England’s top 50 primary and infant schools

Choosing the best start for your child’s future is never an easy task. If your little angel/monster has recently turned 4, or will before next September, then you’ll need to start considering options for starting school and entry to reception – unless home-schooling is in your early years plan.

Here are England’s top 50 state primary schools based upon the latest SATs results from 2015 – ranked by their average points score in the 3Rs (reading, writing and maths).

These schools certainly succeed when it comes to academic brilliance – and getting a place can seem like mission impossible. A popular technique from ambitious parents is to rent a property close to their preferred school – a potentially expensive gamble when some school cut-offs have, In the past, been as low as 50 metres.

England’s best primary school

Topping the list is Little Dewchurch Primary School in Herefordshire – it’s a small local primary with a religious ethos at its heart.  This year they only had 9 places available – although the latest numbers tell us that they have allowed 25 students to start their academic journey with them this September. And you could’ve lived within 7 kilometres of the school to bag a place. With top ranking academic scores – you can imagine this will continue to be a  popular choice for the local community and a little wider.

But should you up sticks to move to leafy Little Dewchurch? £200,000 could snap up a 4 bed detached house nearby – so it might not be a bad move.

Primary schools in London

The London boroughs of Kensington and Chelsea , Harrow, Westminster, Richmond upon Thames, Hounslow, Haringey, Greenwich and Havering all feature in the top 50 – making up almost a quarter of the top schools.

Fox Primary School - currently a building site
Fox Primary School – currently a building site

Fox Primary School in Kensington and Chelsea is well known for consistently being one of the best, and toughest, schools in the whole UK to secure a place at. In 2014 and 2015 you needed to live within just 100 metres of the school to get in (unless you already had a brother or sister attending). Fox School has been undergoing an expansion over the summer of 2016 – allowing them to double their reception intake for September 2016 from 30 students to 60. This also meant they could admit pupils living up to 303 metres from the front gates.

Fox school extension

Just as a guide to local prices – a parking space alone in W8 could set you back a cool £150,000 (plus annual service charges of £1,000). If you wanted more than a parking bay, rented bedsits start from around £800 per month. Or you could always splash out on a luxury 8 bed apartment – starting from around the £25 million mark.

Primary schools in Lancashire

Perhaps the most surprising set of entries are provided by Lancashire. Granted, Lancashire, as a local authority, has the largest collection of state funded schools in the UK, but this northern powerhouse features four schools in the top 50.

St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School in Withnell is a Catholic school (a clue is in the name) and they use faith as part of their selection criteria. Catholic schools are often quite hard to get places at – unless you have a strong link to the Catholic Church. In other words – the kids are baptised and regularly attend church.

Last year St Joseph’s was not oversubscribed – so, this superbly academic school could still be a great option if you live in the local area, even if you don’t have a religious inclination. And a 2 bed terraced house in the same road as St Joseph’s could cost under £150,000 (that’s cheaper than a parking space in Kensington).


School name Local Authority Average point score
Little Dewchurch CofE Primary School Herefordshire 36.3
Fox Primary School Kensington and Chelsea 34.5
Kniveton CofE Primary School Derbyshire 34.3
Combe Church of England Primary School Oxfordshire 34.3
Barnes Primary School Richmond upon Thames 34.1
King David Primary School Manchester 34
St Peter’s Catholic Primary School Greenwich 33.9
Great Tew County Primary School Oxfordshire 33.8
Seend Church of England VA Primary School Wiltshire 33.8
Helmdon Primary School Northamptonshire 33.8
St Patrick’s Roman Catholic Voluntary Aided Primary School, Langley Moor County Durham 33.8
Singleton Church of England Voluntary Aided Primary School Lancashire 33.8
Moseley Church of England Primary School Birmingham 33.7
Nancledra School Cornwall 33.6
Ethelbert Road Primary School Kent 33.5
Selborne Church of England Primary School Hampshire 33.5
St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School Gloucesterhire 33.5
Frosterley Primary School County Durham 33.5
Betley CofE VC Primary School Staffordshire 33.5
Our Lady of Grace Catholic Primary School Greenwich 33.4
Park Road Sale Primary School Trafford 33.4
Scotts Primary School Havering 33.4
Well Green Primary School Trafford 33.4
Lady Boswell’s Church of England Voluntary Aided Primary School, Sevenoaks Kent 33.4
St Bernadette’s Catholic Primary School, Lancaster Lancashire 33.4
St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, Withnell Lancashire 33.3
St Faith’s Church of England Primary School Hampshire 33.3
Mundy CofE Junior School Derbyshire 33.3
St Therese of Lisieux Primary School Stockton-on-Tees 33.2
Tyldesley Primary School Wigan 33.2
Totley Primary School Sheffield 33.2
St Alban’s CofE (Aided) Primary School Rotherham 33.2
Dolphinholme Church of England Primary School Lancashire 33.2
The Holy Trinity Church of England Primary Academy Wiltshire 33.2
St Thomas’ Catholic Primary School, Sevenoaks Kent 33.1
Bledlow Ridge School Buckinghamshire 33.1
Hampden Gurney CofE Primary School Westminster 33.1
Newton Farm Nursery, Infant and Junior School Harrow 33.1
Holt Voluntary Controlled Primary School Wiltshire 33.1
St Mary’s Catholic Primary School ,Chiswick Hounslow 33.1
Longworth Primary School Oxfordshire 33.1
Bowdon CofE Primary School Trafford 33.1
Brampford Speke Church of England Primary School Devon 33
St Joseph’s RC Primary School Westminster 33
John Hellins Primary School Northamptonshire 33
St Mary’s Church of England Primary School Richmond upon Thames 33
Edward Pauling Primary School Hounslow 33
Rhodes Avenue Primary School Haringey 33
South Farnham School Surrey 33
Wentworth CofE (Controlled) Junior and Infant School Rotherham 33

Primary school applications close on January 15th. For the best chances of securing your preferred school always apply on time.

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