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      Job offer in marleston, school place for 13 yo so which suberb?

      Hello all

      I've recently been offered a job with sponsorship based in marleston. I will be coming with my partner (commercial vehicle salesman, no job as yet) and 13yo daughter.

      Which suberb would you recommend? We would at least to start with hope for a state school as we don't know how long it will take my partner to find work.

      Were not looking to be there until early 2017 but I'd like to start some research now.


      Thank you in advance

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      This is an almost impossible question to answer to be honest as there is no single suburb that is better than the others and a lot depends on your budget, how long you are prepared to commute and whether you would like to be near the beach. Given that Marleston is west of the CBD I would suggest staying to the west of the city somewhat as crossing the city can be a bit of a nightmare. Good high schools near Marleston would be Brighton, Henly and Unley high but these are in fairly expensive areas. If your budget stretches to living in the zone for one of these schools then those ares would be nice places to live. For more detail on the schools, including the schools zones (catchment areas) have a look at www.myschool.edu.au.
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      Quote Originally Posted by elizawho77 View Post
      Hello all

      I've recently been offered a job with sponsorship based in marleston. I will be coming with my partner (commercial vehicle salesman, no job as yet) and 13yo daughter.

      Which suberb would you recommend? We would at least to start with hope for a state school as we don't know how long it will take my partner to find work.

      Were not looking to be there until early 2017 but I'd like to start some research now.


      Thank you in advance
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      Congratulations. How exciting for you. We have a daughter who will be 13 in March 2017 and I have to say there is so much choice for schooling here it's great. We arrived two years ago and I took our daughter to visit 3 local schools where we are renting. We ended up letting her choose the school and this worked out really well as she has loved every minute of it. Now we have the choice of many High Schools and again, there is a school for every child here. The schools and kids here are really friendly and welcoming ... it takes time to find out where you fit in, so I would visit three you like the look of and go from there.

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      NicF makes a good point about the state high schools being zoned. The three she mentioned are all highly rated and much in demand and living in the zone is generally the only sure fire way to ensure your child has a place. Brighton has a music programme where kids from anywhere can get in provided they meet the requirements and pass the entry process. I think its 2 instruments to a certain standard and this has to continue throughout school I think. Places are limited and lots of kids apply. Henley I think has some kind of sport programme (handy if outside the zone) but again, it would require a certain standard. Unley, no clue but this is a highly in demand school.

      Rental prices in these zone areas are higher. I do agree with Nic about not travelling across to the west if you can help it for a commute. If you can find somewhere you like west, south west side then so much the better. But of course, there are probably other options, just a case of checking out areas, seeing travel time for the commute to work etc and if it ticks your boxes. I don't know what the high school is for the area you've been offered a job in or if it would appeal but you could check that out also if its not Unley.


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      Thank you

      Were all excited. I will read this to her as she isn't the most confident child so will worry about starting a new school. I think your idea of letting her choose is a great idea. Hopefully we will be in a position to do this also.

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      Quote Originally Posted by elizawho77 View Post
      Thank you

      Were all excited. I will read this to her as she isn't the most confident child so will worry about starting a new school. I think your idea of letting her choose is a great idea. Hopefully we will be in a position to do this also.
      If you are opting to go private you can consider any school in any area. Entirely your choice as you are the ones paying the school fees.

      If you are opting for a state high school, keep in mind that all of them are zoned (bar Urrbrea which is a specialist agricultural and tech school) and a school has to take the child if they reside in the zone (and many will want to see a years lease to back this up as the pressure for places at some schools is high). Otherwise it will be at their discretion on if there is a space for a child to transfer in mid year or at the start of say year 9. Often for popular schools there can be a wait list for places if living outside the zone.


     

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