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|