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Frequently asked questions asked by parents looking for the best schools near Pardes House Primary School

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

There are some frighteningly frank websites for you to choose from. The Government one is You simply enter your location, perhaps Barnet, 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 Pardes House Primary School? 
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 N3
Click also to find: Childcare Services, Nursery Schools, After School Care

PreSchools and Playgroups for Barnet

Kindergarten Nursery Schools

Christ Church Parish Centre, Heriot Rd, London NW4 2EG, UK – 020 8202 5687

Very professional and lovely staff. My son loves it!

Hendon Preparatory School & Nursery

Hendon Preparatory School, 20 Tenterden Grove, London, Hendon NW4 1TD, UK – 020 8203 7727

Hendon Prep is an amazing school with amazing teachers like Ms Sterling, Mr May and other teachers. I loved all the school trips like Bude and France.

Gainsborough Pre School

St Stephens Memorial Hall, Christ Church, 620 High Rd, London N12 0NU, UK – 07903 803992

Gainsborough is a brilliant little community preschool. Moments from North Finchley it is absolutely perfect for me. Timing wise, the sessions suit so well. With the 9.15am start, I can do the school run first to Moss Hall and then drop off my little one to Gainsborough. Also, the 12.15pm finish means he is tired and ready for lunch when I* collect him. I don't like the thought of him eating or napping outside the house so it works perfectly for me to collect him, feed him lunch and then put him to sleep until school pick up. Essentially, it is everything I need and I don't pay for more time than I use, which I was doing at his previous nursery. Not to mention, the staff are brilliant - slightly older then the staff at other nurseries and mostly parents themselves which gives them real compassion and connection with the children. They have always dealt with any incidents professionally, discreetly and sensitively. They almost always have room so you are spared the stress of waiting lists - although I can't see this lasting for too long so get in quick before everyone else finds them too! I cannot recommend them highly enough.

After School Care

Bright Horizons Active Learning Finchley

10-11 Moss Hall Cres, London N12 8NY, UK – 020 3824 7088

It is a lovely place. My son is there nearly 1.5 years. He is so happy.

Early Learning Years Nursery

19 The Grove, London N3 1QN, UK – 020 8349 3492

Former parent here and I have to say I had a great experience with Ely Nursery and its lovely staff members. Both my children were well looked after. Would recommend to prospective parents

A wonderful place which my son looks forward to go to every morning! Lovely staff and people. Would recommend it highly.

Bright Horizons New Southgate Day Nursery and Preschool

60 Beaconsfield Rd, London N11 3AE, UK – 020 3780 3056

Wonderful caring staff. My child looks forward to going everyday.

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

Barnet Independent Schools - Prep & Secondary - for Barnet

Independent Schools for Barnet - 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 Barnet Secondary Schools -

Copthall School (Secondary and Sixth Form for Girls)

Pursley Rd, London NW7 2EP, UK – 020 8959 1937

A friendly, happy school with GCSE results in the top four percent in the country for progress! An amazing range of extra-curricular opportunities including attending events at Mill Hill Independent school, theatre trips, use of Saracens Rugby facilities, dancing with the English National Ballet, talks from high profile speakers, and lots more! Coaching for all teaching staff, thoughtful CPL for non-teaching staff, clear career progression and opportunities at all levels. An amazing school.

Well overall the school is good. www (what are the good things): They have a longer lunch an break. GCSE started in year 9. Most teachers help us. There are safegurads teacher which is helpful as if someone gets bullied or needs help they could ask those teachers. They finally changed the uniform EBI(what to improve) :Maybe the lunch could be back to £1.60 as the food is too expensive and the portion of the food is little.Bigger copteen(canteen). 1 week of enrichment week.

Fortismere School

Tetherdown, Muswell Hill, London N10 1NE, UK – 020 8365 4400

A fabulous school. We have 2 kids, yr 12 & 8 and they are both very happy, inspirational passionate teachers that inspire kids to learn, think for themselves, love to learn have fun and be themselves. Both my kids are doing so well.

I may still not know the difference between a quadratic equation and reproduction but if I could give you any pice of advice to survive Fortismere, it would be this; When the dinner lady says "ken yu muv plez" you bloody well move. No questions asked

Ayesha Community Education School

10a Montagu Rd, London NW4 3ES, UK – 020 3411 2660

This school is an amazing school and I recommend it to everyone. I have learnt so much from thank you to all the members of staff

An Excellent school, begun from Humble and Sincere origins, it is located on a purpose built educational facility in the heart of Hendon. It is the only school of its kind in the local area. It remains one of only a few true Islam focused schools in the Country. I will recommend this school to anyone without hesitance. Truly a credit to its community

Independent Schools

The Independent Jewish Day School

46 Green Ln, London NW4 2AH, UK – 020 8203 2968

This was my school from Gan to Kimmel and so far.... It is the best!!! I learnt maths, english, hebrew and alot of other things.

Kerem School

Norrice Lea, London N2 0RE, UK – 020 8455 0909

It was the best school in the intire universe

Dwight School (Upper School)

6 Friern Barnet Ln, London N11 3LX, UK – 020 8920 0600

When I came back to London, I wanted to get experience in a UK school. Dwight gave me the opportunity. Friendly staff, safety, small sized classes, students behave well and excellent support for SEN students.

One of the best schools I have been to but the fees are way too high this school is quite overpriced when paying fees but the people are great and kind and teachers care so much about the students

Local Authority Schools - Primary & Secondary Schools

Local Authority primary and secondary schools for N3 1SA . 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

Sunnyfields Primary School

Hatchcroft, London NW4 4JH, UK – 020 8203 3113

My experience there was great thanks for everything youve given me~Michael 2014-2018

my expirience was great my whole 7years there. i love every teacher now that im in year 9 i miss this primary school- -sophia anastasiou-

Parkfield Primary School

17 St David's Pl, Hendon, London NW4 3PJ, UK – 020 8202 0454

great primary school i love it and my best teacher is miss. williamson thank you parkfield and miss . williamson is the best teacher ever,highly recommend

My grandson enjoyed his time in this school. Friendly staff, clean environment and professional teachers.

Highgate Primary School

Storey Road, North Hill, Highgate, London N6 4ED, UK – 020 8340 7023

I travel a long way to take my boys here and will never have regrets! It’s the best school for them and having two older kids I am able to make a comparison and Highgate is far by the better school in my experience!

I will really miss this school sooo much! Can't wait for Legoland tomorow!!!! 2018 LEAVERS

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Click for the full database of OFSTED's inspection reports - check out schools in N3 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 Barnet 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

Oakleigh Special School

280 Oakleigh Rd N, London N20 0DH, UK – 020 8368 5336

It's a Special Needs School and my son is enrolled there. Their Philosophy is the Child must not leave at the end of the day feeling like they've had a bad day! If only my work could take up the same ethos! It's a Good School that has a Great Heart and Soul...what more could you want for your Little One!?!!

Oak Lodge School

Heath View, London N2 0QY, UK – 020 8444 6711

want there on youth club on Thursday from 1995 where I was going to college it was fun

WATER BABIES pool! Great place, near of home. the only problem is that parents do not have a proper changing room and its a little bit more complicated change your baby

Summerside Primary School

Crossway, Finchley, London N12 0QU, UK – 020 8445 1192

2 years ago, our son joined Summerside after 3 years at his previous school. We heard contrasting opinions and they were just that, opinions. We are now informed enough to give an opinion, and here it is, Summerside has been excellent. Our son has blossomed and matured over the past 2 years so he is as good as ready for his secondary education.. The school along with the teachers have all done their part and at home, we done ours. Remember, don't be disappointed with the results you didn't get with the work you didn't do, so home education to compliment the school is a must. Finally, a big thank to Jason's year 6 form teacher and to both the head and deputy head for their input. Great effort to which we are extremely grateful for, thank you.

Started school in 1945 I had good memories !does anybody remember me ?

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 Barnet or search the website for special schools throughout the UK

Adult Education Centres for N3 - Language Tuition

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

Adult Education

PACT Creative Training

77 Steeds Rd, London N10 1JB, UK – 07771 702940

When I first heard Jessica describe what PACT Creative do, I new right away that I wanted to get their service for my birthday party. It sounded too much fun to miss. I was not disappointed! Jessica was brilliant- she came and got everyone involved in lots of great games. At first, my friends were a little tense but soon, with Jessica's ease and guidance, they let loose. Lots of laughter, and careless play and acting followed. Just what we, adults, miss in our ever busy and full of responsibilities life. Long after Jessica left we were still so excited, so relaxed and, most importantly, so inspired by what PACT Creative have managed to so in 1,5h. Such beautifully creative way to have good time. I highly recommend their service. I can see how much value they would bring to corporate/ work place, where bonding and quality time is needed to maintain high morale, enthusiasm and motivation amongst work colleagues. Well done PACT Creative! When can we do it again?

A joyful, playful and thoughtful workshop for school staff. A great way to end the term. We will look forward to having Jess back to work with us again next term.

Axis Tuition Centre

16-17 Grand Arcade, Tally Ho Corner, North Finchley High Road, Industrial House, 2nd floor, London, Barnet N12 0EH, UK – 020 7607 9330

Axis has a professional service and welcoming atmosphere for parents and children. They have qualified and experienced staff as well as accredited testing and resources. Children feel really safe. Lastly to say, the prices are very low considering the high quality teaching the children are delivered. You should definitely take a Free Trial to see for yourself and decide.

My daughter has been at one of the Axis branch which is at Walthamstow. She had a perfect one year there.Although she was there for one year she was very successful at her school.Unfortunately we have moved to another city.That's because she didn't continue. I want to thank to all AXIS teachers.

School of Professional Development and Education (School of PDE)

224, Building 3, NLBP Oakleigh, South Way, London, New Southgate N11 1GN, UK – 0333 011 5584

Language Schools

Nacel English School London, Rated 5/5 for its english courses

53-55 Ballards Ln, London N3 1XP, UK – 020 8343 3567

I worked here as a group leader for two weeks. The staff has always been welcoming, friendly and really helpful. The teachers are highly qualified for their job and the students had a nice time learning English ! They also learned a lot during their coding lessons, I would recommend the school to anyone who wants to learn English in London !

this is the first time for me in UK and everything look different. in nacel it's really nice to meet some different people for multicultural and english lessons and teachers are absolutely nice. they always try to understand your english pronunciation and whatever you want to say. so don't be worry they will take care all of you.

Henrietta Barnett School

Central Square, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London NW11 7BN, UK – 020 8458 8999

The teachers are really passionate about their teachings. I am extremely pleased with my daughter is getting a private school education without paying the school fees.

Best school in London! Very Pleased!

Rustam Persian School

Creighton Ave, London N10 1NX, UK – 020 8361 9251

Language Schools for Barnet

Language schools for N3. Also consider Adult Education Centres which might run evening language classes

Private Tutors for Barnet

Private Tuition for N3
Click also to find: Language Schools, Translators & Interpreters

Private Tutors

Newman Tuition

81 Brent St, London NW4 2DY, UK – 020 3198 8006

Very helpful and friendly service. Cannot recommend more.

VAKS | North London Tutors

Saint Michael's Catholic Grammar School, Nether St, London N12 7NJ, UK – 0800 404 8172

Private Accounting Tutor

50 Beaufort Dr, London NW11 6BT, UK – 07401 121285

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