Gateshead tops list for England’s outstanding affordable schools as North East triumphs
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New analysis shows that Gateshead is the best area in the whole of England for affordable outstanding education.
Tutoring experts Superprof examined the percentage of schools rated as outstanding by Ofsted in more than 150 parts of England and compared it to the average house price in each area.
The North East triumphed across the board in the list, but it was Gateshead that beat all other neighbourhoods in the country to come out as number one.
Gateshead topped the list due to 32% of its schools being judged by the educational inspector as outstanding and the 13th lowest average house price in the study at £142,214.44; therefore, ranking as the best value in England for high-quality teaching.
Following closely behind, South Tyneside is the second-best area in England for affordable outstanding education, which has the 11th lowest average house price at £133,474.51 and 30% of its state-funded schools received an outstanding rating from Ofsted in their most recent inspection.
St Helens in Merseyside completed the top three.
Newcastle-upon-Tyne came in at sixth place, with nearby Durham also just making the top ten at tenth
Conversely, the Isle of Wight ranks at the bottom of the list, as none of its 50 schools are rated outstanding by Ofsted.
The average house price in the county is £240,746.43, which is around £10,000 under the UK average.
A spokesperson for Superprof commented on the findings: “Every parent wants the best education for their children, so living close to good schools is a priority for many families.
"The results from this study offer a useful and intriguing insight into which specific areas of England can offer the best education for families without having to break the bank.”