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Revealed: The Best Towns & Cities In England To Be A Primary School Child
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Revealed: The Best Towns & Cities In England To Be A Primary School Child

Being a primary school child in England is a magical time; life is full of imagination and play and you don’t have to worry about council tax, bin day, or any of the other hassles of adult life. But where exactly is the best place to be a primary school child in the UK? We’ve taken public data from local […]

Being a primary school child in England is a magical time; life is full of imagination and play and you don’t have to worry about council tax, bin day, or any of the other hassles of adult life. But where exactly is the best place to be a primary school child in the UK?

We’ve taken public data from local councils, Yelp and Day Out With The Kids, to find out which towns and cities have the most museums, libraries and soft play centres per 10,000 of the population.

We also calculated the number of Ofsted outstanding providers in each LEA areas in order to find out where is the best place to be a little one from an education perspective.

The results are in and you can see for yourself the best towns and cities in England to be a primary school child – or, to perhaps better phrase it, the best towns and cities in England to bring your children up in!

Ranking City/Town Parks (Pts) Libraries (Pts) Soft Play (Pts) Museums (Pts) Outstanding Ofsted (Pts) Total (Pts)
1 Norwich 43 42 43 40 38 206
2 Cambridge 42 34 36 41 43 196
3 Oxford 41 13 37 39 42 172
4 Brighton 36 41 6 42 41 166
5 Ipswich 39 35 31 24 35 164
6 Nottingham 30 29 34 35 33 161
7 Hull 24 39 28 33 30 154
8 Middlesbrough 26 40 41 17 16 140
9 Southampton 40 14 12 38 34 138
10 Bristol 18 32 30 30 27 137
11 Portsmouth 29 10 23 37 36 135
12 Manchester 17 16 38 34 28 133
13 Northampton 14 43 35 23 14 129
14 Reading 22 18 29 18 40 127
15 Leicester 34 25 13 29 22 123
16 Plymouth 38 31 10 11 31 121
17= Liverpool 31 7 25 36 20 119
17= Poole 33 37 14 31 4 119
19 Blackpool 2 15 40 32 26 115
20 Bournemouth 10 38 33 8 25 114
21 Newcastle 32 22 32 19 8 113
22= Huddersfield 11 11 39 26 24 111
22= Southend 37 3 21 27 23 111
24 Slough 16 28 1 25 39 109
25 Warrington 23 21 24 6 32 106
26 York 35 19 4 43 3 104
27 Sheffield 21 24 18 22 17 102
28 Swindon 1 36 27 5 29 98
29 Peterborough 28 27 22 9 11 97
30 Wolverhampton 8 30 20 4 21 83
31 Milton Keynes 19 8 3 14 37 81
32 Derby 4 33 7 16 19 79
33 Telford 25 20 26 0 7 78
34 Stoke 27 2 17 21 6 73
35 Birmingham 20 4 15 20 10 69
36 London 13 12 11 28 1 65
37 Bolton 12 23 16 3 9 63
38 Bradford 3 26 5 15 12 61
39= Birkenhead 7 1 42 0 5 55
39= Coventry 5 17 2 13 18 55
41 Leeds 9 9 9 12 15 54
42 Sunderland 15 5 8 10 13 51
43 Luton 6 6 19 7 2 40

 

To break down the stats further, however, below we’ll take a look at the individual rankings across each of the factors:

Parks

City/Town Parks Per 10,000 Population Pts
Norwich 1.030 43
Cambridge 0.771 42
Oxford 0.728 41
Southampton 0.652 40
Ipswich 0.616 39
Plymouth 0.469 38
Southend 0.464 37
Brighton 0.448 36
York 0.400 35
Leicester 0.373 34
Poole 0.359 33
Newcastle 0.354 32
Liverpool 0.321 31
Nottingham 0.317 30
Portsmouth 0.315 29
Peterborough 0.315 29
Stoke 0.314 27
Middlesbrough 0.273 26
Telford 0.258 25
Hull 0.225 24
Warrington 0.212 23
Reading 0.210 22
Sheffield 0.207 21
Birmingham 0.206 20
Milton Keynes 0.203 19
Bristol 0.200 18
Manchester 0.186 17
Slough 0.181 16
Sunderland 0.170 15
Northampton 0.156 14
London 0.151 13
Bolton 0.151 13
Huddersfield 0.137 11
Bournemouth 0.124 10
Leeds 0.124 9
Wolverhampton 0.123 8
Birkenhead 0.113 7
Luton 0.110 6
Coventry 0.098 5
Derby 0.086 4
Bradford 0.083 3
Blackpool 0.066 2
Swindon 0.048 1

Libraries

City/Town Libraries per 10,000 Population Pts
Northampton 1.871 43
Norwich 1.030 42
Brighton 0.897 41
Middlesbrough 0.818 40
Hull 0.750 39
Bournemouth 0.747 38
Poole 0.718 37
Swindon 0.717 36
Ipswich 0.704 35
Cambridge 0.686 34
Derby 0.685 33
Bristol 0.676 32
Plymouth 0.665 31
Wolverhampton 0.655 30
Nottingham 0.634 29
Slough 0.634 28
Peterborough 0.630 27
Bradford 0.621 26
Leicester 0.611 25
Sheffield 0.603 24
Bolton 0.603 23
Newcastle 0.602 22
Warrington 0.582 21
Telford 0.581 20
York 0.571 19
Reading 0.560 18
Coventry 0.555 17
Manchester 0.534 16
Blackpool 0.525 15
Southampton 0.512 14
Oxford 0.510 13
London 0.481 12
Huddersfield 0.479 11
Portsmouth 0.473 10
Leeds 0.468 9
Milton Keynes 0.457 8
Liverpool 0.406 7
Luton 0.386 6
Sunderland 0.374 5
Birmingham 0.363 4
Southend 0.348 3
Stoke 0.236 2
Birkenhead 0.225 1

 

Soft Play Areas

City/Town Soft Play Per 10,000 Population Pts
Norwich 0.951 43
Birkenhead 0.676 42
Middlesbrough 0.613 41
Blackpool 0.590 40
Huddersfield 0.479 39
Manchester 0.441 38
Oxford 0.437 37
Cambridge 0.428 36
Northampton 0.416 35
Nottingham 0.387 34
Bournemouth 0.373 33
Newcastle 0.354 32
Ipswich 0.352 31
Bristol 0.350 30
Reading 0.350 29
Hull 0.337 28
Swindon 0.335 27
Telford 0.323 26
Liverpool 0.321 25
Warrington 0.317 24
Portsmouth 0.315 23
Peterborough 0.315 22
Southend 0.290 21
Wolverhampton 0.286 20
Luton 0.276 19
Sheffield 0.264 18
Stoke 0.236 17
Bolton 0.226 16
Birmingham 0.225 15
Poole 0.215 14
Leicester 0.204 13
Southampton 0.186 12
London 0.158 11
Plymouth 0.156 10
Leeds 0.151 9
Sunderland 0.136 8
Derby 0.128 7
Brighton 0.128 7
Bradford 0.124 5
York 0.114 4
Milton Keynes 0.101 3
Coventry 0.098 2
Slough 0.091 1

 

Museums

City/Town Museums Per 10,000 Population Pts
York 1.542 43
Brighton 1.025 42
Cambridge 0.857 41
Norwich 0.713 40
Oxford 0.655 39
Southampton 0.605 38
Portsmouth 0.578 37
Liverpool 0.513 36
Nottingham 0.458 35
Manchester 0.418 34
Hull 0.412 33
Blackpool 0.394 32
Poole 0.359 31
Bristol 0.350 30
Leicester 0.305 29
London 0.304 28
Southend 0.290 27
Huddersfield 0.274 26
Slough 0.272 25
Ipswich 0.264 24
Northampton 0.260 23
Sheffield 0.207 22
Stoke 0.157 21
Birmingham 0.147 20
Newcastle 0.142 19
Reading 0.140 18
Middlesbrough 0.136 17
Derby 0.128 16
Bradford 0.124 15
Milton Keynes 0.101 14
Coventry 0.098 13
Leeds 0.096 12
Plymouth 0.078 11
Sunderland 0.068 10
Peterborough 0.063 9
Bournemouth 0.062 8
Luton 0.055 7
Warrington 0.053 6
Swindon 0.048 5
Wolverhampton 0.041 4
Bolton 0.038 3
Birkenhead 0.000 0
Telford 0.000 0

 

Outstanding Ofsted Providers In LEA

City/Town Outstanding Ofsted Providers Per 10,000 Population Pts
Cambridge 3.256 43
Oxford 2.694 42
Brighton 2.562 41
Reading 2.380 40
Slough 2.173 39
Norwich 1.901 38
Milton Keynes 1.775 37
Portsmouth 1.628 36
Ipswich 1.496 35
Southampton 1.396 34
Nottingham 1.373 33
Warrington 1.270 32
Plymouth 1.212 31
Hull 1.162 30
Swindon 1.147 29
Manchester 1.137 28
Bristol 1.126 27
Blackpool 1.115 26
Bournemouth 1.058 25
Huddersfield 1.026 24
Southend 0.987 23
Leicester 0.984 22
Wolverhampton 0.982 21
Liverpool 0.855 20
Derby 0.727 19
Coventry 0.718 18
Sheffield 0.660 17
Middlesbrough 0.613 16
Leeds 0.592 15
Northampton 0.572 14
Sunderland 0.510 13
Bradford 0.476 12
Peterborough 0.441 11
Birmingham 0.431 10
Bolton 0.414 9
Newcastle 0.390 8
Telford 0.387 7
Stoke 0.354 6
Birkenhead 0.338 5
Poole 0.287 4
York 0.228 3
Luton 0.110 2
London 0.071 1

 

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