Why Are School Catchments Imporant when You Buy a House?

For many parents with young children who are looking to buy a family home the school catchment zones will undoubtedly play a big role in the decision-making process. These zones can be highly sought after in certain suburbs - even more so than proximity to shopping, amenities and transportation. So what are these zones and why do they matter?

What is a school catchment?

A school catchment area is a geographical boundary where a public school’s core intake of students must live. So if you live within a catchment area and have school-age children, that school is duty-bound to take your children into the school.

Why are school catchments important?

If you’re a young parent and you’re looking to get your kids into a specific primary school, then catchments are something you really need to be aware of particularly if the school you’re interested in is in high demand. Schools that are at maximum capacity will more than likely only take in those who live in the catchment, so even if you live two streets outside the catchment you may not be eligible.

When it comes to choosing a school, the catchment zone is one of the most important factors. If you’ve got your eyes on a particular school and are unsure if you’re in the catchment then the best thing to do is to give them a call directly and speak to someone in enrolment to see if they have space for your kids. If you’re looking to buy a house and want to get your kids into a particular school, then make sure the house you’re looking at is included in the catchment.

School catchments can also significantly affect the value of a property. If you want to live in the catchment area for a well-regarded school then the value of that property is automatically higher. So if living in the catchment is not a prerequisite or you don’t have kids, choosing an alternative address could save you some money.

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