According to a survey by Santander one in four parents of school-aged children decided to move house in order to secure a place at a good school.
That’s despite data from the Land registry and the Registers of Scotland showing that the average premium for a house next to a desirable school is 18 per cent over what you would pay in a less-desirable catchment.
That’s the equivalent of £32,000 on the average UK house price.
Research from online estate agent emoov published yesterday, ranked the ten most affordable locations - with Heckmondwike best and Halifax also included - to buy next to a top-ranked state school.
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eMoov compared pupils' average GCSE scores across the top 100 schools in England with the average house price in the surrounding area to produce the table of hotspots.
Chief executive Russell Quirk, 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.”