Halifax makes top 10 list of most affordable places to live next to a top state school

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All parents want the best for their children - the best quality of life, the best chance of happiness and the chance of the best education.

According to a survey by Santander in September last year, 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 to buy next to a top-ranked state school.

North Halifax Grammar School made the fifth spot with the average price paid for a property in the area being £141,521 and 99 per cent of pupils achieving 5 A*-C grades at GCSE

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.”