It’s that time of year again – children are starting back at school and you’ve no doubt been busy organising new uniforms, stationery and travel passes for your family’s start into a new academic year. If your children are edging closer to finishing their infant, junior or primary years, you might already be thinking about their options for the next stages. Because we know that the city of Brighton and Hove is such a great place to raise a family, we’ve put together some key considerations for choosing a home near a great school.
First thing’s first, check out current school performance in your area. The Gov.uk schools map can help you find your nearest infant, junior, primary and secondary schools and outline your catchment areas, whilst AdmissionsDay can provide information on Ofsted reports and school performance at a glance.
As well as checking proximity to local schools, when looking for a family home you should also consider the amenities that are important to you and your family. Do you want your children to grow up with good access to green spaces? The areas surrounding Hove Park, Preston Park and Queens Park have long been popular family areas, all with good access to desirable local schools.
Alternatively, you might be leaning towards a more rural part of the city. If that’s the case, you’ll have plenty to choose from, as Brighton and Hove borders the stunning South Downs National Park. The Portslade, Patcham and Hollingbury neighbourhoods make a great base for your family home, with good access to local amenities but also the benefits of the great outdoors right on their doorstep. If you’d prefer larger outdoor space of your own, consider homes towards West Hove and Portslade, where you might find more space for your money.
In the Brighton and Hove area, we’re lucky to be so well connected by bus and rail networks, which means the daily commute to school and work is well catered for. However, you might want to consider your proximity to local bus stops if you expect your children will need to travel to school this way. For example, if you’re considering the Hanover and Kemp Town areas of Brighton, it’s good to note that secondary schools for the area are based towards the Varndean neighbourhood.
Things to do in Brighton and Hove
The reason so many people choose to move their family to Brighton and Hove also tends to centre around the vibrant and diverse community and its many things to do. Whether your family are budding artists, musicians or even technology entrepreneurs, there are so many opportunities for extra curricular activities and enriching experiences, from local theatre groups and creative workshops to inclusive cooking classes and nature experiences.