Each address in the UK is linked to a local school - known as a 'catchment school'.
After taking into account certain criteria, such as if it's faith school, or if your child has siblings already in the school, you have priority access to your catchment school under their oversubscription criteria based on your postcode. It’s important to consider this when moving house if you have a family, or are planning to start a family soon.
When applying for a school place, the Government recommends you list up to 5 preferences of schools, including your catchment school. When looking at properties on the Your Move website, you can check the nearby schools using the ‘View on Map’ tool, then selecting the 'school' option from the points of interest tab.
You can then use Ofsted reports, GCSE pass rates and local opinion to get an idea of the reputation of the schools.
Remember- a school’s status can change over time, so be sure to research thoroughly and not depend solely on word of mouth.
Huntington School in York, for example, is extremely well regarded in the local area as a superb state funded secondary school and sixth form, achieving solid Ofsted ratings consistently for the last decade.
This beautiful three-bedroom property in New Earswick is within the catchment area for Huntington School, and has plenty of space for the teenagers to study in peace when it comes to exam season.
If you’re unhappy with your catchment school, you may wish to think about moving house in to the catchment area of a school you would prefer your child to attend, in good time for your school application.
Your Move agents have local knowledge of schools, and are happy to offer free advice on this if you are considering moving house.
Get in touch with your local branch for more information.
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