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Property Prices in Stratford, London

Friday, August 27th, 2010

The hosting of the 2012 Olympics in London is great news for the city and for the UK. The main Olympic Park will be situated close to Stratford and as a result the surrounding area is seeing large scale regeneration and it is predicted that the Olympics will have a positive impact on transport links, urban gentrification and the local economy. Unfortunately so many positive aspects can have some fallbacks, as urban gentrification progresses a rise in property prices can often follow, which in turn can cause local property taxes to rise which can result in some residents having to move out of the area.

Property prices are also likely to rise in the area which can mean that some properties and areas can become too expensive for some people. Coupled with the current difficulties with the banks, which has made it difficult for some people to take out mortgages, individuals with low incomes or indeed contractors (without a steady income) may find it difficult to move to the area. Contractors and the self-employed in particular often find it difficult to take out mortgages due to the nature of their employment status as it can be difficult to prove a regular income; in this case mortgages for contractors are best achieved using the help of contractor specialists.
On a positive note though gentrification can often bring lower crime levels and new business to areas, so I believe the impact will ultimately be beneficial for the Stratford area. The regeneration of Stratford and the forthcoming Olympic Games will be beneficial for London as a city and a celebration the whole world can share in.

Enlighten your children with St. Albans school

Thursday, January 7th, 2010

St. Albans School is one of the oldest schools in Europe. This school has been here for over thousand years and has been helping the people of this place to enrich their lives with education. This school is an independent day school and is a co-ed school. Boys can enter the school at the age of 11, 13, 16 and girls at the age of 16. There are about 770 students in total who are taught by about 70 teaching staff. This way the student teacher ratio is better. This school is located near St. Abbey church. This school is not a religious institution and encourages students from all religion.

The school is divided into three parts:  the lower section which has students between the age group of 7 to 8, the middle section with students between years 9 to 11 and the sixth form with students between 12 – 13. The school conducts examination at GCSE, AS and A2 levels. Career counseling is also given in this school. The school’s regularly updates its curriculum so that students are ahead with latest techniques. Subjects that are taught here are English, Mathematics, French, Science, History, Economics, Geography, Spanish, Latin and many more.

The sports complex helps students develop their physical health. All kinds of sports activities are encouraged here and students actively take part in sports. Teachers give extra classes too for students who need extra help with their subjects. Other extra curricular activities such as dance, drama, elocution are also encouraged and the staffs are very friendly and cooperative. Even though the school is very old the infrastructure is updated regularly and students get medical checkups too which is an important school activity.