Britain's best grammar school sparks local rush for family homes in Wallington

The London Borough of Sutton is a grammar school stronghold with affordable family homes. It's no wonder there's a rush of parents moving to the area...
If you want a top-notch education for your child, move to Wallington in the London Borough of Sutton, about 11 miles from the centre of the capital. 

The unassuming south-east suburb is a grammar school stronghold that includes Wilson’s School, the most successful grammar school in Britain, according to a new survey by The Good Schools Guide.

 Wallington County Grammar takes fourth place on the list, which measures GCSE performance, while three of the borough’s five grammar schools are in Wallington.



Queen Elizabeth’s School in Barnet is the only other London school to make the top 10 list.

Prices in Wallington have increased by more than 20 per cent in the past five years to an average of £344,661, according to Zoopla, making it one of the last pockets of affordable family housing in London.

Prices for family homes range from £799,999 for a six-bedroom stucco house, on the market with Andrews, to £360,000 for a three-bedroom end-of-terrace that is being sold by Ushers.

“In the mid-market, £350,000 to £450,000-plus, all buyers are looking at is education,” says Chris Martin, assistant branch manager of estate agent Paul Graham. 

“We get people coming in from all over London for the schools.” 

The area also has good commuter links to central London and the City. Rush-hour trains to either Victoria or London Bridge take less than 45 minutes, and an annual season ticket costs £2,188.

Priority for places is given to those who live closest to the schools, although prospective pupils must pass the selective eligibility test. The deadline for applications is September 4, which means summer is a busy time in the area’s property market.

Martin describes Wallington as “leafy and suburban”. He adds: “The nightlife is not amazing, but you have got some good restaurants and bars dotted around. It is enough for most people.
“The high street has got big names and some small independent shops, plus you are only 10 minutes away from Sutton and 15 minutes away from Croydon if you need a bigger choice.”

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