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Frequently asked questions asked by parents looking for the best schools near West Wickham

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

There are some frighteningly frank websites for you to choose from. The Government one is You simply enter your location, perhaps Bromley, 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 . 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 West Wickham? 
If you just need to know your school catchment area try .If you are looking for exhaustive information on the schools as well go to

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 BR4
Click also to find: Childcare Services, Nursery Schools, After School Care

PreSchools and Playgroups for Bromley

Hawes Down Primary School

The Mead, West Wickham BR4 0BA, UK – 020 8777 4420

Awesome website and a great school for children.

Nice stuff

St Mary's Pre School Playgroup

86 Hayes St, Bromley BR2 7BA, UK – 020 8462 7663

Really lovely community playgroup

The Garden Pre-school, Hayes

Bromley Town Cricket Club, Hayes Ln, Hays, Bromley BR2 9EF, UK – 07398 458362

The Garden Pre-school is a lovely setting where staff inspire the children through many wonderful activities everyday. The outdoor learning is incredible through Forest School classes, where children are able to run and explore nature. The owner is a fully qualified teacher and forest school leader, who my children adore. We feel safe and secure in the knowledge that our children are being challenged and engaged whilst having lots of fun. My children just love it, and never want to leave, the staff are what make the place. So glad we found this little gem of a pre-school.

After School Care

Little Sunflowers Childcare LTD

Shirley Cres, Beckenham BR3 4AZ, UK – 020 8663 1835

Good school

Bright Horizons Beckenham Day Nursery and Preschool

20 Langley Rd, Beckenham BR3 4AD, UK – 020 3780 3051

Good frendly nursery

Good Preschool for toddlers

Little Elms Daycare Nursery Shirley

2A South Way, Croydon CR0 8RP, UK – 023 8202 2462

Very good nursery

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

Bromley Independent Schools - Prep & Secondary - for Bromley

Independent Schools for Bromley - 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 Bromley Secondary Schools -

Glebe School

Hawes Ln, West Wickham BR4 9AE, UK – 020 8777 4540

I used to go here and I loved it so much x

Love this school All the support and life experience they have given to our children is priceless..X

Ravensbourne Secondary School

Hayes Ln, Bromley BR2 9EH, UK – 020 8460 0083

It is a nice school so many great opportunities for your children to do

Very happy with this school and currently have 2 children attending. So many great opportunities for children of all abilities. I am impressed with many aspects. If you have doubted this school please visit on open days and you may well change your opinion. No one is paid to give good reviews (to the person who wrote remark without reasonable explanation).

Orchard Park High School

Orchard Way, Croydon CR0 7NJ, UK – 020 8776 0220

Don't believe everything you read- these are people with an axe to grind as is always the case! The changes to the school are long overdue and they have made a significant improvement to the school. All schools have to have rules and I am glad to see the school holding firm to its rules. It is up to us parents to ensure are kids follow the rules instead of moaning about them. The teaching has also improved since the new management took over and even the kids know that now. We live in the local community and everything that has changed, even the behaviour has been brilliant. The staff have done a great job in turning the school around and I have nothing only praise and good things to say about the place. I would recommend the school to other parents. Staff are helpful, friendly and approachable. Keep up the great work and well done everyone.

Slightly ticked off parent. I am slightly tired of some parents leaving comments about uniform. It is so obvious that the school is trying to enforce a policy that sets the tone for an improved learning environment, where students are expected to come to school looking smart and ready to learn. If you have a policy then, to be fair and consistent, you have to stick to it so everyone is clear of the high standard expected. Why don't you just dress your children as per the policy, which makes them nice and smart and ready to learn rather than moaning and complaining about little things you could easily rectify. If a sock is such a non issue then send them to school in the right socks!!! I remember Edenham and the students used to look really scruffy. They now not only look smart but look proud to belong to Orchard Park. My kids are really happy to be there and far from it being a dictatorship, it offers high standards in an incredibly supportive and nurturing learning environment. The behaviour in the school is excellent. Don't listen to the petty complaints about uniform, this school is going places.

Independent Schools

Wickham Court School

Layhams Rd, West Wickham BR4 9HW, UK – 020 8777 2942

Maybe not the best school, but very supportive and works on a students potential so they are able to achieve a good job in life.

A beautiful building like to know about its history

St David's College

Justin Hall, Beckenham Rd, West Wickham BR4 0QS, UK – 020 8777 5852

I was shocked to read the last review, so I felt it necessary to respond. My son is in his second year at the school and the receptionist has been nothing but friendly, helpful and professional as have all the staff we have dealt with so far. We are really pleased with our son's progress at St Davids and know this is happening in a caring environment. We look forward to our younger son starting next year.

Great School !!!

Bickley Park School (Nursery and Pre-Prepatory Department)

14 Page Heath Ln, Bromley BR1 2DS, UK – 020 8467 2195

This school gives brilliant opportunities To boys and the teachers are really helpful It inspires boys to do there best by bringing in famous people like ash randall Five stars keep it up bickley

Amazing school. Top class.

Local Authority Schools - Primary & Secondary Schools

Local Authority primary and secondary schools for BR4 9HU . 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

Marian Vian Primary School

Shirley Cres, Beckenham BR3 4AZ, UK – 020 8658 6524

I had been to this school with my cousin and visited standard 2nd students. Their IQ was above an evergreen student off. U. K. Administration had visitors approach to the future of the carrier of their student. I liked it very much and wish them all success.

I went to school here and oi was the best time of my childhood. My brothers and sister went here to. I learnt to swim here. My mum died in my last year here and I can remember the whole of my class and all the teacher's comforting me. A wonderful school it was and I hope it still is.

Hayes Primary School

George Ln, Hayes, Bromley BR2 7LQ, UK – 020 8462 1769

This is a wonderful school. The ethos is one of working hard to achieve in a nuturing, positive environment. Use is made of technology and the latest teaching methods. The music department is fantastic with choirs, ensembles, and regular concerts. Music teachers come in from BYMT which is an incredible resource in Bromley. Money is being raised for a new music hub! The art around the school is beautiful, and the school itself is set in lovely grounds with colourful and spacious classrooms. Children are encouraged with positive reward systems and acknowledgements. My children love the school and have made many friends here.

Great school. Teaching and Office staff of very high standard

Oak Lodge Primary School

Chamberlain Cres, West Wickham BR4 0LJ, UK – 020 8819 6996

I have two children here, who are very different but have both done so well and are very happy. My eldest has learning difficulties and autism and the care and education she has received has been outstanding.

Best school there is!

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Dyslexia support centres
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Special schools for Bromley 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

Baston House School

Baston Rd, Bromley BR2 7AB, UK – 020 8462 1010

Yea its good

Great pleasure in working with this school, extremely knowledgeable staff who offer great support.

Red Gates School

Farnborough Ave, South Croydon CR2 8HD, UK – 020 8651 6540

I’ve been with Red Gates for over 3 years now. Love working with children with special needs. Its such a shame that a school like this would have adults who are respectful to each other. There are some lovely teachers, but unfortunately the terrible ones leave a bad taste in your mouth. How much does it take to smile back when one smiles at you? Lot of them just stare and walk past like they just saw a piece of furniture. Specially the attitude towards agency staff/ lunchtime assistants are appalling!! And mention politeness in speech which is non-existent!!! If this is how they treat fellow staff, forget how they treat children who are non-verbal. High time they need to be shown how to be pleasant to each other rather than have the worst attitude ever.

Brilliant school.. my son loves it

Gilbert Scott Primary

Farnborough Ave, South Croydon CR2 8HD, UK – 020 8657 4722

My son has been attending this school for many years now. It's a one class per year school where everyone knows each other. The staff is always available and are attentive to the needs of the kids. It's a school that focuses on the kids learning and development as well as helping families in need of some attention. Connected to the school they also have a preschool section as well as a special needs unit. Kids go to Red Gates (special needs unit) to interact with their classes as well as Red Gates kids go to the primary school. They also have before and after school clubs. Overall would I recommend it, YES.

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 Bromley or search the website for special schools throughout the UK

Adult Education Centres for BR4 - Language Tuition

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

Adult Education

TLT Academy London

10-12 Chilham Way, Bromley BR2 7PR, UK – 020 8462 3662

Done my level 3 here last year I had Charlotte she was amazing very helpful and great at her job she really went out of her way to help me understand everything fueto having dyslexia. Everyone was kind and a great team I want to do more course here I love that their is no more then 8 in a class Karin diamond-reilly

The Seasons Art Class Bromley

Hayes St, Bromley BR2 7BA, UK – 020 8407 2384

Language Schools

La Jolie Ronde Languages For Children

44A Wickham Way, Beckenham BR3 3AF, UK – 020 8402 3226

Language Schools for Bromley

Language schools for BR4. Also consider Adult Education Centres which might run evening language classes

Private Tutors for Bromley

Private Tuition for BR4
Click also to find: Language Schools, Translators & Interpreters

Private Tutors

Your Maths Tutor

59 Bellfield, Croydon CR0 9JX, UK – 07507 356113

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