Although the region encompasses some of the least deprived areas in the country, this prosperity is not spread evenly. For instance, while Maidenhead is among the 20 parliamentary constituencies with the lowest child poverty, more than one in 10 looked after children who live there have been convicted of a crime (UK GOV 2016).
- On average, only 15% of children in need achieve 5 or more A* – C grades including English and Maths (UK GOV 2016).
- Almost a third of children in need are persistently absent from school across the South East (UK GOV 2016).
- One in 20 looked after children were convicted of a crime before their 18th birthday in the South East as a whole (UK GOV 2016).
- 46% of children in need are eligible for free school meals across the region (UK GOV 2016).
The region is known for its many areas of stunning natural beauty, which include the rolling chalk hills of the Chilterns, the North Downs, as well as two national parks: the New Forest and the South Downs. Peppered across the beautiful landscape are a wealth of historical landmarks, such as Windsor Castle, Blenheim Palace, and Canterbury Cathedral. The area is also home to a range of sporting events including the Henley Royal Regatta, Royal Ascot and the Epsom Derby.
While rent in the region is costlier than other parts of England, reasonably priced accommodation is available, with the cost of renting a one bedroom flat starting at around £650 per month.
Thanks to its close proximity to the capital, the South East boasts excellent rail and road links to London. The region is home to Gatwick Airport, and its coastline along the English Channel makes crossings to mainland Europe easy.
Key benefits of living in the region
- 3 areas of outstanding national beauty to explore
- Rich and well-preserved heritage
- Home to a number of attractions including HMS Victory, Thorpe Park and RHS Wisley
- Excellent transport links
Participants in the region
We will be placing around 8 participants from our 2017 Cohort in Windsor and Maidenhead.