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The Local Area Guide to Living in South Ockendon

South Ockendon is a quiet little Church of England Parish, falling under the borough of Thurrock in Essex - just outside of London. The town has a long-standing history, one that can be traced all the way back to before the 11th Century AD. In fact, South Ockendon existed as a village before the Norman Conquests and is mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086 - going by the name of Wocheduna, after the Saxon chief Wocca.

Today, South Ockendon is a popular commuter town, with railways and regular bus services providing easy access into London and the surrounding areas.

Information about the local residents

According to the GeoNames geographical database, South Ockendon is currently home to slightly more than 18,000 people. The majority of South Ockendon's households live in unshared homes with their families, spouse or partner, and either own the property outright or are paying a mortgage on the property. Mornings and evenings will see Ockendon station bustling with commuters travelling to and returning from work in London and other neighbouring towns in Essex. Residents of South Ockendon are proud of the place they call home and claim that the surrounding green areas showcase Essex countryside at its absolute best.

Nearby schools

Parents looking to relocate to South Ockendon will find a wide range of primary level schools to choose from when it comes to deciding where to send their children. These schools include Holy Cross Catholic Primary School, Benyon Primary School, Somers Heath Primary School, Dilkes Academy and Bonnygate Primary School. While all of these schools perform relatively well on a national level, Dilkes Academy is likely to be a favourite choice among parents, as it received a grade of 'Outstanding' when it was last reviewed by educational standards authority, Ofsted.

Unfortunately, there are no high schools serving the immediate South Ockendon area, although, there are a number of high performing secondary level schools in the surrounding areas. Harris Academy in Chafford Hundred recently started teaching sixth form students and was awarded a grade of 'Outstanding' when visited by Ofsted. Another close-by school to receive a rating of 'Outstanding' is William Edwards School in Grays, although, this secondary school does not offer a sixth form. Ormiston Park Academy in nearby Aveley is another option to consider for children at secondary level, although, Ofsted identified this high school as 'requiring improvement'.

Getting around

Those who choose to make the move to South Ockendon will find no shortage of transport options available to take them from A to B. As mentioned earlier, South Ockendon is a popular location for professionals who commute into London and with numerous train services operating throughout the day, it does not take long at all to travel into the big city. In addition to the regular trains, there are also a number of bus routes in operation that are run by Transport for London. Those with cars will find that South Ockendon's location also provides easy access to the M25, which is perfect for those weekend road trips!

Local shops

Newcomers to South Ockendon will find a number of delightful shops dotted around the town, from which all manner of goods and services can be purchased. High street brands like Boots, various charity stores, pubs and cafes all make for a laid back - but at times restricted - shopping experience. That being said, London is only a stone's throw away and the glitz and glamour of Oxford Street with its high fashion brands and huge department stores can be reached in around about 50 minutes - making it the perfect destination for a day's shopping! Just be prepared for the huge crowds of like-minded shoppers.

As far as supermarkets go, residents have the choice of two Tesco' superstores (bear in mind that one of these is a Tesco Express), a Lidl and a Savemore - all of which lie within close proximity of one another.

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All information was correct at time of publication and is provided in good faith.