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The rise of State Schools for family relocations to London

What are State Schools?

A state school is a school funded by the government, and therefore admission does not require funding by parents. They are becoming increasingly popular and included in the Good Schools Guide, with 264 schools featured nowadays compared with 10 in 1986.

Why are they so popular with relocating families?

The last thirty years has seen an increase in wealthy parents considering state schools for their children’s education in London. With rent levels at their highest levels in decades, the financial burden of living in London with a family is enormous. Adding to that the financial implications of private schools, and the cost of living can become unsustainable, even for wealthy families, especially when these families include several children. Therefore State Schools are often considered a very good option for families relocating to London.

How does the choice of the State School impact the relocation process for families?

It is important that a relocation agency’s property search and choice of area coincides with the client’s school search, so that the relocating family can maximize the chances of getting a place at the most suitable school. This is particularly relevant when a state school is the preferred option, because a child will only be eligible to apply for a state school once they live in the schools’ area. Many relocation agencies organise each aspect of the process separately, outsourcing the school searches to education consultants, which can result in the properties and schools found not complimenting each other and therefore compromising the success of the family relocation.

At Simply London, the leading London relocation agency, all school and home searches are handled by one and the same person, meaning that the choice of area/property will be entirely interlinked with the choice of school. With a 100% success rate in 2016, we can say with pride that this strategy works for our clients!

More information

Find out more about applying for state schools on our School Applications page and download our free Schools Guide for all the information about schools in London.


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