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

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

There are some frighteningly frank websites for you to choose from. The Government one is You simply enter your location, perhaps Swindon, 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 Purton? 
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 SN5
Click also to find: Childcare Services, Nursery Schools, After School Care

PreSchools and Playgroups for Swindon

Barn Owl Pre-school

The Brow, Swindon SN25 1HT, UK – 07922 588315

Love it.

Alpha Pre-School

Community Centre, Village Centre,, Worsley Rd, Swindon SN5 8LY, UK – 07468 436852

Highly recommend this pre-school if you're looking to send your child to a place where he/she will be in a safe, educational and happy environment. My son recently attended ALPHA pre-school and is now ready to confidently go into primary school due to the fantastic and supportive staff which guided him. Through the last 2 years in which my son attended, he's not only gained skills in subjects such as Maths and English, but he's developed social skills which have allowed him to make friends that he will also go into School with. I want to thank Alpha for the last 2 years, and would highly recommend to anyone looking for a right pre-school to send their child to.

Haydon Meadow Pre School

Thames Ave, Swindon SN25 1QQ, UK – 01793 706696

My daughter loves it here. She has lots of friends and can say their names. She did not cry from day one. No fuss at all to go to pre school. I love it too. 😊

After School Care

Salt Way Children's Centre

Pearl Rd, Middleleaze, Swindon SN5 5TD, UK – 01793 465364

Used to come here while it was a pre-school, pretty nice place if you ask me

Kidz About - Children's Indoor Play & Party Centre

Spectrum (commonly known as Renault) Building, Mead Way, Swindon SN5 7UT, UK – 01793 524646

Kidz About is a pretty good soft play, it's large, with a lot to do for all ages. The toddler area is big, bigger than most soft plays, and they have an area just for toy cars and ride-on vehicles, which was a big hit with my 2 year old. There's also an inflatable area, bigger than just a bouncy castle, with obstacles to climb over. The older kids seemed to love this. As other reviewers have said, the food offering is basic, and the coffee and cake are nothing to write home about, but they do exist at the price you'd expect to pay when you're a captive audience. As an example, a slice of caramel shortbread was £2.50, on par with a coffee shop. The seating area is huge, and there are both tables and sofas, most seats give you a good view of the play areas so remote supervision is easier than I've seen it in most places. On the downside, parking is pretty limited, especially if it gets very busy, though it was fine when I went, at a quieter time. Cleanliness is good, and thankfully, they don't have one of those pits of scum and disease otherwise known as a ball pool, so I'm hoping that the child illness that usually follows soft play might be kept at bay this time! In summary, not the cheapest soft play in the world, but it by no means breaks the bank with excellent facilities. If it wanted my custom more often it would need to improve its coffee facilities and it's cake selection!

First time today as i won 2x tickets on a Facebook my kids enjoyed them self . Only payed £2 for two adults. Drinks are not to bad in Price. Place is clean and tidy. Staff at friendly. All round nice place.

Headstarts Day Nursery Westlea

1403 Delta Office Pk/Welton Rd, Swindon SN5 7XN, UK – 01793 877779

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

Swindon Independent Schools - Prep & Secondary - for Swindon

Independent Schools for Swindon - 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 Swindon Secondary Schools -

Bradon Forest School

The Peak, Purton, Swindon SN5 4AT, UK – 01793 770570

I go to this school and the staff there are amazing and there are plenty of teachers to talk to if you have problems that you don't want to share with your friends . There are also amazing teachers who help you if you are getting bullied or someone is hurting you but they don't know it . The lady in the isolation centre (Mrs Wardrop ) she is so kind and is nice to everyone in isolation no matter what they have done

Great school! Encouraging, happy and friendly place and the grades people have got are outstanding. The teaching here is fantastic the work can be challenging at times but it's all in very good control and I would only work on wat there is for lunch but other than that this school is brill

Lydiard Park Academy

Grange Park Way, Grange Park, Swindon SN5 6HN, UK – 01793 874224

A great school that does the best it possibly can for its pupils.


Nova Hreod Academy

Akers Way, Swindon SN2 2NQ, UK – 01793 528800

It's a really nice school and people are very sociable and lovely.

It's a nice school. Focused on studies and our future!

Independent Schools

Brook Field Primary School

32 Cartwright Dr, Shaw, Swindon SN5 5SB, UK – 01793 874582

I just finished and am now going to secondary school and brook field is a really good choice because it supports the children so much and you can go on amazing trips to Cadbury World, PGL in Devon and lots more

I am in year 2 and it is amazing!

Haydon Meadow Pre School

Thames Ave, Swindon SN25 1QQ, UK – 01793 706696

My daughter loves it here. She has lots of friends and can say their names. She did not cry from day one. No fuss at all to go to pre school. I love it too. 😊

Nova Hreod Academy

Akers Way, Swindon SN2 2NQ, UK – 01793 528800

It's a really nice school and people are very sociable and lovely.

It's a nice school. Focused on studies and our future!

Local Authority Schools - Primary & Secondary Schools

Local Authority primary and secondary schools for SN5 4DU . 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

Rodbourne Cheney Primary School

Rodbourne Cheney School, The Broadway, Swindon SN25 3BN, UK – 01793 534710

Good school

Robert Le Kyng Primary School

Westcott Street, Swindon SN1 5HS, UK – 01793 523119

Great School for kids

Used to go there as a year 5 student I had moved from Oxford to Swindon but at the end of year 5 I had to move back to Oxford but I have great memories of that school and I will never forget my class or my teacher or the T.A. best school ever

Even Swindon Primary School

Pasture Cl, Swindon SN2 2UJ, UK – 01793 523041

Went here for 7 yrs it was ok

i go to that 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 SN5 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.
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Dyslexia support centres
Click also to find: Education Agencies & Authorities, Schools - Independent & Preparatory
Special schools for Swindon 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

Millbrook Primary School

2 Worsley Rd, Swindon SN5 8NU, UK – 01793 872800

Best primary school I've ever experienced as a parent. My children are very happy therefore I'm very happy! 😊

Freshbrooks best school

Peatmoor Community Primary School

Pepperbox Hill, Peatmoor, Swindon SN5 5DP, UK – 01793 887473

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 Swindon or search the website for special schools throughout the UK

Adult Education Centres for SN5 - Language Tuition

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

Adult Education

Navy School of English

The Shaftesbury Centre, Percy Street, Swindon SN2 2AZ, UK – 01793 554915

A very good school with a great teacher

Minnoch Design Ltd

Regus House Windmill Business Park, Swindon SN5 6QR, UK – 01793 710329

Tanwood School For Performing Arts

Delta 701-702 Welton Rd, Swindon SN5 7XS, UK – 07775 991700

Language Schools

Dialogue - Training & Translation Services

35 Milton Rd, Swindon SN1 5JA, UK – 01793 513234

Efficient and personable, training pitched at perfect level.

Swindon Language Centre

27a Percy St, Swindon SN2 2AZ, UK – 01793 554810

La Jolie Ronde Languages For Children

Tregoze Primary School/Sleaford Cl, Swindon SN5 6JU, UK – 01793 325464

Language Schools for Swindon

Language schools for SN5. Also consider Adult Education Centres which might run evening language classes

Private Tutors for Swindon

Private Tuition for SN5
Click also to find: Language Schools, Translators & Interpreters

Private Tutors

Aspire Tuition

76 Rivermead Dr, Swindon SN5 7EX, UK – 01793 726263

My son passed his Maths AND English GCSE last year thanks to Aspire. There's no way he could have done it without them. I am forever grateful and can't recommend them highly enough! They not only provide extra teaching, they gave him so much self confidence which I believe is the key. Thankyou thankyou again!

Kumon Maths & English

Freshbrook Community Centre, Worsley Rd, Swindon SN5 8LY, UK – 01249 760568

Kumon Maths & English

Haydon Wick Community Leisure, Thames Ave, Swindon SN25 1QQ, UK – 01285 643701

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