Buying a house next to a school

Is buying a house next to a school a good idea? I've lived next to a primary school in the past and it was fairly peaceful until break time when there'd be lots of kids running about screaming. It isn't a bad sound though and if you go out to work you're not going to be there.
There's the thorny issue of parking - that might be a problem if you want to leave your house the same time as hoardes of parents arrive to drop off or pick up their kids.
Don't rely on what the vendors tell you. Visit during school drop off time to see how chaotic it really is. Just drive past - or try to!
There's possibly a difference in numbers depending on school size, but parents of secondary school children don't park any nicer than those of primary school children.
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