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56% of Home Movers Fighting to Secure a Place at Top Schools

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There is fierce competition to move into the catchment area of top schools, according to new research released by the AnyVan insight team. Our latest research shows that 56% of home movers now strive to live in the catchment of schools ranking high in performance tables.

School admission criteria differs between local authorities, however catchment is usually a key factor.  The level of importance families attribute to local school performance also differs throughout the UK. Londoners scored the highest, with nearly three quarters (72%) of people in the capital indicating local school statistics are an important factor for moving to the area. Manchester came second highest at 63% with Sheffield 62%, Newcastle 59%, Birmingham at 54%, Yorkshire 52%, Liverpool 51%, Southampton 49%, Wales 54% and 59% in Scotland.  Movers in East of England scored the lowest, with just 41% of people in Norwich stating school performance as an important factor.

Focusing solely on primary schools, 52% stated the performance of local primary schools is important when deciding where to live. We see a similar story when looking at secondary schools, with 53% saying it is an important factor when deciding where to live.

Moving expert Angus Elphinstone, CEO of AnyVan.com who have conducted the research commented “We move thousands of families each month, and it’s fair to say a large number of them are moving for the good of their children. The pressure to find a place in popular London schools is intensifying. It can be challenging to find a home in a good catchment area, with some as slim as few hundred square meters which essentially means you need to live within a couple streets of the school to secure a spot for your child.“

AnyVan has also highlighted the best 20 state schools in the country and the house prices in each location. 80 per cent of the top 20 schools in England are based in the Southeast and girls-only secondaries make up half of them overall.  Wembley High Technology College is currently rated as the top school in the Real School Guide.

Local property expert Victor Bryan, director and co-founder of the award-winning Wembley estate agent Bryan Maher & Co, commented: “Wembley High Technology College is known across the local area as one of the best schools in the country. However, because of the entry criteria, there actually isn’t the property premium you have for other schools in the area, especially primary schools.”

AnyVan’s tips to find the best local schools

Here are moving expert Angus Elphinstone, CEO of AnyVan, tips for moving house in order to secure a place at a top school for your children:

1. Visit the schools you are considering

As impressive as a school’s ratings might be, it will still be important to take the time to check it out, along with the local area.

2.Checking the school performance

Any parent knows about Ofsted but to get an in-depth summary of performance you should visit the Gov.uk website. Progress 8 and Attainment 8 scores are important factors you should look for when selecting a secondary school.

3. Admissions criteria

For most state secondary schools, the catchment area will be key but for the best schools you will also have admission tests, sometimes referred to as a ‘transfer test’ or ‘11 plus’. Faith schools may also have slightly different admissions criteria and staffing policies than general state schools.

4. What if my application is denied?

The most common reason for an application to be denied is if the school is oversubscribed, or you live outside the catchment area. About a quarter appeals are successful, so if you have a solid argument it can be well worth trying to appeal. The necessary appeals forms will be available from your local council.

5. Moving during a school year

Known as ‘in-year admissions’, these transfers require a great deal of communication and planning. It will be best to start by contacting the schools and your new local authority to let them know that your child is moving to the area. It will be best to have a few schools in case you struggle to find available spots.

Read more on advice for moving for the best schools or moving home with children.

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Spain Tops the Table of Dream International Moves

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Brits are dreaming of a new life in the Spanish sun, according to new research by the AnyVan research and insight team. Statistics released by AnyVan show that Spain is the most popular destination for UK residents fantasising of a move overseas, with 13% of the respondents picking it as their number one choice.

Those dreaming of living in the Spanish sun would join nearly 300,000 British citizens already living in the country.

The world might not feel as big as it once did, and with 19 hour non-stop flights to Australia now available from the UK, it’s easy to see why Australia and New Zealand ranked joint second in the dream move table, with 12% each. Other popular moves on the wish list included USA (10%), Canada (9%), Italy (7%) and France (6%).

The data shows age is a major factor in determining the popularity of a dream move abroad. Young adults prefer countries with more opportunities for lucrative career prospects and lavish lifestyles. The USA came out top choice for under 34s, with 16% listing this as their favourite, followed by Australia and then Spain. Dubai was also more popular with younger adults, with 4% dreaming of a move to the Middle East. For older adults over the age of 55, New Zealand (14%) came out top of their dream move.

Brits living on the south coast of England seem more keen to keep their coastal lifestyle, with Italy being more popular with people living in Southampton (12%) and Brighton (15%) than the UK average of 7%. For Londoners, New Zealand was the top pick with 13% followed by USA and Canada both at 11% and Australia at 10%.

Angus Elphinstone, CEO of AnyVan commented “It’s nearly a national sport in the UK to dream about moving. From flicking through property prices and listings on Rightmove to sitting down to watch one of the vast number of primetime TV shows offering advice to those looking to change homes for a place in the sun.

“Our research highlighted where people dream to move to, but there were still 16% of residents that didn’t want to move anywhere. With such a vast number of different landscapes, coastal views and green spaces, it’s easy to see why so many are living their dream in the UK and don’t feel they need to move elsewhere.”

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Get Moving to Secure your Glastonbury Tickets

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Getting Glastonbury festival tickets can seem an impossible task, with some going to great lengths to secure them. Here’s an innovative way to get your hands on some tickets!

Each festival year, organiser Michael Eavis holds back a number of weekend tickets for local people. So if you live in certain parts of Somerset, near the Worthy Farm festival site in the village of Pilton, there’s a secret ticket sale. This sale takes place tomorrow (Thursday 18th October 2018) from 12pm.

To take advantage, you have to be a permanent resident within the local catchment areas, as listed on the Glastonbury Festival website. So this could be your chance to grab tickets – as long as you wouldn’t mind moving to the area!

Check it out and you’ll see there are just over 300 properties listed for sale within the Glastonbury catchment area. The most expensive is a beautiful £2 million character property with land, pool and tennis court in West Pennard. If you’re looking for the cheapest option then you can snap up a flat in Shepton Mallet for just £64k. If you are keen to buy a home in the local area then you’ll be pleased to know there is money to be made renting out your property. A 2 bedroom cottage in West Pennard is being listed for over £500 a night during the Glastonbury period!

As there is an obvious time pressure, a rental would offer an immediate solution and there are 81 currently available. Two bedroom rentals in the villages around Glastonbury, such as Wells or Shepton Mallet, cost around £550 a month.

Angus Elphinstone, CEO of AnyVan.com commented “While moving to Somerset might seem a little extreme to secure tickets to Glastonbury, the festival does create some interesting financial opportunities. Like most big events, Glastonbury locals seem to be looking to make a tidy sum of money from festival goers, with hotels charging as much as £1,300 a night and others Airbnbing space in their gardens for glamping in bell tents from £400 a night. ”

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Finding the right new home is the biggest fear for movers

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It’s often said that moving home is one of the most stressful experiences in life, but what exactly causes the most worry? Statistics released by AnyVan showed that nearly half (49%) of movers most fear finding their new home.

Swiftly followed by this was the hassle of packing up belongings, coming in as the second highest fear at 40%, with 26% stressed by unpacking once they’re finally in their new home.

It doesn’t matter if you’re moving a mile down down the road or hundreds of miles across the country, moving day is a difficult day, and this is highlighted by 36% of homeowners fearing the big day itself. Scottish movers in Glasgow (44%) and Edinburgh (43%) feared moving day the most, with Newcastle (32%) and Southampton (33%) feeling the stress less.

The dreaded time period between offer and property completion is another major concern for home buyers. Nearly a quarter (23%) of homeowners fear the conveyancing process.There are regional differences, with a third of movers in Sheffield (33%) fearing conveyancing, with a quarter in London (23%) and fifth in Manchester (20%).

Estate agents are perhaps surprisingly not a big fear factor for movers, with a fifth of homeowners saying they fear finding a good agent to sell their home and just 1 in 10 renters worrying about their letting agent. Renters are more stressed by the dreaded cardboard boxes! Packing (47%) and moving (45%) plays on nearly half of all renters’ minds when moving home.

Angus Elphinstone, CEO of AnyVan commented “It’s interesting to see what the stresses are for those looking to move. With vast numbers worried about packing and unpacking, plus the actual move day, hiring a removal specialist could ease some of the burden of what can be an incredibly worrying time.”

“Our top tips to make your move less daunting are to get organised and create a moving checklist. On your moving day start early to avoid being rushed and make sure all your boxes are labelled to help unpacking in your new home. Most of all, try not to stress too much as arriving in a new home is a wonderful thing and a big life event you should enjoy.

If you have moving fear you might be interested in reading our advice for reducing stress when moving.

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