Introducing Essex

Set immediate to the north-east of London, Essex has fantastic travel links to the capital. Backing onto the estuary of the River Thames to the south, and with greenery to the north and west, the county is ideally situated for those that want to mix urban or rural living.

You’ll find a number of picturesque smaller towns and villages in Essex, as well as new towns such as Harlow and Basildon. Clacton-on-Sea and Southend-in-Sea are traditional British seaside towns while Tilbury serves as a key port for the British economy. Epping Forest meanwhile crosses the boundary of Essex and Greater London and is deemed a Site of Special Scientific Interest – providing the perfect opportunity to explore and relax when away from the classroom.

Colchester Zoo is home to a unique collection of wildlife, including white rhinos and orang-utans, while the medieval town of Saffron Walden houses the Jacobean estate Audley End House and accompanying gardens.

The region’s only city, Chelmsford, has the widest range of things to do and houses everything you would expect from a modern city, including an eclectic mix of bars, restaurants and shops.

The good news is that while the cost of living is less than nearby London, most salaries will be broadly similar.

You’ll find schools in the county at various different levels, including those that provide primary, secondary and SEN education.

Click here to read more about Essex, the English county which has it all.