Rayleigh Area and Amenities

What it’s like to live in Rayleigh

Rayleigh is an attractive market town and civil parish in the District of Rochford in Essex. It is located between Chelmsford and Southend-on-Sea some 32 miles (51 km) to the east of central London.

It had a population of 30,196 in 2001, increasing to 32,150 at the census 2011. The name “Rayleigh” is Saxon in origin and derives from “raege”, and “leah”, meaning “Female roe-deer stream”.

The connection with deer continued through the centuries as lands around Rayleigh were used as royal hunting forests for many hundreds of years and a deer was included in the coat of arms of Rayleigh Urban District Council.

The town has grown considerably in the last 25 years including a number of new housing developments and local amenities providing a well served, popular residential area.

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Local schools in this area

Primary Schools



Down Hall Primary School

Brooklyn Drive, Rayleigh, Essex, SS6 9LW

Eastwood Primary School & Nursery

Rayleigh Road, Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, SS9 5UT

Edward Francis Primary School

Uplands Park Road, Rayleigh, Essex, SS6 8AJ

Glebe Primary School

Creswick Avenue, Rayleigh, Essex, SS6 9HG

Grove Wood Primary School

Grove Road, Rayleigh, Essex, SS6 8UA

Our Lady of Ransom Catholic Primary School

Little Wheatley Chase, Rayleigh, Essex, SS6 9EH

St Nicholas' Church of England Voluntary Controlled Primary School, Rawreth

Priory Chase, Rayleigh, Essex, SS6 9NE

The Rayleigh Primary School Academy Trust

Love Lane, Rayleigh, Essex, SS6 7DD

Wyburns Primary School

Nevern Road, Rayleigh, Essex, SS6 7PE

Secondary Schools



The FitzWimarc School

Hockley Road, Rayleigh, Essex, SS6 8EB

The Sweyne Park School

Sir Walter Raleigh Drive, Rayleigh, Essex, SS6 9BZ

Local amenities in this area

Local Amenities

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