Scootering classics: Owners Reunited

192.com has been in the news again this week, after helping reunite John, Paul and Conrad who all share the same passion for scooters.

The story talks about Paul trying to trace the first owner of his classic Lambretta scooter;

“A quick look on 192.com showed that there was indeed a Conrad Morris living at a Swansea address. So Paul made a note of it and sent him a letter, including a black and white photo from 1964, asking whether he was the original owner and informing him that the scooter was still in regular use. He was delighted to receive a reply the following day from Conrad who was the right man and who had been thrilled to receive the letter.”

You can read the full story here: https://www.scootering.com/scootering-classics-owners-reunited/

If you have a reunion story you would like to share then please email: Pressoffice@192.com

It’s us in Yours.

129.com is featured in this weeks Yours Magazine.

We’re always happy to be featured in the news and we are especially happy when that feature comes in the form of some excellent consumer advice.

This weeks Your Magazine has a large feature on how to save money on directory enquiries, the article highlights that you can get the same information you get via a 118 number on 192.com online for free.

 

Hunting for someone online?

How to use 192.com, Google and Social media to find who you are looking for:

There are many reasons you could want to find an address or phone number online, you might be planning a wedding and have lost contact with someone you really want there, or have lost contact with a group of old work colleagues you’d like to reconnect with. Perhaps you served in the military and want to track down old friends, or you are planning a school reunion it is likely you will be looking for their contact details.

To help people find who they are looking for online 192.com has created a useful flow chart and some top tips to help:

Dominic’s Top Tips for finding someone online:

  • The more information you have the easier it is to find someone:

Age, location, family and friends all these things can make it easier for you to find someone online.

  • A picture is worth a thousand words:

When searching for a name with Google try using ‘image search’, you will be able to narrow down information on the person you are looking for, as long as you know what they look like.

  • What if they have married and changed name?

Try using 192.com’s married registry tool in order to find people who may have married and changed their name.

  • Use the right tools for the job:

Facebook will help you find friends of friends and social butterflies, LinkedIn will help you find business focused people, and 192.com will provide you with addresses and phone numbers of the person you are looking for.

  • Remember not everybody has social media:

It may be tempting to just do a search on social media, however up to 80% of over 60’s don’t have a social media profile and social media doesn’t always have the information that you are looking for.

  • Google is a great starting place:

Remember when using Google to narrow down your results put in as much detail as you have, remember to always search in the UK. If you know their profession add that to the search e.g. “John Smith Builder Lincolnshire UK”

  • Remain positive and don’t give up:

If you don’t find the person you’re looking for stay positive, keep coming back as people are joining social media every day and 192.com’s data is regularly updated, just because you don’t find them today doesn’t mean you won’t find them in the future.

  • Broaden your search:

If you can’t find the exact person you are looking for try searching for a close relative or partners name if you know it you might be able to find someone else who lives in the same home.

Millions of people use 192.com every month for searching for contact details and are used by professionals to find people and verify identities; they are featured frequently on television shows such as Cowboy Builders and Heir Hunters. 192.com is also used by charities and professional people tracers.

School’s out: Our new data reveals the 10 hardest primary schools to get into in London!

Last week our Schools data made the Evening Standards Homes & Property section. Reporting that;

“In a week when 100,000 families found out where their children would start their education, Homes & Property can reveal the smallest admissions boundary in London is now down to just 200 metres, or 0.11 miles.

It means parents need to live no more than a few streets from a school to stand a chance of finding a place there for their child.

New data from FindaSchool, by online directory 192.com, names the hardest primary schools to get into by distance, and shows the smallest catchment radius shrank by nearly five per cent from 2016 to 2017.”

You can read the full story here: https://www.homesandproperty.co.uk/property-news/the-hardest-london-primary-schools-to-get-into-have-catchment-areas-of-less-than-200-metres-a119561.html

 

Brand New Channel 4 Documentary!

Are you aged 17+ and lost touch with your mum, dad or sibling?
Have you seen them on social media or know where to find them?

Are you ready to make contact, but need help reaching out?
A brand-new Channel 4 programme could help support you through the next big step

192.com is helping TV production company Electric Ray find and re-unite people for its new Channel 4 TV Show.

In today’s world, it’s never been easier to connect with people quickly. In ‘One Click Away’ we follow young people as they use social media and mobile technology to contact a family member they’ve never met or not seen for a long time. Whilst the simplicity of connecting online might appeal, knowing how to navigate what happens next can be difficult, without additional support.

This programme will bring two family members together for four days, whilst they get to know each other (again), under the guidance and experience of independent reunification specialists. Whilst not every attempt will be successful, these experts are highly experienced in helping families to reunite, and the hope is that positive and lasting relationships will be forged.

For more information, please go to www.electricray.com/oneclick

Your application will be treated in confidence and there is no obligation to take part. If you are under 18, please ask a parent/guardian to call or email on your behalf. Applications close 30 April 2018.

All data will be processed in accordance with Electric Ray’s privacy policy.

 

192.com’s FindASchool service in the news!

Over the weekend you might have seen our fantastic FindASchool service in the news.

FindASchool exclusively revealed that Sixty primary schools in England have had to reject pupils who live more than 0.2 miles away as Britain’s smallest catchment area shrinks to just under 100 meters away.

The story was covered by the Daily Mail, The Times and The Sun newspapers and was picked up by local radio stations across the country.

You can read the Mail Online story by clicking the link below and you can see how easy or hard it is to secure a place at your local schools by visiting www.192.com/schools 

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5615253/Sixty-primary-schools-reject-pupils-live-just-350-metres-away.html

See Phil Spencer launch his Property Report

Watch TV’s Phil Spencer launch his property report in partnership with 192.com and MoveIQ at the 2018 Ideal Home show.

 

192.com’s Property Report in the Evening Standard

The Evening Standard have published a very useful article for those looking to move home this spring.

Phil Spencer’s secret weapon: the research you should do before putting in an offer — and the secret tool that will help you. The secret tool is none other than our very own property report, which gives property hunters everything they should check about a property, the street it’s on and the neighbourhood it’s in BEFORE starting the negotiations.

You can read the article here: https://www.homesandproperty.co.uk/property-news/the-research-you-should-do-before-putting-in-an-offer-and-the-secret-tool-that-will-help-you-a118961.html

To download a Phil Spencer Property Report on any property in England and Wales please visit: http://www.192.com/places/property-reports/

192.com partners with MoveIQ to launch Phil Spencer’s Property Report.

 

192.com has partnered with Location, Location, Location presenter Phil Spencer to produce a Property Report that helps empower property hunters, giving them all the information on a property and the local area to make an informed decision.

With Phil Spencer’s Property Report, you can instantly access important information about any property in England and Wales.  This includes the title register, valuations of the property and neighbouring homes, planning information including approved, pending and even rejected applications, and even if the property falls in a successful admissions area of a local school. The report empowers buyers and renters by making all the facts available to them in one place, helping them to get the best deal possible and making them aware of any potential issues that may not be immediately obvious.

The report cost £17.99 and is available HERE.

Phil Spencer said about launching the report “I want to arm anyone moving with the tools, knowledge and confidence to secure the right property and get the best deal possible. Equally knowing vital property specific and local area information about somewhere you’re set to call ‘home’ is too often overlooked. Having all the facts to hand and knowing what to do with them, is essential when buying or renting”

England’s top 50 primary and infant schools

Choosing the best start for your child’s future is never an easy task. If your little angel/monster has recently turned 4, or will before next September, then you’ll need to start considering options for starting school and entry to reception – unless home-schooling is in your early years plan.

Here are England’s top 50 state primary schools based upon the latest SATs results from 2015 – ranked by their average points score in the 3Rs (reading, writing and maths).

These schools certainly succeed when it comes to academic brilliance – and getting a place can seem like mission impossible. A popular technique from ambitious parents is to rent a property close to their preferred school – a potentially expensive gamble when some school cut-offs have, In the past, been as low as 50 metres.

England’s best primary school

Topping the list is Little Dewchurch Primary School in Herefordshire – it’s a small local primary with a religious ethos at its heart.  This year they only had 9 places available – although the latest numbers tell us that they have allowed 25 students to start their academic journey with them this September. And you could’ve lived within 7 kilometres of the school to bag a place. With top ranking academic scores – you can imagine this will continue to be a  popular choice for the local community and a little wider.

But should you up sticks to move to leafy Little Dewchurch? £200,000 could snap up a 4 bed detached house nearby – so it might not be a bad move.

Primary schools in London

The London boroughs of Kensington and Chelsea , Harrow, Westminster, Richmond upon Thames, Hounslow, Haringey, Greenwich and Havering all feature in the top 50 – making up almost a quarter of the top schools.

Fox Primary School - currently a building site

Fox Primary School – currently a building site

Fox Primary School in Kensington and Chelsea is well known for consistently being one of the best, and toughest, schools in the whole UK to secure a place at. In 2014 and 2015 you needed to live within just 100 metres of the school to get in (unless you already had a brother or sister attending). Fox School has been undergoing an expansion over the summer of 2016 – allowing them to double their reception intake for September 2016 from 30 students to 60. This also meant they could admit pupils living up to 303 metres from the front gates.

Fox school extension

Just as a guide to local prices – a parking space alone in W8 could set you back a cool £150,000 (plus annual service charges of £1,000). If you wanted more than a parking bay, rented bedsits start from around £800 per month. Or you could always splash out on a luxury 8 bed apartment – starting from around the £25 million mark.

Primary schools in Lancashire

Perhaps the most surprising set of entries are provided by Lancashire. Granted, Lancashire, as a local authority, has the largest collection of state funded schools in the UK, but this northern powerhouse features four schools in the top 50.

St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School in Withnell is a Catholic school (a clue is in the name) and they use faith as part of their selection criteria. Catholic schools are often quite hard to get places at – unless you have a strong link to the Catholic Church. In other words – the kids are baptised and regularly attend church.

Last year St Joseph’s was not oversubscribed – so, this superbly academic school could still be a great option if you live in the local area, even if you don’t have a religious inclination. And a 2 bed terraced house in the same road as St Joseph’s could cost under £150,000 (that’s cheaper than a parking space in Kensington).

 

School name Local Authority Average point score
Little Dewchurch CofE Primary School Herefordshire 36.3
Fox Primary School Kensington and Chelsea 34.5
Kniveton CofE Primary School Derbyshire 34.3
Combe Church of England Primary School Oxfordshire 34.3
Barnes Primary School Richmond upon Thames 34.1
King David Primary School Manchester 34
St Peter’s Catholic Primary School Greenwich 33.9
Great Tew County Primary School Oxfordshire 33.8
Seend Church of England VA Primary School Wiltshire 33.8
Helmdon Primary School Northamptonshire 33.8
St Patrick’s Roman Catholic Voluntary Aided Primary School, Langley Moor County Durham 33.8
Singleton Church of England Voluntary Aided Primary School Lancashire 33.8
Moseley Church of England Primary School Birmingham 33.7
Nancledra School Cornwall 33.6
Ethelbert Road Primary School Kent 33.5
Selborne Church of England Primary School Hampshire 33.5
St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School Gloucesterhire 33.5
Frosterley Primary School County Durham 33.5
Betley CofE VC Primary School Staffordshire 33.5
Our Lady of Grace Catholic Primary School Greenwich 33.4
Park Road Sale Primary School Trafford 33.4
Scotts Primary School Havering 33.4
Well Green Primary School Trafford 33.4
Lady Boswell’s Church of England Voluntary Aided Primary School, Sevenoaks Kent 33.4
St Bernadette’s Catholic Primary School, Lancaster Lancashire 33.4
St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, Withnell Lancashire 33.3
St Faith’s Church of England Primary School Hampshire 33.3
Mundy CofE Junior School Derbyshire 33.3
St Therese of Lisieux Primary School Stockton-on-Tees 33.2
Tyldesley Primary School Wigan 33.2
Totley Primary School Sheffield 33.2
St Alban’s CofE (Aided) Primary School Rotherham 33.2
Dolphinholme Church of England Primary School Lancashire 33.2
The Holy Trinity Church of England Primary Academy Wiltshire 33.2
St Thomas’ Catholic Primary School, Sevenoaks Kent 33.1
Bledlow Ridge School Buckinghamshire 33.1
Hampden Gurney CofE Primary School Westminster 33.1
Newton Farm Nursery, Infant and Junior School Harrow 33.1
Holt Voluntary Controlled Primary School Wiltshire 33.1
St Mary’s Catholic Primary School ,Chiswick Hounslow 33.1
Longworth Primary School Oxfordshire 33.1
Bowdon CofE Primary School Trafford 33.1
Brampford Speke Church of England Primary School Devon 33
St Joseph’s RC Primary School Westminster 33
John Hellins Primary School Northamptonshire 33
St Mary’s Church of England Primary School Richmond upon Thames 33
Edward Pauling Primary School Hounslow 33
Rhodes Avenue Primary School Haringey 33
South Farnham School Surrey 33
Wentworth CofE (Controlled) Junior and Infant School Rotherham 33

Primary school applications close on January 15th. For the best chances of securing your preferred school always apply on time.

To find the best schools in your area visit findaschool.