Where We Live
Details of what the area is like in Bridgwater and West Somerset
Bridgwater is a historic market town in Somerset on the M5 between Bristol and Exeter in the Southwest, with a population of about 37,000. It is on the edge of the Somerset Levels with the Mendip Hills to the north and the Quantock Hills to the west. It has been a major port and trading centre, and maintains a large industrial base. Today it has become a major distribution centre (NHS, Argos, agricultural business) with its links to the motorway. The major development today is the approval of the Hinkley Point C nuclear reactor. This means there are major projects for houses, hotels and roads between Bridgwater and Hinkley Point (some ….miles away).
However it also contains some of the most impoverished communities on its estates, and the general level of deprivation amongst parts of the population is high. Both Bridgwater College and Hamp Academies are contributing to combating the educational issues that arise because of these issues.
Brymore Academy is situated in Cannington, a large visit some 7 miles from Bridgwater. As discussed below it is in the middle of the countryside with views to the Quantock Hills, with a completely different aspect to the Bridgwater schools.
West Somerset College
West Somerset College is on the outskirts of Minehead, a seaside town known to many for its “Butlins holiday camp” much upgraded from the Fifties. It is now a predominantly retirement town for its resident population, and consequently suffers from a lack of young people who stay for education and work.