Buckinghamshire is home to some of the smartest communities in the UK, new research has found.

The county came in at number seven out of 49 of the UK’s smartest areas in research by online supplement website Supplement Place.

Areas were ranked according to A-level results, annual education expenditure, Ofsted ratings as of August 2020 and the percentage of students in higher education.

Bucks scored highly across the board, with 93.9 per cent of students achieving at least two A-levels or equivalent, the annual education expenditure coming in at £389,042,000, with 23 per cent of schools rated as ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted and 54 per cent of percentage of students continuing to higher education, and the average point score at A-level or equivalent coming in at 37.37.

The county’s overall score was 6.89.

A spokesman said authorities in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland were omitted because of educational systems varying between the four nations of the UK and comparable data not being available.

The UK came in at number six of the world’s smartest countries ranked by Supplement Place based on factors such as average IQ scores, the percentage of people aged 25 to 64 who have completed tertiary education and the number of Nobel Prizes awarded to people from each country.