Retford (also known as East Retford) is a market town in Nottinghamshire located 31 miles from the city of Nottingham, and 23 miles west of Lincoln. The town is situated in a valley with the River Idle and the Chesterfield Canal running through the centre of the town. In the Market Square there is an ornate French-inspired Victorian Town Hall, in front of which is The Broad Stone. Also in the Market Square is the War Memorial unveiled by Sir Frederick Milner in 1921. Retford is a lively and active community with good sporting and leisure facilities. The National Trust’s Clumber Park and Sherwood Forest the home of Robin Hood are both within easy access.
Within the town of Retford there are various junior/primary schools:- St Swithun's C of E Primary & Nursery School, St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, Bracken Lane Primary School, Thrumpton Primary School, Carr Hill Primary School and Ordsall Primary School. Secondary education in the town is catered for at the Elizabethan Academy and Retford Oaks Academy. The Special Needs School of St Giles is located within the Retford Oaks Academy. Many outlying villages have primary schools and the area also has the Tuxford Academy and independent schools of Ranby House, Worksop College and Orchard House
The town has a mainline railway station on the London to Edinburgh Intercity Link reaching London King’s Cross in approximately 1 hour 26 minutes. A1M lies just to the west of the town which gives access to the wider motorway network. Air travel is feasible via conveniently placed international airports of Doncaster Sheffield and Nottingham East Midlands.