Where to find the best schools AND the cheapest houses

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The former mill town of Heckmondwike has emerged as the cheapest place in Britain in which to guarantee a high-class education.

The town’s state Grammar has topped a list which pairs the best performing schools at GCSE level with the least expensive property prices in the surrounding area.

Pupils at Heckmondwike Grammar School, which is rated outstanding by Ofsted, have an average GCSE score of 616, while properties nearby are on the market for just £113,507.

This works out at £184 per GCSE point, the estate agent eMoov.co.uk said.

98 per cent of students at the school achieve at least five A*-C passes at GCSE.

The only other Yorkshire entrant in the top 50 is North Halifax Grammar School, where nearby properties sell for £141,521, giving a cost of £246 per GCSE point.

Russell Quirk of eMoov.co.uk said: “Choosing a school is one of those life mile markers that often goes hand in hand with moving house, so doing your research into both can make a big difference in securing a good education for your child and a realistic move for your family as a whole.”

Housing costs are dramatically dearer at the 50th cheapest place on the list, Tonbridge in Kent. The Judd School has a 99 per cent A*-C pass rate, but with properties nearby averaging £334,523, the cost per GCSE point is £589.