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Frequently asked questions asked by parents looking for the best schools near Wellington Barracks & Hyde Park Barracks

How do I find out what schools are available around Westminster? 

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 Westminster, or another location and select primary schools or secondary schools. All the information parents need all there in percentages!

You could also try the 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 the state school catchment area in or around Wellington Barracks & Hyde Park Barracks? 
If you just need to know your school catchment area try www.admissionsday.co.uk .If you are looking for exhaustive information on the schools as well go to www.goodschoolsguide.co.uk

How do I find out how good a school is?
You will absolutely have to visit the school. However, do look at the video below. For armed is to be fore warned!

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 enrolment terms. They are also cheaper and vary greatly.

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

What does preschool mean? A preschool, or nursery school, is a pre-primary school, or play school for early childhood education. Preschool is for children before they begin compulsory education at primary school. 

Is Pre K considered preschool? Pre K schools are pre-kindergartens.

This page should help you answer these school finding questions!


Local Area Creches and Day Nurseries for SW1E
Click also to find: Childcare Services, Nursery Schools, After School Care

PreSchools and Playgroups for Westminster

Hope Montessori Nursery School

11 S Wharf Rd, Paddington, London W2 1JB, UK – 020 3075 0170


Miss Daisy's Nursery

FOUNTAIN COURT, Buckingham Palace Rd, Belgravia, London SW1W 9SU, UK – 020 7730 5797

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Good and friendly services

Little Elves Montessori Nursery School

84 Seymour Pl, Marylebone, London W1H 2DF, UK – 020 7723 9419

What an amazing place a must for any person staying or living near Marylebone. I commuted all the way from Swiss Cottage. Thank you all for taking care of my 4 year old.

After School Care

Learning Ladders Nursery

Ground Floor, Falkner Court,, Francis Chichester Way,, London SW11 5HX, UK – 020 7622 9300

Highly recommend, this is the best what you can find for your kid. Stuff is amazing, our kid can't wait every day to go to the nursery. A lot of development activities and games. We as a parents a very lucky to have Learning Ladders in our area.

My daughter started this nursery since she was one. Today was her last day as she starts school in September. We will truly miss this nursery. It has a lovely family vibe and is so warm and genuine. Carol the nursery manager has created a beautiful nursery and her staff continuously motivate and encourage the childrens development. I can honestly say I have never had a problem or an issue as they are very thorough regarding health and safety, child development etc. I cannot recommmend this nursery enough and would like to say thank you to Carol, Sandra, Nikki, Natalia, Toyin, Anne, Pearl, Sam, Katiya, Alex and everyone else at Learning Ladders. We will miss you all xxx

Les Trois Oursons Bilingual Nursery

170 Gloucester Terrace, London W2 6HS, UK – 020 7099 0452

Our daughter Alix really enjoyed her time at the nursery. The activities were very diverse and entertaining for children and the premises offer lots of indoor activities. The nursery really care about healthy food and having environment friendly furniture too which is a good teaching start for kids!

In my experience, this is one of the best nurseries in London. Having tried a few others, Les Trois Oursons is the most professional. It is no wonder they have an OUTSTANDING Ofsted rating. I have two other children that will also attend this nursery when they are of age. I love their approach and how they respect each child individually. The teachers are wonderful; caring and warm. Safety of the children is their first priority.

Bright Horizons

1 Bridgewater Square, London EC2Y 8AH, UK – 020 3780 3026

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

Westminster Independent Schools - Prep & Secondary - for Westminster

Independent Schools for Westminster - 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.

Best Westminster Secondary Schools -

St Marylebone C of E School

64 Marylebone High St, Marylebone, London W1U 5BA, UK – 020 7935 4704

im a dancer and this school helped me to boost my confidence in performing arts.

My daughter started off slow but is now happy and made loads of friends. Teaching is good and inclusive, the school is super busy always something happening almost everyday. Choir is amazing!!

The Highshore School

Farmers Rd, Camberwell, London SE5 0TW, UK – 020 7708 6790

Awesome this is the true representation of EVERY CHILD MATTERS.

The secondary school i use to go long time ago nice brand new building very good.

Octavia House Schools

5LG, Vauxhall St, Lambeth, London SE11 5LG, UK – 020 3651 4396

This is a very good school

Independent Schools

Best Boarding Schools Worldwide

145-157 St John St, Clerkenwell, London EC1V 4PY, UK – 020 3026 9440

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Glendower Preparatory School

86/87 Queen's Gate, Kensington, London SW7 5JX, UK – 020 7370 1927

The school was started in 1895 by Miss Lloyd and Miss Cornwall at 103A Fulham Road. At that point the school, known as the Cornwall and Lloyd School, shared premises with Dunn and Co the hatters and The Sports Motor Car Co. At some point between 1902 and 1918, the school moved to 5 Glendower Road and changed its name to Glendower School. After 2 years in Glendower Road, the school relocated once more, this time to 25 - 27 Cromwell Road. The school remained at this site from 1920 until 1939 when the Second World War forced an evacuation to Devon. Glendower moved into 87 Queen’s Gate in 1947 where it has remained with some extension and expansion until the present day.

In The 70's great school years!

Portland Place School

56-58 Portland Pl, Marylebone, London W1B 1NJ, UK – 020 7307 8700

Bird Blue, obviously you're just seeing the outside, but the education is ubsolutely AMAZING!!!!

A school to be trusted.

Local Authority Schools - Primary & Secondary Schools

Local Authority primary and secondary schools for SW1E 6HQ . 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

Charlotte Sharman Primary (Foundation) School

West Square, London SE11 4SN, UK – 020 7735 5598

Very good school.

Not a bad school after a change of head teachers

Friars Primary School

59A Webber St, London SE1 0RF, UK – 020 7207 1807

We were suppose to get a new playground sadly it came a month late. In replace everything else is fun you should bring your child in to see and I promise you that. 1. Our teacher's are nice but are only strict so do you get good education cause as always teacher want you to get in a good secondary school and have a good life. 2. Most times after term we get nice upgraded equipment. 3. It's fun.

Soho Parish Primary School

23 Great Windmill St, Soho, London W1D 7LF, UK – 020 7432 7320

small community school which is relaxed, no uniform needed and teachers get called by their first names! AMAZING reception teacher (steven) children love school. the head teacher isn't very popular with everyone but things are getting better

This is a great school.

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 SW1E 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.

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Dyslexia support centres
Click also to find: Education Agencies & Authorities, Schools - Independent & Preparatory
Special schools for Westminster 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

Octavia House Schools, Walworth

House Larcom, Larcom St, London, Walworth SE17 1RT, UK – 020 3651 4396

Amazing school

Richard Cloudesley School

101 Whitecross St, Islington, London EC1Y 8JA, UK – 020 7786 4800

Abingdon House School

Broadley Terrace, Marylebone, London NW1 6LG, UK – 020 3750 5526

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 Westminster or search the website for special schools throughout the UK

Adult Education Centres for SW1E - Language Tuition

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

Adult Education

Westminster Adult Education Service

Lupus Street, Pimlico, London SW1V 3AT, UK – 020 7297 7297

really good teachers that make such an amazing amount of effort! but unfortunately i do feel that this college lacks resources. people with disabilities in the class require personal assistance ... unfortunately these poor people are left to deal with there own situations or the teacher has to take time out to show them. when i studied my graphic design level 2 the people in my class .. i made some good friends and i couldn't have asked for a better teacher but again i do feel that we lacked resources. The people at reception ... some of them are really friendly and some of them are just really unhelpful. The facilities at this college really do need to be improved but if your looking for somewhere as just a stepping stone then definetly book in ... the teachers are very experienced.

Westminster Adult Education Service

219 Lisson Grove, London NW8 8LW, UK – 020 7297 7297

My experienced was superb, dedicated with untiring support given by the tutor through out the course until it was succesful in the end. I'm highly recommended this training centre.

The Wheel-Throwing Intensive course is excellent. Tutors are knowledgeable - supportive and attentive if you're a complete beginner but happy to let you go off and do your own thing if you have some experience. A previous review mentions hidden charges - at the end of the course, there is a small fee (based on weight) if you would like any of your pieces to be fired in the kiln but this is perfectly reasonable. Really enjoyed it and learnt a lot in a short space of time - the other students were great too.

Bodyology Massage School

Student Central, University of London Union, Malet St, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 7HY, UK – 020 7100 7903

I discovered Bodyology School of Massage thanks to one of my friend who trained by Bodyology as well. It was such a nice discovery while I was thinking to become massage therapist and looking for a good, reliable school here in London where invest my money and time to get a professional certification. It was a lovely journey with Dror, Simon and Sally, wonderful and passionate teachers. A memorable experience with all my classmates as well as colleagues! Bodyology is an excellent way to introduce yourself in Holistic Massage, learning many different massage techniques. Studying anatomy, physiology, pathology and practicing a lot, makes the difference in starting your career as massage therapist. Thanks Bodyology

As a massage therapist , I've been awarded top rated salon 2017. As so many clients rated my massage treatments with 5 stars. I would like to say Thank You!! To The Bodyology Massage School, for providing a high standard of training. The theory classes were interactive, this helped me to retain information for longer. In the practical classes, we learnt how to tailor massage treatments to each clients individual needs. My clients always comment on how much they benefited from my massage treatments. As a graduate I continue to learn from Bodyology, though the virtual campus content and having access to the videos from my practical and theory classes.

Language Schools

International Community School

7B Wyndham Pl, Marylebone, London W1H 1PN, UK – 020 7298 8877

An upper primary school experience that rigorously prepares students for secondary and university pathways through the IB Primary Years programme.


International House London

16 Stukeley Street, London WC2B 5LQ, UK – 020 7611 2400

I studied English here on a scholarship almost ten years ago, it was definitely a life-changing experience. Got to meet people from all over, and even though I've forgotten the teachers names, their classes and passion for teaching have still got a very warm place in my heart. Happy I got to experience London with IH, hope to come back for a CELTA or DELTA one day, hopefully soon.

Eternamente agradecidos con Aladdin. Our experience at IH London has been amazing. We were a group of eight students and three teachers from Plottier, Argentina. We are most grateful for Aladdin´s 24/7 assistance to our group. Not only has he been there with us at the residence and school, but he also has shown us all the wonderful places London has to offer and....and even much more! When rating International House, Aladdin, our assigned IH Senior Staff member, takes all the credit! Thank you Aladdin for doing everything for us! We owe you everything for such a superb experience in London! You´ve made us enjoy every single minute of it! Thank you for your organization, responsibility, human values... and your loyal friendship! If there were problems, Aladdin was there to solve it. Than you Aladdin! We are deeply grateful for your tremendous job at IH! Eternamente agradecidos!

Simon & Simon International: Language and Cultural Training

1811, Portland House, Bressenden Pl, Westminster, London SW1E 5RS, UK – 020 7821 0999

Learning English with Simon&Simon made me feel more confident and showed me the way to continue to acquire new knowledge. The teacher was very professional. Thank you for the opportunity. I would highly recommend Simon&Simon to everyone .

I took English lessons from Simon & Simon for 6 months to improve my business English. I have had English lessons (and other language lessons before) and have not had great results. With Simon & Simon however, I got a fantastic teacher. He had many years of experience and yet seemed fresh and energetic every time he taught. The one piece of advice I would give anyone considering language lessons is to make sure you get a really good teacher. It may sound obvious but a good teacher is many times better (and thus better value for money) than an average one.

Language Schools for Westminster

Language schools for SW1E. Also consider Adult Education Centres which might run evening language classes

Private Tutors for Westminster

Private Tuition for SW1E
Click also to find: Language Schools, Translators & Interpreters

Private Tutors

Tavistock Tutors

30 Brewer St, Soho, London W1F 0SS, UK – 020 7803 1190

Fantastic customer service reps who arrange for helpful and knowledgable tutors very promptly. I would highly recommend their services.

Really happy with their service. Tavistock were able to find a tutor that matched the requirements provided. Tavistock diligently check in to ask if things are going well. Correspondence has been quick and friendly.

Bright Young Things: Private Tutors in London and Tuition Centres

8a Lower Grosvenor Pl, Westminster, London SW1W 0EN, UK – 020 7723 0506

Very friendly and helpful staff. I was very impressed at the wide range of expert tutors available with inside information of the best universities around the world.

From what I’ve experienced, these guys really do offer the best tuition services on the market. Great company.

Simply Learning Tuition

43 Berkeley Square, Mayfair, London W1J 5FJ, UK – 020 7350 1981

It was a pleasure working for Simply Learning Tuition. They were always professional and very helpful with their support and resources. Residential jobs took me to interesting places and the families I stayed with were always very accommodating.

I have been a registered tutor with SLT for 6 years. In every role SLT have placed me in, I have felt well-qualified and well-suited to the child as an individual. I am never shoe-horned into a role for the sake of filling it, meaning the family I am working with can be assured of the best possible tuition. I always feel supported in terms of the academic and pastoral sides of the job, and know that advice is there if I need it. This is especially valuable when working across international borders. Wherever I am in the world, I know that I can rely on SLT to respond to me as promptly as if I have just wandered into the office.