It’s only when you start watching the US property programmes that you apprecciate the critical aspect of house location when it comes to schooling – over there particularly. I have gotten into thehabit of watching one particular series and the priority list for the new houses is always to ensure the family end up in the right catchment area for their existing or preferred school. Of course, over there they have a completely different system to the UK and it reflects most of Europe too. The schooling has to be paid for in a way completely differently to the ‘household rates’ system that pays for education for the masses here. However, the same problem arises if y ou cannot get housed in the catchment area, you face a choice of your child going to a school you don’t like, or you pay a huge amount for them to go to one of the independent schools. A meeting with an education consultant can be helpful to help parents sort out the proper route suitable for their child. Education provision a big headache when you don’t really know which road to take!