Top UK State Schools vs House Prices

Choosing a school can be one of the most important things a parent can do for their child and many are even prepared to move house to make sure they get the right one.

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Online estate agent eMoov.co.uk has released its annual Schools Performance and Property Price Index which highlights the top 50 state schools in the UK offering the best mix of a good education and affordable property prices.

eMoov took the top 100 schools in England and compared the average house price in the surrounding area to the average GCSE score obtained by pupils at the school. It then reduced the list to just the top 50 state schools based on the property price per a GCSE point.

Last year’s winner, the King Edward VI Handsworth School in Birmingham, is no longer in top spot, slipping into second place and missing the number one position by just £1.

The number one school for 2016 is the Heckmondwike Grammar School in Kirklees, West Yorkshire. With pupils at Heckmondwike achieving an average score of 616.1 points and an average price paid for property around the school of just £113,507, Heckmondwike Grammar School boasts a property price per GCSE point of just £184, the lowest across the nation.

Heckmondwike and King Edward VI Handsworth are joined by The Blue Coat School in Liverpool as the only other entrant to offer a PPGP below £200.

Birmingham is also home to two more of the top 10 schools where property price and a good level of education is concerned. The King Edward VI Five Ways School places fourth with a PPGP of £230, joined by the King Edward VI Aston School with a PPGP of £263 placing in eighth.

The top ten is completed by the North Halifax Grammar School, Devonport High School for Girls in Plymouth at £250, Queen Mary’s Grammar School in Walsall, Bacup and Rawtenstall Grammar School in Rossendale and the Lancaster Girls’ Grammar School.

Russell Quirk, founder and CEO of eMoov.co.uk, said: “Choosing a school is one of those life mile markers that often goes hand in hand with moving house, so doing your research into both can make a big difference in securing a good education for your child and a realistic move for your family as a whole.

“The stress of moving coupled with the restrictions of catchment areas can be a mine field so often it’s necessary to have a third and fourth plan let alone a second. The main thing to remember in both instances is to keep a calm head and persevere and so we hope this research can help people to do so.”







Top 50 schools

Emoov ranking School Location Average price paid % Achieving 5 A* – C’s Average point score per pupil Property value per GCSE point achieved
1 Heckmondwike Grammar School Heckmondwike £ 113,507 98% 616.1 £184
2 King Edward VI Handsworth School Birmingham £ 111,060 99% 598.8 £185
3 The Blue Coat School Liverpool £ 138,055 100% 696.1 £198
4 King Edward VI Five Ways School Birmingham £ 147,682 100% 642.7 £230
5 The North Halifax Grammar School Halifax £ 141,521 99% 575.5 £246
6 Devonport High School for Girls Plymouth £ 146,211 100% 585.4 £250
7 Queen Mary’s Grammar School Walsall £ 149,088 100% 582.8 £256
8 King Edward VI Aston School Birmingham £ 104,930 99% 398.8 £263
9 Bacup and Rawtenstall Grammar School Rossendale £ 149,600 99% 567.1 £264
10 Lancaster Girls’ Grammar School Lancaster £ 163,258 100% 601.6 £271
11 Lawrence Sheriff School Rugby £ 168,480 100% 618 £273
12 King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Girls Birmingham £ 179,416 99% 597 £301
13 The Folkestone School for Girls Folkestone £ 189,128 100% 595.1 £318
14 Wolverhampton Girls’ High School Wolverhampton £ 200,319 99% 591.9 £338
15 King Edward VI School Stratford-upon-Avon £ 209,474 100% 606.3 £345
16 Chatham Grammar School for Boys Chatham £ 184,432 99% 516.6 £357
17 Torquay Boys’ Grammar School Torquay £ 202,562 99% 562.1 £360
18 Wirral Grammar School for Girls Wirral £ 187,446 99% 512.8 £366
19 Westcliff High School for Girls Westcliff-on-Sea £ 235,363 100% 638.1 £369
20 Pate’s Grammar School Cheltenham £ 222,231 100% 599.8 £371
21 Southend High School for Girls Southend-on-Sea £ 217,215 100% 564.1 £385
22 Clitheroe Royal Grammar School Clitheroe £ 225,924 100% 585.7 £386
23 Westcliff High School for Boys Academy Westcliff-on-Sea £ 235,363 99% 605.4 £389
24 Adams’ Grammar School Newport £ 216,827 100% 535.4 £405
25 The Rochester Grammar School Rochester £ 233,995 99% 576 £406
26 Kendrick School Reading £ 274,656 100% 653 £421
27 Parkstone Grammar School Poole £ 235,584 99% 556.8 £423
28 Aylesbury High School Aylesbury £ 250,827 99% 588.2 £426
29 Newport Girls’ High School Academy Trust Newport £ 216,827 100% 503.9 £430
30 Bournemouth School for Girls Bournemouth £ 247,646 99% 573.2 £432
31 Rugby High School Rugby £ 223,371 99% 513.5 £435
32 Reading School Reading £ 274,656 100% 622 £442
33 Colyton Grammar School Colyton £ 301,101 100% 681.5 £442
34 King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Boys Birmingham £ 179,416 99% 400.3 £448
35 Dartford Grammar School Dartford £ 249,892 100% 553.2 £452
36 Colchester Royal Grammar School Colchester £ 296,110 99% 653.3 £453
37 Dartford Grammar School for Girls Dartford £ 249,892 99% 547.8 £456
38 The Latymer School London £ 249,892 99% 541.2 £462
39 Sutton Coldfield Grammar School for Girls Sutton Coldfield £ 265,652 99% 566.4 £469
40 South Wilts Grammar School for Girls Salisbury £ 293,113 100% 620.7 £472
41 Colchester County High School for Girls Colchester £ 296,110 100% 624.3 £474
42 Alcester Grammar School Alcester £ 260,813 99% 538.1 £485
43 Stroud High School Stroud £ 250,471 100% 490.9 £510
44 Invicta Grammar School Maidstone £ 285,357 99% 520.1 £549
45 Chelmsford County High School for Girls Chelmsford £ 310,050 99% 564.7 £549
46 Sutton Grammar School Sutton £ 344,477 100% 609.8 £565
47 Wallington County Grammar School Wallington £ 356,774 100% 627.7 £568
48 Altrincham Grammar School for Boys Altrincham £ 385,332 99% 670.2 £575
49 King Edward VI Grammar School, Chelmsford Chelmsford £ 310,050 99% 528 £587
50 The Judd School Tonbridge £ 334,523 99% 568 £589





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