There are lots of things that contribute to the decision making process during a house hunt. From the number of bedrooms to the size of the outside space and the availability of parking to the decorative order of the interior, buyers will look at every little detail in their search for the perfect home.
The one thing that matters above almost all others to most house hunters is location. Having shops, parks, restaurants, transport links and, importantly, good schools nearby can make a property instantly more desirable. The fact that Norfolk schools did even better than expected in a recent Ofsted report is therefore great news for the county’s property market and for homeowners living in the local area.
Ofsted’s annual report paints a particularly positive picture of early education in Norfolk. The document stated that an impressive 95% of nurseries and pre-schools were awarded ratings of either ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’. This is in line with the national average and shows that the youngest residents of the county are getting the support and the opportunities they need to thrive.
When children in the local area move on from nursery or pre-school to primary education, they’ll find a good choice of high quality schools to available. In Norfolk, 90% of primary schools achieved one of Ofsted’s top two ratings. This is consistent with the national average and compares favourably to neighbouring Suffolk were 89% of primaries achieved either a ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ rating from the educational body.
There’s more good news for parents and pupils when they leave primary school and begin their secondary education. The number of secondary schools rated as ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ in Norfolk is around 82%, above the national average of 79%. Like primary schools in the area, the county’s secondary schools are also continuing to improve, ensuring that more and more Norfolk schools will be highly rated by Ofsted in the coming years.
Over the past five years, schools in Norfolk have made huge improvements across the board. Schools in the area continue to rise up the league tables with advances in the quality of teaching and the level of results being seen year on year. As more investment is made in the recruitment of teachers, school equipment and educational standards, these results should only continue to improve.
If you live in Norfolk and are thinking about selling your house, or if you’re considering moving to the area, we can help. Get in touch today to find out more.