As September comes around and school goes back in session, thoughts turn to the quality of education. No matter if you need to move into a specific catchment area for your child to go to an ‘Outstanding’ school, or need a short commute to the boarding school of your dreams, housing is a key consideration.
It’s never too early to start thinking about schooling for the coming years, so get in touch with your local Fine & Country agent to help you find your perfect home close to the ideal school.
Here are ten top properties that have a fantastic school on the doorstep.
Get away from it all with this home on the Isle of Wight. The Georgian-style property was completed in 2015. It is set in a substantial plot with security gated entry and has a luxurious master suite, four double en suites, a detached pool house and triple garage.
Ryde School with Upper Chine, the leading independent school on the island, is just over a mile away. Among the school's former pupils are the author Philip Norman and the 2003 world-record holder as the youngest cross-Atlantic yachtsman, Seb Clover.
A substantial detached Victorian home standing in wooded grounds of around half an acre within walking distance of town centre amenities, local schools and Grantham Station. The character home has original features like mosaic tiles, high corniced ceilings and open fireplaces. Upstairs, there are five bedrooms plus a hobby room, so there is plenty of room for the whole family.
Grantham has a lot of good schools, and several are within easy reach of this property. Kesteven & Grantham Girls’ School is half a mile away. Ofsted has rated them Outstanding, particularly for the personal development of the pupils and for their high-quality curriculum. For boys, The Kings School Grantham is a grammar school that is under a mile from the property.
This pretty barn conversion is in the North Kent countryside. Built circa in the 1700s, it is set in a courtyard of prestigious homes. The original barn has now been converted to create three properties. This one has three bedrooms and a large open-plan kitchen.
Cobham Hall is an independent day and boarding school for girls in the town closest to this property. The school is housed in a Tudor era manor which is Grade I Listed. It is a Round Square School, which is a network of 180 schools in 50 countries that value experimental learning.
Windrush Cottage is a substantial barn conversion with a generous amount of living space predominantly arranged on one floor, enjoying the far-reaching views over the Windrush Valley. The light and spacious property has three bedrooms upstairs, and plenty of reception space downstairs, including a large sitting room, dining room and drawing room.
The popular Cotswolds School is nearby, and this home is in the catchment area. It boasts being named Outstanding by Ofsted in their last four inspections. Located in Bourton-on-the-Water, the school achieved Academy status in 2010 and there are around 1300 pupils at the school, with over 200 in the Sixth Form.
This home is perfect for families that enjoy horse-riding. The beautifully presented Victorian home comes with superb equestrian facilities and 11 acres of land. For extended family or staff, the property has an additional two-bedroom cottage, with landscaped gardens and orchard. It is close to Bovey Tracey and the Dartmoor National Park.
Stover School, an independent school for children aged from 3-18, is around four miles away, set in the Devon countryside. They take pupils from age three to 18 and boast a 100% GCSE pass rate.
A four-bedroom detached residence situated in the highly sought-after location of Hadley Wood, North London. The property consists of three reception rooms and three bathrooms, two of which are en suites. The layout of the ground floor is perfect for families and entertaining guests with the large kitchen leading onto a television room and a separate dinning room. There is great outdoor space, with a garden and patio area that is ideal for outdoor dining.
Hadley Wood Primary School is within walking distance of the property. The school has been recognised as giving a value-based education and strives to make children understand about their place in the world. It was rated Outstanding in their last Ofsted inspection.
A stone built Victorian lodge of considerable appeal and character with lovely mature cottage-style gardens with many shrubs and plants. It is in a convenient location, close to the town of Monmouth.
The home is right on the doorstep of Haberdashers’ Monmouth School for Girls, and under a mile from the boy’s counterpart. They are some of Wales’s leading independent schools. Their recent ESTYN report rated them excellent in every category.
Once destroyed by a fire, this elegant home has risen from the ashes. There are high specification fittings throughout, including the latest Smartahome technology, home cinema, multi room media, home automation and smart security. With six bedrooms, five bathrooms, and a spa with sauna, hot tub, gym and changing rooms, this is the perfect luxury family home.
Rugby School is one of the oldest schools in the UK, and it is close to this property. It was the birthplace of the modern game of Rugby, where three pupils first wrote down the rules in 1845.
A stunning, substantial four-bedroom Victorian town house close to Christchurch Park. The property has been imaginatively improved and adapted for modern living, but retains its Victorian character. Set over four floors, the home features bi-fold doors to an elevated decked area. Conveniently, there is a mainline link to London within easy reach.
Located north of the town centre, Ipswich School has four parts on three adjacent sites. The Senior School occupies the main school site, with the beautiful main Victorian building that features Tudor-style brick. The school buildings surround a central playing field and cricket square along with the Cricket Pavilion.
A fantastic opportunity to purchase a substantial detached Cotswold stone four-bedroom property, located in the popular village of Bourton on the Hill and enjoying beautiful views across the village and countryside beyond. Situated in a tucked away position, the property boasts a pretty and private garden, which features a beautiful spring-fed brook.
The property is in the catchment area of the highly sought-after Chipping Campden School. It has been rated Outstanding by Ofsted in 2017, and their exam results are nearly always higher than the national average. In fact, four in 10 students from Chipping Campden go to Russell Group universities, compared with one in 10 nationally.