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Frequently asked questions asked by parents looking for the best schools near Anchor House

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

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 Barnet, 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 Anchor House? 
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 NW11
Click also to find: Childcare Services, Nursery Schools, After School Care

PreSchools and Playgroups for Barnet

Kindergarten Nursery Schools

Christ Church Parish Centre, Heriot Rd, London NW4 2EG, UK – 020 8202 5687

Very professional and lovely staff. My son loves it!

Hendon Preparatory School & Nursery

Hendon Preparatory School, 20 Tenterden Grove, London, Hendon NW4 1TD, UK – 020 8203 7727

Hendon Prep is an amazing school with amazing teachers like Ms Sterling, Mr May and other teachers. I loved all the school trips like Bude and France.

Annemount Nursery and Pre-Prep School

18 Holne Chase, London N2 0QN, UK – 020 8455 2132

Our daughter has been at Annemount for 5 very happy years now and in that time it has been a very nurturing and caring environment. All the teachers are incredibly warm and kind to the children. The school day is always fun, busy and incredibly creative. For such a small school it has an extensive range of clubs, some starting at 8am in the morning and a choice of staying till 4pm. There is a great community feel and lots of opportunities for parent involvement. Our daughter is going to North London Collegiate in September after sitting the 7+ but we will always have a very special place in our hearts for this very special school.

Our 3 children have all attended Annemount and we have been delighted with it. The education is amazing - our oldest went on to a great school and we hope the other 2 will also. The staff are very warm and caring and our children all feel very much at home there. They offer a lot more besides academics - dance, chess, French... the list goes on. It really is a special place.

After School Care

Early Learning Years Nursery

19 The Grove, London N3 1QN, UK – 020 8349 3492

Former parent here and I have to say I had a great experience with Ely Nursery and its lovely staff members. Both my children were well looked after. Would recommend to prospective parents

A wonderful place which my son looks forward to go to every morning! Lovely staff and people. Would recommend it highly.

Brookland Infant and Nursery School

Hill Top, London NW11 6EJ, UK – 020 8346 6824

I have 3 children who have all attended this school. Lovely, happy place with great teachers.

It's a great school. My three children went there, loved every minute of it. Great location, excellent facilities and teachers. Could not recommend it highly enough. People buy properties in the neighborhood to be in the catchment area!

Little Ladybirds London

1 King St, London N2 8EQ, UK

Our son attended Little Ladybirds from the age of 9 months for 2 years. He loved it! We loved it! It's such a good nursery where all the little ones are cared for so well. We only left as we moved from the area, but we would still love our children to be attending here. Fiona, Amber and Gemma are brilliant and have really given our son the foundation of learning that he required (and lots of fun!). All the best to all those of Little Ladybirds

Our daughter attended Little Ladybirds for 14 months from the age of 1, and this was an ideal first environment for her. Fiona, Amber, Gemma and the rest of the team very quickly made her (and just as importantly us) feel comfortable, and it wasn’t long before she didn’t want to come home at the end of the day. Fiona is calm, confident and positive, and is both a passionate educator and comforting presence. Without exception, the children there were well-behaved and considerate to each other, a testimony to the social skills they learned there. The small size of the nursery meant plenty of individual attention and a low turnover, allowing our daughter to form close and long-lasting bonds with her carers and other children. The cosy environment really helped to draw out and develop our daughter’s personality, while the stimulation from the many activities and interaction with other children helped her language and other skills blossom. We have moved out of the area, and our main regret at moving is that we’re very unlikely to find anywhere nearly as good as Little Ladybirds in our new area.

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

Barnet Independent Schools - Prep & Secondary - for Barnet

Independent Schools for Barnet - 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 Barnet Secondary Schools -

Hampstead School

Westbere Rd, London NW2 3RT, UK – 020 7794 8133

Great School !! My daughter loves it in there, communication with parents is advanced and avant-garde. Definitely recommended.

idec this is the bestttt school ever the building is so good and amazing all the teachers are nice except for a few english teachers (not gonna gonna bait out there names but they know who they are) but overall its suchh a good school

Henrietta Barnett School

Central Square, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London NW11 7BN, UK – 020 8458 8999

The teachers are really passionate about their teachings. I am extremely pleased with my daughter is getting a private school education without paying the school fees.

Best school in London! Very Pleased!

La Sainte Union Catholic School

Highgate Rd, Highgate, London NW5 1RP, UK – 020 7428 4600

The school is amazing but there are to many behaviour marks given for unreasonable reasons.THIS SCHOOL IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

Independent Schools

The Independent Jewish Day School

46 Green Ln, London NW4 2AH, UK – 020 8203 2968

This was my school from Gan to Kimmel and so far.... It is the best!!! I learnt maths, english, hebrew and alot of other things.

Kerem School

Norrice Lea, London N2 0RE, UK – 020 8455 0909

It was the best school in the intire universe

The King Alfred School

N End Rd, London NW11 7HY, UK – 020 8457 5200

Good - before Rob.

Awful road

Local Authority Schools - Primary & Secondary Schools

Local Authority primary and secondary schools for NW11 7QH . 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

Sunnyfields Primary School

Hatchcroft, London NW4 4JH, UK – 020 8203 3113

My experience there was great thanks for everything youve given me~Michael 2014-2018

my expirience was great my whole 7years there. i love every teacher now that im in year 9 i miss this primary school- -sophia anastasiou-

Parkfield Primary School

17 St David's Pl, Hendon, London NW4 3PJ, UK – 020 8202 0454

great primary school i love it and my best teacher is miss. williamson thank you parkfield and miss . williamson is the best teacher ever,highly recommend

My grandson enjoyed his time in this school. Friendly staff, clean environment and professional teachers.

Highgate Primary School

Storey Road, North Hill, Highgate, London N6 4ED, UK – 020 8340 7023

I travel a long way to take my boys here and will never have regrets! It’s the best school for them and having two older kids I am able to make a comparison and Highgate is far by the better school in my experience!

I will really miss this school sooo much! Can't wait for Legoland tomorow!!!! 2018 LEAVERS

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 NW11 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.
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Dyslexia support centres
Click also to find: Education Agencies & Authorities, Schools - Independent & Preparatory
Special schools for Barnet 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

Oak Lodge School

Heath View, London N2 0QY, UK – 020 8444 6711

want there on youth club on Thursday from 1995 where I was going to college it was fun

WATER BABIES pool! Great place, near of home. the only problem is that parents do not have a proper changing room and its a little bit more complicated change your baby

Whitefield School

Claremont Rd, London NW2 1TR, UK – 020 8455 4114

Best school before it was bad but now it's a very good school because all the kids who had knives and all that are expelled so don't worry u can send your kids here and the staff is amazing too

Its a very good school

TreeHouse School

The Pears National Centre for Autism Education, Woodside Ave, London N10 3JA, UK – 020 8815 5424

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 Barnet or search the website for special schools throughout the UK

Adult Education Centres for NW11 - Language Tuition

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

Adult Education

PACT Creative Training

77 Steeds Rd, London N10 1JB, UK – 07771 702940

When I first heard Jessica describe what PACT Creative do, I new right away that I wanted to get their service for my birthday party. It sounded too much fun to miss. I was not disappointed! Jessica was brilliant- she came and got everyone involved in lots of great games. At first, my friends were a little tense but soon, with Jessica's ease and guidance, they let loose. Lots of laughter, and careless play and acting followed. Just what we, adults, miss in our ever busy and full of responsibilities life. Long after Jessica left we were still so excited, so relaxed and, most importantly, so inspired by what PACT Creative have managed to so in 1,5h. Such beautifully creative way to have good time. I highly recommend their service. I can see how much value they would bring to corporate/ work place, where bonding and quality time is needed to maintain high morale, enthusiasm and motivation amongst work colleagues. Well done PACT Creative! When can we do it again?

A joyful, playful and thoughtful workshop for school staff. A great way to end the term. We will look forward to having Jess back to work with us again next term.

The New School of Psychotherapy and Counselling NSPC

61-63 Fortune Green Rd, London NW6 1DR, UK – 020 3515 0223

Excellent training in counselling psychology, psychotherapy, coaching, and pastoral care from an existential perspective. Fully online courses too including a course in autism. Courses lead to masters and doctoral degrees awarded by Middlesex University and some also lead to professional qualification

Spiro Ark

15 Kidderpore Ave, London NW3 7SJ, UK – 020 7794 4655

Language Schools

LSI London Hampstead (Language Studies International)

13 Lyndhurst Terrace, London NW3 5QA, UK – 020 7794 8111

It was only one week for my 2 boys in the school but they enjoyed it. Thanks LSI

I really like this school, it is very close to the main street of Hampsted which is a lovely city. I think this is a good place for learn or improve English. All the people is friendly. There are rooms where we can use computers, a lounge for lunch with coffee machine, a drinks distributor and a nice garden. A social programme is organize every week for students with for example visits or events, it is very cool :)

Nacel English School London, Rated 5/5 for its english courses

53-55 Ballards Ln, London N3 1XP, UK – 020 8343 3567

I worked here as a group leader for two weeks. The staff has always been welcoming, friendly and really helpful. The teachers are highly qualified for their job and the students had a nice time learning English ! They also learned a lot during their coding lessons, I would recommend the school to anyone who wants to learn English in London !

this is the first time for me in UK and everything look different. in nacel it's really nice to meet some different people for multicultural and english lessons and teachers are absolutely nice. they always try to understand your english pronunciation and whatever you want to say. so don't be worry they will take care all of you.

La Jolie Ronde Languages For Children

Rosary R C Primary School, 238 Haverstock Hill, Hampstead, London NW3 2AE, UK – 020 8959 8488

Language Schools for Barnet

Language schools for NW11. Also consider Adult Education Centres which might run evening language classes

Private Tutors for Barnet

Private Tuition for NW11
Click also to find: Language Schools, Translators & Interpreters

Private Tutors

Athena Tuition Ltd

Unit 7, 11 Frognal, London NW3 6AL, UK – 020 8133 6284

I spoke to many agencies and I found Nelson from Athena Tuition the most honest and straightforward. Communication was always easy and swift, as was the service and any concerns were addressed immediately and professionally. We had our girls homeschooled for a year and thanks to the tutors provided by Athena Tuition they made a lot of progress academically and they had a lot of fun learning. Thank you!

I have worked with Athena for two years, along with a host of other leading tutoring agencies in London. I have found Athena to be by far the most professional - by that I mean the place the child's welfare first and foremost. A pleasure to work with and I cannot recommend them highly enough

Newman Tuition

81 Brent St, London NW4 2DY, UK – 020 3198 8006

Very helpful and friendly service. Cannot recommend more.

Private Accounting Tutor

50 Beaufort Dr, London NW11 6BT, UK – 07401 121285