Go to navigation
It is currently Fri Dec 09, 2016 12:04 am

All times are UTC




Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 6 posts ] 
Author Message
PostPosted: Fri Mar 02, 2012 9:23 pm 
Offline

Joined: Wed Feb 23, 2011 7:10 am
Posts: 41
My DD has got an offer for CCHS. We live in Cambridge and there is also an offer from high performing Indie locally with bursary. So really confused with these 2 options and struggling to decide.

1) Relocating to Chelmsford and accepting CCHS place is our first preference. But then my DH has to commute to Cambridge everyday for work. We also have to get a school place for my DS, age 8 at a good state primary school in Chelmsford.

2) Accepting indie place will put us under tremendous pressure financially even with bursary. But there is no hassle of relocating and can stay close to friends.

3) There is also an option to move midway between Cambridge and Chelmsford. But Iam not sure about transport links to CCHS. It would be very helpful to know if there are girls attending CCHS from Bishops Stortford, Great Dunmow area.

Any suggestions regarding school choice and place will be greatly appreciated.


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Fri Mar 02, 2012 9:40 pm 
Offline

Joined: Fri Mar 04, 2011 12:41 pm
Posts: 158
Re option 1, there are plenty of good primary schools in Chelmsford and if you relocate, the options for your DS are wider as there are plenty of GS such as KEGS,CRGS, Southend and Westcliff and there are some decent local state comprehensives. Chelmsford is a lovely place to live, but then I may be biased ;-) commuting to Cambridge by car will take about an hour (A120 and M11) and you are going mostly against the traffic - unfortunately I am not aware of any decent train or bus option.

Re option 3, check with CSSE on local buses. I believe that ChCHS has most extracurricular activities during lunchtimes so participating in other activities will not be as much a logistics puzzle.

I think it boils down to which school your DD prefers and the amount of financial risk/family sacrifices that you wish to take now and for the next 10 or so years.


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Sat Mar 03, 2012 7:23 am 
Offline

Joined: Fri Oct 12, 2007 12:42 pm
Posts: 3813
Location: Chelmsford and pleased
Regarding option 3 KEGS is introducing a 12 mile catchment area, full details to be released on 5th April. 
The commute to Cambridge is an hour and a quarter if you live on the North side of Chelmsford.
We moved so that DC could walk to school, rejected the place at a top Kent indie for the bursary reason. Glad we did as we both earn more so the bursary would have decreased. But grammars are not independent schools. They have large class sizes in comparison and there is much less individual attention.
Chelmsford does not have an independent school on a par with Perse, so DS would need to make KEGS.
Personally, we have been very pleased with CCHS but I don't really enjoy my drive to Southend each day for work. So your husband would need to consider carefully. He would be going against the traffic at the start of his journey.
Cambridge and Chelmsford are very different towns, make sure you like it here. DD and I treat ourselves by going shopping in Cambridge.


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Sun Mar 04, 2012 6:01 am 
Offline

Joined: Wed Feb 23, 2011 7:10 am
Posts: 41
Thanks aang and moved for providing very valid points. It has now become a matter of either taking financial risk or accept different set up in an unknown area. My DD is also torn between in choosing CCHS and indie. She likes both schools and struggling to give her first preference.

If we decide to move to Chelmsford we are considering areas like Springfield, Broomfield and Chelmer village(noted down from the forum :) ). Among these areas which one would be better suited for easy access to CCHS and with good state primary school? Apart from these locations are there any areas to avoid in Chelmsford?

Panic kick starts when I now think of DS. He is bit lazy and dont know if he will work hard like his sister to get into KEGS. Very nerve wracking moments at this stage!


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Mon Mar 05, 2012 10:54 am 
Offline

Joined: Mon Jan 24, 2011 2:07 pm
Posts: 111
Location: Essex
Another forum member who was also considering the move to Chelmsford from London area recently said that the local schools contacted didn't have places so perhaps worth a call? Also think about the catchment comp school if ds doesn't get gs place.

Also consider the fuel costs - 2.5 hr daily commute :shock: :shock:

Good luck whatever you decide.

_________________
Clarabelle


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Tue Mar 06, 2012 6:17 am 
Offline

Joined: Wed Feb 23, 2011 7:10 am
Posts: 41
Thanks Clarabelle. I rang Essex council yesterday regarding primary school places and was told that they will let me know the vacancies only after I make the application. So one more aspect worth considering before relocating!


Top
 Profile  
 
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 6 posts ] 

All times are UTC


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 3 guests


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Search for:
Jump to:  
CALL 020 8204 5060
   
Privacy Policy | Refund Policy | Disclaimer | Copyright © 2004 – 2016