Hi - As we are eagerly awaiting our SA sponsorship (due any day) I am trying to distract myself by getting my head round the AU schooling system.
While I know and expect that as a family our journey will be trial and error as far as the children are concerned I want to ‘try’ and make the best possible decisions regarding schools so they have some stability/good chance to make friends and settle. Happy kids = happy parents!
Re: Public schools - Am I right in thinking that 'primary' schools don’t have specific catchments area's? but secondary schools do? If this is correct as my children will be 9 (girl) and 8 (boy) on arrival perhaps it will be better to think about being in the correct senior school catchment then finding/visiting and getting a feel (and choosing) a primary schools in the surrounding area.
I have been told that there is no ofsted type reports/listings therefore is it just a case of going round a few to see what suits you/your kid’s best (or am I being too simplistic)? Are catchment areas published anywhere?
A friend (from Melbourne) has also suggested that it might be worth considering some of the private Catholic schools. Although we are not religious I am told these can provide access to a cost effective ‘good’ education – Does anyone have any thoughts?
It’s really hard sitting here in the UK ‘dreaming’ but it would be nice to think that rather than having to drag the children around for days that we could arrive with a plan of action and the children could then make a choice from a shortlist as it were.
My husband is in engineering (CNC) and I am aware that most of these types of job are located in the North however in the UK we live in Bournemouth (close to the coast) so are leaning towards Brighton (ish) within 10 minutes from the sea.
Any thoughts, experiences or advice more than welcome - Thank you x