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Frequently asked questions asked by parents looking for the best schools near Oakleigh

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 Oakleigh? 
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 N20
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PreSchools and Playgroups for Barnet

Gainsborough Pre School

St Stephens Memorial Hall, Christ Church, 620 High Rd, London N12 0NU, UK – 07903 803992

Gainsborough is a brilliant little community preschool. Moments from North Finchley it is absolutely perfect for me. Timing wise, the sessions suit so well. With the 9.15am start, I can do the school run first to Moss Hall and then drop off my little one to Gainsborough. Also, the 12.15pm finish means he is tired and ready for lunch when I* collect him. I don't like the thought of him eating or napping outside the house so it works perfectly for me to collect him, feed him lunch and then put him to sleep until school pick up. Essentially, it is everything I need and I don't pay for more time than I use, which I was doing at his previous nursery. Not to mention, the staff are brilliant - slightly older then the staff at other nurseries and mostly parents themselves which gives them real compassion and connection with the children. They have always dealt with any incidents professionally, discreetly and sensitively. They almost always have room so you are spared the stress of waiting lists - although I can't see this lasting for too long so get in quick before everyone else finds them too! I cannot recommend them highly enough.

St Margaret's Nursery School

Margaret Rd, London EN4 9NT, UK – 020 8449 5466

best nursary in the area! greate staff! my dauther love to go to nursary

Excellent nursery.all the staff is very friendly and very helpful. Will miss everyone from this super nursery as my daughter will start reception.thank you everyone for all the help and support. X

Mace Montessori School

Gloucester House, 150 Woodside Ln, London N12 8TP, UK – 020 8446 1969

I was trying to find somewhere more school-like to fill in the year between 4-5 years.The environment which has been created is very conducive to learning and development. Teachers and staff are very helpful and friendly.I would definitely recommend to other.

After School Care

Bright Horizons Active Learning Finchley

10-11 Moss Hall Cres, London N12 8NY, UK – 020 3824 7088

It is a lovely place. My son is there nearly 1.5 years. He is so happy.

Bright Horizons New Southgate Day Nursery and Preschool

60 Beaconsfield Rd, London N11 3AE, UK – 020 3780 3056

Wonderful caring staff. My child looks forward to going everyday.

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.

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 -

Queen Elizabeth's School

Queens Rd, Barnet EN5 4DQ, UK – 020 8441 4646

Nice school, lots of good clubs and most of the teachers are very helpful, however the school itself has a low budget when it comes to things like buying textbooks, meaning the resources they provide are often second-hand, which can cause problems : e.g. a missing page.

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Castlewood Rd, Barnet, New Barnet EN4 9GE, UK – 020 8344 2220

Today, with my business Immersive Theatres, I delivered a 7m digital planetarium experience to 260 Year 7 to Year 11 pupils at the Jewish Community Secondary School. I was warmly welcomed by the staff who helped me prepared the hall for the dome. The day 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, learning about the Solar System, nuclear fusion, tissues of the human body, the hunt for dark matter and how British scientists search for real aliens. Thank you JCoSS for a very pleasant visit.

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The Compton School

Summers Ln, North Finchley, London N12 0QG, UK – 020 8368 1783

the school is OK but the teachers do not listen to the students and the teachers in the cafeteria act like they have the school

Independent Schools

Dwight School (Upper School)

6 Friern Barnet Ln, London N11 3LX, UK – 020 8920 0600

When I came back to London, I wanted to get experience in a UK school. Dwight gave me the opportunity. Friendly staff, safety, small sized classes, students behave well and excellent support for SEN students.

One of the best schools I have been to but the fees are way too high this school is quite overpriced when paying fees but the people are great and kind and teachers care so much about the students

Salcombe Preparatory School & Nursery

224-226 Chase Side, London N14 4PL, UK – 020 8441 5356

Salcombe Preparatory School

Green Rd, London N14 4AD, UK – 020 8441 5356

Local Authority Schools - Primary & Secondary Schools

Local Authority primary and secondary schools for N20 0UG . 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

De Bohun Primary School

Green Rd, London N14 4AD, UK – 020 8441 7728

Fantastic staff in early years and concerns have always been dealt with. Most parents who seem disappointed in my view are those who were offered the school when it’s wasn’t their 1st option and might have not visited before. I attended 2 open mornings and my children have made tremendous progress. The school has made a lot of improvements and shame that mobility is high so the hard work is hard to see. I care very much about my children and ensure I communicate concerns and suggestions are taken on board. Communication is something that the school needs to improve on but I haven’t seen a school that gets everything right, even outstanding schools. The school is a happy place for my children and they have been there for 3 years.

worked here and felt like the kids were in a happy environment and enjoying themselves and really caring staff

Millbrook Park CE Primary School

School House Lane, London, Mill Hill NW7 1JF, UK – 020 3137 5924

Fanstastic learning place for children of all backgrounds. Teachers are exceptional, admin is perfect in my opinion and modern classroom and very neat. The play ground and of course the football pitch is the best around.

Today, with my business Immersive Theatres, I delivered a 6m digital planetarium experience to 260 EYFS to Year 3 pupils at Millbrook Park CE Primary School. I was warmly welcomed by the staff and found the hall prepared just as I had requested. The day 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, learning about space shapes as well as the Solar System and the various types of stars with Plato the Mole and Little Star. Thank you Millbrook Park Primary for a very pleasant visit.

Northside Primary School

2 Albert St, London N12 8JP, UK – 020 8445 4730

I have two of my children at this school and have found it to be an amazing place! They are kind, caring and support every child in such a personal way, its like having family looking after your little ones! The head teacher and full staff are exceptional. Both of my children are learning so quickly and enthusiastically, they have made learning fun! Teamed with the wonderful diversity - celebrated in various ways, my children are having a brilliant time! Thank you Northside!

I go to this school my self I'm in y5 currently, Amazing school, Oustanding education, Freindly Staff and pupils. I am proud to say I go to this 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 N20 or anywhere in the country.
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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
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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

Oakleigh Special School

280 Oakleigh Rd N, London N20 0DH, UK – 020 8368 5336

It's a Special Needs School and my son is enrolled there. Their Philosophy is the Child must not leave at the end of the day feeling like they've had a bad day! If only my work could take up the same ethos! It's a Good School that has a Great Heart and Soul...what more could you want for your Little One!?!!

Summerside Primary School

Crossway, Finchley, London N12 0QU, UK – 020 8445 1192

2 years ago, our son joined Summerside after 3 years at his previous school. We heard contrasting opinions and they were just that, opinions. We are now informed enough to give an opinion, and here it is, Summerside has been excellent. Our son has blossomed and matured over the past 2 years so he is as good as ready for his secondary education.. The school along with the teachers have all done their part and at home, we done ours. Remember, don't be disappointed with the results you didn't get with the work you didn't do, so home education to compliment the school is a must. Finally, a big thank to Jason's year 6 form teacher and to both the head and deputy head for their input. Great effort to which we are extremely grateful for, thank you.

Started school in 1945 I had good memories !does anybody remember me ?

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 N20 - Language Tuition

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

Adult Education

Axis Tuition Centre

16-17 Grand Arcade, Tally Ho Corner, North Finchley High Road, Industrial House, 2nd floor, London, Barnet N12 0EH, UK – 020 7607 9330

Axis has a professional service and welcoming atmosphere for parents and children. They have qualified and experienced staff as well as accredited testing and resources. Children feel really safe. Lastly to say, the prices are very low considering the high quality teaching the children are delivered. You should definitely take a Free Trial to see for yourself and decide.

My daughter has been at one of the Axis branch which is at Walthamstow. She had a perfect one year there.Although she was there for one year she was very successful at her school.Unfortunately we have moved to another city.That's because she didn't continue. I want to thank to all AXIS teachers.

School of Professional Development and Education (School of PDE)

224, Building 3, NLBP Oakleigh, South Way, London, New Southgate N11 1GN, UK – 0333 011 5584

London School of Business & Accountance

Grand Arcade, London N12 0EZ, UK – 020 8445 4874

Language Schools

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

163 Osidge La, London N14 5DU, UK – 020 8368 7424

Language Schools for Barnet

Language schools for N20. Also consider Adult Education Centres which might run evening language classes

Private Tutors for Barnet

Private Tuition for N20
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Private Tutors

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Saint Michael's Catholic Grammar School, Nether St, London N12 7NJ, UK – 0800 404 8172

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Hill Crescent, London N20 8HB, UK – 020 3773 6020


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