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John Elliott, Managing Director of Millwood Designer Homes assesses the importance of excellent local schools to parents when searching for a new home.

The location of good local schools is an essential factor for people when buying a home, to suit their children’s needs for now and in the future. For some time, Kent has enjoyed an excellent reputation for first-class secondary education and is home to some of the best grammar schools in the country.

The competition for an address within the catchment area of a popular secondary school, creates lively demand amongst not only parents, but investors also. Schools are certainly a huge pull factor for many families looking to buy in Kent, as they are drawn by exemplary secondary state, private and grammar schools located in and around Maidstone and Tonbridge in particular.

Meeting this strong demand and providing much needed new homes in this area, our three new developments make up the ‘Kent Collection’ and are perfectly located within the catchment areas of some of the region’s best schools. Windsor Meadow in Marden, The Old Orchard in Sutton Valence and Brambledown in Maidstone offer beautiful family homes and will appeal to parents looking to be spoilt by the excellent choice of education options in Kent. To name a few, Oakwood Park Grammar school and Maidstone Grammar school are both rated outstanding by OFSTED. Parents looking for private education options will find Sutton Valence School and Bethany School are close to The Old Orchard in Brambledown and Windsor Meadow in Marden.

Over the years, school catchment areas have enjoyed their own property price bubble offering some security against the wider fluctuating property market. As a location to live it is not only excellent schooling that draws homebuyers to Kent, but also the attraction to a living in a thriving village community, surrounded by open countryside with good transport links in central London.

This all contributes to an excellent overall outlook for the Kent property market, where local and new buyers will continue to benefit from the attraction of excellent schools in the area and therefore favourable market conditions.