Excellence in education supports off-plan property investment in Leeds

Excellence in education supports off-plan property investment in Leeds

New build in Leeds could maximise your potential investment profits

There are many great reasons to invest in off-plan property in Leeds. You’ll find some of the UK’s best property investments here.

Leeds is a city that is only two hours from London by train and just six hours from Paris. Businesses here benefit from a well-educated workforce of around 2 million. More than 7 million people are less than an hour’s drive from Leeds city centre.

Leeds boasts a large, fast-growing and diverse economy, with dozens of major companies headquartered here. It is home to some of the best retail in the UK. The Leeds City Region secured a £1 billion Growth Deal with the central government in 2014. It provides the finance to deliver ambitious growth and the West Yorkshire Transport Fund. Thousands of jobs will be created. More than £350 million of public and private investment will help to boost regeneration, growth, and jobs. And there are billions more of investment money already committed to Leeds. An expanding population is being supported by initiatives for new build developments in and around Leeds.

So, a great place to go to work, start a business, and go shopping. A place that is easy to travel to and from, and one which is receiving massive investment. But what about education?

In this article, we examine how Leeds shapes up for educational facilities, one of the key property fundamentals that drive profit in property investment. We also investigate a superb Keepmoat development, which promises incredible investment potential.

A huge student population

Leeds boasts an enormous student population, both at school and higher education levels.

Excelling in secondary education

There are approximately 110,000 children of school age (5 years to 19 years old) living in Leeds. There are more than 210 primary schools in Leeds, and more than three dozen schools and academies providing secondary education to older children.

Thirteen of these secondary schools have or are being transformed into high-achieving inclusive schools, thanks to £260 million of funding under the government’s ‘Building for the Future’ funding programme.

The impetus placed on secondary education in Leeds is certainly working. In 2015, Leeds school pupils achieved the best increase in GCSE results in Yorkshire. More than 55% of students achieved five or more A to C grades, compared to 51% the previous year. Two-thirds of the city’s schools saw results improve.

·         Over-performing schools

The best performing schools in Leeds include Garforth Academy, Allerton High, and Prince Henry’s Grammar in Otley. Allerton High was one of the first of Leeds’s schools to benefit from investment under the Building for the Future programme.

At Garforth Academy, the number of high-achieving pupils rose by 10% to 80%. The school’s principal, Andy Woodhouse, said at the time, “Garforth Academy are very proud of the achievement of our young people. The 2015 results were the culmination of the positive work ethic displayed by the students supported by hardworking staff and supportive parents and carers.”

In the last round of Ofsted inspections, six secondary schools in Leeds were rated as ‘outstanding’. These are Garforth Academy, Roundhay School, St. Mary’s Menston, The Farnley Academy, The Morley Academy, and West Oaks SEN Specialist School and College. Additionally, a further 24 schools received a rating of ‘good’.

·         Rapidly improving schools, too

Leeds is not only home to some of the best schools in Yorkshire and the UK; it is also home to some of the fastest improving, too.

Bruntcliffe Academy in Morley saw its ratio of pupils achieving five or more good grades at GCSE rise by an incredible 20%, from 32% to 52% between 2015 and 2016. John Smeaton Academy saw a 14% rise, from 35% to 49%.

Further and Higher Education

Some of the most exciting off-plan Leeds property investment opportunities are those catering for students in further and higher education. Around 210,000 students from the UK and abroad live and study here.

There are four universities: The University of Leeds; Leeds Beckett University; Leeds Trinity University; and The University of Law.

In addition to its university offering, Leeds also offers a range of professional training and education establishments, including:

  • Advanced Flight Training
  • Mobility Oil and Gas Limited
  • Leeds College of Music
  • Leeds College of Art

Introducing New Forest, exceptional new build in Leeds

Keepmoat is a developer with great experience in Leeds. It played a major role in a 20-year £198 million refurbishment and development contract, building 388 new homes, refurbishing more than 1,200, and improving environmental areas. It received a 96% customer satisfaction rating for its work.

Only four miles from Leeds city centre, you’ll find Keepmoat’s latest development, New Forest in Middleton.

Middleton is a popular residential suburb of Leeds. It has all the amenities needed by modern families while being on the doorstep of Leeds. There are local community shops, and just three miles away you are at the White Rose Shopping Centre – 120 shops, plus places to eat and drink.

Transport links here are superb. Here you are just six minutes’ drive from junction 28 of the M62. Regular rail services provide access into Leeds, Manchester and Huddersfield from Morley station, which is within five miles by road. Leeds Bradford Airport is 13 miles away.

Residents living in Middleton are only a few minutes from the 630-acre Middleton Park, a paradise for walkers, cyclists, and families with energetic children. Primary schools within a striking distance of the New Forest development include Westwood and Sharp Lane. For older children, the Cockburn School (rated ‘good’ by Ofsted) is nearby.

This exciting new development consists of 2 and 3-bedroom homes. They are stylish and spacious and benefit from modern, high-spec kitchen and dining rooms. Most have private driveways. The interior benefits from clever design to maximise space and storage.

All these new build properties benefit from a range of warranties and guarantees, in addition to NHBC or LABC structural warranties. As explained, there are many great reasons to invest in off-plan property in Leeds. There are many great reasons to make your Leeds new build investment a Keepmoat property.

Contact one of the Gladfish team today on  +44 (0)207 923 6100, and discover more about the amazing property investment opportunities in Leeds.

Live with passion,

Brett Alegre-Wood

About the Author

Brett has over 20 years experience in all facets of property, he owns various companies centred around property and is the driving force behind the education and training at Gladfish. His companies have sold over £850 million in UK and London property and he manages over 1200 properties through his estate agency chain. Today he shares his time between UK, Australia and Singapore. He is married to Arlene and together they have 4 kids.

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