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Some Frequently ask questions asked by parents with with school aged children looking for a school near Southamptonf

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

What date do you find out about school places 2020?

How do I find my school catchment area UK?

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 SO15
Click also to find: Childcare Services, Nursery Schools, After School Care

PreSchools and Playgroups for Southampton

St Johns Primary & Nursery School

French St, Southampton SO14 2AU, UK – 023 8022 6545

Best primary school in Hampshire! The the teachers are very good and highly motivated. The Head Mistresses management is second to none and has created a balanced atmosphere of good learning and the development of social skills for all the children who are from a wide variety of back grounds.

Great school that really cares about the children.

Rainbow Pre-school Shirley

Victor St, Southampton SO15 5LH, UK – 023 8070 1601

My son is on week 3 at Rainbow 2 preschool and the staff are truly amazing and helpful and everything they do. So glad my son has got his preschool place at Rainbow. Many Thanks Pina x

Barn Owls Preschool

78A Wilton Cres, Southampton SO15 7QE, UK – 023 8155 0049

We are so thrilled with barn owls, the staffs are amazing and the setting is always new and exciting. Our son really looks forward to going to barn owls each day! Joanna and the staff have helped my son advance so much. I can’t thank them enough! We’ve tried other nurseries in Southampton and barn owls is definitely not like the others, it’s very welcoming and there’s always a new development for the children to explore and with extras like yoga, baking and music lessons. They even bake their own bread! I tell all my friends about barn owls, they really are that good.

I was a bit worried about sending my 2 year daughter to nursery when starting back at work. Joanna and the staff at Barn Owls made her feel so welcome though, and now she is wanting to go every day! It really does help me knowing my daughter is in a great preschool. Every day she comes home with new stories and tales of what she did at Barn Owls, especially yoga! Barn Owls is the best kept preschool secret in Southampton.

After School Care

Green Garden Child Care, Nature Pre-School & Nursery

Bitterne Manor Community Centre, 48-50 Vespasian Rd, Southampton SO18 1AX, UK – 023 8022 0720

Our little one loves Green Garden Child Care and the team have been especially welcoming and supportive when he started. He now is completely enthusiastic about going and taking part in the many activities offered. He loves music times, excursions as well as the art and cooking activities. Everyone is so caring it is a pleasure to talk with them about the little one progress.

Green Garden Care is lovely place to take your child. It has so many activities. It's situation allows walks along the beach seeing birds and life on the river. Woodland walks and many Interesting and educational activities indoors. A great team of people too with your child's best interest st heart

Bright Horizons Southampton Nursery and Preschool

7-9 Roberts Rd, Southampton SO15 5DF, UK – 023 8214 8020

Probably the best nursery I could find at the time. Very friendly and patience staff, plenty of empathy. Highly recommended and quite handy if you work in Town.

This is the most fantastic, well organised, well run and friendly nursery I've ever come across and I am delighted that another of my son will be starting soon.All the staff are extremely helpful and approachable and have always been willing to discuss any concerns in a kind, caring manner.  In summary Teddies Nursery is an amazing.

Way Ahead Leisure Pursuits Ltd

Warren Community Centre, Chestnut Road, Shirley Warren, Southampton SO16 6BR, UK – 023 8078 6682

Excellent local day care and services in Southampton.

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

Independent Schools - Prep & Secondary - for Southampton

Independent Schools for Southampton - 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

St Winifred's School

17-19 Winn Rd, Southampton SO17 1EJ, UK – 023 8055 7352

The School I'm In And The BEST SCHOOL EVER FTW!!!

Great Oaks School

Vermont Cl, Southampton SO16 7LT, UK – 023 8076 7660

My daughter goes here and loves it the teacher are brilliant.. Also.my son went here to and yes had issue but the teachers worked hard and he got there he stayed a extra yr too and always welcome old students

My son goes here

Cantell School

Violet Rd, Southampton SO16 3GJ, UK – 023 8032 3111

My daughter goes here and gets the best possible care the teachers are really behind their pupils. If only every other school could see how this school operates. My daughters last school was absolutely useless and offered lots of detentions rather than praise and encouragement and respect . The H near Netley is a clue.

My mum went here she said it was a ok school as she got bullied

Independent Schools

King Edward VI School

Wilton Rd, Southampton SO15 5UQ, UK – 023 8070 4561

Can't fault it in any way. Fantastic.

Lol fantastic

Fitrah Sips

55 Northumberland Rd, Southampton SO14 0EJ, UK – 023 8000 6000

The Cedar School

OXN, Lane House, Redbridge Ln, Nursling, Southampton SO16 0XN, UK – 023 8073 4205

Local Authority Schools - Primary & Secondary Schools

Local Authority primary and secondary schools for SO15 . 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

Swaythling Primary School

Mayfield Rd, Southampton SO17 3SZ, UK – 023 8055 2252

It was the best school ever. I left there last year and every child should go to that school right now

Best school ever in Southampton go there its amazing!!!

St Mark's C Of E Primary School

Stafford Rd, Southampton SO15 5TE, UK – 023 8077 2968

Its a lovely school, i went there for a few years and i loved it, the teachers were lovely and they really helped me to get where i am now, there is really no fault at all

My daughter started 6 months ago in here and she loves it, great school, and really good after school clubs it’s a plus for working parents.

Saint Denys Primary School

Dundee Rd, Southampton SO17 2ND, UK – 023 8055 6982

A fantastic caring school. Fab community, creative curriculum and inclusive.

A fantastic, inclusive school that cares for and nurtures all children.

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 SO15 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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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 Southampton 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

Banister Nursery and Primary School

Archers Rd, Southampton SO15 2LS, UK – 023 8039 3313

I'm a yr6 student from Canis major at this school and this place Is cool and epic from my experience I recommend it to everybody wanting a good school.

Simply the best

Rosewood Free School

Aldermoor Rd, Southampton SO16 5NA, UK – 023 8057 1050

The Polygon School

12 Handel Terrace, Southampton SO15 2FG, UK – 023 8063 6776

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 Southampton or search the website for special schools throughout the UK

Adult Education Centres for SO15 - Language Tuition

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

Adult Education

say ok language academy | translation and interpreting

24 High St, Southampton SO14 2DF, UK – 023 8178 9464

I'm from Brazil and for me it was a great experience I'll never forget. Excellent teachers, lovely place and the people are very friendly. Thank you so much Say Ok Academy. I learned a lot !

Say OK Academy is an excellent, practical school. All the teachers are highly trained, comprehensive, and entertaining. I highly recommend this school.

City College Southampton

St Mary St, Southampton SO14 1AR, UK – 023 8048 4848

I studied beauty level 2 and 3 and it went very well, my teachers were very informative. It was well organised. It went very well. And i pased first time. So thank you city college. 👍 .

It is a very good college I am in my 2nd year the teacher are really nice and helpful and care and understand. So if you are thinking about going to college come to city college 5 star it

Tracie's Latin Club

St Barnabas Hall, Lodge Road, Southampton SO14 6QS, UK – 07889 288368

I have been going to Tracie's Latin Club (salsa lessons)for about a year and a half now and I love it! Made some great friends, the teachers are very friendly and helpful and it's generally a great atmosphere. Having been a complete non-dancer when I started, I have learned so much (and salsa music is the best)

I've attended Tracie's salsa and argentine tango classes and cannot recommend these lessons enough. Teaching is clear, with individual and group feedback, and the atmosphere is friendly and welcoming. Go along, you won't regret it!

Language Schools

TEG English Southampton

1 Brunswick Pl, Southampton SO15 2AN, UK – 023 8023 1397

I have just recently finished a short, but very useful course as a part of preparation for IELTS. It was the best learning experience i have ever had. Teachers were helpful as well as playful. The learning process was light and efficient. More over, atmosphere in a hole school was really friendly and making you feel excepted from the first day. There is just one sad moment. That this experience was so short. Thanks to all the members of this beautiful community for great time.

Very good school with very good and friendly teachers. Every week, many kind of activity are organised. They help student to meet people and to practise their English. I think it is the best way to improve a language. It is why the social program is the most positive point for me. I spent 8 months in this school and it was a fantastic experience for me.


50 Gordon Ave, Southampton SO14 6WD, UK – 07860 630772

Very bliss, can't complain, far bisser than expected. Good Biss service, quality Biss, and Biss was very clean. Would recommend a Bissit, if you enjoy a good Biss from time to time.

Very welcoming . Most enjoyable experience.

Lewis School of English

33 Palmerston Rd, Southampton SO14 0AY, UK – 023 8022 8203

Richenda, Abby and Charlotte are just superb! A prayer room is located on the top floor that be effectively used by Muslims! Thank you for giving me a lovely time!

I have participated in a wonderful theatre camp for several years in a row as part of the Lewis School. I have made many amazing friends from all over the world and this camp gave me the fantastic opportunity to meet these people. All staff are enthusiastic, committed and fun. I definitely recommend! Hannah

Language Schools for Southampton

Language schools for SO15. Also consider Adult Education Centres which might run evening language classes

Private Tutors for Southampton

Private Tuition for SO15
Click also to find: Language Schools, Translators & Interpreters

Private Tutors

Wessex Tutors

44 Shirley Rd, Southampton SO15 3EU, UK – 023 8033 4719

Our son re-took Maths and Geography A levels following disappointing results in August 2017. He's just heard that he went up by the two grades required for him to get into his first choice university. Jill White and her team of tutors worked hard to identify the specific areas of coursework requiring improvement and focussed on getting those up to scratch. A really excellent experienced team who properly understand the exam boards and nuanced differences between multiple course syllabuses. We're very happy!

Through Wessex Tutors our son achieved 2 grade increases in each subject at A level coming out with an A* and 2 A’s in Mathmatics, Physics and Chemistry. He has said the tutors were very good and were very attentive in bringing out the best in him. Our view is that in addition to the academic work, they helped to rebuild his confidence enabling him to achieve his potential.

Southampton Tutoring Centre

Admiral House, 23 Millbrook Rd E, Southampton SO15 1HY, UK – 023 8023 5756

1 year ago my daughter was so far behind in her maths and english i thought i needed a miracle after help at her school was turned down i didnt no where to turn until i found kip on the internet. I didnt no what to expect so was very surprised to find my daughter loved it and for a very shy person that was amazing i knew then i had done the right thing. she has been attended kip since july 2012 and it has been the best thing i ever did she has gone from a very unsure, and shy person to someone who cant wait till her next lesson she has improved so much way above my expectations and will continue to go here for a very long time. She really could not have done it without all the help and support they offered.

Kumon Maths & English

St. James Park Cafe Saint James Road, Southampton SO15 5SD, UK – 023 8070 0215

My 6 year old daughter has been studying Kumon at St James park cafe Kumon center, Southampton for more than 18 months now.my daughter has shown really good progress since she started, her math and English is very good now and she enjoys doing her homework and appeared to be more confident with her math and English. She is really ahead in her math ans english. I went to another centre in town before but i didn't like because there were too many children in a small room with little attention so i decided to go for St James park centre. She goes once in a week at scheduled time and each child receives individual attention from Dr Ivy Man , also we get regular emails regarding my child progress and also available to speak to the teacher when we collect her after the lesson.I am glad i choose this centre. I would highly recommend this centre to all my friends.

My 13 year old daughter has been studying at st James Park cafe kumon center Southampton .She started since March this year and without any doubt I would say that she has build a lot of confidence in learning her maths . She feels her mental maths has gotten mach stronger and enjoys every minute of her learning. I am very pleased that she has scored a very good Mark in her exam at school. Dr Ivy tutor is a very good teacher and always responds quickly when a child has questions I would highly recommend kumon to all my friends

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