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Where to buy a home near the best state primary schools – and how much you’ll pay for the privilege

Which is more ­important, primary or secondary school education? The jury is out – but it’s a question many parents face. The option to go private is ­increasingly out of reach for all but the very wealthy, particularly so for families in the capital.

Thomas’s Battersea, where Prince George is about to enter Year 1, costs just under £18,500 a year. London has seen the biggest rise in private school fees across the country – up by a quarter since 2012 to an average of £16,560 a year, according to the Independent Schools Council.

These soaring fees and the huge demand to get a child into an “outstanding” state school have a big effect on local house prices. Dubbed “catchment chasers” in the trade,…