10th September 2020
Every September sees thousands of pupils going back to school after the lengthy summer break and in the wake of the coronavirus lockdown and temporary school closures it's an even more important time than usual this year.
Even in 'normal' times starting at a new school can be one of the most defining moments in the lives of young children, and that's why so many parents put a great deal of time, research and effort in making sure they have access to the best educational opportunities.
According to reports in the Independent around 25% of parents with school age children have either bought or rented a new home in order to get them into their school of choice.
The desire to move home revolves around the way that local catchment areas work when it comes to eligibility for places at a particular school.
Schools in Brighton
At the time of writing, Brighton and Hove has 15 schools currently rated by Ofsted as either Good or Outstanding along with some highly respected secondary schools. The way that the geographical area around them operates means that children who live in a catchment area have a better chance of getting a place than those who live outside of it.
Essentially, it's a 'first come first served' approach that comes into play if more children apply for a school place than the places that are available.
Not only that, the application deadlines for Primary schools and Secondary schools are different, so residency at the right address needs to be in place before you can register.
The best way to find out all you need to know about how the system currently works in Brighton and Hove is to ask someone whose up-to-the-minute local knowledge is part and parcel of their job, and that's where we come into the picture.
Our office in Fiveways is at the heart of the catchment area for the ever popular Dorothy Stringer and Varndean schools, which means most of the properties offered for sale and rent will put you in prime position for places at two of the best and most sought after schools in the city.
For parents with children in need of additional care and attention, the Downs View Special School in Woodingdean is newly rated as Outstanding by Ofsted for the specialist education it gives to those with learning difficulties and autism. The Rudyard Kipling Primary School and Nursery s currently rated as Good and as the longest serving estate agent in the area our Woodingdean branch manager, Sharon, has a wealth of local knowledge.
If you have younger children, our Lewes Road branch is perfectly placed to help you find a home within walking distance of the Tarnerland and Royal Spa nursery schools, both of which are rated as Outstanding, along with six other schools within a mile radius for older children that are all rated as Good.
Talk to us today if you are looking for a new home that will help give your children a great start in life, not only in school but outside of it in family-friendly areas that offer open spaces, low pollution emissions, high quality housing stock and much more.
The team worked very hard over a long period to ensure my sale went through - excellent service!
Mr Patrick Gladstone Terrace
Service exceeded my expectations overall at all stages of the process - I wouldn't hesitate to recommend you. Thanks.
Ms Greene Lewes Road
Paula was absolutely amazing!
Mr & Mrs MacKay Lewes Road
Thank you Maslens, you were all excellent!
Miss Jasper Taunton Road
As always, an excellent service.
Mr & Mrs Field Lewes Road
You were amazingly helpful throughout - a real pillar of strength with a very difficult sale.
Mrs Parkin Fiveways
Maslens as a whole were really friendly and professional. I have to thank and congratulate Paula Carter for being superb at her job and exceeding m...
Ms Warren Hove
We were delighted with the service received from all the staff with whom we had contact,
Dr Crichton The Ridgway
All very professional, kept updated throughout. Very pleased - Would recommend.
Mrs Hammond Hove
Sharon was excellent - kept us well informed, thank you so much!
Ms Waters Cowley Drive
From start to finish the sale was dealt with in a thoroughly professional manner.
Mr Gibbs Lewes Road
Nick and Paula are total stars! They were incredibly supportive and present throughout. Thank you!
Miss O'Haire Hove
The staff were very helpful, an excellent service. I would recommend you to others.
Miss Hockly Fiveways
We were very pleased with services provided by the Fiveways office.
Mr & Mrs Sawyer Shaftesbury Road
The sale was dealt with swiftly, professionally and successfully. Thank you Maslen!
Mrs Lincoln Hove
A really good experience.
Mr Tibble Lewes Road
Thank you for everything!
Ms Tucker Willow Close
We were very impressed with the Nick from start to finish.
Mr & Mrs Smith Lewes Road
Fantastic service. By far the best agents we have ever used, I cannot recommend you highly enough.
Mr Field Mafeking Road
Already recommended you! Thank you.
Mr Edwards The Ridgway
Good team. Straightforward. No nonsense.
Mr Standing Newmarket Road
Many thanks to Nick. It was an easy process thanks to you! I'm extremely satisfied with how the sale went, great job.
Ms Mayanobe Aymer Road
Very impressed with the service. Sharon Wareham works tirelessly, very professionally and is always there for advice.
Miss Matthews Kipling Avenue
A very committed team who made the sale process very easy.
Ms Rees Ticehurst Road
Excellent Service from start to finish.
Mr T Mole Cromwell Road
Very, very happy we chose you, felt right from the start! Thank you!
Miss Blackadder Coniston Court, Holland Road
Very impressive - professional and friendly, both Martin Timms and Paula Carter were excellent at keeping in contact with sensible advice based on...
Mrs O'Connor Hove
I would recommend Maslen to anyone.
Mrs Tripp Woodingdean
Excellent service from the Lewes Road branch. Martin Timms secured a quick sale & at a good price & Paula Carter worked really hard to secure...
Ms Schulte Bear Road
Extremely efficient. Nick and Paula are excellent. The weekly phone calls were much appreciated.
Ms Gray Lewes Road
Hugely impressed with Ben & his team.
Mrs Mead Upper Lewes Road
Thanks for an excellent service.
Mr King Hove
Sharon was amazing! She kept us up to date the whole way through the process. We cannot fault Sharon or the rest of her team.
Mr & Mrs Ashley Woodingdean
Very pleased with the experience. I would definitely recommend you and use you again.
Ms D Edmonds Horton Road
All agents at Maslen were extremely helpful and polite from the beginning to the completion of sale.
Mr Johnson Fiveways
First class service from a first class team.
Mr & Mrs English The Ridgway
Very impressed with the efficient and friendly service, the staff were a pleasure to deal with.
Mr & Mrs Gill Lewes Road
In February 2016 I was looking to buy and sell very rapidly. Competition among buyers at the time was very high. Sharon @ the Woodingdean branch sh...
Ms Helen Lyons Woodingdean
Paula is amazing!
Ms Aspnall Gladstone Place
The whole team were excellent, each one of them felt like family. Sharon had a lot of sorting to do at times but coped very well, a true profession...
Mr Vernon Woodingdean
Outstanding service from Sharon. James is an asset to Maslens & Harvey was so helpful and polite.
Ms Cianchetta Selhurst Road
Sharon was excellent, she kept us informed at all stages and was a really calming objective influence in the process.
Ms Frederick Channel View Road
Graham Griffin provided us, and continues to provide us, will all-round excellent advice. We trust his knowledge and expertise.
Mr Blackmore & Ms O'Sullivan Financial Services
A good team at Woodingdean helped us through a stressful time.
Mr & Mrs Penton Sycamore Close
Thank you Paul and Archie, you gave an excellent service, as well as Kelly. I look forward to working with you again.
Mr White Fiveways
Paula was fabulous and we felt really informed and supported.
Mr & Mrs Walker Lewes Road
Excellent customer service throughout. I will definitely recommend you, and use you again. Thank you.
Ms Longley Kingsbury Street
Very helpful and patient team.
Mrs Shea Selborne Place
An efficient, professional and friendly service. Helpful and a pleasure to do business with.
Mr Beddington Brading Road
Paula's role was brilliant. Having someone office based and available was so appreciated and her promptness an impressive service - every Estate Agent...
Ms Wynn-Jones Baxter Street
Very good service and communication. Paula was excellent.
Mr & Mrs Scarboro 1 Pevensey Road
Excellent communication and advice throughout. It felt very reassuring to be in good hands.
Mrs Brooker Buller Road
Cannot express our appreciation enough of all the efforts made by the Woodingdean team - they were fantastic.
Mr John Mogridge Woodingdean
Harvey was helpful and easily reachable at the beginning of the process and Sharon kept us informed and was always happy to help.
Ms Murch & Ms Mapa Ticehurst Road
Excellent service as always
Mr Field Ringmer Road
Thank you. We found all the staff knowledgeable and really pleasant to deal with.
Ms Ansloos Lewes Road
Very impressed with all dealings with Maslen. Paula Carter was in particular very knowledgeable and helpful.
Mr McBlane Hove
I was new to the area and viewed a lot of properties with a lot of different agents. Maslens were by far the best I came in contact with, so when i...
Mr & Mrs Heer Lewes Road
Very professional service. Thank you!
Miss New & Mr Jackson Buller Road
Please thank Paula at Lewes Road - Excellent service.
Mr & Mrs Nuthall Lewes Road
A completely painless experience from start to finish. Thank you.
Mr Woolven & Mrs Bessant-Woolven Lewes Road
Sold within 2 weeks for asking price "excellent!"
Mr Grundy Bishops Road
Our local office manager, Sharon Wareham was warm and friendly and kept us up to date at all times.
Mr Hope The Brow
Very thorough & very informative.
Mr Michnowicz Waldegrave Road
Sharon and her team could not have done more in what was a difficult sale.
Ms Daly Woodingdean
All the staff I dealt with were excellent. Sharon worked really hard to complete the sale.
Mrs Bent Falmer Gardens
I have bought and sold 7 properties, and this was the best experience of an estate agents services I have found.
Mrs Shepherd Hertford Road
Superb service as usual, I would always recommend you.
Ms S Hike Blackthorn Close
Sharon, Harvey and James were all excellent - very professional. Totally opposite to what I have experienced with other agents. Maslen have restore...
Ms Lyons Woodingdean
Ben was particularly enthusiastic and helpful. Martin, Paula, Sam and Will are all hard workers.
Ms Goodey Franklin Road
Very pleased with the excellent service throughout. Professional, friendly, efficient and no hard sell. Achieved above asking price. Thank you!
Mr Witten Lewes Road
The whole team were very committed from start to finish.
Mr Pilgrim Lewes Road
Paul was absolutely brilliant.
Mrs Tasker Fiveways
I found the service to be courteous, friendly and efficient.
Mr Upton Buller Road
Very comprehensive and professional. Nice people to work with and highly recommended.
Mr Alderton Ladysmith Road
Ben and Paula were calm and reassuring throughout a very difficult process!
Ms Easterbrook Bear Road
Compared to your rivals, your service was excellent
Ms McGrigor Milner Road
Brilliant. Well done to Sharon and the Woodingdean team.
Ms Curtis The Ridgway
Exceptional service throughout the process - should we decide to sell in the future we wouldn't hesitate to use your agency. You're a cut above the...
Ms Windels & Mr Barham Fiveways
The Woodingdean team were very friendly and approachable.
Mrs Palmer Pitt Gardens
Best Estate Agents ever experienced - professional, approachable, competent and exemplary.
Mr & Mrs Guest Riley Road
Very happy with the service we got from you guys, everyone we dealt with was extremely friendly, professional and helpful. Thanks!
Mr Brown Titian Road
Thanks David, all very professional.
Mrs Flowers Foxdown Road
First class service. Friendly and professional.
Mr Thorne The Avenue
Great service, always polite and friendly. Excellent contact and info all the way.
Mr Wells Bishops Road
Paul Wilkinson was extremely helpful and efficient. The only problem was the vendors solicitor and Paul warned me of this. A good transaction all r...
Mr Lavender Fiveways
It was a long, drawn out process that the people at Maslen helped me through, without the impression that it was a chore. So extremely professional...
Mr McLagan Lewes Road
A very positive experience - I had most contact with the Fiveways office and they were so friendly and helpful.
Ms A King Balfour Road
Best Agents in Brighton.
Mrs Field Tarner Road
I wish we had used you to sell our property! Nice to meet honest people, who are genuinely interested in helping. Very pleased.
Mrs Porter Taunton Road
Quality advice about when and how to sell, which was spot on. Thank you.
Miss Coleman Buller Road
It was an amazing experience, everyone involved were fantastic.
Mr & Mrs Knight Woodingdean
Very pleased with the service. Many thanks to Sharon and the boys!
Mr Flynn Woodingdean