It doesn’t matter how much you love your job or how excited you are about calling London home; if your children are relocating with you, they will be your priority.
Choosing a school that matches your family’s requirements will, therefore, be one of the most important decisions you make during your move. Particularly if you plan on sending your children to a state school in the capital – according to the Good Schools Guide 2018, there are 10 times more applications for good state schools than places available.
These stat highlights the vital role your home search plays in the school search process. So, where should you focus this search to ensure you live within the catchment area of high-performing schools? These boroughs are top of the class when it comes to good passes at GCSE in English and maths, based on state and grammar schools:
- Kingston and Sutton – average house price, £624,100 and £429,350 respectively; average rental price per week £552 and £449 respectively
- Barnet – average house price, £627,900; average rental price per week £561
- Richmond – average house price, £970,800; average rental price per week £404
- Kensington and Chelsea – average house price, £2,196,000; average rental price per week £881
- Redbridge – average house price, £470,300; average rental price per week £360
- Westminster – average house price, £1,646,250; average rental price per week £727
- Ealing – average house price, £728,000; average rental price per week £504
- Wandsworth – average house price, £777,400; average rental price per week £442
- Harrow – average house price, £505,795; average rental price per week £408
The figures, compiled by the Department for Education, reveal that more than two-thirds of pupils in the boroughs of Kingston and Sutton achieved a grade between nine and five (the equivalent of A* to B) in English and maths.
House prices rise sharply within the narrow catchment area of Ofsted-rated “outstanding” state schools. Whereas selective grammar schools don’t cast a catchment area as part of the selection process. Instead, potential pupils are required to take an entrance exam. Therefore, if you’re confident your child will pass, you might be able to purchase a well-priced home a little further away.
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