What is Acton Like?

  • Acton is an area of west London, England, within the London Borough of Ealing.
  • Acton means “oak farm” or “farm by oak trees”, and is derived from the Old English āc (oak) and tūn (farm).
  • Central Acton is synonymous with the hub of commerce and retail on the Uxbridge Road between London and Oxford.
  • Acton is now principally residential, although it maintains some light industry, particularly in the northeast Park Royal area, where there is a large industrial estate.
  • Waitrose started in Acton, as Waite, Rose and Taylor.
  • On the east end of Acton High Street is Acton Park, which features mini golf, a children’s play area, tennis courts, a basket/football court, a pond and an art block.

Schools in Acton

There are six state-funded primary schools in Acton, Berrymede Junior School, Derwentwater Primary School, East Acton Primary School, St Vincent’s RC Primary School, West Acton Primary School, West Twyford Primary School.

Acton has three state-funded secondary high schools, Acton High SchoolTwyford Church of England High School and The Ellen Wilkinson School for Girls, and an independent school, the Barbara Speake Stage School.

Acton also hosts the King Fahad Academy, an independent Muslim school.

Acton was once home to another independent school, Haberdashers’ Aske’s School for Girls before it changed its site to Elstree, the Acton site becoming the Cardinal Newman Roman Catholic High School.

The Japanese School in London is in Acton.

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