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Prime Location Woodstock Area Guide

Once home to Winston Churchill and home to the Dukes of Marlborough since the early 1700s, Woodstock is full of regal charm. The English town, just a short drive away from Oxford, is rich in history, with Blenheim Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and Churchill’s grave in Bladon, being just two of the area’s hotspots. The town was also named in the Domesday Book, where it was described as a royal forest.

Demographics

The 2011 Census data reveals that the residents of Woodstock are a real mix of ages and religions. The population at this time was recorded at 3,100 – with 32% of the population being under the age of 16 and nearly 25% being over 65. While the number of those of working age was a little lower than other towns of a similar size, 77% of those of working age were in employment. The types of professions varied, with residents in professional and non-professional jobs over a mix of trades and industries.

When it comes to housing, the majority of properties (39%) were three bed homes. Types of homes included detached, semi-detached and terraced – with the split between all three types of accommodation being relatively equal.

Education

Woodstock boasts some great schools, with a primary and secondary school sat at the heart of the village. What’s more, the schools are located just five minutes’ walk from each other, making the transition from one to the other easy.

Woodstock Church of England Primary School offers education for pupils up to the age of 11. It achieved an ‘outstanding’ grading in its latest Ofsted inspection in 2013. Areas marked at this level included the ‘achievement of pupils’, ‘quality of teaching’, ‘behaviour and safety of pupils’, and ‘leadership and management.’ The outstanding teaching at the school was said to be characterised by well-planned, exciting lessons, which pushed all pupils at the right level.

For children aged 11 plus, The Marlborough School is the local secondary school in the catchment area. It was assessed as ‘good’ by Ofsted in its most recent inspection, with the sixth form centre receiving its own special mention. The report said that students were ‘well supported to make informed choices about their next steps in education, training or employment,’ boding well for their futures.

If your child is looking for a good university nearby they needn’t look far. Oxford University is a short commute from Woodstock and one of the best in the UK. Oxford Brookes also offers good university education and is just 10 miles away from the town.

Transport

With its central location, Woodstock is easy to get to and offers access to the A44, M40, and A34, which take residents to Oxford and London. If required, residents could easily commute to either city from Woodstock, or vice versa.

Buses and coaches to Oxford are available too, with services mainly run by Stagecoach Oxford. In Woodstock, the main bus stops are the centre of the town, near the Marlborough Arms Hotel. If you’re getting the train, you’ll have to head to Tackley – which can be reached in 10 minutes by car. The train station offers a direct train to Oxford and Banbury, where you can get services to London, Birmingham and Manchester.

Amenities and shopping

Whether you’re hoping to pick up a few groceries or you want to get a haircut, you’ll find a whole range of fab amenities in Woodstock’s town centre. There’s a bank, post office, barbers and hairdressers, as well as a range of independent shops. You can shop groceries at the local Co-op food store, or, for something extra special, why not try the delicatessen or the Natural Bread Company? Big brand supermarkets can also be found nearby in the city of Oxford.

Oxford is a great place to shop all your high street favourites, as is Bicester Village, located a 20 minute drive away. Ideal for shopaholics, the outlet village houses nearly 100 chic boutiques – where you can get your hands on designer goods for less!

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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