Considered as a gateway to the stunning Surrey Hills, Leatherhead is surrounded by countryside but is also a hub for business; home to national and international companies. Corporate ties, especially those to London, are cemented by Leatherhead’s strong transport links.
Despite having an urban edge, Leatherhead has a small population and the town and residential areas have a number of period properties. Residents of the town also championed the cosy pubs and green spaces, which have inspired great writes such as Jane Austen and C S Lewis.
Schools in Leatherhead
The most notable school in Leather is undoubtedly St Johns, which was founded in 1851. It is a co-educational independent school for boys and girls aged 11 to 18 and is highly regarded as one of the best schools in the South East. Two nearby independent schools where places are also sought after include City of London Freemans School and Box Hill School.
In terms of state primary schools there are three which are outstanding; Leatherhead Trinity, The Dawnay and West Ashtead County. Many children who attend primary school in Leatherhead transfer to the local secondary, Therfield School. However, other local options include Howard of Effingham and St Andrew’s Catholic School.
Days Out in Leatherhead
A hit with families, Bocketts Farm in neighbouring Fetcham is set in the rolling Surrey countryside. Having operated as a family farm since the Gowing family moved in during 1990, the premises has developed extensively and there are now the usual farmyard critters and some more exotic creatures too.
Just a short drive from Leatherhead is the magnificent Polesden Lacey. Built in 1842, the Edwardian mansion and its beautiful estate is a great place to explore. However, for something faster paced, Chessington World of Adventures is just a quick whizz down the A423.
Leatherhead Transport Links
Within easy reach of the M25 and A24, those who live in Leatherhead can drive to locations such as Guildford, Woking and Epsom with ease. As long as commuters are aware of congestion at rush hour, driving to London is also an option.
Leatherhead railway station is a 10-minute walk from the town centre and comprised of two platforms. Despite its small size there are 12 services per hour during off-peak times. Six trains head to the capital, two to London Victoria and four to London Waterloo. Both services take little over 40 minutes. The remaining trains call at Dorking, Horsham and Guildford.