Author Archives: familyinlondon

London’s schools (and the rest of England too) – maps galore!!!!

OMG, I have just found a London school data & maps geek’s dream – check this one out: Fascinating insights, from average test results at different school stages, to ethnicity and proportion of pupils with English not as first language, to average teacher salary. Now, just please nobody tell the teachers in my kids’ […]

LOVE maps…more information on London than you thought possible

I came across this fabulous site, developed by a team of researchers at University College London (UCL) – mapping the UK along all the different axes of the 2011 Census. Highly recommended, check it out, play around!  If I had time, I’d write a summary of some of the most amazing bits of information […]

Multi-post readers: I would love to hear from you!

Dear Readers, My blog doesn’t get inundated with attention – but from the stats, I can see that a few of you read almost every single one of my posts (today, a reader from Ireland is high on the list of views, a couple of days ago it was someone from Brazil – will we see […]

Commuter trains and travel (dis)comfort – picking ‘your’ station

There are various levels of comfort / discomfort when riding a train to work. If all goes well, you find a seat and use the time to read, type away on your laptop, or snooze for a few more minutes. If things go awry, there is standing space only (very limited at that), and you are crammed in […]

Will my child sound British? A case study.

Well, that’s an excellent question. Not terribly informative but fun. The first year we were here, we were wondering if our daughter would ever sound less American. Not that there’s a problem with that, but in a household of mixed languages (American/German), with her spending the better part of the day surrounded by British English, […]

I’m back – apologies for the extended leave of absence

Dear Readers, Well, there’s a surprise! I had no idea anyone was reading my posts – and after returning to the world of paid work earlier this year, while continuing in the unpaid but no less challenging world of parenthood, I stopped checking my blog altogether. So, my sincere apologies to those of you who have sent me […]

Find a home, find a school – a chicken and egg situation…

Find the perfect home, get your kids into the perfect school. This is what you (could) do. At least it’s what I found to be the most useful strategy: a)    Go to Rightmove, look up a property in an area you are interested in, and click on the Map & Schools tab (easier on a […]