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  • in reply to: areas not too far for London by train #6716

    Jo
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    Hi

    We moved to Marlborough last year. We choose Marlborough because we were looking for a good secondary school (St Johns) and a place where we could get a 4 bed house for less than £350k (tricky but possible!).

    My husband drives to Hungerford to get the train, we’re just off the A4 on the Hungerford side of Marlborough so this is an easy route for him. From there he can get to Paddington in about 1 hour 20 minutes. It costs £2.40 to park for the day. Usually my husband goes to Egham rather than London and that costs approx £16.

    Originally we were looking at Marlborough or Cirencester but loved the hills of Marlborough. It is a nice town with lots of coffee shops and a good community.

    I hope this helps & good luck with your move!

    in reply to: Moving to Gloucestershire/Oxfordshire/Wiltshire area #5810

    Jo
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    We moved to Marlborough a couple of months ago & good secondary school was one of our main requirements. We’re loving it so far. Our kids have settled into the infant & junior schools well. The town centre has a lovely selection of shops & you’ve got easy access to Savernake Forest & places like Avebury, plus the M4 is not far away for easy access to London/Bristol. If looking at school league tables check out the reports for St Johns secondary School Marlborough.


    Jo
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    A little update. We are hoping to move at the end of May and I’ve spoken to Barbara, the case officer for Marlborough. To be honest it seems like the process is easier to get a place for my daughter with the statement than it will be for my son without!

    Slightly worried though that until we can give a definite move in date they won’t process much (I can understand why) but I’m quite concerned that we won’t get them into school until September! Eek.


    Jo
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    Thank you Bee. We’re concentrating getting our house on the market now (especially as we’ve seen a house we like already!) and I’ll be making those calls shortly.


    Jo
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    Thank you Sarah. My sister has a horse and we’ve gone up to visit him a few times and Marie has sat on his back whilst he’s been walked up and down a bit and she LOVED it. What a fabulous idea. Thank you so much!


    Jo
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    Thanks Georgie – that’s good to know they take the current statement as a starting point.

    And thank you Bee for those other emails – very informative. Lots of contacts for me to follow up!


    Jo
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    Hi Suzy, from what we’ve read the schools in the area are great but its nice to have that confirmed from someone local.

    Thanks for the link Lucy. It says you have to go through the statement process again which may take 6 months. I guess it can’t be started until our daughter is in school. 6 months without help sounds very scary! I guess better now whilst she’s still young (she’s in year 1 now).

    Thanks

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