Hi to everyone... I have been reading your forums with interest and goodness they are so helpful... We are currently living in Gloucestershire in not so sunny England and have friends who have recently moved to spain who live in La Mata... I just wanted to check a few things with you guys and would appreciate your input as I cant find the answers to my questions anywhere but you probably have been asked loads of times...
The most important thing for us is our children aged 6 and 10... I believe there is an International school in Elche and wondered if anyone knew anything about it... Both my children are very sporty and if we have to pay for their education this is not a problem but just want the best for them so wondered if you know from experienced the best schools in the area as this would define where we would live... Also the best areas to live, our friends really rate La Mata area and we would ideally love to be in the countryside but dont want to be too isolated and would ideally like the best of both worlds... So please your advice would be so appreciated, we really want somewhere safe to live - is crime a problem over there or just in certain areas like everywhere else in the world - is it the spanish or others who cause the problems and where do they live...

I know with the schools they say to put them in local schools but just in case things dont work out I really dont want them a year behind with their education as my little lad struggles enough as he is the youngest in his class and if we had to come back it would be very hard for him... Unless of course you can recommend an excellant school - thank you guys in advance...

Also is there any english churches, baptist or church of england or similar..

I am sure I have lots more questions (know I have ) but just these for now........ thank you again...xxxxxxxxxx