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Some Frequently ask questions asked by parents with with school aged children looking for a school near Winterbourne Nursery & Infant School

How do I find out what schools are available around Thornton Heath? 
There are some frighteningly frank websites for you to choose from. The Government one is compare-school-performance.service.gov.uk. You simply enter your location, perhaps Thornton Heath, or a future location and select primary, secondary schools that you are looking for and there it all is in percentages! There are paid for websites like www.schoolguide.co.uk. This one is quite cheap and you can pay monthly. This is of course just the very first stage in selecting a school. You will to need see the videos on this page before even thinking of visiting the shortlist of schools on your list.

How do I find my school catchment area UK?

What date do you find out about school places?

How do I find out how good a school is?


Nursery Schools

What's the difference between nursery and preschool? Preschools usually work around a formal curriculum and trained teachers - making them a little more expensive! Nursery schools are usually a more relaxed learning environment and more flexible enrollment terms. They are also cheaper and vary greatly.

What age is a preschooler? Ages up to 4 is considered preschooler with toddlers are 1 to 3 year old bracket. Basically 4-year-old are not 'toddling' around any more and so are no longer toddlers!

What does preschool mean?

Is Pre K considered preschool?

This page should help you answer these school finding questions!


Local Area Creches and Day Nurseries for CR7
Click also to find: Childcare Services, Nursery Schools, After School Care

PreSchools and Playgroups for Thornton Heath

The Minster Nursery & Infant School

Warrington Rd, Croydon CR0 4BH, UK – 020 8688 5844

When I was there 10+ years ago it was a very good school, lots of good pastoral care and inclusive activities. It is a Christian school, though there wasn't uncomfortable amounts of faith (e.g. much of my class were not Christians and there was nothing forced on anyone).

This is a good school

Mini Vip's Montessori Nursery & Pre School

1 Campbell Rd, Croydon CR0 2SQ, UK – 020 8689 7663

Good place good location

Tunstall Nursery School & Children's Centre

Tunstall Rd, Croydon CR0 6TY, UK – 020 8654 0371

A really lovely nursery with friendly staff makes everyone feel welcome.

After School Care

Safeplay After School Club

78 Beulah Rd, Thornton Heath CR7 8JF, UK – 020 8653 9388

I've been here since i was little and now bring my children here too (address is different now)

flexible hours as i start work quite early

Wizkids Club

5, 46 Pitlake, Croydon CR0 3RA, UK – 0333 577 4500

I have 3 kids and my children goes to Wizkids, Due to my work schedule I found it difficult to pickup my children from school on time, friends and family too was hit and miss for me. Using wizkids School pickup and drop home service made it possible for me to get work done and not worry about my kids school runs or homework because Wizkids does it for me. I have also received a good feedback on my kid’s progress at school with the extra tuition they give. Thanks guys keep up the good work.

Top Kids Clubs Ltd

45 Stroud Green Way, Croydon CR0 7BE, UK – 020 8654 7517

Lovely place to send children

Good place

Choosing a school around Thornton Heath. This is an Australian video but has some really good Tips!

Independent Schools - Prep & Secondary - for Thornton Heath

Independent Schools for Thornton Heath - private preparatory and senior schools. Prep schools age 8 yrs to 11yrs or 13 yrs. Senior schools age 11yrs or 13 yrs to 18yrs. Some independent schools have a pre-prep department (age 3 to 8yrs) as well as prep and senior schools. Independent schools can be co-educational or single sex.

Secondary Schools

Al-Khair School

109-117 Cherry Orchard Road, Addiscombe, Croydon CR0 6BE, UK – 020 8662 8664

This place is the best school it has amazing teachers and wonderful facilities i hope it becomes something biggger

best secondary school in croydon

Norbury Manor Business & Enterprise College for Girls

Kensington Avenue,, Thornton Heath CR7 8BT, UK – 020 8679 0062

I have had so much fun in nmbec everyone is so nice

Three generations in my family have been coming to this school! Planning on making it 4. Miss nicholls was the best head teacher she made the school what it is she can never be beaten

Carew Academy

Church Rd, Wallington SM6 7NH, UK – 020 8647 8349

I love carew manor school 🚸 it was great i got to make friends and teachers are kind

Lovely school, great staff and brilliant learning abilities. I would recommend your child to go here!

Independent Schools

Trinity School of John Whitgift

Shirley Park, Croydon CR9 7AT, UK – 020 8656 9541

Amazing school. Great teachers in every department and there is always an enthusiastic, zesty atmosphere!

No bullying here and the pastoral care is amazing. So is the teaching. Brilliant. I also much prefer the all round environment to Whitgift

Croydon Metropolitan College

30-32 S End, Croydon CR0 1DN, UK – 020 8688 5777


The Link Secondary School

86 Croydon Rd, Croydon CR0 4PD, UK – 020 8688 7691

I went to this school years ago very nice

Local Authority Schools - Primary & Secondary Schools

Local Authority primary and secondary schools for CR7 7QT . LEA primary schools age 4yrs (the year in which a child is 5) to 11yrs. Secondary schools age 11yrs to 16yrs or 18 yrs. Each school has a local catchment area.

Primary Schools

James Dixon Primary School

William Booth Rd, Anerley, London SE20 8BW, UK – 020 8778 6101

James Dixon is a very good school, the teachers are polite, caring and helpful. They try their best to help you do well in the SATs. This school deserves a 10.

Good experience teachers

Eardley Primary School

20 Blegborough Rd, London SW16 6DH, UK – 020 8769 6486

I like Ms Liana Jedras

The Crescent Primary School

The Crescent, London CR0 2HN, UK – 020 8684 8283

Hey my name is Sava. I go to this school and it is quite nice. It was better than my last school! I love my friends

This was a good well ok school we visited as we now live in castlehill we have royal russle near our house very good facilities very beautiful and big the food was okay and the teaching was great very proud

Ofsted is the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills. Ofsted reports directly to Parliament and is independent and impartial, inspecting and regulating services which care for children and young people, and those providing education and skills for learners of all ages.

Click for the full database of OFSTED's inspection reports - check out schools in CR7 or anywhere in the country.
GetTheRightSchool was formed to offer a unique reference point on getting your child into the school of your choice. The web site covers all you need to about education choices with tips and a guide to the application process and issues that could impact your child's school day, from dealing with bullying, to money issues, to how to work out school catchment areas when they move schools.
Independent Schools Council Website - has a search facility: by county, school or postcode. The ISC brings together eight associations of independent schools, their heads, bursars and governors and represents over 1,200 independent schools in the UK and overseas.
Schools Web Directory - lists all UK local education authorities with a click-through to their websites. Each Local Authority has lists of its own schools and details of application procedures.
Contact details & Websites of 4,065 Schools in Ireland - search by map or county list
Lists more than 31,000 UK state and independent schools and colleges, including over 26,000 UK School, College and University Websites. Search for schools or search for educational establishments anywhere in the UK by geographical county, postcode, name or LEA.

BBC Live Educational News

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Dyslexia support centres
Click also to find: Education Agencies & Authorities, Schools - Independent & Preparatory
Special schools for Thornton Heath for moderate to severe learning difficulties, ADHD, Autism, Physical impairment, complex health needs, communication difficulties, dyspraxia and other special needs.

Special Needs Schools around you

Bensham Manor School

Ecclesbourne Rd, Thornton Heath CR7 7BN, UK – 020 8684 0116

Bensham Manor is such a great school for those with special needs and I will tell you why. First off the teachers are very kind and I do like going to my lessons. The lessons in question are quite fun and my favourites are food tech, English and ICT. I would say there are very few flaws in my "honest" opinion but I guess it has more to do with some of the other pupils disobeying the rules. So overall as a teen with autism this is a great school for those with special needs.

I loved bensham manor now that I left that school it was so sad to leave my friends behind I hope I will visit soon

Sherwood Park School

Streeters Ln, Wallington SM6 7NP, UK – 020 8773 9930

My daughters’ school

Priory School

Hermitage Rd, Upper Norwood, London SE19 3QN, UK – 020 8653 8222

Website with facility to search for many different kinds of special needs schools and links to lots of support groups.  Find a special needs school near Thornton Heath or search the website for special schools throughout the UK

Adult Education Centres for CR7 - Language Tuition

Adult Education Centres for Thornton Heath which may run evening or daytime language classes

Adult Education

Croydon Adult Learning and Training

D, Bernard Weatherill House, 8 Mint Walk, Croydon CR0 1EA, UK – 020 8726 7777

I've had two different Spanish teachers over the last four years or so and they've both been excellent. Fun, good pace, and very useful. Of course you get as much as you put in but the resources for home learning were great.

Affable Therapy Training Limited

64 A, George Street, Croydon CR0 1PD, UK – 020 8338 1212

Many thanks to Affable Therapy. I have attended the Laser Hair Removal Level 4 ITEC. This course will surely give an edge to my career. The friendly learning lesson deserves 10/10.

After experiencing Affable Therapy’s Massage Diploma ITEC (online) , I was so impressed that I even recommended it to many of my friends. As, it’s an online course, I have learned it even without leaving the comfort of my home. Thumbs up!

CALAT Central Croydon Centre

Croydon Clocktower, Katharine St, Croydon CR9 1ET, UK – 020 8726 7777

Very much enjoying my class here with good facilities and an excellent tutor. Very good value for money.

The building is bit old, inside the offices and corridors have very cheap feeling to them which may not help you get inspired if you're planning to study. Just before my Life In UK test the organizer told us that proof of address need to have full name (first, initial and surname) detail, although I couldn't find this requirement anywhere online or on booking confirmation email (as my gas bill had my surname only). Organizer was waving some printed sheets of paper but could not tell me where to find this info online. Other than that everything went smoothly and I had no further issues.

Language Schools

La Jolie Ronde Languages For Children

Loving Hands International Nursery/54 Leander Rd, Thornton Heath CR7 6JU, UK – 07800 769242

La Jolie Ronde Languages For Children

1 Highland Rd, London SE19 1DP, UK – 07801 843047

La Jolie Ronde Languages For Children

30 Bensham Manor Rd, Thornton Heath CR7 7AA, UK – 07800 769242

Language Schools for Thornton Heath

Language schools for CR7. Also consider Adult Education Centres which might run evening language classes

Private Tutors for Thornton Heath

Private Tuition for CR7
Click also to find: Language Schools, Translators & Interpreters

Private Tutors

Kumon Maths & English

West Thornton Community Centre, 731-735 London Rd, Thornton Heath CR7 6AU, UK – 020 8684 3615

Both my children attend this Kumon. I see a great improvement in thier work. Thank you Rashmita and the hard working team.

Since the time my 7 year old joined this class she is more confident in doing her maths independently. I was really impressed to see her maths school work as well. Of course it’s all possible because of Mrs Shah’s encouragement and support.

Wise Tutors

Weatherill House, 23 Whitestone Way, Croydon CR0 4WF, UK

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