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The Local Area Guide to Living in Wombourne

Wombourne is a large village located in southern Staffordshire, near the cities of Wolverhampton and Birmingham. Its proximity to these larger cities, as well as the larger amounts of space that generally come as a result of living in a village, make Wombourne a popular dormitory town for professionals who commute into both cities for work.

Wombourne can trace its origins back to Anglo-Saxon times and its name is thought to mean 'Crooked Stream' in Old English. Locals are also treated to a number of picturesque walking trails in the surrounding countryside. One such trail which passes through Wombourne is the South Staffordshire Railway Walk, which follows the course of an old goods railway that was in operation until the 1960s.

The village green, which hosts regular cricket matches, also doubles as a hub for commercial activity in Wombourne, as the bulk of the town's shops lie around the green's perimeter.

Information about the local residents

Close to 14,200 people currently call Wombourne home, according to the 2011 Census. This means that in the 10 years since the 2001 Census was conducted, the large village has only grown by around 500 people.

Not only is Wombourne popular among working professionals as a place to live, it is also popular as a place to raise a family. Close to 60% of Wombourne residents who are between the ages of 35 and 54 have a youngest child who is between the ages of 0 and 18. The 2011 Census revealed that 5,931 households are listed in Wombourne and the majority of these households reside in either detached or semi-detached residences.

Nearby schools

One of the main concerns that parents looking to relocate to Wombourne will have is the quality of schooling in the area. Wombourne is home to three primary schools and one secondary level school. Cherry Trees School is a special needs school catering to children with learning disabilities.

Westfield Primary School is the largest primary level school in Wombourne, with 430 pupils currently on its roll. When Ofsted last reviewed Westfield, it was awarded a rating of 'Good'. Blakeley Heath Primary School also serves the Wombourne area, although it was awarded a 'Requires Improvement' rating from Ofsted. Blakeley Heath is smaller than Westfield, with 265 students currently enrolled. The only religious school in Wombourne is St Bernadette's Catholic Primary.

Ounsdale High School is Wombourne's sole secondary level school and currently has just under 1,000 pupils enrolled. Ofsted cited Ounsdale as a school that 'Requires Improvement' - although 61% of its students are gaining 5 A*-C grade at GCSE level, which is above the national average at secondary level.

Getting around

The vast majority of people living in Wombourne own their own car and use this as the primary means of getting around the village, as well as to and from work. For those without their own set of wheels, there are a number of buses that run regular services in the village. Those looking to venture to other cities by train will, unfortunately, not be able to do so from Wombourne. However, all is not lost, as Wolverhampton train station is only a short drive or bus ride away.

Local shops

Wombourne's village green, which lies towards the centre of the village, is the main area where locals do their shopping. The green is surrounded by a collection of shops that sell everything from bikes to computers and curtains to groceries. There are also a number of delightful pubs and cafes around Wombourne that provide the perfect place to break up a day's shopping. Two Co-Operative superstores and one Sainsbury's supermarket provide Wombournians with a place to complete their weekly food shops. While Wombourne might feel limited when it comes to shopping, it pays to remember that Wolverhampton is only four miles away and Birmingham is a short 50-minute drive from the centre of Wombourne.

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