Bristol parents pay more to be near good schools

The price of properties near Bristol's primary schools are much higher than the average, making it difficult for families to choose where they want to live and their school. New research by primelocation.com suggests that the average asking price near a good school in the south west is almost £64,500 higher than the average.

Graham Godwin-Pearson, who has campaigned on the issue in the past, says, "The problem is acute in many parts of Bristol, including Clifton, Redland and Henleaze where the wealthiest families buy the houses nearest the primary schools, meaning others cannot make it into the catchment."

Some of Bristol's best primary schools have catchment areas of just 200m.

Graham continues, "The effect means that some couples paid more for their houses 3 or 4 years ago when they decided to buy a property and start a family. Once their child is of primary school age, the catchment has shrunk and their house is no longer in the catchment - and has subsequently devalued."

The research indicates that the south west fares much worse than London, where the difference in asking prices in and out of a catchment area is just £34,000 on average.