Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

House Cost Link to School Performances in Region

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

House Cost Link to School Performances in Region

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Byline: Sam Houlison Reporter

HOUSES near top state schools can cost thousands of pounds more than homes near some of the region's lowest performing ones.

Our analysis of Land Registry housing data shows the average house price around non-selective state schools in Tyne and Wear, which are in the top 20% for GCSE results nationally, is PS145,807.

In contrast, house prices around schools that are in the bottom 20% for GCSE results nationally stand PS46,672 lower, at PS99,135.

And the price and grade differences can often occur between schools located very close to each other.

St Thomas More Roman Catholic Academy in North Shields was the one of the best performing state schools in the area last year (2014-15), with 74% of its students achieving five GCSEs at A* to C, including English and maths.

A house in the same postcode sector as the school will set you back an average of PS114,000.

In contrast, Norham High School, which is a few miles away, only achieved 35% five A* to C grades last year.

A house in the same postcode sector as Norham High School costs an average of PS94,000 - significantly less than the cost of a house near the much better performing St Thomas More RC Academy.

The analysis calculated the average house price in each postcode sector in the UK according to price paid data from the Land Registry for 2015 and 2016 so far.

Of the top performing schools across in the region, properties near to Gateshead's Emmanuel College were among the cheapest, with the average property costing PS120,000.

Conversely, South Tyneside's Whitburn Church of England Academy - another top-performing school - saw the average property prices in its postcode sector come in at PS197,000.

However one of the worst-performing schools in the area, Benfield School in Newcastle, had an average property price of PS123,975, which was the only postcode sector for one of the bottom-fifth schools with a higher average price than one of the top-fifth schools. …

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