Bloor Homes highlights homes for sale within school catchments ahead of application deadlines

Families wishing to move to the right catchment area for two popular Broadheath schools can find a new home at Bloor Homes’ Elgar Park development.

According to the Worcester City Council website, Bloor Homes’ Elgar Park development is within the catchment areas for Broadheath CE Primary School and The Chantry School.

Gov.uk shows that of those families seeking a primary school place in 2022, 92.2% received an offer from their first choice and 98.1% received an offer from one of their top three choices. Meanwhile 83.3% of secondary school applicants were offered their first-choice and 94.4% received an offer from one of their top three choices.

While these percentages are high, anyone who has gone through the nerve-racking process of securing a place at a state school of choice will know that allocation of a place relies on many variables, not just location, and that residing within a catchment area listed on the local authority website doesn’t guarantee a place, especially if the desired school is popular.

However, living outside a catchment area altogether can greatly reduce, or even eliminate the possibility of obtaining a place at the school of choice.

Once a desired school has been pinpointed, families need to be aware of the application dates: for primary school places, applications are submitted to the local authority by 15th January on the year the child will start school in September with places allocated in mid-April, e.g. applications to the local authority for a child to start primary school in September 2024 will need to be submitted by January 2024, with places allocated in April 2024.

For students looking to start secondary school in September 2024, the application process is brought forward: the deadline to apply to the local authority is October 31st 2023, with places allocated at the start of March 2024.

Steve Garton, Sales Director for Bloor Homes’ Western region, explains how Bloor Homes can help: “The way the school allocations work means families wishing to move to a school catchment area really should be thinking about moving home well ahead of the October or January application deadlines.

“Moving to a brand-new home comes with the advantage of having no forward chain to worry about. Add to that our Assisted Move or Part Exchange schemes designed to help second steppers needing to sell first, and the process of moving to a new home in the right area could be too.”

Elgar Park currently has a range of three bedroom family homes available for move in this summer – ahead of the school application deadlines - with four bedroom homes scheduled for move in later in the year.

For more information about Worcester City Council’s school admission policies, criteria, how to apply for a primary or secondary school place for the 2024/2025 academic year, and how to find state schools by postcode visit: worcestershire.gov.uk/schools-education-and-learning/apply-school-place

Elgar Park is also close to The Kings School Worcester and the Royal Grammar School, Worcester – both independent fee-based schools.

For more information about the new family homes available at Elgar Park, visit bloorhomes.com