What’s the catchment?


September is upon us. Children are starting the new academic year, no doubt with a combination of excitement and nervousness, shared to some degree by their parents. Will they like their new teacher? Will they be in the same classes as their friends? What extracurricular activity will they try their hand at?

For families, moving home often goes hand-in-hand with sending children to new schools, which will of course add an extra layer of upheaval and apprehension.

However, rather than being a side effect of a house move, school places can sometimes be the trigger for changing home. A Santander survey found that one in four families in the UK have moved house or changed address to obtain a school place for their children.

For Maggie and Adam Dent, who recently moved to a new four-bedroom home at our Harvest Grove development in Featherstone, near Wolverhampton, the development’s location within the catchment area of a number of great schools was certainly a factor.

The couple are hoping to start a family in the future, meaning they had to consider nearby schools to avoid the need to move again in a few years’ time. With Featherstone Academy less than half a mile away, Moreton Academy only two miles away, and a selection of primary schools also within two miles, the couple will be spoilt for choice.

But fantastic schools are not the only thing that attracted the Dents. Harvest Grove is also well connected, combining the feel of a rural village community with easy access to nearby cities and towns.

Whether you’re looking to bring your children into a particular catchment area, or, like the Dents, are simply looking to future proof your next move, our sales teams are used to being asked about local schools and other amenities and will have a wealth of information to share about the area. The development pages on our website generally also list local schools for each scheme, sharing their OFSTED ratings.