Hey Karin1982 this doesn't answer your question but I noticed your name from the Heidelberg thread, are you moving to Essendon? We were initially looking at Heidelberg but are now moving to Essendon in a few weeks!
Highly subjective. Essendon is blessed with a huge range of state, catholic and private options. As a rule being a higher socio economic area all are excellent options. Your primary school choice is influenced by your secondary school preferences. Zoning is very strict compared to some areas for catholic and state options. Principals have a big influence on parent satisfaction so ask around. Whilst my childrens school was great in many ways the principal was and still is an arrogant tosser.