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Frequently asked questions asked by parents looking for the best schools near St Johns College

How do I find out what schools are available around Durham? 
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 Durham, 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 St Johns College? 
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!


Local Area Creches and Day Nurseries for DH1
Click also to find: Childcare Services, Nursery Schools, After School Care

PreSchools and Playgroups for Durham

Yellow Wellies Day Nursery

Avenue House, North Rd, Durham DH1 4SG, UK – 0191 384 1444

Outstanding nursery. A lovely homely feel and a fabulous staff team.

Rated outstanding. By Ofsted

Stepping Stones Nursery Ltd

The Cross Gate Centre/Alexandra Cr, Durham DH1 4HF, UK – 0191 384 3471

Lovely, friendly nursery, that nurtures the children and provides a real home from home environment. Staff are fantastic.

Clever Clogs Day Nurseries

New Ferens Park, Ferens Park, Durham DH1 1GG, UK – 0191 384 3610

Had two children go here from babies to school. Great staff and great setting.

After School Care

Busy Bees Children's Day Nursery

Priory Rd, Durham DH1 5HW, UK – 0191 375 0244

Such an amazing nursery! Would recommend them very highly! My son has grown in confidence since starting Busy Bees and has become more independent. Its fantastic that we are able to use the ParentZone app throughout the day to see the different activities he has been up to and how he is progressing at Nursery. The staff are very friendly and are always there to help with any questions/queries.

A fantastic nursery! The staff are - without fail - approachable, helpful and happy. I have always felt my children were cared for to the same standards the staff would want for their own children. The facilities and resources - especially the incredible outdoor provision - are outstanding.

Durham High School for Girls

Farewell Hall, South Rd, Durham DH1 3TB, UK – 0191 384 3226

My daughter has attended this school for 5 years and I have been very impressed by the level of care shown to all girls in the school. The staff will go over and above the average to help girls in need either with school work or over personal issues. There is a warmth and security in the school environment in which girls thrive and can develop their own personalities without fear of ridicule. Many opportunities are open to the girls including foreign trips, Duke of Edinburgh, Charitable work, sport, cooking, debating etc. There exists a range of bursaries so girls from all different economic backgrounds can attend. I rate this school very highly.

The Chorister School

The College, Durham, DH1 3EL, Durham DH1 3EL, UK – 0191 384 2935

It was the best thing I have done in my life

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

Independent Schools - Prep & Secondary - for Durham

Independent Schools for Durham - 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

Framwellgate School Durham

Newton Dr, Durham DH1 5BQ, UK – 0191 386 6628

I am now officially a former student here. I am really going to miss all teachers and even though Mr Barnes hasn't been here very long he has made such an improvement to the school system and by doing this, more students look up to him as a leader.

Durham Johnston

Crossgate Moor, Durham DH1 4SU, UK – 0191 384 3887

great place to do deliver to very good delivery bay even if it was quite tight

It's a brilliant school but I can't believe that I'm year 8 already it seems like yesterday when I started this school. I have no bother at this amazing school. Thanks. 👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍

Belmont Community School

Buckinghamshire Rd, Belmont, Durham DH1 2QP, UK – 0191 386 5715

Check out Mark's review below...you need to get yourself back to school, that grammar is terrible! I've now had three kids through Belmont. It's a great school and has gone from strength to strength over recent years. The only downside is some of the fools (see below) who send their kids there (check out the correct use of their and there Mark). The school has high expectations, which we both love. Apparently if you're thick it's not for you. Our last child has recently left but we still look forward to seeing the school make more progress in the near future. Belmont staff always had our kids best interests at heart. Thanks for everything!

Very good recommended school....friendly personal...my son loves to be there, at least they treat foreign kids with respect.

Independent Schools

Durham School

Quarryheads Ln, Durham DH1 4SZ, UK – 0191 731 9270

It’s a great school best u12 cricket ever they have brilliant bowlers

The year11 and 9 in school house are definitely not dodgey

Neville's Cross Primary School

1 Relly Path, Durham DH1 4JG, UK – 0191 384 2249

Great primary school. Three of my children have attended and I am so glad we made the choice for them to attend. Lovely community of parents also.

St Margarets C E Primary School

Crossgate Peth, Durham DH1 4QB, UK – 0191 384 7331


What a brilliant school

Local Authority Schools - Primary & Secondary Schools

Local Authority primary and secondary schools for DH1 3RJ . 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

Framwellgate Moor Primary School

Newton Dr, Framwellgate Moor, Durham DH1 5BG, UK – 0191 386 5400

Our daughter goes here. Fab ousted rating and Excellent education.

I am in this school and in is a good education

Durham Gilesgate Primary School

Kepier Cres, Durham, Gilesgate DH1 1PH, UK – 0191 384 7284

Really good School highly recommended

durham gilsgate primary school i go to this school and i love it

Finchale Primary School

Newton Hall, Canterbury Rd, Durham DH1 5XT, UK – 0191 386 5187

I do stuff there and it is brill

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 DH1 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 Durham 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

Durham Trinity School

Dunholme Cl, Aykley Heads, Durham DH1 5WB, UK – 0191 386 4612

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 Durham or search the website for special schools throughout the UK

Adult Education Centres for DH1 - Language Tuition

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

Adult Education

North East Beauty and Holistics Training

12 Market Pl, Durham DH1 3NG, UK – 07479 510868

Highly recommend!

X Salsa Durham

St. Aidan's College, Windmill Hill, Durham DH1 3LJ, UK – 07565 367351

The hottest Dance team in the North East at last, by popular demand in Durham If the Newcastle nite is anything to go by, this will be the high light of the Durham Social Scene The Newcastle nite is awesome, XSalsa 'Probably one of the secrets of the Newcastle Salsa Scene, probably the hottest DJ in the North, and just wait until he jumps put of his cubicle to lead a hot hot hot , everybody, join in merengue. Not to be missed Trust me, if you want to have fun, laugh and hear great music, this is the place for everyone Don't miss the great lessons from the impossily good looking Naz, who brings a real touch of Latin Passion to the evening. A thoroughly great night'

This Salsa Night is currently being held at The John Duck Public House , close to the Gala theatre every Tuesday night, in the heart of Durham.

Tempest Dance And Fitness DURHAM

Units 4-5, Maynards Row, Gilesgate, Durham DH1 1QF, UK – 07507 632458

Lovely staff, highly recommend pole classes

Incredible on every level!!

Language Schools

English Arch

Durham Miners' Hall, Flass Street, Durham DH1 4BE, UK – 07804 263988

"My lessons at English Arch were a key factor to achieve my IELTS´s goal. I took just three hours per week, but it was enough because the material provided and the homework was accurately designed to improve my weak points. My teacher, Raoul, has personalised methodology with innovative and effective exercises. I learned a lot and got the IELTS score that my MSc required"

Durham University

Durham DH1, UK – 0191 334 2000

I graduated from Durham and I miss it so much. Durham always has a great position in my heart. BTW, I also miss the girls who I spent sometime with when I was in uni. If I become billionaire, I will definitely donate 1 million for the education fund and I won’t ask for a statue.

Peaceful, stunning, mind-relaxing

Crossroads Languages Ltd

Portland House, Belmont Business Park, Durham DH1 1TW, UK – 01207 290326

Language Schools for Durham

Language schools for DH1. Also consider Adult Education Centres which might run evening language classes

Private Tutors for Durham

Private Tuition for DH1
Click also to find: Language Schools, Translators & Interpreters

Private Tutors

Peerz Academy

The Rivergreen Centre, Durham DH1 5TS, UK – 0330 057 3186

Excellent service for parents looking for affordable tuition.

Durham Tuition

17 Long Acres, Durham DH1 1JF, UK – 07870 814856

Durham Top Tutors

62 Dragonville, Durham DH1 2DX, UK – 0191 340 0873

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