It can be a bit of a challenge if you are moving to London with children of school age. Schooling will be of paramount importance, and the fact that children have to attend the school that is closest to where they live, will have an impact on where you decide to live in London. Attending school outside of the catchment area is nearly impossible, and there would need to be very specialized circumstances for a child to be allowed to attend a school in another district.
State Schooling in England
For the most part state schooling in England offers and excellent education and prepares children extremely well for university and college. Over 90% of all children in England are educated through the state school system which is split into four areas of learning and education.
There are a number of schools that are available for children who have special needs, or who require a specialist education. These are also free, but you will have to be sure that you fall into the catchment area to be able to attend one of these schools. Children are assessed at the end of every year, but are only assessed according to National Curriculum Standards at the end of Year 2, Year 6 and Year 9.
State schooling delivers a rounded education and prepares pupils for further education as well as vocationally. Different areas have better or worse schools, so your choice of London rental home should be well thought out if you have children who will be attending school in London.