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Advice please: Considering move from Portishead back to Bristol for BGS

(5 Posts)
Cysgu Fri 17-Mar-17 12:27:08

Hello, We currently live in Portishead but are seriously considering sending our daughter to BGS when she starts school and I'm worried about the commute. We used to live in Stoke Bishop but moved to Portishead as we got more for our money. It is perfect for baby and toddler age but not ideal location if we choose BGS, particularly as I would like her friends to be local and easy to meet up with. Bearing in mind budget of around £350/400k with easy access to motorway and centre of town, we are considering Coombe Dingle, Westbury-on-Trym, Stoke Bishop and Long Ashton. Does anyone have any thoughts on these (or other) locations in terms of good links to BGS, town centre and places where other people who go to BGS would live (outside of the more expensive Clifton, Henleaze, Redland areas). Thank you.

givemeaclue Fri 17-Mar-17 14:20:37

Hi op, my children had places at BGS but we moved to North Somerset instead so didn't take them up. My understanding is that children go to BGS from a wide area including outside Bristol.
My concern would be that you may find your budget a bit tight for the areas you are considering.

QueenofWhatever Sat 18-Mar-17 13:13:44

I'm in LA with DC at BGS for seniors and there's a handful of kids in the village who go there. The school bus goes through the village and I think it goes from Portishead too. The service is run by Bakers Dolphin who can send you timetables.

But if you're looking for infants I'm not sure I would bother tbh. Also as the PP said, your budget won't get you much round here, especially once you factor in the costs of buying and selling. I thought schools in Portishead were pretty good? I'd wait until she's older and then reassess if it was me.

tumpymummy Sat 18-Mar-17 19:31:26

Agree with Queen. If you're looking for primary school I wouldn't bother with BGS yet, save that for secondary school if ness. The most important thing I think when kids start school is that they go to a local school where they and you can make local friends.

cleoteacher Tue 21-Mar-17 22:20:10

My dc is starting BGS this sept. Are you hoping to send your dc this sept too? I thought all offers for sept 2017 have been made.

I can see where others are coming from about waiting until secondary for BGS but personally we didn't want to run the risk of dc not getting in at year7 when we had a certain place offered now. Plus it's pretty likely house prices will have risen two fold by then.

We got a house in One of the areas you mention 4 years ago in your budget but prices have increased so much in the past few years. I would say you could get a house for that budget in Coombe dingle for that budget and possibly Westbury on trym.

I am a little worried about how wide the catchment area will be but talking to people I know who already go to the school and those who are going when dc starts the areas you mention are very likely to be areas where children will be sent to BGS.

I personally think that commute would probably be a nightmare. I am slightly worried about our comments which should be 15 mins with no traffic.

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