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Frequently asked questions asked by parents looking for the best schools near Cambridge Tutors College

How do I find out what schools are available around Croydon? 
There are some frighteningly frank websites for you to choose from. The Government one is You simply enter your location, perhaps Croydon, 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 Cambridge Tutors College? 
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 CR0
Click also to find: Childcare Services, Nursery Schools, After School Care

PreSchools and Playgroups for Croydon

The Minster Nursery & Infant School

Warrington Rd, Croydon CR0 4BH, UK – 020 8688 5844

When I was there 10+ years ago it was a very good school, lots of good pastoral care and inclusive activities. It is a Christian school, though there wasn't uncomfortable amounts of faith (e.g. much of my class were not Christians and there was nothing forced on anyone).

This is a good school

Cedar Tree Pre School

Ruskin House, Croydon CR0 1BD, UK – 07944 017811

One of the best school.... Very friendly staff

Mini Vip's Montessori Nursery & Pre School

1 Campbell Rd, Croydon CR0 2SQ, UK – 020 8689 7663

Good place good location

After School Care

Wizkids Club

5, 46 Pitlake, Croydon CR0 3RA, UK – 0333 577 4500

I have 3 kids and my children goes to Wizkids, Due to my work schedule I found it difficult to pickup my children from school on time, friends and family too was hit and miss for me. Using wizkids School pickup and drop home service made it possible for me to get work done and not worry about my kids school runs or homework because Wizkids does it for me. I have also received a good feedback on my kid’s progress at school with the extra tuition they give. Thanks guys keep up the good work.

Top Kids Clubs Ltd

45 Stroud Green Way, Croydon CR0 7BE, UK – 020 8654 7517

Lovely place to send children

Good place

Once upon a Time Pre-schoolafter School Club

Whitehorse Youth & Community Centre Boulogne Road, Croydon CR0 2LG, UK – 07918 106745

Compassionate and superb manager. Brilliant team. Dedicated to children's care and wellbeing. My child is very happy. You would be hard press to find a better local service.

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

Independent Schools - Prep & Secondary - for Croydon

Independent Schools for Croydon - 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

Al-Khair School

109-117 Cherry Orchard Road, Addiscombe, Croydon CR0 6BE, UK – 020 8662 8664

This place is the best school it has amazing teachers and wonderful facilities i hope it becomes something biggger

best secondary school in croydon

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.

Shirley High School

Shirley Church Rd, Croydon CR0 5EF, UK – 020 8656 9755

My daughter started the school in January. She tells me how happy she is there in comparison to her old school. Her tutor is lovely and has really helped her feel at home. The parent app they use keeps you well informed, showing me her attendance, reports and achievements as she gets them which I think is great. My daughter likes the teachers and feels that she is learning well from them.

My son enjoyed his time here and the teachers were very supportive.

Independent Schools

Cumnor House School for Boys

168 Pampisford Rd, South Croydon CR2 6DA, UK – 020 8660 3445

I have been a parent of a Cumnor boy who is graduating this year. It has been a time of great maturing academically, organisationally, musically, physically and socially. I highly recommend this school for its academic excellence, its warmth and the values it instills in its pupils. Thank you, Cumnor, for a excellent all-round education for our son.

My nephew has been a student since nursery, he has the confidence of an adult and the education has been well retained. Cumnor is a brilliant school. All the teachers are very attentive to each student needs but most of all the kids do follow the instructions as that's the Cumnor way

Trinity School of John Whitgift

Shirley Park, Croydon CR9 7AT, UK – 020 8656 9541

Amazing school. Great teachers in every department and there is always an enthusiastic, zesty atmosphere!

No bullying here and the pastoral care is amazing. So is the teaching. Brilliant. I also much prefer the all round environment to Whitgift

The Cedars School

Coombe Road, Lloyd Park, Croydon CR0 5RD, UK – 020 8185 7770

Great secondary school. Perfect location. Good facilities. Very good tutorial system. Serious Catholic education. Personalised attention. Familiar. Interesting activities for parents and families. Definitely one of the best choices of my life.

My two sons go here and as the years go by I am happy that I chose this school. Nurturing environment and practical approach to encouraging the boys to achieve their best.

Local Authority Schools - Primary & Secondary Schools

Local Authority primary and secondary schools for CR0 5SX . 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

Howard Primary School

11 Dering Pl, Croydon CR0 1DT, UK – 020 8688 4216

I am a child and i think it's amazing

Fantastic school in every aspect, my son has severe behavioural difficulties, but this school has given us so much help and support and we are finally getting somewhere with cahms, So will have a diagnoses soon, the staff are lovely and the teachers are so friendly and understanding:) :)

The Crescent Primary School

The Crescent, London CR0 2HN, UK – 020 8684 8283

Hey my name is Sava. I go to this school and it is quite nice. It was better than my last school! I love my friends

This was a good well ok school we visited as we now live in castlehill we have royal russle near our house very good facilities very beautiful and big the food was okay and the teaching was great very proud

Ridgeway Primary School and Nursery

Southcote Rd, South Croydon CR2 0EQ, UK – 020 8657 6957

Lovely teachers, good methodology, excellent facilities, overall very good school and most of all, my kids love going to school which is what it's all about at the end of the day.

I just had to leave a review, I went here a long time ago and I loved this school, I am now in year 11 and doing my GCSE's, it made me realise how much I miss primary school. I left half way through year 6 as I moved to west sussex, but ridgeway was a great place to be and I really would like to visit it again in the future just to see if it was the same as I remembered it. Hannah

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 CR0 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
Click also to find: Education Agencies & Authorities, Schools - Independent & Preparatory
Special schools for Croydon 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

Bensham Manor School

Ecclesbourne Rd, Thornton Heath CR7 7BN, UK – 020 8684 0116

Bensham Manor is such a great school for those with special needs and I will tell you why. First off the teachers are very kind and I do like going to my lessons. The lessons in question are quite fun and my favourites are food tech, English and ICT. I would say there are very few flaws in my "honest" opinion but I guess it has more to do with some of the other pupils disobeying the rules. So overall as a teen with autism this is a great school for those with special needs.

I loved bensham manor now that I left that school it was so sad to leave my friends behind I hope I will visit soon

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 Croydon or search the website for special schools throughout the UK

Adult Education Centres for CR0 - Language Tuition

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

Adult Education

Croydon Adult Learning and Training

D, Bernard Weatherill House, 8 Mint Walk, Croydon CR0 1EA, UK – 020 8726 7777

I've had two different Spanish teachers over the last four years or so and they've both been excellent. Fun, good pace, and very useful. Of course you get as much as you put in but the resources for home learning were great.

Affable Therapy Training Limited

64 A, George Street, Croydon CR0 1PD, UK – 020 8338 1212

Many thanks to Affable Therapy. I have attended the Laser Hair Removal Level 4 ITEC. This course will surely give an edge to my career. The friendly learning lesson deserves 10/10.

After experiencing Affable Therapy’s Massage Diploma ITEC (online) , I was so impressed that I even recommended it to many of my friends. As, it’s an online course, I have learned it even without leaving the comfort of my home. Thumbs up!

CALAT Central Croydon Centre

Croydon Clocktower, Katharine St, Croydon CR9 1ET, UK – 020 8726 7777

Very much enjoying my class here with good facilities and an excellent tutor. Very good value for money.

The building is bit old, inside the offices and corridors have very cheap feeling to them which may not help you get inspired if you're planning to study. Just before my Life In UK test the organizer told us that proof of address need to have full name (first, initial and surname) detail, although I couldn't find this requirement anywhere online or on booking confirmation email (as my gas bill had my surname only). Organizer was waving some printed sheets of paper but could not tell me where to find this info online. Other than that everything went smoothly and I had no further issues.

Language Schools

La Jolie Ronde Languages For Children

Loving Hands International Nursery/54 Leander Rd, Thornton Heath CR7 6JU, UK – 07800 769242

La Jolie Ronde Languages For Children

15 Ballards Way, South Croydon CR2 7JP, UK – 07739 932351

La Jolie Ronde Languages For Children

30 Bensham Manor Rd, Thornton Heath CR7 7AA, UK – 07800 769242

Language Schools for Croydon

Language schools for CR0. Also consider Adult Education Centres which might run evening language classes

Private Tutors for Croydon

Private Tuition for CR0
Click also to find: Language Schools, Translators & Interpreters

Private Tutors

Wise Tutors

Weatherill House, 23 Whitestone Way, Croydon CR0 4WF, UK

Croydon Tutors

66 Heathhurst Rd, South Croydon CR2 0BA, UK – 020 8651 9747

Your Maths Tutor

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

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