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Local info needed the Good the bad and the ugly - what do you wished you'd known?

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ThePathlessPath Mon 03-Sep-12 09:58:18

Hi we are relocating soon to the area ( DH, me DD - 6 ds - 8 )
and have a few questions if anyon local can help I would be very grateful ( have done a search and got loads of information but just have a few questons left )
Probably Willington school for my son but where do they go afterwards?
Which school for my dd - want something all round but cant seem to find it schools seem very acadmeic
again where do they tend to go for secondary

DH needs to ge tto mansiobn house every day and I need a yoga class a park to run in , independet coffee shop and a library

Do the roads get VERY congested ? at school runtime or do people walk to school

HAvent even pinned down house yet ! but think that west wimbldon Raynes park will be good for us

What do i NEED to know before i start commiting to schools and a house and if anyone want to help me search online feel free to suggest houses /roads

thank you

ThePathlessPath Mon 03-Sep-12 10:23:56

any merton mums out there?

gazzalw Tue 04-Sep-12 09:03:06

Merton Park is a very lovely area (not sure what your budget is) and has some independent coffee shops etc...along and off Kingston Road - but is still probably only a fifteen minute walk into Wimbledon Town Centre.

Can't help you on the prep school front I'm afraid, but some of the state primaries in Wimbledon are very well-thought-off and sought after (Dundonald, Bishop Gilpin, Pelham, Merton Park, Wimbledon Chase, Wimbledon Park and Holy Trinity) and probably have a general intake that's socio-economically similar to the children attending the prep schools. But, and here's the caveat, you will need to really do your research about catchment areas because they are tiny and it seems that there are parts of Wimbledon, even in the central areas, which fall outwith these!

If you live in Wimbledon, secondary-school-wise, there are some fantastic grammar schools (state) for girls and boys in Sutton (Sutton Grammar, Wallington County Grammar, Wallington High, Wilson's Boys, Nonsuch High) and Kingston (The Tiffin Schools) and Ricard's Lodge and Rutlish are the state comps which are quite highly thought of these days and doing better, results and reputation-wise, year on year.

There are some excellent public schools too with probably King's College School (in Wimbledon Village) and Wimbledon High School being the most obvious. Obviously, though, with good transport links to London, Kingston and parts of Surrey, there are many others to consider too!

Good luck and let me know if you need any more info - although we are ideologically wedded to the State system, so I'm not much help with particulars about prep and public schooling!

gazzalw Tue 04-Sep-12 09:08:58

PS Sure you will get some more help but remember it's the beginning of Term and we are all focussed on getting the DCs back to school!

ThePathlessPath Tue 04-Sep-12 20:23:22

G - thanks for response appreciate it
Had a ring round and the schools are all full and having done a bit more research the state schools look really good ! seems that there are loads of children in the area - good
Started looking at property - whats the alexadnra road area like? and the area around raynes park looks like good houses

Getting excitied !

BIWI Tue 04-Sep-12 20:29:44

I'm a Merton Park mum, although my children are older now (one is at university and the other at 6th form college out of the borough).

State schools are generally excellent, especially at primary level. Both my boys went to Rutlish (secondary), and its academic record has got better every year since DS1 started there 9/10 years ago.

Alexandra Road isn't great, although it's very close to the town centre. Not much green space immediately to hand.

What's your budget for a house, and how much house are you looking at getting for your money?

BIWI I didn't know we were local!!!

I live in Raynes Park and love it. I grew up in Merton Park though (practically opposite Rutlish!). Agree with what everyone else has said. I think there is something for everyone in this area Merton park/Wimbledon/raynes park. It will all depend on budget, size of house you want, how far you like/want to walk etc...

Raynes Park has nice coffee shops, a waitrose, there is the David Lloyd around the corner if you want a gym, having said that there are yoga classes I've seen advertised in Raynes Park too.

Libraries in both RP and Wimbledon. Wimbledon common good for running on, or John innes Park in Merton park. Raynes park has two small parks but easy to get up to common.

ThePathlessPath Tue 04-Sep-12 20:50:19

Great thank you good to hear good things
Budget is 800k MAX would like a 4 bed with big garden and would love a garage but realistic too ! Love open plan kitchen diner , Dh doesnt liek new build and new town houses and we both love old charcter places - but again we are realistic !

Great to hear good things about the schools which ones are the good all round ones to base our selves near -we are not moving again so need to get it right for primary and secondary

BIWI Tue 04-Sep-12 21:06:59

<waves to MrsHP> We'll have to have a Bootcamp meet up!

TPP - sounds like a very reasonable budget for the area. I live in Old Merton Park, the bit across the tram crossing heading towards South Wimbledon, and houses like ours (Edwardian, 3 bed or 4 with loft conversion) are on the market for around £600K. Gardens tend to be small, though, unless you can buy in Melbourne Road, as those houses back onto the park and some have massive gardens. Garages are few and far between, but we do have a controlled parking scheme, which means that parking is pretty easy (albeit that you have to pay for a yearly permit).

ThePathlessPath Tue 04-Sep-12 21:13:14

Parking permit ? does that give you a space and what sort of price is it ?

ThePathlessPath Tue 04-Sep-12 21:24:14

Does anyone kno what the copse hill/westcombe ave end by cottenham park is like and isit an easy walk to wimbledonb station? thanks

BIWI Tue 04-Sep-12 21:25:15

Look at this! 6 bedrooms for your budget!

The parking scheme doesn't give you a space, just allows you to park in the street. I think it's about £75-80 for the first car and more for the second - we only have one car.

Deffo bootcamp meet up!

Copse Hill has lovely houses, road can be busy, but the houses are set back so quiet when in them if that makes sense. Too far to walk to Wimbledon, but walk able to raynes park in about 10/15 mins maybe, or short bus ride. Nice little parade of shops near bottom of Copse Hill where it is near to A3.

ThePathlessPath Tue 04-Sep-12 21:36:47

Wow looked at the 6 bed Very quirky angled rooms
does anyone know daybrook rooad in merton park whats that like ? and what is snuff mill enviromental centre is is aka a tip?
copse hill is on my list to visit on friday

not sure whether to start at raynes park ans walk up to wimbledon or the other way round ?

ThePathlessPath Tue 04-Sep-12 21:46:10

Right off to bed for me thanks for all replies tonight

BIWI Tue 04-Sep-12 22:53:44

The snuff mill environmental centre, I believe, is in the middle of a National Trust park - hang on ...

BIWI Tue 04-Sep-12 22:56:02
gazzalw Wed 05-Sep-12 06:15:59

yes, Morden Hall Park is a treasure in it's own right although that would be a reasonably long walk from the Merton Park side of Wimbledon and would be a bus ride (200) from the Raynes Park side!

BIWI Wed 05-Sep-12 08:39:09

That's true! ThePathlessPath - I think you need to identify which school(s) you're interested in first, and then we can help you with property/area info.

But it certainly looks, from the brief recce I did on the property sites last night, as if you have a good enough budget to get (most) of the house you want in any of the areas you were talking about. The only thing you're less likely to get - especially in Wimbledon/Merton Park - is a garage.

Wobblypig Thu 06-Sep-12 00:16:24

Op welcome to WIllington when you do come. Will that be reception?

Wobblypig Thu 06-Sep-12 00:19:13

Just re read Ds is 8 . WIllington will probably get you thinking about future schools when you arrive. They prepare mainly for the 13+. Driving into school not a problem because they start so much earlier than the state schools.

ThePathlessPath Tue 11-Sep-12 19:56:32

Hello I'm back very tired and exhausted have spent two days walking the area visiting loads of school and parks and cafes ! then fell down ill hence absence !

Am narrowing search down to wimbledon chase school area am also going to look at raynes park at weekend and like the look of the little bit we saw - so what do i need to know and anyone wan to help look ?

BIWI Tue 11-Sep-12 20:44:53

Are you thinking of Wimbledon Chase, or Willington?

You have to be quite careful if you are trying to buy in the catchment area for wimbledon chase as they have a funny shaped zone (can't remember what it is called now - Priority zone or something similar). This is due to where the schools lie in the borough in comparision to the housing.

I live in Raynes Park and love it!

BIWI Tue 11-Sep-12 21:21:41

Our first flat was very near that road BIWI! (Hello, hope you're well)

ThePathlessPath Tue 11-Sep-12 21:34:00

Wimble chase school - it has a lovely feel to it was really impressed

BIWI that looks lovely am going to ring up for a visit

We never walked the area around copse hill /coombe whats that area like?

ThePathlessPath Tue 11-Sep-12 21:38:10

Also which roads in raynes park plus schools should I explore ? coming back this friday and planning a walking route and visit , thank you for your hlep x

FamiliesShareGerms Tue 11-Sep-12 21:43:18

I don't think any of the places (areas / roads or schools) you mention are bad, and your budget is enough for something decent, although gardens, even in £millions houses can be small. The public green space makes up for that, and you'll have nom problem finding places to exercise inside and out.

Kingston .road gets very very busy, traffic wise. Raynes Park is in Travel Zone 4 (Wimbledon is in Zone 3), so more expensive (though the cheaper housing probably offsets that).

We've lived in the area for a few years, and absolutely love it here. so much to do locally, plus easy access to things like the museums in South Kensington etc.

BIWI Wed 12-Sep-12 08:16:46

Wimbledon Chase was where both my DS went. It is a really good school (or was, when they were there - it's quite some time ago now!)

<waves to PP - how are you today?)

Hello BIWI, getting better thanks. (albeit rather slowly!)

OP, I live around the area you are asking about, I like it a lot. Green spaces within very easy reach. Great transport links via train and bus.

ThePathlessPath Wed 12-Sep-12 15:27:38

getting exicited have three houses to view on friday and will be wearing my best comfy walking shoes ;-) think im going to be fitter when we live in london

BIWI where do yours go to school now? i suppose once ive finished this trauma and recoverd from move it will be secondary school searching !

flight path - DH has asked me to ask whats the noise like ?

ThePathlessPath Wed 12-Sep-12 15:32:46

What do you think of this house and where it is located ?


ThePathlessPath Wed 12-Sep-12 15:34:26

Damm cant see the one on Richmond Ave had an offer on it!

Not sure your link works, so can't say

BIWI thanks for msg, looking forward to it

Flight path is on a (I think) 3 week cycle. Have never been bothered by noise at all, even on the week we get more planes.

BIWI Wed 12-Sep-12 16:51:27

TPP - DS1 is at university now, DS2 is at Esher College (6th form). They both went to Rutlish.

That house looks good - and I think, from what I know of the area, it's fine. But it's a very long way from Wimbledon Chase, if you're thinking of applying there.

Flight path - doesn't bother us at all here.

I've got the link to work. I think your nearest school to that house is Joseph Hood. (I don't know much about that school, and don't know anyone who has children there)

Oh, or Aragon or Hillcross schools, heading the other way, towards Morden. (I always feel the need to pronounce Aragon/Morden in a vaguely LOTR fashion - so Morden becomes Mordor ......) <not helpful>

ThePathlessPath Wed 12-Sep-12 21:43:53

PP - you have made me laugh! I have mordor on the brain now !

Primafacie Thu 13-Sep-12 22:18:02

Hi, don't know if that is still useful, but:
- the house mentioned on the first page is next to the train tracks and has been on the market for ever (I think at least a couple of years);
- WCPS only take children within the APA at the moment. We live one street out and would not get a YR place. I don't know how in year admissions work though, there may be a waiting list, worth checking so you don't end up moving there bt not getting in the school

Wobblypig Fri 14-Sep-12 16:45:32

Confused WIllington or Wimbledon chase , quite a difference.

gazzalw Sat 15-Sep-12 07:43:33

Don't think Joseph Hood has a good reputation at all... The Wimbledon state primaries are by and large the best in the Borough....

DS has just got into Sutton Grammar School which is an acceptable distance from the Wimbledon Town Centre, Merton Park, South Wimbledon side (less so from the Wimbledon Park/Southfields end I would say) and there's Tiffin Boys and Girls, Wallington grammar and High Schools, Wilson's and Nonsuch as the selective options. Graveney and Greenshaw offer a selective stream in comprehensive (good) settings and then there are Rutlish and Ricard's Lodge which seem to be imroving year on year....

Cookers Sun 16-Sep-12 07:04:14

http://www.merton.gov.uk/learning/schools/changingschool/admissions/wimbledon_chase_priority_area.htm - be careful with Wimbledon Chase you need to be really close to the school - the furthest away that anyone got in this year was Bronson Road - top end in the first place then the rest got a place on the waiting list.

Wobblypig Sun 16-Sep-12 21:38:29

The same could be said for almost any half decent school in WImbledon by the way

FamiliesShareGerms Mon 17-Sep-12 07:27:40

OP, this might help you. Obviously aimed at reception, but gives an indication (see p13) of how popular schools are. I think you'll be dependent on movement to create spaces, but it doesn't mean you can't get into a decent school: I've known children move into Dundonald (probably the most popular / over subscribed school in Wimbledon) for later years, for example.

anujs03 Mon 17-Sep-12 17:53:57

We are looking to buy a property in the Pavillions, the new development at Fairways SW20 9DS. Has anyone got any idea around the area? Also how is the west wimbledon primary school? That is the closest school to this house. Is it easy to get into?


I think West Wimbledon school is great - lots of people down my road go there or help there and they all rave about it. Our DD will go there, I don't think it is too bad to get in, but check distance on council website to be sure!

anujs03 Tue 18-Sep-12 11:34:53

Thanks MrsHerculePoirot

I checked on the council website and it says we are 0.29kms from the school. Do you know what is the average distance where people have been able to get in?

West Wimbledon School is (I think) 3 form entry, and has become increasingly highly regarded following an 'Outstanding' OFSTED. I hear that the Head is well regarded too.

this tells you how places were allocated last year and further distances. Obviously that changes from year to year, but gives you an idea.

West Wimbledon only has two form entry, I think the only primary around the Wimbledon area that has three form entry is Wimbledon Chase.

I'm sorry - I was muddling up Burlington down the road, which is 3 form entry! (but over the borough boundary, and is a RB Kingston school)

Comments re esteem of school and Head were definitely about West Wimbledon School though! smile

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