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Commuter Towns in Catchment Areas of Outstanding Schools

Winkworth's guide to the towns within commuting distances of London with schools that have attained Outstanding status

The lengths parents go to enable their children to get into the best schools was revealed recently when Santander bank discovered that a quarter of all parents in the UK had bought or rented a property just to be within the catchment areas of good schools.

The bank also found that parents are prepared to pay on average 11% or £27,707 more to buy a home within a school’s catchment area, while 17% had changed jobs to make the move and 20% had downsized. Nearly a quarter said they had stretched their finances to do it.

Within London the figures are, unsurprisingly, higher – with the additional premium parents need to pay to get into their desired catchment area reaching£71,539. But for many parents a better option is to move out of London to a commuter town where the local schools and property market offer more choice.

One of the increasingly popular areas for London leavers is Grantham in Lincolnshire, where Director Adam Lascelles says 80% of the properties he sells are to people from outside the town.

“It’s only a 65-minute commute into London and that, combined with the excellent grammar schools here makes Grantham hugely popular with Londoners,” he says. “People can buy comparable houses here with the equity left over from their London homes and, although our grammar schools don’t have official catchment areas, there can be a premium to live near to them.”

If you’re thinking about making a similar move, here is our guide to the towns within commuting distances of London with schools that have attained Outstanding status.

Grantham, Lincolnshire

Distance from London by train: 1 hour 15 minutes
Average house price: £160,000
Ofsted Outstanding schools:
The King’s School
Kesteven & Grantham Girls’ School
The Grantham Sandon School
Ambergate Sports College

Basingstoke, Hampshire

Distances from London by train: 1 hour
Average house price: £296,257
Ofsted Outstanding schools:
Dove House School

Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire

Distances from London by train: 30 minutes
Average house price: £1.03 million
Ofsted Outstanding schools
Beaconsfield High School
The Alfriston School

Canterbury, Kent

Distances from London by train: 1 hour (St Pancras)
Average house price: £297,076
Ofsted Outstanding schools
Barton Court Grammar School
Simon Langton Grammar School for Boys

Cheam, Surrey

Distances from London by train: 40 minutes
Average house price: £428,984
Ofsted Outstanding schools
Cheam High School
Sutton Grammar School
Glenthorne High School
Glyn School
Linden Bridge School
St Philomena’s Catholic High School for Girls
Richard Challoner School
Perseid School

Farnham, Surrey

Distances from London by train: 1 hour 15 minutes
Average house price: £581,651
Ofsted Outstanding schools
The Ridgeway School
Weydon School
All Hallows Catholic School

Guildford, Surrey

Distances from London by train: 45 minutes
Average house price: £496,102
Ofsted Outstanding schools
Guildford County School
Pond Meadow School
George Abbott School
St Peter’s Catholic School

Reading, Berkshire

Distances from London by train: 30 minutes
Average house price: £342,776
Ofsted Outstanding schools
Kendrick School
Reading School
UTC Reading

Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex

Distances from London by train: 1 hour 20 minutes
Average house price: £370,962
Ofsted Outstanding schools
Shoreham Academy

Tunbridge Wells, Kent

Distances from London by train: 56 minutes
Average house price: £432,267
Ofsted Outstanding schools
The Skinners School
Tunbridge Wells Girls’ Grammar School
Bennett Memorial Diocesan School
St Gregory’s Catholic School
Skinner’s Kent Academy

Weybridge, Surrey

Distances from London by train: 50 minutes
Average house price: £785,644
Ofsted Outstanding schools
Salesian School, Chertsey

Winchester, Hampshire

Distances from London by train: 1 hour 20 minutes
Average house price: £537,716
Ofsted Outstanding schools
King’s School

 

View our infographic 'Town's with 'Outstanding' schools'.

To find a home near to your perfect school, speak to one of our property professional today. Find your local Winkworth office here.

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