Region Overview

The South East continues to prosper with the second-largest economy of any region in the UK, after London, and has the highest population with over nine million. Contained within are the counties of Buckinghamshire, East Sussex, West Sussex, Hampshire, the Isle of Wight, Kent, Oxfordshire, Berkshire and Surrey. The South East is not served by any directly-elected regional government, but has a development agency which oversees investment projects.

Buckinghamshire, Medway and Kent employ a selective education system, which is a mix of grammar and secondary modern schools. The other areas are comprehensive. Kent has the biggest number of sixth-formers of any conurbation in England, while Buckinghamshire consistently records the highest results at GCSE level.

Area opportunities and Key Stats

Key Stats

  • Franchise Type:New

  • Cost of Investment:£18,500 plus VAT

  • Population of region:30,000 children of tutoring age in each catchment area.

  • The sale includes:Five-year franchise agreement

Area opportunities

Brighton and Hove is the largest city in the South East, having joined together to form a unitary authority in 1997 before obtaining city status four years later.

The two were formerly separate towns, before combining to make England’s most-populated seaside resort, located in the county of East Sussex.

Brighton and Hove City Council is responsible for 80 schools, of which 53 are in Brighton. There is a further education and sixth-form college, plus the privatised Hove College.

State schools are supplemented by faith and independent establishments, plus a fully-accredited music college, the Brighton Institute of Modern Music.

Undergraduates can choose from the University of Brighton and the University of Sussex. Together, they’ve also formed the Brighton and Sussex Medical School.

Other Cities and Towns

Southampton is the second-biggest city in the South East, but Milton Keynes has a higher population as the region’s largest town, situated in Buckinghamshire.

South coast cohorts Portsmouth are the next biggest city and also in Hampshire, while Slough and Reading are the largest places in Berkshire.

Oxford is the only city in Oxfordshire and leads High Wycombe, Basingstoke, Maidstone, Crawley, Worthing, Gillingham and Eastbourne, in terms of population.

Eastbourne is the biggest town in East Sussex, followed by the historic settlement of Hastings. Worthing and Crawley are the largest parts of West Sussex.

Other cities in the South East include Canterbury, Chichester and Winchester, with Canterbury the second-biggest town in the South East.

Population of 250,000+
  • Brighton
  • Southampton
  • Milton Keynes
Population of 200,000+
  • Portsmouth
Population of 150,000+
  • Canterbury
  • Slough
  • Reading
  • Oxford
Population of 125,000+
  • High Wycombe
Population of 100,000+
  • Basingstoke
  • Maidstone
  • Crawley
  • Worthing
  • Gillingham
  • Eastbourne
Other Notable Areas
  • Chichester
  • Winchester
  • Hastings
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