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

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

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 Bryanston, 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 Blandford? 
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 DT11
Click also to find: Childcare Services, Nursery Schools, After School Care

PreSchools and Playgroups for Bryanston

Knighton House School and The Orchard Pre-prep

Durweston, Blandford Forum DT11 0PY, UK – 01258 452065

Knighton House is a every parents idea of the perfect country girls prep school (ages 7 to 13, plus nursery from 3 to 7). Excellent academic results achieved in a nurturing environment. Plenty to occupy day, flexi and boarders alike. A focus on the child with small class sizes (average 8 to 10); wonderful comfy dorms, ponies, rabbits, pigmy goats all in 30 acres of beautiful Dorset countryside. I speak from experience as I have 3 children at the school, who moved from a London day-school environment and have flourished at Knighton.

Capers

Sunrise Business Park, Higher Shaftesbury Rd, Blandford Forum DT11 8ST, UK – 01258 456797

My son has been going to Capers for a while now and he loves it. The staff are amazing and really look after the children and make them feel at ease. The snacks they offer after school are great and the cost is incredible. Thank you for making my son feel so settled in! Recommend Capers to everyone.

My little lad has been going here for a while now. He absolutely adores going and loves his career Charlie. The management team are always incredibly helpful and the on the floor staff are lovely, kind, caring and professional. They always put the children's wellness, safety and happiness first

Handy Paws Pre-School

Church Road, Durweston, Blandford Forum DT11 0QA, UK – 01258 452277

Excellent pre-school, a really homely feel, my three daughters have all been to Handy Paws, and all have really enjoyed being there. The team provide excellent care and feedback to parents, but most of all provide an excellent start to a child's education - through play and activities.

Handy Paws has been graded Outstanding in every OFSTED inspection we’ve ever had. Last time they visited, in September 2016, OFSTED said: Children in the pre-school make outstanding progress. Their skills, levels of knowledge and personal development are well above what is typical for their age.

After School Care

Blandford Children's Centre

Black Ln, Blandford Forum DT11 8SW, UK – 01305 224310

Archway Nursery & Pre-School

Hyde Farm, Salisbury Road, Pimperne, Blandford Forum DT11 8TX, UK – 01258 454602

Capers

Sunrise Business Park, Higher Shaftesbury Rd, Blandford Forum DT11 8ST, UK – 01258 456797

My son has been going to Capers for a while now and he loves it. The staff are amazing and really look after the children and make them feel at ease. The snacks they offer after school are great and the cost is incredible. Thank you for making my son feel so settled in! Recommend Capers to everyone.

My little lad has been going here for a while now. He absolutely adores going and loves his career Charlie. The management team are always incredibly helpful and the on the floor staff are lovely, kind, caring and professional. They always put the children's wellness, safety and happiness first

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

Bryanston Independent Schools - Prep & Secondary - for Bryanston

Independent Schools for Bryanston - 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 Bryanston Secondary Schools -

The Blandford School

Milldown Rd, Blandford Forum DT11 7SQ, UK – 01258 451121

I have recently joined the school as a student and so far so good. The facilities are wheelchair accessible and we pride ourselves upon modern technology to work with. The teachers are quality mentors and most are very helpful. The only thing I would say that is a negative is some of the students get in the wrong crowd and spoils the potential and chances to do well. They do sanction those who don't behave properly swiftly and securely. I would recommend this school.

school is bad. it offers no support for others and it does nothing to help students they are idiots and don't help anyone because they are greedy for money

Pimperne C of E VC Primary School

Newfield Rd, Pimperne DT11 8W, UK – 01258 452025

bee movie is a good book.

Durweston C Of E Primary School

Church Rd, Blandford Forum DT11 0QA, UK – 01258 452277

Both of my children are thriving in this delightful village school and benefit from the superb opportunities in and outside of the curriculum. Staff are kind and caring with a real enthusiasm and drive for children to be the best they can be. A realistic balance of expectations from all learners.

Kids love it because of the inclusive and varied activities, parents love it because the kids love it - and they achieve great results. Great engagement from the staff and Headteacher. Brilliant environment for learning and personal development (onsite preschool, forest school, play equipment, huge playing fields, farm visits etc.).

Independent Schools

Bryanston School

Blandford Forum DT11 0PX, UK – 01258 452411

Lovely grounds and an interesting school. Seek out the old school photos in the corridors. They don't wear school uniforms so the fashion and haircuts are a wonderful historic document (and hilarious).

It is a great sports camp.

Knighton House School and The Orchard Pre-prep

Durweston, Blandford Forum DT11 0PY, UK – 01258 452065

Knighton House is a every parents idea of the perfect country girls prep school (ages 7 to 13, plus nursery from 3 to 7). Excellent academic results achieved in a nurturing environment. Plenty to occupy day, flexi and boarders alike. A focus on the child with small class sizes (average 8 to 10); wonderful comfy dorms, ponies, rabbits, pigmy goats all in 30 acres of beautiful Dorset countryside. I speak from experience as I have 3 children at the school, who moved from a London day-school environment and have flourished at Knighton.

Canford School

Canford Magna, Blandford Forum DT11 0PX, UK

Local Authority Schools - Primary & Secondary Schools

Local Authority primary and secondary schools for DT11 8RH . 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

Archbishop Wake C Of E Primary School

Archbishop Wake School /Black La, Blandford Forum DT11 8SW, UK – 01258 453120

This is a really good school fantastic staff and great facilities and extra clubs

St Mary's Primary School

Birch Ave, Blandford, Blandford St Mary, Blandford Forum DT11 9QD, UK – 01258 453331

I go here its so good

Durweston

Durweston, Blandford Forum DT11, UK

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 DT11 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 Bryanston 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

Canford School

Canford Magna, Blandford Forum DT11 0PX, UK

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 Bryanston or search the website for special schools throughout the UK

Adult Education Centres for DT11 - Language Tuition

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

Adult Education

Pianolady Piano Lessons: Sue Craxton

26 Bryanston St, Blandford Forum DT11 7AZ, UK – 01258 451764

My two children thoroughly enjoy their lessons, they have progressed really well, the lessons are fun as well as informative. These quotes are straight from the children: Miss Craxton is a really good teacher who makes learning fun and easy, I really enjoy my lessons. Learning the piano has really helped me with my understanding of music and helps with learning the violin (Daisy aged 10) I've learnt so much since I started, the lessons are good fun, I look forward to them. In less than a year I've passed my Grade 2 with Merit and started grade 5 pieces! The theory that I learn has improved my understanding of music hugely! (Sam aged 12)

Blandford Adult Education Centre

Black Ln, Blandford Forum DT11 8SW, UK – 0800 262648

Dorset Italian

Blandford Town Council Clerks Office, Blandford Forum DT11 7AD, UK – 07811 781484

Language Schools

Knighton House School and The Orchard Pre-prep

Durweston, Blandford Forum DT11 0PY, UK – 01258 452065

Knighton House is a every parents idea of the perfect country girls prep school (ages 7 to 13, plus nursery from 3 to 7). Excellent academic results achieved in a nurturing environment. Plenty to occupy day, flexi and boarders alike. A focus on the child with small class sizes (average 8 to 10); wonderful comfy dorms, ponies, rabbits, pigmy goats all in 30 acres of beautiful Dorset countryside. I speak from experience as I have 3 children at the school, who moved from a London day-school environment and have flourished at Knighton.

Language Schools for Bryanston

Language schools for DT11. Also consider Adult Education Centres which might run evening language classes

Private Tutors for Bryanston

Private Tuition for DT11
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Private Tutors

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