One of the biggest deciding factors when relocating to London is knowing where the best schools are. The top schools in the city usually correlate with their catchment areas and the prices of properties are reflected in this too. Some say finding a good school nearby is becoming increasingly difficult as there is higher demand for school places, but it’s all about doing your research. All in all, investing in an outstanding education for your child is worth the time and cost when it comes to finding the ideal catchment area. Here are some of the best schools and areas to live in and around London.


St. Vincent’s Catholic Primary School in Marylebone is nestled in a redbrick building just north of Bond Street. The headteacher has been described as exceptional by Ofsted and there is a constant improvement being embedded within the school community. After a full Ofsted inspection, The Marylebone Church of England School in Marylebone was rated as outstanding in every area. Catering for children aged 11-18, this school is located just opposite Madame Tussaud’s. Another school in Marylebone which has earned an excellent reputation is Hampden Gurney Church of England School. Located just between Edgware Road and Marble Arch this school has been a recipient of a NACE Challenge Award, which provides recognition of excellent provisions for talented children.


Saint Thomas More Language College in Chelsea offers a well rounded education within a prestigious London postcode. Similarly, Oratory Roman Catholic Primary school in Chelsea was rated as outstanding by Ofsted back in 2010. This school is so popular that there is even a threat on Mumsnet about how parents can get their children a place there.


Most parents will be aware of the excellent reputation that the borough of Richmond has for education. There are several highly rated Catholic and Church of England schools in this area. Some of the best include, East Sheen Primary, Clarendon School (for children with mild learning difficulties and Barnes Primary School. As well as being a hotspot for some of the best schools, Richmond also boasts beautiful outdoor parks and green spaces which are ideal for raising a family.


Within Barnet you will find the Garden Suburb, which is a popular area containing two schools, Brookland Infant School and Garden Suburb Infant School. Martin Primary school also performed excellently with Ofsted, which makes it a stellar choice for parents looking to live in a North London catchment area.


The South East is becoming a popular place to raise families, with affordable homes and plenty of parks in the area. Some of the highest rated state schools in this area include Wilson’s School and Nonsuch High School for Girls, both of which achieved top marks during inspections.

When choosing the best school for your child there are many factors to consider. If education is high on your priority list then moving into a popular catchment area will set your child up for a prosperous future.