More about Surrey
Surrey is a county in South East England and is one of the home counties. It borders Kent to the east, East Sussex to the south-east, West Sussex to the south, Hampshire to the west and south-west, and Berkshire to the north-west and Greater London to the north-east. The county town is Guildford. Surrey County Council is actually based in Kingston upon the Thames which is now part of London. With a resident population of 1.1 million, Surrey is the most densely populated and third-most-populous county in the South East region.
Surrey is noted for being a particularly wealthy county due in large part to its proximity to London and to Heathrow and Gatwick airports along with access to major arterial road routes (including the M25, M3 and M23) and frequent rail services into Central London. It has the highest GDP per capita of any English county and some of the highest property values outside Inner London. The county is said to have the highest proportion of millionaires in the UK. The average wage in Surrey is bolstered by the high proportion of residents who work in financial services.
Surrey is divided in two by the beautiful chalk ridge of the North Downs, running east-west. The county ranges from the highly populated areas in the north next to London to prosperous market towns like Guildford, Godalming and Dorking and gorgeous villages like Churt. It contains some of the most lovely countrysides in the south of England and is the most wooded county in England, with 22.4% coverage compared to a national average of 11.8%.
- Train: London Transport, National Rail
- Plane: Gatwick Airport, Heathrow Airport
- Automobile: M25, M3, M23, Various bus services
Did you know?
All journeys using public transport in the London area including parts of Surrey the cheapest option is to use an ‘Oyster’ card (available from stations and many shops) or a contactless bank card.
What you can see
- Heritage: Box Hill, Devil’s Punch Bowl, Frensham Common, Tudor Mansion ,Clandon House, Runnymede
- Museums: Brooklands, The Gaming Lounge (Retro Gaming Museum)
- Tourist destinations: Thorpe Park, Chessington World of Adventures
Did you know?
Runnymede at Egham is the site of the sealing of the Magna Carta in 1215. It is next to the River Thames and close to Virginia Water, a beautiful area which has become England’s most expensive housing area outside central London and home to a number of well known media stars.
About Schools in this region
Surrey has 55 state secondary schools, 7 sixth form colleges and 55 state primaries. The county has 41 independent schools, including Charterhouse (one of the nine independent schools mentioned in the Public Schools Act 1868) and the Royal Grammar School, Guildford. More than half the state secondary schools in Surrey have sixth forms. Brooklands (twinned with a site in Ashford, Surrey), Reigate, Esher, Egham, Woking and Waverley host sixth-form equivalent colleges each with technical specialisations and standard sixth-form study courses.
Surrey Local Authority is a large and well-known education authority and Surrey schools traditionally perform well. To view their OFSTED inspection reports please click here. Alternatively, you can compare the performance of the different schools by clicking here.
WonderLust works closely with teachers from Australia, New Zealand, and Canada as well as from other destinations who wish to work in Surrey. We make sure that we profile teachers accurately so that we can match them with the right schools in Surrey. We work in partnership with our schools, visiting all our teachers on site and liaising closely with them to ensure that the placements are going well and that teachers feel secure and well supported. For more information, please contact us.