Its coming to that time now when we need to start thinking about primary school for my daughter (I don't know where the time's gone!) and I'd love to hear from other's who have been there/are also starting to think about it! What was important to you when you were picking the primary school for your children? Did you decide to send them to the local one or did you move/go private/go to a faith school/home educate? The reason I ask is our local school has not got a good reputation with other parents in the area and is very low in the league tables. I went to visit it to get my own opinion and there were advantages and disadvantages - the staff were friendly (although I didn't get to meet the Head) and it seemed like quite a caring and inclusive school (it is really good at helping children with special needs and and pupils with english as a second language to achieve). However I worry that the Ofsted report said it didn't stretch the more able pupils - I think DD is clever and I worry that she could get demotivated or worse bullied. When I asked about the bullying policy the school secretary who showed me round said "any school that tells you there's no bullying is lying" and that was it! I think kids are just kids and would never describe a child as "rough" however some of the parents do worry me. Do you think I'm right to be a bit worried or do you think I'm thinking too much about it? On the plus side if my daughter went to our local school we could walk to school together, I could continue to work from home and be there for her when she needed me and help her with her school work. I would have time to get involved with the school and she could make local friends. But on the negative side I've been to see some other schools that are much much nicer and that's got me thinking! One is in a little village about 20 minutes drive away. Its undersubscribed so we'd stand a chance of getting in but do you think that long a drive would be detrimental? The other is in a lovely area and is very oversubscribed so we'd definitely have to move to get in. It would be quite tight financially moving and we'd have to really downsize and make cutbacks. No more holidays there! The third school I liked was private so I'd definitely have to go back to work and therefore would have less time to spend with my daughter and on things that are important to me. I saw plenty of other schools in nice areas that I didn't like... but the things I liked about these schools were the outside space, the lovely teachers and Head, the anti bullying policies and caring feel to the schools, and the way they would stretch (but not pressure) the clever pupils at the same time as not leaving anyone else behind. What I worry about in schools in nice areas/private schools is pushy/competitive mums! So what I wanted to ask really was what do you think is important? Is lifestyle, being able to afford good food, holidays and also time spent with your own children more important? Or is making cut backs, going back to work and finding the best school more important to you? Thank you!