Top UK State schools vs house prices

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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.

Online estate agent 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, 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 rankingSchoolLocationAverage price paid% Achieving 5 A* – C’sAverage point score per pupilProperty value per GCSE point achieved
1Heckmondwike Grammar SchoolHeckmondwike£ 113,50798%616.1£184
2King Edward VI Handsworth SchoolBirmingham£ 111,06099%598.8£185
3The Blue Coat SchoolLiverpool£ 138,055100%696.1£198
4King Edward VI Five Ways SchoolBirmingham£ 147,682100%642.7£230
5The North Halifax Grammar SchoolHalifax£ 141,52199%575.5£246
6Devonport High School for GirlsPlymouth£ 146,211100%585.4£250
7Queen Mary’s Grammar SchoolWalsall£ 149,088100%582.8£256
8King Edward VI Aston SchoolBirmingham£ 104,93099%398.8£263
9Bacup and Rawtenstall Grammar SchoolRossendale£ 149,60099%567.1£264
10Lancaster Girls’ Grammar SchoolLancaster£ 163,258100%601.6£271
11Lawrence Sheriff SchoolRugby£ 168,480100%618£273
12King Edward VI Camp Hill School for GirlsBirmingham£ 179,41699%597£301
13The Folkestone School for GirlsFolkestone£ 189,128100%595.1£318
14Wolverhampton Girls’ High SchoolWolverhampton£ 200,31999%591.9£338
15King Edward VI SchoolStratford-upon-Avon£ 209,474100%606.3£345
16Chatham Grammar School for BoysChatham£ 184,43299%516.6£357
17Torquay Boys’ Grammar SchoolTorquay£ 202,56299%562.1£360
18Wirral Grammar School for GirlsWirral£ 187,44699%512.8£366
19Westcliff High School for GirlsWestcliff-on-Sea£ 235,363100%638.1£369
20Pate’s Grammar SchoolCheltenham£ 222,231100%599.8£371
21Southend High School for GirlsSouthend-on-Sea£ 217,215100%564.1£385
22Clitheroe Royal Grammar SchoolClitheroe£ 225,924100%585.7£386
23Westcliff High School for Boys AcademyWestcliff-on-Sea£ 235,36399%605.4£389
24Adams’ Grammar SchoolNewport£ 216,827100%535.4£405
25The Rochester Grammar SchoolRochester£ 233,99599%576£406
26Kendrick SchoolReading£ 274,656100%653£421
27Parkstone Grammar SchoolPoole£ 235,58499%556.8£423
28Aylesbury High SchoolAylesbury£ 250,82799%588.2£426
29Newport Girls’ High School Academy TrustNewport£ 216,827100%503.9£430
30Bournemouth School for GirlsBournemouth£ 247,64699%573.2£432
31Rugby High SchoolRugby£ 223,37199%513.5£435
32Reading SchoolReading£ 274,656100%622£442
33Colyton Grammar SchoolColyton£ 301,101100%681.5£442
34King Edward VI Camp Hill School for BoysBirmingham£ 179,41699%400.3£448
35Dartford Grammar SchoolDartford£ 249,892100%553.2£452
36Colchester Royal Grammar SchoolColchester£ 296,11099%653.3£453
37Dartford Grammar School for GirlsDartford£ 249,89299%547.8£456
38The Latymer SchoolLondon£ 249,89299%541.2£462
39Sutton Coldfield Grammar School for GirlsSutton Coldfield£ 265,65299%566.4£469
40South Wilts Grammar School for GirlsSalisbury£ 293,113100%620.7£472
41Colchester County High School for GirlsColchester£ 296,110100%624.3£474
42Alcester Grammar SchoolAlcester£ 260,81399%538.1£485
43Stroud High SchoolStroud£ 250,471100%490.9£510
44Invicta Grammar SchoolMaidstone£ 285,35799%520.1£549
45Chelmsford County High School for GirlsChelmsford£ 310,05099%564.7£549
46Sutton Grammar SchoolSutton£ 344,477100%609.8£565
47Wallington County Grammar SchoolWallington£ 356,774100%627.7£568
48Altrincham Grammar School for BoysAltrincham£ 385,33299%670.2£575
49King Edward VI Grammar School, ChelmsfordChelmsford£ 310,05099%528£587
50The Judd SchoolTonbridge£ 334,52399%568£589

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