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Live near Britain’s best schools

Should you choose a house because of good schools nearby?

Should you choose a house because of good schools nearby?

If you have children, this is a no-brainer. Some parents will choose the perfect primary school nearby, while others will wait until their children are a bit older, then move out of London to find a place in the country. Either way, it pays to do your homework and ensure your kids have a good start in life. Here are a selection of classy properties that will suit the whole family.

Ringwould, Kent £850,000

Dover Grammar School for Girls (www.dggs.kent.sch.uk) is one of the Sunday Times’ top 200 schools in the UK and it will send five girls to Oxbridge this year. The pretty village of Ringwould is a few miles north, close to Walmer with its station, Deal and with easy access to the A2, Canterbury and beyond. A natural selection. This five-bedroom family home comes with a gym and indoor pool for the sporty.

Call Winkworth’s Canterbury office on 01227 456645 www.winkworth.co.uk/canterbury

Upper Heyford, Northants £599,950

Rugby School (www.rugbyschool.co.uk) makes it into the 2016 Tatler guide to top schools. It’s a seven-day-a-week boarding school and takes day pupils, too. This property in Upper Heyford is 16 miles away, making it a trip of less than half an hour. Easy to tackle. A large, light, three-bedroom country house, it has plenty of potential to extend, while the detached garage offers further scope.

Call Winkworth’s Northampton office on 01604 824854 www.winkworth.co.uk/northampton

Studham, Bedfordshire £1.4m

Studham is a very sought-after commuter village near to Whipsnade on the Dunstable Downs. The primary school was recently rated Outstanding, and there are popular secondary schools nearby in Harpenden and St Albans. This detached family home has four bedrooms and sits in an acre of beautiful gardens with a summer house. Perfect peace for teenagers revising.

Call Winkworth’s St Albans office on 01727 844330 www.winkworth.co.uk/st-albans

West Farleigh, Kent £1.295m

Sutton Valence School (www.svs.org.uk) is a co-ed independent school that takes pupils from age three to 18 years. There are three boarding houses in this charming village that is perched on the edge of the Greensand Ridge with views across the Weald of Kent. This thatched cottage in nearby West Farleigh also has wonderful views. It has six bedrooms, six acres of land, a tennis court and a swimming pool.

Call Winkworth’s Tunbridge Wells office on 01892 519600 www.winkworth.co.uk/tunbridge-wells

Hammersmith, London W6 £975,000

The West London Free School (www.wlfs.org) was co-founded by writer Toby Young to offer a classical liberal education to youngsters aged 11-18. It opened in 2011 and has established itself as a popular choice for its discipline, rigorous academic focus and emphasis on the arts. This two-bedroom cottage in a conservation area is just a couple of streets from the school. The interior gets straight A’s for clean lines and modern finishes. It’s convenient for Hammersmith and Chiswick, too.

Call Winkworth’s Hammersmith office on 020 7371 4466 www.winkworth.co.uk/hammersmith

Exeter, Devon £350,000

St Peter’s Cofe Primary is considered one of the best schools in Devon and this development opportunity is in its catchment area. Plans have been drawn up for a three-bedroom contemporary home in place of a bungalow on this site at the end of a no-through road. Here, you can build your own future as your children map out theirs.

Call Winkworth’s Exeter office on 01392 271177 www.winkworth.co.uk/exeter

Ditchling, Sussex £1.6m

Brighton College (www.brightoncollege.org.uk) tops the league tables in Sussex, as it has done for the past 10 years. It’s an independent co-ed secondary school that takes boarders and day pupils. Weekly boarding is another option. This means you can live a little bit further away, so why not choose this lovely village house in Ditchling?

Call Winkworth’s Brighton & Hove office on 01273 772175 www.winkworth.co.uk/birghton-hove

Gunby, Lincolnshire £1.15m

Grantham has excellent schools, as might be expected from the town that produced Margaret Thatcher. The girls’ grammar, and the King’s School for boys both rate very highly for academic achievement. A mile from the A1 in a tiny hamlet about 11 miles south of Grantham is this four-bedroom equestrian property. It has 2.5 acres and the new owner will have the option of renting six more. There are lots of horsey facilities and bridleways straight from the gardens.

Call Winkworth’s Grantham office on 01476 578888 www.winkworth.co.uk/grantham

High Barnet, Hertfordshire £650,000

Queen Elizabeth’s School (https://www.qebarnet.co.uk/), a selective grammar for boys, consistently tops the state school league tables. It is notoriously hard to secure a place and there’s no catchment area, so living nearby won’t help you. However, for the sake of morning sanity, being within walking distance of the school takes the pressure off. This three-bedroom Victorian terrace is just around the corner.

Call Winkworth’s Barnet office on 020 8447 5656 www.winkworth.co.uk/barnet

 

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