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The Little Town On The Edge Of London That’s Home To Two Of The Best Schools In The UK

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Express. Home of the Daily and Sunday Express. HOME News Royal Showbiz & TV Sport Comment Finance Travel Entertainment Life & Style UK World Politics Royal US Science Weather Weird History Nature Sunday InYourArea The town also has a long shopping history as well as a very unique sporting history.

Barnet has the best schools (Image: Getty)

A neighbourhood on the edge of London is home to two of the UK’s best schools – and they rival each other for the top spot in the league tables. 

Home to the country’s top two grammar schools, Barnet, in London is a unique place when it comes to secondary education. 

The Henrietta Barnett School and Queen Elizabeth’s School were nestled safely in spots one and two respectively, according to the grammar school rankings published recently by Atom Learning.

The rankings were based on a mixture of A Level and GCSE results from 2022 and found that the girls-only Henrietta Barnett School had a 97.3% A*-B rate at A Level, compared to Queen Elizabeth’s School’s 98.3%, while the former had 98.8% A*/A at GCSE, with the latter hitting 95.7%. 

Queen Elizabeth’s School’s mission, according to their website, is to “produce young men who are confident, able and responsible”, while Henrietta Barnett School simply lauds its “academic excellence”. 

Barnet has a beautiful road called Wood Street, which is where the shopping began (Image: Getty)

Both have a string of notable alumni, with the former educating Tim Bell, an advisor to Margaret Thatcher, while the latter counts former Leader of the House of Lords, Natalie Evans, as a former student.

Barnet is right on the edge of London, to the east of Watford, while Barnet Borough covers a range of areas, down from Barnet town to Finchley.

The town of Barnet, very much home to Queen Elizabeth’s School, was built around the junction of Wood Street and was first made into the region’s major shopping district when a printing company opened in 1805.

Barnet FC’s old stadium had an 8 foot drop between from one end of the pitch to the other (Image: Getty)

Become an Express Premium member Support fearless journalism Read The Daily Express online, advert free Get super-fast page loading It has been home to many inns over the years, such as the Green Man, although nowadays is most well-known for its 5th-tier football club, Barnet FC – and even they play over in Edgware rather than the town itself.

The old stadium used to be in Barnet though and was famous for its slope from one end to the other – from goal to goal there was a huge 8 foot drop. 

Properties in Barnet had an overall average price of £864,000 over the last year – well above the national average of £285,000. It is also above the London average, which is £725,900.

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