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

How do I find out what schools are available around Bexley? 
There are some frighteningly frank websites for you to choose from. The Government one is You simply enter your location, perhaps Bexley, 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 Sidcup? 
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 DA14
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PreSchools and Playgroups for Bexley

Crafty Wizards Pre-School

Forty-Foot Way, London SE9 2EX, UK – 020 8355 3002

My son has been going to the Avery Hill setting for a year now, since turning two. We couldn't be happier. He has just gone up to full days and the staff went out of our way to make sure we were both comfortable with the change. He comes out at the end of the day very chatty and you can see how good the stimulation is for him. He does a lot - and actually enjoys it - that I could not get him to focus on at home. I can see how good it is for his confidence and he is really building social skills too. The team really care about making the kids' days spent with them inspiring, educational but most of all very happy.

My son went here and now my daughter goes here and I can not rate them highly enough. My daughter loves going and has come on so well with her speech and learning since she has started here. The welcome she receives when she arrives is amazing and makes it so much easier leaving her to go to work. Crafty wizards would be my choice of pre school all day long, they really are amazing and I can not recommend them enough.

Bexley Manor Nursery School

162 Penhill Rd, Bexley DA5 3EA, UK – 020 8309 6055

Hazeldene Pre-school

137 Sidcup Hill, Sidcup DA14 6JS, UK – 020 8300 3159

After School Care

Twixus Garland Hill Ltd

Garland Hill House, Sandy Ln, Orpington BR5 3SZ, UK – 01689 821033

My twins attend the nursery. Fabulas facilities and lovely staff..

Walton House Day Nursery Sidcup

130 Walton Rd, Sidcup DA14 4LW, UK – 020 8300 8300

Kindy Kalsi My daughters have been going to this nursery for 3 years.. I have found the staff very helpful in all their needs. If their has been any problems they are resolved with both the child and the parents. It is a very good nursery.

Our pad your paws Ltd

36 Willow Cl, Bexley DA5 1QY, UK – 01322 633932

From the moment we met Lynn and Gary we were certain that Spike, our rottweiler/staff, was going to be in good hands whilst we were on holiday. Lynn and Gary have created a lovely home-from-home for visiting dogs and we all got a warm, friendly welcome. Lyn and Gary LOVE dogs! They were very keen to take the time to find out about Spike and make sure that they understood his needs and routine. They thoughtfully did everything they could to help him settle in, and then made sure that he got lots of attention, play, walks and cuddles during his stay. Their home is really well equipped with everything to keep a dog comfortable and safe, with lots of things to keep them busy. We would certainly use Our Pad Your Paws again, and, based on our own experience, we totally recommend them.

Thank you Our pad your paws for always providing the best doggie day care! My Beau (A Cavalier King Charles) receives so much love whenever he visits! The facilities are amazing and always spotless. So much space for running and playing along with beautiful beach huts for when ever the dogs need a rest! The owners are consistently attentive, caring and Beau is always super excited to go to daycare! By far the best place to take your doggies!!

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

Independent Schools - Prep & Secondary - for Bexley

Independent Schools for Bexley - 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

Kemnal Technology College

Sevenoaks Way, Orpington, Sidcup DA14 5AA, UK – 020 8300 7112

mm schol very nice open bob good tasty got vagen very good

Coopers School

Hawkwood Lane, Chislehurst BR7 5PS, UK – 020 8467 3263

Coopers School is an amazing and life changing school with many opportunities for all of the students! I would definitely recommend this school to any parents who are eager for their children to go to a mixed school and for your children to exceed in all their learning!

This school gets a bad rap from a lot of people on here so I thought I should say that my time there was brilliant and I honestly wouldn't want to swap my secondary education for any other local school. Most of the people in my year were nice enough and I had a good and supportive group of friends. Teachers were amazing and helped me in everyway they could in the lead up to my GCSEs (even though I was a pretty annoying child before year 10). Mr Harvey (English), Mr Snook (geography), Mr Duncan and Ms Roche (maths), and Ms Donagan (physics) were some of the best teachers I could have hoped for and are a big part in why I did ad well as I did and where I am now. Also, Sally Haslan is a lad. I would highly recommend this school to any child with ambition and prospects to achieve in life, as Coopers will help develop you as a person and assist you in getting the best grades you can get.

Chislehurst School for Girls

Beaverwood Rd, Chislehurst BR7 6HE, UK – 020 8300 3156

It was ok, not a great school rife with bullies and as an all girls school very bitchy. I started life in class 1B Neptune house ended school life in 11B Austin house. Some teachers were brilliant in the way they taught through fun, I was there when miss mcculum was there miss churchman was a great pe teacher, mr tebb amazing science teacher to name a few and she was mrs karen patrick not raven.and it was Beaverwood not Chislehurst school for girls. I am proud to say I was the last of the blue skirts generation!

Lovely teachers and very beautiful buildings im a year 7 loads of trips. Really help full very bitchy

Independent Schools

Farringtons School

Perry St, Chislehurst BR7 6LR, UK – 020 8467 0256

great school, god food, excellent education but I feel like the school should be more strict.

This school is absolutely fantastic. This school provides a very good education to all students. There is a large range of different subjects that will help you learn how to cook and use different tools. Everyone in this school is kind: the teachers and students. The teachers put lots of care in their lessons so that their students have fun and learn at the same time. I believe that the teachers play a big role due to their kindness to others. In this school there are many different trips throughout the years that are bound to make you smile. The lunches that the students receive are designed to be healthy and also including food for vegetarians. Another great thing about this school is that it is still expanding for the better. Anything said in the previous post about the teachers is not true. I can assure you because I have been going to this school for seven years, and never have I wanted to leave this school either. I recommend this school to any one.

Benedict House Preparatory School

5 Victoria Rd, Sidcup DA15 7HD, UK – 020 8300 7206

pre school teacher are great . glad my daughter is there.

Merton Court School

38 Knoll Rd, Sidcup DA14 4QU, UK – 020 8300 2112

This school has been a once in a life time experience. The facilities get better every year and the teachers are so easy to talk with

excellent school great staff and easy to talk too

Local Authority Schools - Primary & Secondary Schools

Local Authority primary and secondary schools for DA14 4AA . 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

Royal Park Primary School

Riverside Rd, Sidcup DA14 4PX, UK – 020 8300 7646

I am aged 39 I went to this primary school when I lived in burnham rd. My name is Lisa Reynolds . I would like to visit .. again

Orchard Primary School

Oxford Rd, Sidcup DA14 6LW, UK – 020 8300 4878

Very good school

Good primary school

Chislehurst C Of E Primary School

School Rd, Chislehurst BR7 5PQ, UK – 020 8467 2993

Horace Horrise was a pupil here.

Fantastic 5 star rating

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Dyslexia support centres
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Special schools for Bexley 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

Riverside School

Main Rd, Orpington BR5 3HS, UK – 01689 870519

Brilliant SEN school with fantastic staff and facilities.

Very busy off road parking. Learning difficulties school for children

Marlborough School

Marlborough Park Ave, Sidcup DA15 9DP, UK – 020 8300 6896

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 Bexley or search the website for special schools throughout the UK

Adult Education Centres for DA14 - Language Tuition

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

Adult Education

The Learning and Enterprise College Bexley

3 High St, Sidcup DA14 6EN, UK – 020 3045 5176

London College of Social & Management Sciences

70-74 High St, Sidcup DA14 6DS, UK – 020 8475 0622

The Ken Boyce Centre

150 Rectory Ln, Sidcup DA14 5BT, UK – 020 8308 1821

Language Schools

Beths Grammar School

Hartford Rd, Bexley DA5 1NE, UK – 01322 556538

This school helped my son, who was bullied at primary school and home-schooled for the duration of year six, transform from a nervous school boy to a hard-working young mab who grew - and is continuing to grow - in confidence now that he is at university. Good direction shown by the headteacher and management teams and a supportinve PTA.

terrible school but better than townley

Language Schools for Bexley

Language schools for DA14. Also consider Adult Education Centres which might run evening language classes

Private Tutors for Bexley

Private Tuition for DA14
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Private Tutors

The Tutor Surgery: Sally Schepke

3 Suffolk Rd, Sidcup DA14 5DD, UK – 020 8859 2900

Sally has made all the difference to my daughters confidence with her school work. The change in the way that she approaches her work has been remarkable and her marks within the classroom have reflected that. I was amazed that Ava was actually looking forward to taking her 11+ and found it quite exciting. This is far removed from the girl who was frightened to put her hand up for fear of getting questions wrong. It was never about achieving pass marks (although she now has a realistic chance), but more about ensuring that she could make the best of her abilities. Sally was both friendly and competent and her relaxed teaching style suited Ava perfectly. I can honestly say that Sally's input has helped Ava blossom into a confident young lady with a bright new outlook on her school work.

Kumon Blackfen

Blackfen School for Girls, Blackfen Rd, Sidcup DA15 9NU, UK – 01322 401140

Great place for improving your child's maths and English - go for it!

Kumon Maths & English

Hadlow Rd, Sidcup DA14 4AA, UK – 020 8466 7970

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