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If you want your kids to do well in school - buy a house in Dartford or Bexley

PUBLISHED: 15:13 19 August 2015 | UPDATED: 15:15 19 August 2015

Pupils from Dartford Girls' Grammar School celebrate their A-level results last week. From left: Ellen Wilkinson, Charley Poultney, Chloe Shang and Abigail Roscoe

Pupils from Dartford Girls' Grammar School celebrate their A-level results last week. From left: Ellen Wilkinson, Charley Poultney, Chloe Shang and Abigail Roscoe

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Three of boroughs’ schools in top 50 if you compare house prices with academic results

HOMES in Dartford and Bexley are worth buying if you want your children to do well in school – it’s official.

Online estate agents eMoov have compared schools’ performance across the country with average property prices in an area - and three of the boroughs’ schools have come out in the top 50 in terms of value for money.

The company has given schools a ranking calculated by dividing pupils’ average score at GCSE (grade G is worth 16 points, and each grade above that is worth six more points) by the average house price in the area.

The top school in the country is the King Edward Handsworth School in Birmingham, where pupils got an average GCSE score of 588.9 – equivalent to more than ten A*s – and the average house price is £107,305.

Dartford Grammar School for Girls is 19th in the table, with an average score of 576 points and an average house price of £235,405.

Townley Grammar School in Bexleyheath is 39th, with an average score of 562 points and an average house price of £333,537, and Beths Grammar School in Bexley, with an average score of 564 points and an average house price of £377,034, is number 42.

In a survey of more than 1,000 parents commissioned by eMoov, 22 per cent of homeowners said they had moved closer to the school they wanted their child to go to to secure a place, and 14 per cent had bought a house in the catchment area years in advance.

Ten per cent said they thought about moving home to give their children a better chance of getting into a good school, and another 10 per cent said they had downsized to move into a catchment area.

Founder and CEO Russell Quirk said: “This is one of the major life stages where property is concerned.

“First we get a foot on the ladder, then we climb a rung or two to start a family, then we turn our attention to educating our children.

“These are the top performing schools in the country where property in the surrounding area is relatively affordable.”

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