I would recommend really doing your research as although we have many schools here that are fantastic they are very over subscribed. We moved to Hertford before having our children and when it came to allocation of schools we didn't get any of our choices and were allocated a school in another town altogether that was a 'failing' school. This was depite us being just 800m from our first choice. I have heard that some schools here in Hertford have children even 400m from them that miss out. We were very lucky in the end we did get a lovely village school, 2 miles from our house which is fantastic although the downside is it is too far to walk. I would honestly say we have some great schools but you do literally need to live on top of them. Both lovely towns to live in though so would highly recommend.
When i read that, my first thought was they were lucky to have been allocated a school in the town that they live in because we were not despite there being at least 10 schools in Hertford and surrounding villages coming under Hertford. But that aside, in my day you went to your local school and you knew all the children in your neighbourhood as a result of that. In my road alone where i live (just 17 houses) between the children they go to 4 different primary schools thanks to the allocations, not including nurseries.