If you’re looking to get your child into a good school, Richard Stovold from Seymours Estate Agents in Burpham says ‘do your research’
School admissions have been a hot topic recently, both across the pond in America, where parents have been accused of paying for their children’s exam results to be changed to meet entry requirements for their preferred school, and closer to home.
With some of the best schools in the country, Surrey is no exception and each year we see hundreds of parents strategically plan house-buying or renting so they can get their child into their ideal school. It’s become more prevalent in recent years as young families move out from London to the home counties, in search of more space and value for money while still being within easy access to the city.
According to a recent report by efficiency experts at the Scape Group, the Home Counties are expecting a 5.5 per cent rise in the number of school-age children over the next two years, meaning local authorities will have to create 70,000 additional places by the 2021/2022 academic year.
So exactly where is best to invest if you want to get your child into a good school? Surrey has some of the top performing schools in the country, with schools such as The Tiffin Girls' School in Kingston upon Thames and Nonsuch High School for Girls in Sutton towards the top of the league tables and state schools including St John the Baptist Catholic Comprehensive in Woking, St Andrew's Catholic School in Leatherhead and All Hallows Catholic School in Farnham in the top 100 over-performing schools in England.
Recent analysis has also revealed that the Surrey borough of Epsom & Ewell is among three local authority areas within the Home Counties with the highest proportion of Ofsted-awarded “outstanding” state primary schools and the highest proportion of high-performing state secondary schools.
Our top tip, however, particularly if you’re moving to a new area, is to speak to the local independent estate agent, such as Seymours. These agents know the areas in which they work inside and out and have hoards of local knowledge, not just about the schools but local sports and recreational clubs that you might want to get your children involved in for extra-curricular enrichment.