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The local area guide to living in Woodley

A Reading suburb known for its place in aviation history, Woodley is ideally placed for commuters and families alike. It boasts convenient transportation links, with the M4 motorway in close proximity and central Reading just a few miles away.

Many visitors make the pilgrimage to Woodley to visit its highly rated Museum of Berkshire Aviation. This provides a comprehensive exhibition of the local industry and Woodley’s history as a centre of aircraft production. It’s positioned on the site of what was once the Woodley Aerodrome. During the last century, thousands of airplanes were constructed in this spot and a flight school drew visitors such as Charles Lindbergh and others.

Yet there’s more to Woodley than its aviation links. Visitors can also enjoy its bustling high street and weekly markets taking place in the town square. Local landmarks also include the Woodley Congregational Church, which features Gothic Revival architecture.

Information about the local residents

The population of Woodley at the time of the 2001 UK census was 34,200, rising to 35,470 by 2011. It’s consistently rated one of the prime suburbs to live due in part to its strong community spirit. Woodley Town Council conducted a survey in 2015 which exhibited results backing this up. In this door-to-door survey, nearly half of respondents agreed that they enjoyed living in Woodley ‘a great deal’. A further 41.4% agreed that they enjoyed living here ‘a fair amount’, and the majority agreed that they enjoyed a sense of belonging in the community.

Many residents of Woodley are either young families or commuters. Its proximity to London makes Woodley an ideal location for settling down, and Reading’s city centre is also within easy reach.

Nearby schools

The 2014 Family Hotspots report ranked Woodley as one of the top 20 locations in the nation for families. They took factors such as crime statistics and local services into account, as well as the quality of education and affordable childcare. With education in mind, families can choose from a variety of schools within the suburb. South Lake Primary was rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted in its latest inspection. Rivermead, Woodley Church of England, and Beechwood all received ‘good’ ratings.

Within Woodley, secondary-level students can choose from two comprehensive schools, both of which have specialist school status. The Bulmershe School specialises in Sports, while Waingels College has earned specialist status in Computing and Mathematics. Additional secondary schools are located in nearby Reading.

Getting around

Woodley residents are well-placed for commuting into either London or Reading city centre. To reach Reading, local bus services including the Orange 13 or 14 routes complete the journey in about 20 minutes. There is no railway station in Woodley, but neighbouring towns including Winnersh and Earley offer rail links into Reading as well. From there, it’s only 30 minutes to London’s Paddington Station.

The M4 motorway is within close proximity of Woodley, accessible with the A324 exit. This allows residents to drive into London in roughly one hour, or alternately take advantage of rail and bus links. Other nearby towns include Wokingham, Twyford, and Sonning.

Local shops

The Woodley Town Centre serves as an important hub for the local economy, and it provides a wealth of services for residents. There are both weekly and monthly markets, including a farmer’s market midweek. The weekend Saturday Market features a range of goods from local farms, artisan products, and antiques. A separate car boot sale takes place in the town centre twice a month, providing the opportunity to pick up gently used gems.

Woodley’s high street features national brand names and independent shops alike. Independent retailers include Woodley Goldsmiths, where you can find handmade bespoke jewellery, as well as H.F. Newberry for unique cards and gifts. Grocery stores in the area include Iceland, Waitrose, and Lidl. Alternately you can relax with a cup of coffee, a light bite, or a gourmet meal. Visit local favourites such as Brown Bag coffee, the Bosco Lounge, or Cozze Ristorante.

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