BEST SCHOOLS ARE

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The place: edge-of-the-Cotswolds spa town with arts fes­ti­vals, race­course, smart shops and restau­rants, and lovely Re­gency houses. “If peo­ple can get a child into Pate’s Gram­mar then it is fan­tas­tic,” says Ju­lian Ar­chard of Sav­ills, “but it de­pends on exam suc­cess. If the sib­lings can’t all get in, there are pri­vate al­ter­na­tives such as Chel­tenham Col­lege, Chel­tenham Ladies’ Col­lege and Dean Close.” The school: Pate’s Gram­mar (mixed). House for sale: Lanes­field House, Lans­down Road, with seven bed­rooms, gym and flat, £1.595mil­lion, Sav­ills (01242 548000). The place: good for com­mut­ing into Lon­don, ac­cess to Heathrow air­port and pic­turesque Thame­side vil­lages, a cen­tre for in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy and in­sur­ance. The schools: Ken­drick School (girls); Read­ing School (boys). House for sale: Ben­hams Cot­tage, with three bed­rooms at Burgh­field Com­mon, just out­side Read­ing, £699,950, Hamp­tons In­ter­na­tional (01635 813407). The place: pretty lit­tle town in the Axe val­ley on the River Coly, with nar­row streets, an an­cient mar­ket place and the sea close by. “Par­ents will even fly their chil­dren in from afar to take the en­trance exam, and once they get a place come to rent or con­sider buy­ing,” says Pam Zoeller of Stags. “But there is no guar­an­tee they take sib­lings, so it is a big de­ci­sion to make.” The schools: Coly­ton Gram­mar (mixed). House for sale: Tues­day Cot­tage, three bed­rooms, £295,000, Stags (01404 45885). To see more properties near good schools, go to

CHEL­TENHAM, GLOS

READ­ING, BERK­SHIRE

Pass­ing the test: Tif­fin School, Kingston and a sixbed­room house in Manor­gate Road; three-bed­room Ben­hams Cot­tage, Read­ing, is ideal for Ken­drick School

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