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Living in Sandhurst: The Local Area Guide

A small town located in the south eastern corner of Berkshire, Sandhurst enjoys a convenient location just 33 miles outside of central London. It borders Surrey and Hampshire, and the Town Council maintains strong links with neighbouring parishes. It’s most commonly known for being home to the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, which although technically located in neighbouring Camberley plays an important role in the town’s history and growth. Sandhurst has a population of over 22,000 residents in total, living in four main districts. These include Little Sandhurst, College Town, Central Sandhurst, and Owlsmoor. As part of Bracknell Forest borough, Sandhurst is positioned just seven miles away from the town of Bracknell.

Sandhurst Memorial Park is a popular community gathering place in town, and includes seven football pitches, a pavilion, cricket square, tennis courts, and a coffee shop. There’s also a Day Centre, Community Hall, and Licensed Sports Club on the premises. A number of events take place here throughout the year, including the Donkey Derby and Tug of War tournaments.

Demographics

Central Sandhurst is fairly diverse, with approximately 87% of residents being born in England. Other top countries of birth in Central Sandhurst include South Africa, India, Kenya, Hong Kong, and Zimbabwe. This helps give the town a multi-cultural atmosphere. Top occupations listed by residents include Professional, Associate professional and technical, and Administrative and secretarial.

Naturally, the proximity of the Royal Military Academy plays a strong role in the local demographics and economy. Many residents either work at the Academy or are affiliated with it in some way, and the constant flow of new students ensures a thriving, ever-changing youthful vibe in the town.

Education

Local families will find highly regarded schools on offer in Sandhurst. At the primary level, Uplands Primary School is one centrally located option. It was rated as ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted in both 2006 and 2009. In the Owlsmoor district, Owlsmoor Primary offers both a Nursery and Primary school. Children are encouraged to work at their own level, and Ofsted recognised the school as ‘good’ in 2012. St. Michael’s C of E Primary was built in 1862, making it the oldest school in Sandhurst. It too has been rated ‘good’ with an ‘outstanding’ early years provision.

At the secondary level, Sandhurst School is a top-notch choice. It hosts over 1000 pupils, and specialises in Science. Sandhurst was rated ‘good’ in its 2013 inspection, with highlights including the quality of teaching and exceptional student behaviour.

Transport

Sandhurst is very conveniently located, boasting numerous transport links for residents and visitors alike. It’s served by the Sandhurst railway station, which sits on the line between London Gatwick, Guildford, and Reading. The Camberley Railway Station is also located close by, and is the most convenient stop for those visiting the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst.

The A30 motorway runs adjacent to Sandhurst. The town is near junction 4 of the M3, just 3.4 miles away. The M4 motorway is also within easy reach, just a little over 10 miles away. This provides direct access to Wales in one direction, and central London in the other. Many residents commute into central London, as it’s just 33 miles away and easily accessible by motorway as well as public transport.

Amenities and shopping

The Meadows shopping centre is located in Sandhurst, offering a high number of modern brand name shops. This includes a massive Tesco Extra supermarket, featuring clothing and electric goods in addition to groceries. There’s also one of the largest Marks and Spencer shops in the country, as well as a Next clothing store among others.

There are numerous public houses in town, with the oldest being the historic Rose and Crown on the High Street. The High Street also features many locally-owned independent shops, from Pete’s Pet Emporium to CM Decorative Supplies. Barbershops, hair salons, pharmacies, charity shops, and pet shops can all be found along with brand names like Tesco, the Co-operative, and Boots.

Whilst every effort has been taken to ensure the above information is up to date, some inaccuracies may occur. If you notice any inaccuracies please contact editor@primelocation.com

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

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