July 3, 2016 at 9:42 pm #17245
Hi, would love some advice from this group. We are living in SW london and looking to move. Looking at rightmove there seem to be quite a few residential developments surrounded by industrial areas. Eg scholars way, brudenell close, duncombe close. The properties seem nice enough but concerned about the industrialised areas. We have a toddler and looking at schools as well. What are these residential developments like and are there many families with school going kids who attend St George’s infant school or Woodside junior? Are these developments areas to avoid because of the proximity to the industrial estate? Or generally seen as ok? Our budget doesn’t stretch as far as Amersham old town or Chesham Bois. Nor can we afford the chestnut lane/ elangeni school catchment area. Many thanks in advance?July 11, 2016 at 12:38 pm #17260
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Hi like you we moved out of London to Amersham and whilst I can’t comment on the developments you have named, can let you know that we are right on the edge of Amersham (rather than in the thick of it) and really like it. I liked Chesham Bois alot but a house in the right price range didn’t come up but really like it here (we are just off London Road East).
With regards to our move – So far so good although it has only been a month. People are friendly and it is a good balance of busy/quiet. Kids have joined a few local clubs and seem to be settling well 🙂July 11, 2016 at 2:25 pm #17261
There are very few areas in Amersham that are bad and the industrial estates would obviously have higher levels of traffic during the week but then be quiet at the weekends. They are not as far as i know heavy manufacturing estates so noise shouldn’t be too bad. The Scholars Way estate does back onto a block of flats which used to have a bad reputation but I think it is much improved now. You need to bear in mind that even though you are in the catchment for St George’s you may well not get in as it is very popular. As for nurseries there are several good ones. Maryland Preschool in Chesham Bois is excellent and there is also Henry Allen and Linfield. May be worth visiting them and seeing which one is the right one for you. As regards budget you may get more for your money in Chesham. Let me know if you need any more information.July 15, 2016 at 2:37 pm #17278
Like you and most people I have met we moved from London to Amersham. We moved in Oct 2014 with our then 2 year old and 4 month old twins. I don’t really know the area you are looking at well, but know one person who lives on Scholars way who had her daughter at nursery with my son and she went to St Georges, but who gets into which school does change each year due to the siblings rule. Most schools in Amersham are good to outstanding. The Buckinghamshire Council website is good to look at to see what the actual catchment area for each school was as siblings get first priority and been in catchment sometimes is not enough. There is just one poor school which is Chalfont Acadamy.
I have found Amersham an excellent place to move to with children. There are lots of good nurserys. My son has loved his time at Woodlands and my twins will start there in Sept. Marylands, Beehive and Linfield are also highly regarded by people I know. I have found it very easy to meet people. There are lots of clubs for children (mine do Monkey Music and have done Kickers football).
The wonderful Zara Hobley runs Mums4Mums (look on facebook for the group) which holds meet ups in Cafe Neros on Tuesday mornings 9.15 – 11.00 during term time and organises lots of other activites for mums to meet and support each other. I have met a number of people through this who I now call friends.
Good luck with your move.August 1, 2016 at 11:16 am #17332
Thanks everyone for your replies. Really helpful and much appreciated.
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