While the end of the school year is a welcome time for pupils, it might give parents a few questions to answer. Entertaining and occupying children for the summer break is often perplexing, but the end of a school year often leaves parents questioning if it is time to move on.
Even if you aren’t planning on moving your children to a new school for the start of the new term, it never hurts to consider your options. The standard of schools, and the availability of school places, significantly impacts the demand for housing; and what price buyers are willing to pay for a new home.
Therefore, there is never a bad time to review the standard of local schools, and if you have any questions about schools in or around Hitchin, we are here to help.
There are outstanding options to consider close to Hitchin
When you consider Hitchin, Harpenden, St Albans, North Herts and Stevenage, there are 47 schools which are classed as “Outstanding” by Ofsted. The majority of these schools are infant or primary schools with three being special education schools and nine secondary schools.
For a school to be classed as “Outstanding” by Ofsted, it must show itself to be highly effective in “delivering outcomes that provide exceptionally well for all its pupils’ needs”.
Outstanding schools in and around Hitchin
· Codicote Church of England School
· Hitchin Boys' School
· Hitchin Girls' School
· Samuel Lucas JMI
· St Andrew's Church of England Voluntary Aided Primary School
· William Ransom Primary School
The “House prices and schools: do houses close to the best performing schools cost more?” provided the following key points:
· House prices near the best schools are higher than in the surrounding areas for both primary and secondary schools. The value of houses near the poorest performing schools are also lower than in the surrounding areas.
· House prices near the 10% best-performing primary schools are 8% higher than in the surrounding area. Near the 10% best-performing non-selective secondary schools, house prices are 6.8% higher.
· These findings are similar to the existing evidence, in that there is a clear link between the price paid for a home and access to good schools. The figures in our analysis are not directly comparable because of differences in methodologies used.
· The difference in house prices cannot be attributed to school quality alone, because this analysis does not control for other factors that affect house price. In addition, causality can run both ways: the children of better-off parents – who can afford pricier homes – are more likely to achieve the expected standards at key stage 2 and key stage 4 which we use as a proxy for school quality in the analysis.
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