"In search of schools and space" - But where are the good schools?

Post-it note with "School's Out" written on it


For primary and secondary schools the academic year is almost over. Sighs of relief ripple across the teaching force like a Mexican wave at a football match. Screams of joy can be heard from children everywhere. As for the parents, well, some will be anxiously planning six weeks worth of activities to occupy their youngsters’ time. The others, however, will have more pressing engagements on their minds. What could that be, you ask? Searching for a new home that is nearer to good schools, of course.


The Times’ latest “Bricks and Mortar” instalment reveals why families with children under five are leaving cities for more rural locations. This blog post comes as a sequel to Hopewiser’s recent article which discussed where the most expensive places to live in Britain are.


The Times have based their research on a pattern of migration tracked by the Office for National Statistics (ONS). The stats show that relocation is more common in the South of Britain as opposed to the North, in that the number of families with pre-school children who left the North East in 2017 (1,744) was lower than those in Newham, London (1,747). Taking into consideration previous research that analysed the number of working and stay-at-home mothers in different regions, this comes as little or no surprise as purchasing power tends to be higher in Southern regions.


Albeit the “in search of schools and space” article delves into where these powerful parents are uprooting to, we are left wondering which schools in particular they are trying to get their children into? We conducted our own research to find out which are considered to be the best schools in the UK.


British society magazine, Tatler, seems like a highly reputable source when it comes to researching this subject. Now I know what you’re thinking, “oh they’re only interested in private schools”. You couldn’t be more wrong, actually. Tatler states that their list of the top state primary schools are the “cream of the country’s crop”. One of the schools to make the list is Great Tew primary school in Oxfordshire. Set in the quaint village of Great Tew with 98 boys and girls aged 4-11, the school is neighbour to what is described as something out of Hansel and Gretel with its pretty 17th-century thatched cottages. Parents add that some children ride their ponies to school, and afterwards head over to play on the village green or pop into the Sweetpeas café for hot chocolate. How idyllic.




The average housing price in Oxfordshire, according to Rightmove, is £572,932. Although Oxfordshire doesn’t feature in The Times’ article, property prices are significantly cheaper than the London average of £623,968. Therefore, this is a viable option for those parents who are wanting to move out of the city and into a larger home that is closer to good schools. Apparently, the overall number of people moving from London rose by 14% in 2017 to 106,607, according to Knight Frank.


Going back to the article, David Byers states that many of the buyers in Edinburgh are migrating from the south of the border. With an overall average property value of £265,597, it’s a very reasonable price to pay to live near some of the best schools in Scotland. For example, Sciennes primary school is the largest in Edinburgh with a total of 640 pupils aged 4-11. Also featured in Tatler a few years ago it is quickly becoming one of the most popular in the city. So if you fancy a change of scenery mixed with cheaper houses but still maintaining the high-quality educational facilities then why not give Edinburgh a go?


Last time we spoke about property value we were overjoyed that our neighbouring village of Hale had made the rich list in the The Times’ millionaire club. With a number of Hopewiser employees either living in or originating from Hale, it has been expressed that one of the reasons why the area is so desirable is because it is home to some very competitive schools.


The overall average housing price is slightly more expensive than some of the previous locations we’ve mentioned, coming in at £638,716. However, this is understandable given the fact that the area is home to many a professional footballer, and also the rising presence of the BBC in the North is believed to have had a significant impact on property value.


Cheshire landscape


In the “towns and villages in the millionaire club” instalment, Andrew Thorpe from Savills expressed that the market in Hale is booming because of a growing interest from purchasers coming from London. Aside from the aforementioned reasons, could the highly demanded schools have contributed to this boom? We definitely think so, especially considering that the nearby Altrincham C of E primary school was ranked 15th in The Sunday Times’ top 250 state primary schools in England. Also featuring in the list were Park Road primary, Stamford Park junior, and Bowdon C of E primary school.


Wherever it is that you’re planning on moving to we hope that you find the right school for your children and that this article has been of some assistance. We at Hopewiser understand that life can be hectic when facing important decisions such as these. That’s why our app, Proximity, helps you to find your nearest educational, transport, and leisure facilities. For your free download head over to the App Store or Google Play today!