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Living in West Wittering: the local area guide

On the beautiful Manhood Peninsula, near the mouth of Chichester Harbour in West Sussex lies the village and civil parish of West Wittering. This picturesque seaside village is quiet during the colder winter months, but over the summer, dozens of eager tourists and beach goers flock there in order to make the most of the sun, sand and surf that the region serves up in spades. West Wittering beach is one of the best in the country. Its brilliant water quality and facilities all contribute towards it being awarded the coveted Blue Flag status.

In addition to crystal clear waters and white sandy beaches, the area surrounding the beach is also internationally recognised as being an important habitat for birds and other wildlife. Chichester Harbour itself is a Site of Special Scientific Interest, and part of this stunning harbour falls within the boundary of the West Wittering civil parish. The wetland that can be found in the harbour is a Special Protection Area for wild birds and has also been classed as a Special Conservation Area.


It was revealed in the Census of 2011 that the civil parish of West Wittering is home to 2,672 residents – a figure that represents a drop of around 120 since the last Census was conducted in 2001. These residents are further split into roughly 1,350 household groups, of which all dwell in unshared houses with their respective families. The most prevalent form of house in the West Wittering area are fully detached homes. As you would expect from a sleepy seaside village such as West Wittering, there is a high number or retirees who reside there. Of the 2,672 people living in the village, 47% are of a pensionable age.


Parents of young children who are considering making the move to West Wittering will no doubt be interested in learning as much as possible about the availability of schooling in the area, as well as its quality. There is only one primary level school in the village itself – West Wittering Parochial Church of England School. This school currently has 107 pupils on its roll, so it is by no means a large school. Of these students, 76% manage to achieve Level 4 or above in reading, writing and maths by the time they leave at the age of 11. Parents will also be pleased to hear that when the school was last reviewed by Ofsted in 2013, the organisation awarded it an overall rating of ‘Good’, the second highest rating that can be given.

If parents want to send their children to a school that does not have a religious charter, they may find East Wittering Community Primary School to be a more attractive option. The school is located in nearby East Wittering, a five-minute drive away from West Wittering. This school currently has 237 pupils enrolled, and 86% of these children manage to gain Level 4 or above in reading, writing and maths by the time they leave.

Teenage pupils will, unfortunately, find that there is no secondary school available in the immediate West Wittering area. However, nearby Chichester is home to a number of high schools, most of which perform well on a national level.


Residents have access to a number of bus services that are available to transport them to the nearby areas of East Wittering, Chichester, Bracklesham, Birdham and Somerley. While there is no train station in West Wittering, Chichester Station is only a short drive (20 minutes) or bus away. From here, people will be able to catch trains to London Victoria, Brighton, Portsmouth and Southampton. As public transport is fairly limited in West Wittering, those who look to relocate to the village will most likely find that they rely on their own car to complete the majority of their journeys.

Amenities and shopping

Unfortunately, West Wittering does not have its own supermarket. Residents looking to complete their daily shop will have to travel into Chichester, where a range of supermarkets can be found. Supermarkets in Chichester include a Waitrose, Sainsbury’s and Tesco to name a few. There are also a number of high street brands that can be found here as well – such as River Island, New Look and Topshop.

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

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