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  1. Martinbjulieb

    School Year in England

    We moved to Perth in 2007 when our children were 4 and 2. They are both June birthdays, being 5th (youngest) and 28th (eldest) so they were the youngest in their year groups in Australia. We moved back in March 2017, no house, no jobs, two kids, one dog and no idea where we would end up living. We rented a holiday cottage for three weeks in the Peak District and ended up staying three months and the owners of that cottage are one of our closest friends, we just clicked right away. Our children went to a school temporarily whilst we were there but that council would not put our eldest back a year. Well they WOULD but it was a very strict guideline and we knew it was a temporary school so didn’t really bother. By time they had started school in the April, after Easter there was only one term left anyway! Anyway 3 months later my husband had found work and we rented a beautiful old farmhouse in a village in Nottinghamshire. We picked a very central part of the country deliberately, knowing we could get most places easily and also keeping in mind after 10 years away the construction industry had changed massively and we wanted to be centrally located for other work opportunities should it not pan out. so after we moved to the village we picked one of the two schools in the next town based on the Ofsted report. As it happens it was an Academy and they have a say in how they enrol students. There were very accommodating and understood our desire to have our son stay back a year. Our daughter was fine though and she slotted straight into year 8 that September. Although it was a necessity we felt to have our son held back a year for curriculum purposes I cannot pretend that it has all been plain sailing for him socially, and being 6 foot 5 and in year 9 didn’t really help!! It was also frustrating for him from a sporting perspective, as he was in year 9 but technically a year 10 he wasn’t able to play in any of the inter school sports games for his school year!! A minor issue I know but important to him. We have now bought our own house in the same village and are settled. To give you an idea of bills on a 4 bed house we pay £60 Per month electricity, we have oil central heating and that pro ratas at about £50 per month, council tax is £200 per month, phone and internet, super fast, with anytime calls to landline and mobiles is £39 (special offer from SKY) water is about £60 per quarter. Home insurance for buildings and contents is around £25 per month. Food shopping for 4 including wine etc and fresh stuff is around £100-£120 per week depending on what I am buying. Petrol is probably the most expensive thing at around £1.25 per litre. Clothes shopping is pretty good with lots of choice and good quality items. lots to think about for you. Good luck in your decision making and if you want any more specific information feel free to PM me!! Julie
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    School Year in England

    We moved in the March so our kids had literally just started years 9 and 7. Obviously by March in the U.K. the school year is three quarters over. We were able to have our son (eldest) go into year 8 for the remainder of that school year and start year 9 from the beginning in the September. Our daughter was less of a worry as year 7 is more of a transition year and she has had more time to catch up if required and obviously they don’t start the GCSE coursework in year 7 anyway. If you do want to hold back a year though it has to be done through the council UNLESS the school is an Academy (which ours was) and then they can make their own decisions. Good luck. Any questions just ask.
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    Moving Back to the UK from Australia - Positive Stories

    We moved in the March so our kids had literally just started years 9 and 7. Obviously by March in the U.K. the school year is three quarters over. We were able to have our son (eldest) go into year 8 for the remainder of that school year and start year 9 from the beginning in the September. Our daughter was less of a worry as year 7 is more of a transition year and she has had more time to catch up if required and obviously they don’t start the GCSE coursework in year 7 anyway. If you do want to hold back a year though it has to be done through the council UNLESS the school is an Academy (which ours was) and then they can make their own decisions. Good luck. Any questions just ask.
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    Passport Question

    We all got Australian passports to come back on holiday in 2016 (Citizens since 2011 but never got passports) and they wouldn’t scan at the check in desk, luckily we had our British ones with us!! When we left for good in 2017 we came out on our British ones.
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    6 reasons that you came to live in Australia

    You can only get smoked bacon !! We were dying for a proper bacon sarnie when we came home!!
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    3 months in the uk

    But anywhere you live in the UK will be close to your family than Australia is! We literally picked a central place here and have ended up in a lovely village in Nottinghamshire. Sure, I don’t see my family every day or even week sometimes but I see them more than I did when I lived in Australia! Good luck with your decisions
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    One way travel insurance

    Are you on the same email address?
  8. I think you need one TOR for each shipment especially if they are arriving at different times. We were the first people to complete a TOR with Chess and they thought we had to do one per PERSON, so we did and then we only got one TOR number which worries me slightly!! I contacted HMRC and they said it was one per SHIPMENT. Ask the shipper of your main lot, they should know really.
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    One way travel insurance

    I don’t think you need a “branch” it’s just https://www.insure4less.com.au/. They specialise in one way travel insurance so they know you will be travelling home from Australia to the UK which is why we were able to take out the insurance for our possessions when we were staying in a holiday rental.
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    One way travel insurance

    @LKC I probably recommended them to you!! Hope you are ok
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    One way travel insurance

    We used Insure4less which are online only. If I remember correctly the policy also included insurance for 3 months after arrival and included insurance of personal possessions prior to you getting home contents insurance, also there was an option to extend cover.
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    Superannuation

    Definitely keep Australian bank account open, not even sure if you can get it paid directly into U.K. bank. But when it gets paid into Australian bank account at least you are in charge of the transfer and will be able to get better rates. We used HiFx to transfer money from the house sale and they were great.
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    Australian police check

    Thanks @paulswin we managed to do it online and sent all the docs they required. They even emailed me a copy of the Certificate as I told them it was urgent. Original in the post!! All sorted and full security clearance granted!
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    Australian police check

    Hi, does anyone know if it is possible to get a police check done for time spent in Australia from the U.K.? Maybe online? My husband needs one for work purposes. Thanks.
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    Moving Back to the UK from Australia - Positive Stories

    No, I was referencing a post that was not relevant and seemed to be bashing people who had returned to the U.K. It has since been removed!
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