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Hello,

 

So.... there may be a possibility of getting a job in Swan Valley Region :-)

 

But its a little more inland than what we ideally wanted - but looking at area's that we could live/schools and commute to Lockridge area each day.

 

I have been looking at Carine Senior High school/Morley High school/Balcatta Senior school/Ashdale secondary college - anyone have views if these schools are good?? I have looked and its hard and complicated to figure out the gradings/ratings of the schools in a fair and realistic manner - especially from the UK. Its a minefield, and my head is starting to hurt lol.

 

My eldest will be due to commence Year 7 in February and is gifted with his Mathematics so would ideally like a school that ha some kind of extension programme so his progress can be built upon, with paths for this to be expanded in different area such as engineering/science/etc also be nice if any of the schools offer extra curricular activities - he loves football (sorry soccer) but generally enjoys most sports. Would be great to see what local people would think about order of preference of schools around these area's then it would help to see what accommodation may be available in those catchment area's.

 

I have looked online as an examle - It says on google maps from Carine school it would be a 20 minute commute (in no traffic) - not sure if there are any other issues i will need to consider in regards to the commuting.

 

Anyone have any helpful opinions/views or experience of either the area of work or surrounding schools/area's that may be good based on local knowledge?

 

Thank you in advance x

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This document might help though if you don;t know the system it can be confusing. http://www.scsa.wa.edu.au/internet/Publications/Reports/Statistical_Reports/School_Comparison_Statistics

 

These are the results of the final Year 12 exams for the State. In order to go to University you need to have studied Level 2 and preferably Level 3 subjects so schools with a high % of non academic kids, non University pathway do mainly Level 1 subjects. If a school is listed as mainly Level 1 then it's not so great if you have a child who wants to go to Uni. Look for high % level 3. Then look for the number of kids who managed to get an A (over 75%) in their level 3 exams - this rules out Balcatta, Morley and Ashdale. Your best bet out of the schools above is Carine.

Also in this document is the top performing schools in certain subjects and Carine was one of the best for Maths so worth looking at. Hands down the two best govt schools NOR and commuting distance to Lockridge are Shenton College and Churchlands - they get in the top 15 schools every year and beat lots of the private schools. Shenton is one of the best for engineering studies - that you can do as a subject in Year 11/12. However - rents are higher in their catchment areas. Third best is probably Woodvale - bit cheaper to live, and then Carine. Football - there is a huge football scene - http://www.footballwest.com.au/. your son could find a club out of school to play for if there is nothing going on at school.

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This document might help though if you don;t know the system it can be confusing. http://www.scsa.wa.edu.au/internet/Publications/Reports/Statistical_Reports/School_Comparison_Statistics

 

These are the results of the final Year 12 exams for the State. In order to go to University you need to have studied Level 2 and preferably Level 3 subjects so schools with a high % of non academic kids, non University pathway do mainly Level 1 subjects. If a school is listed as mainly Level 1 then it's not so great if you have a child who wants to go to Uni. Look for high % level 3. Then look for the number of kids who managed to get an A (over 75%) in their level 3 exams - this rules out Balcatta, Morley and Ashdale. Your best bet out of the schools above is Carine.

Also in this document is the top performing schools in certain subjects and Carine was one of the best for Maths so worth looking at. Hands down the two best govt schools NOR and commuting distance to Lockridge are Shenton College and Churchlands - they get in the top 15 schools every year and beat lots of the private schools. Shenton is one of the best for engineering studies - that you can do as a subject in Year 11/12. However - rents are higher in their catchment areas. Third best is probably Woodvale - bit cheaper to live, and then Carine. Football - there is a huge football scene - http://www.footballwest.com.au/. your son could find a club out of school to play for if there is nothing going on at school.

 

Thank you Scot01 :-)

 

The information is really useful and it has given me chance to explore the rental prices - yikes! (especially in Churchlands and Shenton College areas) Scary unless happy to rent something that is substandard.

 

Fingers crossed there is a lovely property available for a resonable rent in January haha.

 

Rents more resonable in the Woodvale and Carine area's though. So I have the top 4 government schools listed to see if there are any decent rental properties for when we come over in those area's.

 

Im not sure if I need to research maybe a 5 and 6th choice of school after Carine - just in case there are no affordable properties available in those catchment areas when we come over - do you have any thoughts on this?

 

Thank you for the links too :-)

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Thank you Scot01 :-)

 

The information is really useful and it has given me chance to explore the rental prices - yikes! (especially in Churchlands and Shenton College areas) Scary unless happy to rent something that is substandard.

 

Fingers crossed there is a lovely property available for a resonable rent in January haha.

 

Rents more resonable in the Woodvale and Carine area's though. So I have the top 4 government schools listed to see if there are any decent rental properties for when we come over in those area's.

 

Im not sure if I need to research maybe a 5 and 6th choice of school after Carine - just in case there are no affordable properties available in those catchment areas when we come over - do you have any thoughts on this?

 

Thank you for the links too :-)

 

Duncraig SHS is another option.

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Agree- Duncraig would be my number 5 choice, have a friend who works there and speaks highly of it.

 

Thank you to Scot01 and Arwen - you have been so helpful :-)

 

Well we have our list of 5 ideal schools ready to look for rental accommodation in catchment areas when we come over, that is reasonable to get to Lockridge area.

 

I have just emailed the employer back to see if I would be able to secure the position they have available before my arrival in December - fingers crossed :eek:

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