Schools on the mind of potential property buyers
The latest GCSE results - combined with the recent A level figures will play a major part in the decision to move house by parents with school-age children. Certain locations across the country have increased in popularity because of their proximity to schools performing well in the school league tables, such as the small market town of Cranbrook in Kent where Cranbrook School, a co-educational grammar boarding and day school is located.

We have had a lot of clients who have moved into the area from London and bought simply for Cranbrook School and the ability to get up into London quickly, says Christopher Linton of Jackson-Stops & Staffs Cranbrook office. It is a similar story in Tavistock, Devon, where Charles Lawson, Director of Jackson-Stops & Staff Exeter office says: Housing in this area is buoyed up by the variety of schools and their reputation. It is always difficult to quantify impact of schooling on house prices, but we do know that numerous buyers, particularly in the 750,000 - 2 million price range, are people moving into the area very often from London and the Home Counties for a better quality of life, and to for the excellent schooling in the area.

The following properties for sale through Jackson-Stops & Staff are within the catchment areas of high performing schools: Dower House Cottage, Flishinghurst, Cranbrook, Kent. (475,000) Dating back to the 17th century, Dower House Cottage is a delightful Grade II listed cottage providing versatile accommodation, nestled in leafy gardens and situated a mere five minutes from Cranbrook School. The property has four bedrooms and boasts a wealth of period features, making this an ideal family home full of character.

For more information, click here Milton Abbot, Tavistock, Devon. (950,000) Milton Abbot is a fine, early Victorian former vicarage that sits on the edge of a picturesque village and enjoys spectacular rural views. The property was built in 1837 and offers six bedrooms as well as large landscaped garden totalling around one acre. The nearby ancient stannery town of Tavistock possesses a full selection of local facilities including the renowned high flying schools, Kelly College and Mount House Preparatory School - which was described as outstanding in the latest Ofsted report.  For more information, click here Roman Hill House, Colchester, Essex. (1,500,000) A stunning Georgian House standing in formal gardens and grounds in the centre of a 14 acre parkland setting, the sale of which includes the title of Lordship of the Manor of East Donyland. The property offers spacious accommodation in an idyllic location, and is situated within the catchment area of a range of good schools around Essex, including Colchester Grammar School, independent schools such as Felsted and New Hall and numerous prep schools.

London is also a within commuting distance, making this an ideal property for those who work in the city. For more information, click here