Good schools for all ages are highly sought after, no more so than in London, the higher education capital of the world. It is well known that leading Ofsted school ratings are a continued key driver in choosing where to bring up young families. However, there is now significant and increasing focus on how homes themselves, such as Silkstream by St George in the leafy neighbourhood of Hendon, can benefit and further enhance higher education opportunities too.
According to new data released by UCAS, this year the number of UK 18 year-olds applying to undergraduate courses is the second highest on record. This comes with the context that the global pandemic forced many students of all ages to instantly adopt a work-from-home education. Essays, examinations and seminar exercises were all taken virtually. This has subsequently led to a change in educational values, expectations and boundaries; with many seeking a more balanced and healthy lifestyle.
This can be seen with recent trends identified by UCAS indicating that higher education students of the post-pandemic generation are looking for a slower pace of life with family, friends, health and shared experiences proving to be the top priorities.
Hendon: outstanding education on your doorstep
Boasting easy access to some of Britain's best universities and situated on the affluent North West border of Hampstead, Hendon is a thriving community close to many internationally recognised universities including London's highest-ranking modern university, Middlesex University, which continues to place in the Times' Top 500 World University Rankings.
This prestigious centre of excellence has long been favoured by academics, artists and media figures alike, and presents a star-studded list of notable British alumni including the late Dame Vivienne Westwood, Oscar winning actress Dame Helen Mirren, TV’s Dermot O’Leary and ‘Chatty Man Host’ Alan Carr. Royal alumni have also sought-after the best of higher education in Hendon, including Lady Sarah Chatto – the only daughter of the Queen’s sister, Princess Margaret – who attended the university to craft her fashion credentials and career.
Sheffield Hallam University is also set to bring its global reputation and degree-level courses to a new campus in North West London, as part of the flagship £7 billion Brent Cross Town regeneration.
Education can continue into the weekend and school holidays as Hendon is well-known for its superb variety of local indoor and outdoor activities. The Royal Air Force Museum and Museum of Domestic Design and Architecture or MoDA (part of Middlesex University) is based in Beaufort Park, a neighbourhood delivered by St George. The area is also home to Saracens FC, a top flight rugby union premiership club admired for its work with the community and grassroots campaigns for aspiring national men’s and women’s (Red Roses) rugby players.
The postcode is ideally positioned for outdoor enthusiast with over 200 green spaces, including seven Green Flag award parks and the Welsh Harp Reservoir (one of the largest lakes in London), in the borough.
Those looking to invest in a contemporary new home in Hendon should look to Silkstream. Ready to move into from 2024, these 1, 2 and 3 bedroom homes are within walking distance of many of the educational establishments in Hendon. A welcoming low carbon, nature rich neighbourhood in Hendon by award winning developer St George, Silkstream is setting the benchmark for quality and sustainability in the local area.
The Zone 3 location enjoys fast and improved connections to the city and the much-anticipated opening of Brent Cross West Thameslink - the first new mainline station in London in over a decade – will provide direct links to two international airports, Gatwick and Luton.