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The local area guide to living in Bourne End

Bourne End is a pretty English village, partly in the parish of Little Marlow and partly in the parish of Wooburn and Bourne End, Buckinghamshire. It sits on the bank of the River Thames.

There has been a village called Bourne End in the area for many centuries, although the original was a little further downstream, where the River Wye empties into the Thames. Economically, it was the River Wye that sustained Bourne End for much of its existence, with four mills relying on its waters. These mills were the primary employers of the area, alongside the farming industry.

Bourne End has some distinguished literary connections. It was famously the home of children's writer Enid Blyton in the interwar period and, at the same time, Edgar Wallace, a well-regarded crime and thriller author.

Today, despite the loss of some railway links in the 1960s closures, Bourne End has excellent connections to London and is, therefore, a popular location for commuters. While definitely still a village in atmosphere and community, it maintains several businesses and is a major employment centre for the area, with more than its fair share of amenities. There are two recreational grounds, a community centre, and three active churches.

Information about the local residents

Bourne End had around 5,320 residents at the time of the 2011 Census. It belongs to a very affluent area, relatively speaking. Just 1.7% of residents claim Jobseeker's Allowance, which compares favourably to 3.3% for the country as a whole.

Nearly 40% of households in the surrounding area belong to the social grade AB and a further 32% to C1. This compares to 23% and 31% respectively for England, and indicates a larger proportion of people working jobs considered to be Higher or Intermediate professional, managerial, administrative or technical roles. This higher earning potential is reflected in the rate of property ownership, which is slightly higher than average. Just 13.9% of people rent privately.

The mean age is just about perfectly aligned with the rest of the country at 39.8 years old, with the single largest bracket being the 30-44 year-olds (likely because of the popularity of Bourne End with commuters). In terms of education levels, the area stands out. Around 38% of people have achieved an undergraduate degree or more, far above the 27% for the rest of England. The self-reported state of health in the area is also very good: 55% of people say their health is 'very good' while 32% say 'good'.

Nearby schools

There are three schools within the village of Bourne End. Westfield School, originally the village’s 'first school', was converted into a special needs school in 1995. Claytons Primary School is the village primary school today. Across all measures, it is rated 'Good' by Ofsted and is well thought of locally.

Bourne End Academy, which has Sports College status, went through a tough period for a few years, being placed under Special Measures from 2012. The latest Ofsted report, however, has indicated very quick improvements in the quality of teaching and performance.

Getting around

Bourne End's position right between the M4 and M40 motorways mean it is exceptionally easy to get around. The outskirts of London are under 30 miles away, and the major employment centres of Maidenhead and Slough are a very quick drive to the south.

By train, people can travel to Maidenhead from Bourne End, and then from there direct to London Paddington along the Great Western Railway in just over an hour. This makes it very convenient for commuters. There are also some good bus routes through the village, although it's generally easier to get around by car or train.

Local shops

Bourne End has some good restaurants, pubs, and shops. Along 'The Parade' there is a good range of local independent stores and conveniences, as well as some high street brands.

The village also has a good range of clubs and societies, with everything from angling, to bridge, to dance clubs. These, as well as the friendly pubs, make it fairly easy for newcomers to integrate socially.

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