In February and March 2019, when government schools open applications for 2020, you may need to be living at an address in the feeder zone of your school of choice to stand the best chance of getting in. October is a critical month for house-hunters trying to find a home in the right location for their school of choice if a sale is to go through in time for admission.
Earlier in 2018, PropertyFox conducted deep research into South African feeder zones with a view to helping house hunters make the right decisions regarding schooling.
“Catchment area information is extremely hard to find so our aim was to give parents some direction as to how to approach their property search, or how to find a school near their home. We’ve shared as much information as possible – from provincial legislation around policies through to hints as to which suburbs are viable options near schools.”
After conducting deep research into South African feeder zones, here are PropertyFox’s top tips for a school- focused house hunt.
- CONSULT THE PROPERTYFOX SCHOOL FEEDERZONE GUIDE:
To assist buyers with better decision-making, PropertyFox commissioned research into South Africa’s feeder zones and catchment area policies. The first ‘PropertyFox School Feeder zone guide’ has extensive information about provincial feeder zone policies, individual school feeder zone policies of the top schools in South Africa as well as information on the best areas to buy or rent property in to be close to that school.
- CALL THE SCHOOLS YOU ARE INTERESTED IN TO VERIFY THE POLICY AND FIND OUT DETAILS ABOUT ADMISSIONS PERIODS AND PROCESSES
Even if you live in a catchment area, if the school is over subscribed, you won’t be accepted so don’t wait until you’ve moved to find out if your prospective address is in the right area, start chatting to schools to find out if the investment you are will work in your favour when it comes to your child’s education.
- DO DEEP RESEARCH INTO SUBURBES IN THE CATCHMENT AREA
Don’t let your eagerness to get your kids into a particular school sway your judgement. Buying a home is a big investment and you need to take into account whether the great value property you buy now is likely to appreciate, is in a safe area etc. There is a wealth of information on property sales on portals like Property24.
- DRIVE THE ROUTE TO SCHOOL AND THEN TO WORK IN PEAK TRAFFIC
It is a good idea to go into any property deal with your eyes wide open. Doing a dummy run of the school run and drive to work is a good idea when selecting a property so you can work out how convenient your lifestyle will be when you move in.
ABOUT THE RESEARCH:
The company’s research ring-fenced 65 of the top public high schools according to academic success at matriculation level. It found that:
- 6 specified their preferred suburbs (9%)
- 6 specified their preferred primary feeder schools (9%)
- 29 gave preference to learners who lived close to the school (44%)
- 25 had no explicit zones (38%)
The feeder zone guide was aimed squarely at property buyers in the market for a house in the R1.5-million and above level who want to buy near their school of choice.
PropertyFox partnered with independent education researcher Kerry Petrie on the project. She made personal contact with the person responsible for admissions at each of the public schools listed to compile the guide.
Some private schools were also included from a property location perspective. To download the report and for more information on PropertyFox, visit Propertyfox.co.za.