD.

Heatherton babies is fab- though for under 2 years only.

Griffield primary is in Heatherton. The neighbours kids go and they are very happy there.

GracieGirl Thu 06-Sep-12 19:23:40

Thinking about it, my next door neighbour works at RR. He cycles to work.

Our adventure in derby was great! smile

Saw 4 places - one shocker, one too small, one not in right place for schools but lovely and one that we LOVE!
Have told our estate agents to get a wriggle on!

I'm desperate to sell so things can get going. Derby seemed five - no worse than anywhere else we've lived - difference being that now we can afford somewhere posh! smile

Gracie - Heatherton is just a bit out our price bracket. But sounds lovely! smile

GracieGirl Fri 07-Sep-12 14:40:04

Sounds exciting!! So is the one you love in chellaston or Littleover?

I don't know much about Chellaston but I do have 3 friends who live there who all have 2 year olds. If you end up there I can put you in touch with them.

It's chellaston. The new end, about 3 streets from the medical centre, one stop and fish and chip place. smile

We put in an offer in principle and it was accepted! shock grin

So, if you know someone who wants to buy a 3 bed in Bristol send them my way! wink

Oh and the offer of finding me some friend's would be fab! That's the bit I'm most nervous about! confused

GracieGirl Fri 07-Sep-12 18:49:41

Fear not!!! I'll help find you some friends!! grin

Look at this website for a painting class for toddlers in Chellaston, I go to the same class but at Darley Abbey. It's fab!! My DD really enjoys it.

Hoophopes Sun 09-Sep-12 00:01:03


Hoophopes Sun 09-Sep-12 08:49:17

So glad you liked chellaston! As well as the house there.

Clary Wed 26-Sep-12 01:03:19

Just to add my thoughts, Chellaston school very highly rated and students do very well.

Especially would recommend it for an academic child, lots of very high grades at GCSE there. If you need more info PM me, I taught there for 3 weeks as part of my training last year.

Primaries are good too tho Homefields has very small catchment, but Chell Inf and Jun good too, v big (4 classes a year) but well rated.


We have a moving date! smile
We will be renting the house we want to buy till ours sells. And we have an offer in principle on our house (based on his parents liking it). smile

The movers are booked and I now start the mammoth task of notifying various people we're moving. confused

Hoophopes Thu 01-Nov-12 21:27:55

that is fantastic, and how great you can rent before you can buy the same house! Hopefully that will save moving twice in Derby. Hope all goes well.

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