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Frequently asked questions asked by parents looking for the best schools near Your Local

How do I find out what schools are available around Wantage? 
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 Wantage, 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 Your Local? 
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!

Creches

Local Area Creches and Day Nurseries for OX12
Click also to find: Childcare Services, Nursery Schools, After School Care

PreSchools and Playgroups for Wantage

Charlton Acorns Pre-School Wantage

Charlton Village Rd, Wantage OX12 7HG, UK – 01235 224088

Just a wonderful pre-school with the nicest most loving staff ! A place where wonderful memories are created ! ❤️

The Ark Preschool Wantage

The Butler Centre, 17 Church Street, Wantage OX12 9BL, UK – 01235 764010

My son has been going to The Ark since he was two. The team are fantastic and I feel completely comfortable leaving him in their capable hands. He has grown in confidence and loves playing with the other children. I love that he comes home singing new songs and practising what he's learnt that day. I highly recommend The Ark.

Millbrook School

School Ln, Grove, Wantage OX12 7LB, UK – 01235 764822

Today, with my business Immersive Theatres, I delivered a 5m digital planetarium experience to 60 Year 5 pupils at Millbrook Primary School. I was warmly welcomed by the staff and found the hall prepared just as I had requested. The morning was well organised with all groups arriving on time. The excited students enjoyed a rich selection of content: peering up at the planetarium night sky, visiting the International Space Station, handling a meteorite and learning about the search for extraterrestrial life by British scientists. Thank you Millbrook Primary for a very pleasant visit.

Some of the teachers are cruel and horrible to students, lunchtime supervisors don't fix problems most of the time, lessons aren't normally very fun, don't do enough p.e. I do like some of the teachers but I feel as though problems aren't sorted out enough and teachers just say ignore eachother. This school is nice it's just the teachers: how they treat students and how they deal with problems that are an area of improvement. I have also noticed that a lot of teachers have a lot of favouritism with certain students and they treat those people differently. Overall, this school is good and I would recommend it, the only problem is the teachers and how they sort things. I learnt a lot and had a lovely range of experiences throughout my rime at Millbrook.

After School Care

The Butler Centre for Education

17 Church St, Wantage OX12 8BL, UK – 07787 794478

North Drive Preschool

C/o North Drive C of E Primary School, North Drive, Grove, Grove, Wantage OX12 7PR, UK – 01235 767083

Grovelands Park Preschool

School La, Grove, Wantage OX12 7LB, UK – 01235 798185

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

Independent Schools - Prep & Secondary - for Wantage

Independent Schools for Wantage - 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

Fitzwaryn School

Denchworth Rd, Grove, Wantage OX12 9ET, UK – 01235 764504

One of the Best schools ever !! Caring professionals ! Amazing atmosphere ! My boy is so happy there , he is learning so much ...I would not change a thing about this place ... It is perfect !!! Keep up the good work you lovely amazing people .... I am for ever indebted to you for looking after my lovely boy !!!!

An excellent school !!! My son improved in 6 weeks !!!

King Alfred's Academy

Portway, Wantage OX12 9BY, UK – 01235 225700

Very impressed when I visited here for an interview. Proactive culture. Strong management vision. Committed teachers. Focused students. Sad that another very lucky teacher got my dream job here, hehe ;)

Great school I have not had any problems, my daughter is just going into year 10 and I have 2 in year 7 come September

Stockham Primary School

Stockham Way, Wantage, Oxfordshire OX12 9HL, UK – 01235 764407

My father went to this school and his teacher was called Miss Hebden in 1984

Independent Schools

Fitzwaryn School

Denchworth Rd, Grove, Wantage OX12 9ET, UK – 01235 764504

One of the Best schools ever !! Caring professionals ! Amazing atmosphere ! My boy is so happy there , he is learning so much ...I would not change a thing about this place ... It is perfect !!! Keep up the good work you lovely amazing people .... I am for ever indebted to you for looking after my lovely boy !!!!

An excellent school !!! My son improved in 6 weeks !!!

Wantage CE Primary School

Newbury St, Wantage OX12 8DJ, UK – 01235 762396

Local Authority Schools - Primary & Secondary Schools

Local Authority primary and secondary schools for OX12 8GL . 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

Charlton Primary School

Charlton Village Road, Charlton, Wantage OX12 7HG, UK – 01235 762861

This is a lovely school which really cares about the children and works hard to get the best out of them. I have two boys who go to this school and they are very happy there. As a parent (and also a primary school teacher, but in another school I hasten to add) I can see how dedicated and hard working the staff are. The curriculum is varied and inspiring, the staff are always friendly and easy to approach and the recent building works have improved the school tremendously. For new parents with children starting in Foundation, the Foundation classroom are amazing. I think you will struggle to find a better environment for your children to start school in. The staff are also equally outstanding and extremely experienced.

Lovely primary school with friendly staff and a welcoming atmosphere

Grove Primary School

North Dr, Grove, Wantage OX12 7PW, UK – 01235 769867

It's OK

St Nicholas C Of E Primary School

Sarajac Ave, East Challow, Wantage OX12 9RY, UK – 01235 763858

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 OX12 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.
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Dyslexia support centres
Click also to find: Education Agencies & Authorities, Schools - Independent & Preparatory
Special schools for Wantage 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

Fitzwaryn School

Denchworth Rd, Grove, Wantage OX12 9ET, UK – 01235 764504

One of the Best schools ever !! Caring professionals ! Amazing atmosphere ! My boy is so happy there , he is learning so much ...I would not change a thing about this place ... It is perfect !!! Keep up the good work you lovely amazing people .... I am for ever indebted to you for looking after my lovely boy !!!!

An excellent school !!! My son improved in 6 weeks !!!

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 Wantage or search the website for special schools throughout the UK

Adult Education Centres for OX12 - Language Tuition

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

Adult Education

Loreley Rice

Portway, Wantage OX12 9BU, UK – 01367 710652

Thoroughly enjoyed it. Great form of exercise.

Grove Adult Learning

School La, Grove, Wantage OX12 7LB, UK – 01235 764821

Aquacoach Limited - Head Office

Wilson-Spackman Court, Newbury St, Wantage OX12 8DE, UK – 01235 799199

Language Schools

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Language Schools for Wantage

Language schools for OX12. Also consider Adult Education Centres which might run evening language classes

Private Tutors for Wantage

Private Tuition for OX12
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Private Tutors

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