Top marks for The Rowans

A housing development by leading homebuilder, Persimmon homes, has had instant success since it launched in October 2012 thanks to the fact that it is located close to one of the top five primary schools in the country.

The Robin Hood Primary School, which has been deemed ‘outstanding’ by OFSTED, the official body for inspecting schools, is located on the same road as The Rowans development.

A 2011 study by Santander Mortgages shows that school catchment areas have become an increasingly important factor for home-buyers. Over a third of prospective house hunters with children under the age of ten say that moving into a catchment area of a good school is their top priority and many were happy to pay an extra £12,000 in order to secure a home nearby.

35 year old housewife, Michaela McKay and her husband Billy recently purchased a four bedroom detached home at The Rowans development on Leeds Road in the Robin Hood area. The couple, who have two year old twin babies, confirmed that being located so close to one of the top schools in the country was the definitely the deciding factor in their plan buy at The Rowans.

“The main reason for moving to Wakefield was to be closer to my family. With the little ones we decided we would need the extra family support.

But when we started looking at houses, I was adamant I wanted our children to get into a good school. We found that our new home at The Rowans would make our children eligible for Robin Hood Infant school which is just minutes down the road.

A few people had recommended the school to us, so I researched it online and was pleased to see it was one of the top schools in the country and had been awarded grade 1 for Excellent by Ofsted. That was the icing on the cake.”

More and more often, a school’s proximity to a property is becoming a vital selling point for young couples as they are plan for a better future for their families. Websites that issue scores to individual schools such as are helping to increase the demand for property.

Persimmon Homes West Yorkshire sales director, Simon Whalley says: “We are delighted to be first choice for families looking for quality new homes.  We work hard to secure land in areas that will appeal to our customers and understand that prospective buyers are not just looking for a home they want the lifestyle and local facilities too.”

The young family, who moved into their new home in September, are extremely happy with their purchase. “What attracted us to Persimmon was the style of the homes. We love the big garden, the spacious kitchen/diner and the ample space we get for what we’ve spent! Being so close to one of the top primary schools in the country is definitely a bonus!”

“We registered the children to the Robin Hood Infant School’s nursery in September, so that they are more likely to be accepted next year when they are they are old enough to attend.”

Persimmon Homes West Yorkshire sales director, Simon Whalley says: “People are increasingly concerned about the value of a good education, and in some areas of the country, there is a significant amount of competition for places at sought-after schools. We are pleased to be able to offer young families homes within the vicinity of such highly regarded establishments like Robin Hood Infant school”

The Rowans is an outstanding development of two, three, four and five bedroom houses for sale in Wakefield. There are a range of incentives applicable to this brand new development aimed at making owning a new home easier. These include Part Exchange, Help to Buy and the Home Change scheme.

Prospective buyers are invited to register their interest now. To find out more about the homes simply call 0843 538 7668 or click here.

Prices start from £254,950*