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Top marks for homes near good schools

Being close to a good school remains a firm priority for families when buying a new home. Essex is blessed with a wide choice of excellent schools spanning state and independent, from early years through to secondary schools and even universities, so parents will be happy that their children are getting the best start in life. Even if you haven’t yet started a family, if you might one day in the future, it is worth considering the schooling options when looking to buy.

Countryside knows the importance of a good education and so we are proud to be investing in new schools as part of many of our larger developments. At Beaulieu in Chelmsford, we have built and helped fund Beaulieu Park School, Essex’s first ‘all through’ school, offering education from age 4 to 18. This means a consistent education for children throughout their school days and a straightforward choice for parents when it comes to transitioning from primary to secondary. The school opened to primary age children in 2018, followed by secondary in 2019 and it continues to go from strength to strength.

A further new primary school is also in the plan for the later stages of Beaulieu as the community continues to grow. For house-hunters Beaulieu has a wide choice of homes available that are ideal to accommodate growing families. And as a place to live, the vibrant new neighbourhood also boasts a fabulous range of sporting facilities, amenities and green open spaces that will enrich family living.

Another pull factor for families are Essex’s high-ranking grammar schools. Residents of Beaulieu and Mulberry Green will be conveniently placed for the two grammar schools in Chelmsford open to those children that are successful in the 11-plus exam. And if you have the budget to consider private schooling, Beaulieu is set against the majestic backdrop of New Hall School and its estate, formerly King Henry VIII’s Tudor palace and now a co-educational day and boarding school.

Those looking for the perfect cosy village school experience for their children should take a look at The Paddocks in Cressing, which is located immediately next to Cressing Primary School. Launching for sale later this year, it will offer a superb collection of two-to five-bedroom traditional style homes. Located mid-way between Braintree and Witham, this is Essex village living at its best in a sought-after area. With the school right on the doorstep, it will be no stress getting the kids to school on time each day. Outside of school time, families can make the most of the extensive open space with a new village green and play area that are being created as part of the development.


Essex also offers good university options for those continuing their education. The University of Essex in Colchester and the Chelmsford campus of the Anglia Ruskin University are growing in popularity and the uncertainty of recent circumstances over the past year has led to an increase nationally in students wishing to study closer to home.


At all of its developments, Countryside designs and builds homes that are flexible and timeless to suit families at all stages of life, as well as providing good access to schools to meet everyone’s educational needs. Many parents carefully plan their house moves just in time for looming school application deadlines, but even if your children are still very young, it can pay off in the longer run to think about schools early, after all they don’t stay little for long.

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