Leyland ‘one of best places to raise a family’

Parks and family attractions, including town festivals, were taken into account when announcing Leyland as being one of the best places to raise a family. Children and parents are pictured on Worden Park's miniature railway during this year's Leyland Festival
Parks and family attractions, including town festivals, were taken into account when announcing Leyland as being one of the best places to raise a family. Children and parents are pictured on Worden Park's miniature railway during this year's Leyland Festival
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Leyland is officially one of the best places to raise a family, based on factors such as schools, crime rates, house prices and leisure facilities.

The town has made it into the top 20 places across England and Wales as one of the most desirable places to bring up happy and healthy children.

The new Family Friendly Hotspots Report also credits that 81 per cent of Leyland students achieve A* to C grades in English and maths, compared to 43 per cent nationally.

A ‘strong community spirit’ and an increase in homes and supermarkets in the town over the past few years has also contributed to it being placed in 16th position.

Matthew Tomlinson, Leyland’s county councillor and cabinet member for children, young people and schools at Lancashire County Council, said: “I’m pleased someone agrees with me that Leyland is a great place to raise a family.

“It’s exactly what I’ve done.

“There are some great facilities here, such as parks, schools and transport links, so it’s an ideal place.

“I’m not surprised by these results, but I’m delighted.”

Two other Lancashire towns also made it into the top 20 – Longridge is placed 11th and Kirkham 18th.

The overall winner is Bingham in Nottinghamshire, which is praised for its ‘excellent’ education, a variety of clubs and social groups, and a range of retail outlets.

Leyland is also a good town to bring up young children, according to the findings, since 36 per cent of the Early Years Care centres are rated outstanding by Ofsted - more than twice the national average.

The report, by children’s savings provider Family Investments, reads: “The historic area has a strong community spirit, hosting festivals throughout the

year.

“In the last few years new housing and multiple supermarkets have opened to cater for the growth of families in the area.

“House prices are very affordable, with two bedroom properties selling for an average of £113,856, compared to the national average of £175,632, making the location perfect for commuters looking to reach major cities via Leyland’s railway station.

“The town has a great status in terms of education, with three high schools and two colleges that are well ranked by Ofsted.”

The picture of all 2,400 postcodes across England and Wales has been achieved by analysing 67 different data sets covering the main priorities for families when they are considering moving to a new area.

As well the ‘essentials of family living’, such as school inspection outcomes, exam results, crime figures and property prices, ‘lifestyle factors’ were also considered, which are said to ‘combine together to create the perfect backdrop for a happy family life’.