Best rural town to relocate to for good schools revealed

Anya Meyerowitz
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From Red Online

Recent research suggests 35 percent of us have relocated this year – and there are all sorts of factors to consider when relocating: how close are you to green, open spaces? What are the house prices like? But one of the biggest considerations if you have children is, what are the schools like?

Luckily, Oxford Home Schooling have revealed the best places to move to in England in 2021 if good schools are a priority.

The study ranked local authorities on a number of key factors: the percentage of schools that are rated ‘Good’ or ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted, the percentage of school places available, and the affordability of housing, based on average wages and property prices. Meaning that you don't have to spend hours and hours doing research to find out about the schools in the area.

And the area that came out on top? Rutland, in the East Midlands.

The landlocked country scored highly across all categories and, despite an impressive 95% of its schools being scored highly by Ofsted, more than a third (34%) of the student spots available were not filled last year. The area also has the nation’s second lowest crime rate, at just 41 incidents per 1,000 people, so is an incredibly safe place to live.

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These statistics are considerably better than the national averages. Across the country, nearly nine in ten (87%) schools are considered ‘Good’ or ‘Outstanding’, while just 11% of school places are not applied for. Regarding crime, there is an average of 93 offences per 1,000 people across England — more than double the rate in Rutland.

The rest of the ten best places to live are spread across the country, with Cumbria and Herefordshire completing the top three.

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The most affordable area to live, however, is County Durham, where the average wage (£24,000) represents 23% of the typical property value (£104,560). This is more than twice as good as the national average (11%).

At the other end of the scale, Bristol was surprisingly named the worst area to raise a family in 2021. It scored poorly across all ranking factors, with few school places available (2%), relatively low Ofsted gradings (78% ‘Good’ or ‘Outstanding’) and a high crime rate - 113 incidents per 1,000 people.

The most unaffordable place for families is Kensington and Chelsea in London (unsurprisingly), where salaries make up less than 3% of the average house price (£1.4 million). In fact, 23 of the 26 most unaffordable areas are found in London, including all of the top 18.

You can find the full list of best places to move to based on schools below:

1.Rutland

2.Cumbria

3.Herefordshire

4.Stockton-on-Tees

5.East Riding of Yorkshire

6.West Berkshire

7.Cheshire West and Chester

8.Central Bedfordshire

9.Sutton

10.Durham

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