Moving to Langley? Here's our Guide

Posted on Friday, August 19, 2016

During recent years we have seen a rapid increase in the number of people who have moved to Langley from the neighbouring towns and villages (and often further afield!)… but what is it about Langley that makes it such a popular location?

Convenience

Langley is a fantastic location for working professionals, providing excellent links into London and the West. Langley is on jct. 5 of the M4 (London to West Wales), and just a few miles away from the M25 junction of the M4. The M40 (Midlands) and A40 (London) are also easily accessible, just a 10 minute drive via Iver, taking you to junction 1 of the M40.

Whilst Langley already has a mainline train station, significant improvements are underway in preparation for the imminent Crossrail. The graph below displays popular travel destinations and the current travel times, along with the faster travel times as a result of Crossrail.

KEY JOURNEY TIMES FROM LANGLEY

                                                                                                            Source: http://www.crossrail.co.uk/route/western-section/langley-station

There are also a host of major bus routes which travel from Langley to popular locations such as Heathrow, London, Slough and Maidenhead.

Schools

Arguably, the biggest reason families choose to live in Langley is because of its excellent schools. Some of the schools in Langley are majorly oversubscribed, so being in the catchment area for a particular school does not always guarantee entry. The chart below displays the schools in the area along with their OFSTED rating and the map highlights their location within Langley.

Primary Schools in Langley

Secondary Schools in Langley

Catchment areas

1. Ryvers

2. Langley Academy – no known catchment area, nearest residents (as the crow flies) given priority

3. Castleview Primary (as of Sept 17) – 

4. St Bernards Prep - Admission based on individual application and faith.

5. Marish – No known catchment area, closer residents given priority

6. Langley Hall Primary Academy – 3.25 mile radius of front gate on Station Road (all of Langley covered, but not guaranteed entry)

7. Holy Family Catholic School – Admissions based on faith.

8. Long Close Primary – admissions based on individual application

9. Foxborough – Undersubscribed, no catchment known

10. Parlaunt Park Primary Academy – Undersubscribed, no catchment known

11. The Langley Academy – Undersubscribed, no catchment known

12. St Bernards Catholic School - Admission based on academic ability and faith.

13. Langley Grammar School – score of 111 or above in 11+, closer children given priorty

14. East Berkshire College – No known catchment area

15. Upton Court Grammar School - Admission based on academic ability, no known catchment area

16. Long Close - admissions based on individual application

17. Ditton Park – Admissions based on proximity to school (180 places), undersubscribed.

Please note that in cases where schools are oversubscribed, being the catchment area does not guarantee you entry. The closer your proximity to the school, the better your chances of admission, as long as your child’s academic ability meets the required standards (if applicable). We always advise that you seek information from the school directly, or Slough Borough Council, to talk through your individual case.

Prices

We hear our applicants tell us that Langley is slightly cheaper than the surrounding areas to the East (e.g. Hounslow, Hayes and Harlington, Uxbridge, Ealing etc). A few years ago, the gap in prices would have been more significant, but such is the demand in Langley, we expect that price gap has narrowed somewhat. In contrast, Langley is one of the more expensive sub-urban areas of Slough, so if you currently live in the more affordable areas of Slough (e.g. Cippenham, Wexham, Chalvey, Britwell etc) expect to pay a little more for comparable properties in Langley.

Community

Langley, like Slough, is a culturally diverse village with many nationalities integrating in one community. Schools are at the heart of the community for most residents, so school fetes and sponsored events unite the community in a heart-warming fashion. The local high street and the various parades of shops around the village cater for most cultures, with a great blend of traditional newsagent stores, with others catering towards specific cultures (e.g. halal or polish cuisine). There are a variety of different places of worship to accommodate a mixture of faiths, including churches, temples and mosques.

Amenities

Langley itself is fairly limited in terms of amenities (you can’t have it all!), but there are many convenience stores (including two Tesco Expresses and a Budgens), many bank branches, post office, petrol stations, takeaway outlets, restaurants and a few pubs. Langley does not have much in the way of entertainment, but nearby towns like Slough, Uxbridge and Windsor all boast busy shopping centres, cinemas and better nightlife.

Things to do

Langley is surrounded by large open spaces, such as Langley Park, Black Park, Great Windsor Walk etc, so some fantastic scenery is never too far away. Dorney Lake (Olympic venue for London 2012) is a 10 minute drive and is great for water sports; alternatively Upton Court Park is the beginning of a lovely cycle route into Eton and Windsor.

Pros and cons to each area

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