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    Sue
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    We’re thinking of a move to Bournemouth and would really appreciate any advice on schools and where to live. My daughter would be going into year 3 or 4 (depending on how long the move takes) and my son into year 5 or 6. I have a strong preference for mixed schools. Open to state or private. But if private I would like to avoid high pressure, very academic schools, more interested in good pastoral care, confidence building schools. Obviously we need to think about primary and secondary as my son isn’t far off so tips on both would be appreciated. Are the state primaries full?
    Also where to live? Rightmove always describes Talbot Heath as desirable but it looks like it’s not so accessible for town / transport / beach. Any thoughts? I like the idea of being walking distance to beach but not if it makes school access a nightmare.
    Finally has anyone moved to Bournemouth and if so how did you find making friends? Have most people grown up in the area so very established friendship groups?
    Lots of Qs, any help really appreciated.
    Many thanks.

    #14053

    Sue
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    Sorry, I don’t know about the Bournemouth schools but there are two very good mixed prep schools in Wimborne – Castle Court and Dumpton. Talbot Heath is a good girls secondary school in Bournemouth and I think Queen Elizabeth is a good state secondary in Wimborne. As to meeting people, you will always meet people through your children and – get a dog, always a good ice-breaker! Good luck!

    #14055

    Allegra
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    Hi
    I’ve moved down here from London about 20 years ago. I love Southbourne and have lived in various Bournemouth places and always come back to here. Lots of indie shops and a beautiful beach. As far as schools as concerned, I only know about state schools. Stourfield Junior School in Southbourne is brilliant. Senior state schools are not great in Bournemouth. I have a 13 year old who I recently took out of school to home educate. (There are loads of home ed families in Bournemouth!)
    Friend-wise, a huge number of Bournemouth people are from elsewhere so there’s no cliques that I’m aware of. And you’ll meet people through the kids.
    If you need any other help, post here and I’ll keep my eyes open.
    Good Luck!

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    Sue
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    Thank you both for your helpful comments … funnily enough a dog is part of the master plan!

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