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For sale: homes near Britain’s top schools

If your children’s educational requirements determines where you will live, here are 20 classy properties that will suit the whole family. Some are state, others are independent schools, but they are all dotted around the country.

If your children’s educational requirements determines where you will live, here are 20 classy properties that will suit the whole family. Some are state, others are independent schools, but they are all dotted around the country.

Seaton, Devon £650,000

Colyton Grammar School is one of the leading co-educational selective schools in the country and has been rated outstanding for the past three years. There is intense competition for places. This gorgeous Georgian house is just three miles away on the coast. Of the other schools nearby, the Woodroffe School is a comprehensive in Lyme Regis, ranked outstanding, and the Axe Valley Community College in Axminster is good.

Call Winkworth’s Exeter office on 01392 271177

Tetsworth, Oxfordshire £700,000

State schools in nearby Thame and Watlington are considered good or outstanding. But the independent sector excels here, topped by the all-girls Wycombe Abbey which has had to tighten its entry requirements due to its overwhelming popularity. Tetsworth sits about halfway between High Wycombe and Oxford. This elegant Georgian house has four bedrooms and a pretty garden.

Call Winkworth’s Oxford office on 01865 511333

Roedean, Brighton £3.25m

Refurbished Roedean School, on its clifftop eyrie, continues to impress. But much-lauded Brighton College is just down the road, as is the popular state comprehensive, the Dorothy Stringer School. Back up at Roedean village, this spectacular five-bedroom house has a self-contained annexe, which might suit your hard-working teenager. A heated pool and gym will help them relax after exams, and the vast wine cellar might help you!

Call Winkworth’s Brighton office on 01273 320300

Stoodleigh, Tiverton. Devon £1.25m

Blundells School is an independent co-educational school in Tiverton, described as “wonderfully unstuffy” by Tatler. Exeter also offers plenty of choice in the private sector. This rural property pips most others at the post. It’s an established racing stables, with 55 acres of land and a four-bedroom house. You’d be on to a winner here.

Call Winkworth’s Exeter office on 01392 271177

Brighton £1.7m

Independent School of the Year last year, Brighton College consistently scores in the top ten for academic results for boys and girls. Its pupils range from 3 to 18, with boarding available for 13-year-olds and above. No need to board if you buy this house. From its upper floors there are magnificent views over the city. Its contemporary design and modern layout would suit any family. The games room and swimming pool are a bonus.

Call Winkworth’s Brighton office on 01273 320300

Goudhurst, Kent £1.85m

Cranbrook School is a co-educational state grammar that takes boarders as well as day pupils. Boarders have to pay, of course. But it’s such a popular school that parents are prepared to pay a huge premium – up to 50 per cent – to live within the catchment area. This six-year-old house looks like a traditional Kentish farmhouse and comes with 29.5 acres of land.

Call Winkworth’s Tunbridge Wells office on 01892 519600

Aldermaston, Berks £1.9m

The Middleton girls attended Downe House near Newbury in Berkshire. Kate moved on to Marlborough College, a little further west. Both can boast a wealth of famous alumni. Appropriately, this farmhouse comes with nine acres of land and equestrian facilities. A little bit of practice on the polo field might stand you in good stead.

Call Winkworth’s Newbury office on 01635 552552

Lemsford, Herts £2.65m

Lemsford’s primary school, St John’s C of E, is rated outstanding and several others in nearby Welwyn Garden City are good. Close to Brocket Hall, known for its golf and fine dining, as well as its colourful lord and his famous Ferraris, is Lemsford House. This period residence has six bedrooms and lovely gardens.

Call Winkworth’s St Albans office on 01727 844330

Marylebone, London W1U £7.75m

This part of London is well served by schools of every type, from Montessori nurseries to state secondaries. Across Hyde Park, Hill House educated Prince Charles and Lily Allen. This five-bedroom Georgian town house on Spanish Place also just squeezes into the catchment area of Quintin Kynaston community academy, which performs strongly in the academic tables.

Call Winkworth’s Marylebone office on 020 7467 5770

Hillside, Temple Ewell, Kent £575,000

Dover Grammar School for Girls was marked outstanding in its last Ofsted report. It prides itself on providing a vibrant, creative environment where pupils are encouraged to be intellectually curious. The village of Temple Ewell is a few miles inland and has a few history lessons of its own. Hillside is a six- bedroom house originally built for the Belgian consul.

Call Winkworth’s Canterbury office on 01227 456645

Beckenham, Kent £3.75m

You are spoilt for choice in this location. Not only are you within the catchment area of two outstanding state grammars, you are also a couple of train stops from Dulwich College, Alleyn’s and James Allen’s Girls’ schools. At home here, you’ll have all the space you need for growing teenagers. This five- bedroom house combines arts & crafts period features with contemporary clean lines and polished oak flooring throughout.

Call Winkworth’s Beckenham office on 020 8650 1000

Chislehurst, Kent £1.25m

Bullers Wood School for Girls in Chislehurst is a state academy, currently rated outstanding. Boys are expected to soon have equal opportunities when the final go-ahead is given for a new boys’ school in 2016. Just around the corner is this five-bedroom detached house with open-plan living area and eat-in kitchen. For the kids, there is a garden big enough to kick a ball around and for dad, there’s a sunken wine cellar with a glass viewing area.

Call Winkworth’s Chislehurst office on 020 8285 509

Pangbourne, Berks £2.6m

Pangbourne College is an independent, co-educational school. Its original aims were to train boys for the Merchant Navy and it retains a number of naval traditions. It also has a strong history of success in sailing and rowing. Barely a nautical mile distant is this five-bedroom house built only a few years ago to the highest spec. Land lubbers will appreciate the luxury of being able to dive down to the station at the last minute for the hour’s commute to central London.

Call Winkworth’s Reading office on 0118 402 2300

Laverstock, Salisbury £799,500

Rated outstanding, South Wilts Grammar School for Girls is noted for its academic achievement, sporting excellence and artistic opportunity. It will take girls who live a “reasonable” travelling distance from the school, but this riverside family home in Laverstock is easily within range. It has five bedrooms and a large garden with water frontage.

Call Winkworth’s Salisbury office on 01722 443000

Kensington, London W8 £2,525,000

The Borough of Kensington & Chelsea is the No 1 overachieving authority for the quality of its schools, according to a thinktank report. They range from the outstanding Fox Primary School to Thomas’s and Holland Park. This modern three-bedroom house is set over four floors with a patio and a roof terrace. Notting Hill Gate tube is just around the corner.

Call Winkworth’s Kensington office on 020 7727 1500

Bush Hill Road, London N21 £999,995

This is one of the postcodes that will allow you to try for Latymer School, a selective grammar. Twenty places a year are reserved for those with exceptional musical talent. The others places attract intense competition. The local primary, St Paul’s, is a C of E voluntary aided school that has been rated outstanding. This very smart, modern house stands in a gated community and is fabulously family friendly.

Call Winkworth’s Richmond office on 020 8940 9986

Oxford £850,000

The city’s private schools attract a lot of families to the area and most of the state schools are rated good, if not outstanding. Magdalen College School is the leading boys’ independent. Oxford High and Headington School are both excellent fee-paying girls’ schools. Cherwell tops the list of good state schools. This five-bedroom family house is just north of the historic city centre, and has plenty of space inside and out.

Call Winkworth’s Oxford office on 01865 511333

Arkley, Herts £1.9m

Arkley is one of the highest points in London, a village within the borough of Barnet. It offers a good choice of schools, including the Queen Elizabeth schools in Barnet and Haberdashers’ Aske’s in Elstree. With views to the Shard on a clear day, this seven-bedroom house has five reception rooms and a study, so plenty of room for homework.

Call Winkworth’s Barnet office on 020 8447 5656

Crick, Northants £925,000

Here you will find Rugby School, home of the game and alma mater of Rupert Brooke and Salman Rushdie. A scholarship will knock 10 per cent off the fees. This six-bedroom house in Crick is near enough to Rugby to save you boarding. And its luxurious pool complex will entice even the most rebellious teen home.

Call Winkworth’s Northampton office on 01604 824854

West Bridgford Nottingham, £379,950

Nottingham is blessed with popular schools. The Becket School is a co-ed Roman Catholic academy rated good by Ofsted, while Nottingham High and Nottingham Girls’ High are held in high regard by parents. This four-bedroom family house in a quiet cul-de-sac has a double garage and a large kitchen diner opening onto a sunny conservatory – perfect for homework.

 Call Winkworth’s Nottingham office on 0115 981 4481

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