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Somerset offers something for everyone, from beautiful countryside to ancient moorland and market towns.

Our guide to key Somerset towns will give you plenty of information on the area, the prospects of making a move to the county and some local inside knowledge.

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Schools in Somerset

Yeovil offers the independent Park School and state school, Bucklers Mead Academy. There are also a number of small junior schools in Yeovil and the surrounding villages.

Taunton is well known for its schooling. The co-educational independent schools in Taunton are Queen’s College, King’s College and Taunton School. Secondary state education is offered by The Castle School, Heathfield Community School, Bishop Fox’s Commuity School and the Taunton Academy. Sixth form teaching is provided by Richard Huish College.

Wincanton has one secondary school, King Arthur’s Community School, which is Somerset’s first specialist Sports College. Primary education is offered by Wincanton Primary School and Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Primary School. Approximately 5 miles north of Wincanton is Bruton which offers the independent schools Bruton School for Girls and King’s Bruton and the state funded Sexey’s School.

Primary education in Chard is offered by Avishayes Community Primary school, Manor Court Community Primary school, Tatworth Primary School and the Redstart Primary School, while the Holyrood Academy offers secondary education.

Crewkene has 2 primary schools, St Bartholomew’s first school and Maiden Beech Middle School which takes pupils from ages 9 – 13. Wadham School provides the secondary education for Crewkerne.

Street Primary schools include Avalon, Brookside, Hindhayes and Elmhurst.  The Crispin School is a secondary school and shares its campus with Strode College of further education. At the edge of town is Millfield School, an independent co-educational boarding school.

Further information on schooling in Somerset can be found at Somerset County Council and The Good Schools Guide

Somerset Key Towns


Yeovil lies on an old Roman road and was a centre for the glove making industry.  Westland Aircraft are the largest employers in the town with RNAS Yeovilton a few miles north also offering large employment numbers. Several other manufacturing and retail companies also have bases in the town. There is an excellent hospital, 2 mainline train stations, Yeovil College and industrial estates with retail and businesses based on them.


The County Town of Somerset, Taunton boasts an anglo saxon Castle, the Somerset Country Cricket Ground and Musgrove Park Hospital. Central Taunton is part of the annual West Country Carnival circuit and hosts the Taunton Flower show which has been taking place since 1866 in Vivary Park. Excellent retail opportunities, a cinema and plenty of restaurants, cafes and cocktail bars, Taunton is a bustling town with something to offer everyone.


A small town that lies off the A303 road the main route between London and the South West of England it gives it name to its local racecourse. Home to Wincanton plc, a british provider of logistics with its origins in milk haulage. There is a small hospital, the Balsam Centre which is a Healthy Living centre and children’s centre. Several boutiques, 2 large supermarkets and an excellent hardware shop offer plenty of retail opportunities.


The small market town of Crewkerne has many cafes, shops and supermarkets including a large Waitrose. Steeped in history there was a Norman Castle and the town grew around the textile industry. There is a centre with a swimming pool and gym facilities and a museum.


Chard is a small town with several large companies, most notably Numatic International Ltd who produce the ‘Henry’ vacuum cleaners. With a football club, a rugby union club, a hockey club and facilities for cricket, tennis, bowls and golf, Chard offers many opportunities for the sporting among us.


Home to the famous ‘Clarks’ Shoes and now the Clarks Retail Village, Street offers fantastic shopping and a wealth of retail history.  There are 2 public swimming pools, one indoor and one outdoor and cafes along the high street.

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