Sheerness is the largest town on the Isle of Sheppey, with a population of over 11,500 residents. It is a seaside resort as well as one of the U.K.’s leading ports. Sandy beaches run along the coast with the industrial areas sited to the west of the town. Due to its location, the town has a sailing club and a yacht club as well as a golf club with an 18 hole course. Elmley National Nature Reserve is a 3200 acre estate in this area. The town has a theatre, leisure complex with swimming pool, national retail chains and independent shops and a twice weekly market next to the High Street. The railway station provides a service to London Victoria changing at Sittingbourne. Rose Street primary school is rated as Good by Ofsted, independent education is offered at Elliot Park School and secondary education at Oasis Academy. The Sheppey Crossing four lane bridge carries the A249 trunk road and was opened in 2006. Sheerness is some 20 miles east of Maidstone and 31 miles north-east of Canterbury. It also lies some 20 miles east of Chatham. Chatham is a lively market town in North Kent with a population of around 76,000 residents. The town is popular with commuters to London, with regular train services to London Victoria, Charing Cross and St. Pancras International.