|Posted on Wednesday, 18 October, 2006 - 10:56 am: |
I just thought I'd say hello as we're in the process of moving from Greenwich to Vancouver Road. I've read the posts on here quite a lot over the past couple of weeks - its a great site and a great source of 'real life' information about FH and HOP.
After a brief panic about being on 'the wrong side of the tracks' (I knew I should have gone for UDB!) I'm now really looking forward to moving over. Hopefully, we'll be in by the beginning of December.
Out of interest, does anyone know what Kilmorie Prim School is like?
|Posted on Wednesday, 18 October, 2006 - 11:25 am: |
Have a look at www.lewisham.gov.uk and they have links on there to all the primary schools in the area and I think there's a link to www.ofsted.gov.uk as well so you can have a closer look at the inspection reports. I believe Kilmorie is quite a popular school but you'd need to look at it yourself.
|Posted on Wednesday, 18 October, 2006 - 03:33 pm: |
Vancouver Road and its neighbouring residential roads have really benefited from the implementation of a traffic-calming scheme that has removed the previous through traffic - and their polluting fumes. This makes walking to and from school a genuine option for children enrolled at Kilmorie School. The area also has some nearby local shops - useful for spending pocket money - and a sub post office. The high wide green space of Blythe Hill is great for kite flying or simply for running around madly as children love to do. There are quite a few social activities in the rooms for hire at St George’s Church.
Other previously quiet residential parts of our town near open spaces have not been so lucky. Many are now spoilt by constant heavy traffic seeking to skirt around the South Circular and avoid the other main roads. Some examples are Sydenham Rise, Waldenshaw Road, Manor Mount, Honor Oak Road, and throughout the UDB Estate. Residents on Sydenham Rise and its side roads, and on the UDB Estate, also get so many Horniman bound drivers trying to park in the limited spaces available outside their homes. Not good, especially at weekends and during school holidays.
Kilmorie School sounds fine. According to their own website (www.kilmorieschool.co.uk) : “ an environment for children to thrive and develop” and “ Secondary school teachers often remark that Kilmorie children are recognisable by their confidence”. You can also download the March 2006 OFSTED Report. See this Forum’s earlier thread “Primary Schools”.
I think you have made an excellent choice in selecting your new family home! Good luck with the move.
|Posted on Thursday, 19 October, 2006 - 10:24 am: |
Kilmorie Primary School is a very good school.
I assume that you will be at that end of Vancouver Road.
Another primary school nearer the corner with Woolstone Road is Rathfern Primary School.
Dalmain, which is further away, has recently had a very good Ofsted report.
Personally, I would nearly always suggest that the nearest primary school is chosen. I hate the league tables.
Welcome to the wrong side of the tracks.
The aristocrats of UDB may look down on us lower Forest Hill peasants. But come the revolution!
|Posted on Thursday, 19 October, 2006 - 11:10 am: |
|Posted on Thursday, 19 October, 2006 - 11:30 am: |
UDB is what the jealous people of post codes outside SE23 3 call our desirable area. Upper (as we are high, Hornimans Heights), Dulwich (as we are actually South Dulwich) and Bottom, as we are the bottom of the aforementioned Dulwich.
The area has excellent transport links (a bus route that was sliced in two and a railway line that was shut over 50 years ago), a view of an ancient hill fort (now turned into a council estatge, albeit one with a very interesting design), no post office and a pub that doesn't seem to be open. But the telly advertising people love the place.
|Posted on Thursday, 19 October, 2006 - 01:34 pm: |
Baggydave - no transport links, no post office, no pubs - you make it sound extremely exclusive!
|Posted on Thursday, 19 October, 2006 - 02:05 pm: |
Mattg, welcome to Vancouver Road - it's a lovely place to be! Don't have kids so can only say that the parents and offspring who pass me on my way to the bus stop in the mornings seem happy enough. St George's Church has become quite a focal point for the local community (even if you're not into church-going) with a Fairtrade shop and various mtgs etc. The newly built doctor's surgery will be opening soon.
|Posted on Friday, 20 October, 2006 - 07:17 am: |
Baggydave you are a fountain of knowledge, I'd never realised about the hill fort and Dawsons Hill Nature Reserve.
|Posted on Saturday, 21 October, 2006 - 10:24 pm: |
UDB had a vibrant art house cinema till the transport links were cut...