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Discuss Posted to Portsmouth - Housing?!! in South and the South East of England - (HIC 1 Aldershot) on Rear Party; Hello all, I'm new to this forum altogether so please bear with me if I'm repeating old posts. My husband is a Lt Cdr and we have two children aged 4 and 6. We have ...
  
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    Posted to Portsmouth - Housing?!!

    Hello all,

    I'm new to this forum altogether so please bear with me if I'm repeating old posts.

    My husband is a Lt Cdr and we have two children aged 4 and 6. We have been informed that we're being posted to Portsmouth (my husband will be at Whale Island) in April next year (2016). I am feeling rather overwhelmed by the housing situation as there seems to be lots of locations but limited space everywhere and the school situation is even worse!

    There seems to be very little in terms of type 4 housing and 3 of the 4 areas where there is (Old Portsmouth, Daedalus and Alverstoke) are areas we would not want to live in due to lack of gardens and/or school suitability (our 6 year old has mild ADHD and needs a little extra support). Although I'm getting the feeling that we'll be lucky to get a house anywhere!

    As far as I can understand, this limits us to Seafield Park. Does anyone know what availability of housing is like there? We will also be stating on the housing application that we are prepared to pay above our entitlement which would open up Drayton, Gomer, Petersfield and Southwick Park. All of which we'd be happy with.

    I haven't really got a clue what any of these areas are really like or what the schools are like. I have contacted as many schools as I can and been told that there are no spaces in Yr two for our son from April to July and that the waiting lists are huge?

    If anyone can give me a real time picture of what its like in their area, what the schools are really like, housing availability etc I'd be very grateful. The patch at Daedalus seems fine but I've been told we'd have to send the kids to Peel Common. Is it really that bad?!

    Thanks all,

    Tara

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    Hi and welcome

    I can't help with MQ in Portsmouth, as we have our own house outside the Portsmouth area and hubby commutes but I didn't want to read and run.

    If you want to pay above your entitlement, I believe that is granted as long as they aren't in short supply.

    On the school front , have you looked at the Ofsted site for reviews of the schools?

    Otherwise, if you get no replies here, it may be worth checking on Facebook to see if there's a group set up there that you can ask questions to.
    Shit happens.... and in the forces, shit happens faster!

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    Thanks for replying and for the tip to check out FB, good idea! I've looked at Ofsted reports for all the schools near the quarters and all are good or outstanding with the exception of Peel Common which is rated 3. It doesn't have a good reputation in the area and it's the school for the Daedalus patch which I have heard has significant problems with anti-social behaviour. Really don't want to end up there but it is the biggest patch in the area! I've spoken to all the schools and they've said they're full and have waiting lists and the military covenant doesn't make any difference - they simply can't take my son for the tail end of year 2 (we're moving in April). It's just a difficult situation right now but I'm sure it'll all work out in the end. Maybe we should consider buyng our own place too! Thanks again.

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    In terms of school places, the schools will tell you there are waiting lists, however the council are obliged to get you a place in a school regardless to comply with the law, the waiting lists will probably be those people who's children have a place but want them to move to a better/closer/out of catchment one.

    The issue is that the school you are given may not be the closest school or the school of your choice and once in place, it may be harder to move them to a different school the next year.
    Shit happens.... and in the forces, shit happens faster!

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