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Frequently asked questions asked by parents looking for the best schools near RAF Northolt

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

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 Hillingdon, 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 RAF Northolt? 
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 HA4
Click also to find: Childcare Services, Nursery Schools, After School Care

PreSchools and Playgroups for Hillingdon

Lady Bankes Infant and Nursery School

Dawlish Dr, Ruislip HA4 9SF, UK – 01895 634180

It's better than the juniors lel.

Jigsaw Nursery School Pinner

Pinner Free Church, 70 Paines Lane, Pinner HA5 3BL, UK – 020 8816 9415

Caring, energetic, motivated staff and a fun and stimulating environment for children. Excellent.

Pinner Parish Pre-School

St. John the Baptist Church Hall, Church Lane, Pinner HA5 3AA, UK – 07949 363325

Great little preschool in the heart of Pinner. It’s been running for over 50 years and is a charity managed by a committee of parents supported by professional staff. All decisions are made with the children’s best interests at heart and not based purerly on the bottom line. Parents have a real involvement. The staff are professional and caring. And the kids love it there. Mine did!

After School Care

Cheeky Chums

8 Eastcote Rd, Pinner HA5 1HF, UK – 020 8868 2621

My Son has been with cheeky chums for over a year. I am extremely satisfied with the nursery. The staff is very warm and friendly and quickly develop a strong bond with the children. The children are well settled and the facilities are good. The staff and the key person work really hard and help children pick up skills and help them be more independent and ready for school. The key person works with the parents and provide inputs and feedback from time to time on the children's development. A big thumbs-up from me!

Extremely satisfied with my experience at Cheeky Chums Pinner. My daughter has only attended the nursery for one year and I have seen tremendous development in her overall personality. She has liked going to nursery from the first day, all thanks to the caring and welcoming staff. She has grown confident and independent. Like the fact that I am able to see her performance through the log on my phone. Feedback sessions are good. Highly recommend the nursery.

St. Richard's Nursery

Sussex Cres, Northolt UB5 4DR, UK – 07712 589817

One of the most amazing nurseries ive been couldnt be happier with the care they provide i feel safe knowing such lovely and caring team was looking after my child! Approachable staff and always polite! Always recommend it to my friends! Well done St Richards for being amazing!!!

St Richards nursery best childcare in northolt

The After School Club

Pavilions/Beech Av, Ruislip HA4 8UG, UK – 07533 374519

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

Hillingdon Independent Schools - Prep & Secondary - for Hillingdon

Independent Schools for Hillingdon - 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 Hillingdon Secondary Schools -

Alec Reed Academy

Bengarth Rd, Northolt UB5 5LQ, UK – 020 8841 4511

Awsome school and my daughter will got the highschool asswell

Studied here before the name changed but it still still good school as i hear now.

The Douay Martyrs School

Edinburgh Dr, Ickenham, Uxbridge UB10 8QY, UK – 01895 679400

Used to be a student here and this school got worse with Mr. Corish as headteacher tbh. GCSE students have one week and a few days of Easter as well as one week of Christmas just for 7 weeks of Summer. This makes it harder for GCSE and A-Level students to revise here. The days are even made longer! And that wouldn't have been much of a problem if the school started a bit later like 9:30, BUT NO. The school would benefit from starting later in the morning, especially as most students take school buses, which from Hayes to Ickenham can lead to a lot of traffic. Also would give students more time to mentally prepare themselves for the day. BAD MOVE SWITCHING FORM TIME AS THE LAST LESSON OF THE DAY. This means if there's the usual traffic to school that makes students late, then they've missed some valuable education time in the morning. Yes, the buses may arrive a little earlier, but that doesn't prevent traffic. While the staff and teachers are pretty good overall, the system is quite harsh to sixth formers, as they're not allowed to go outside during their free periods (Felt like a prison). Most teachers aren't afraid to emphasise expectations of students. One teacher I had expected the whole of my chem/bio set 2 class to get A's in our GCSE's without knowing much of our situations. It was moments like these that were quite frustrating, as they laid unnecessary pressure on students. If you have autism or ADHD, don't go to this school. I can speak out for autism: you will be misunderstood by everyone including the counsellor, and likely be seen as weird by most people at school; super frustrating. And they don't really want to transfer students to different GCSE classes unless they really have to. Like after a few months of doing French for GCSE, I expressed my concern of doing something else like geography or going to the library instead to focus on other revision, but they kept refusing until I had a panic attack over it ONE YEAR LATER. All that time I've been anxious about this and there were willing to make my depression even worse all for their convenience and not the students. They don't really listen to what the student wants until the student does something about it, and often I've seen disobedience to specific subject teachers because the student had previously voiced their concern about not wanting to do such an optional subject yet still weren't listened to until they kept trying to disrupt the lesson FOR THEIR OWN FUTURE. It's no wonder the school has gone from 'Outstanding' to 'Good' ever since Mr. Korish has taken over. If you can, try and find a better high school for GCSE's. You don't want to go to a school that looks more like a prison and makes students speak into a security gate every time they walk between campuses. No thank you. The canteen makes you have to wait to eat at a certain time to reduce overcrowding (unless you're Y11, you get priority), which can make it frustrating if you need to get food quickly. Also drinks are overpriced, like a small carton of orange squash for 60p-£1 last time I remember. I've heard plenty a friend complain about unfair teachers though, as some will divide students between 'good' and 'bad', and they will happily try to give detentions to 'bad' people for silly reasons like sneezing and coughing, A NATURAL HUMAN PROCESS THEY CAN'T HELP. Some teachers are de-motivational and biased in treatment towards 'bad' kids. Felt like they were picking on them more sometimes, and I've genuinely felt sorry for some of them. So they focus more on 'bad' students and less on rewarding 'good' students. This is a Catholic School, so bear in mind R.E GCSE is compulsory. A 7 week summer holiday can be good for planning holidays before GCSE's start. And school buses can be convenient. Though try not to go here for a GCSE's if you can, especially if you have a mental health difficulty like ASD, as this school lacks mental health first aid and I've always felt misunderstood by the counsellor; she is a kind lady who does try what she can, but that is only my case out of many.

Great school! It's my 3rd year here. Love it lots! Education is exemplary and the staff are amazing! I'm deeply in love with this school!! The school cares 4 us and r education. Do send ur children here!! #douayrocks

The Douay Martyrs School - Cardinal Hume Campus

80A Long Ln, Ickenham, Uxbridge UB10 8SX, UK – 01895 679400

Independent Schools

St Helens College

Parkway, Uxbridge UB10 9JX, UK – 01895 234371

I went to this school myself and I could remember how shy I was about having a new beginning and making new friends , well that all changed when I went to this school. It's like it's a second family to you as it gives you so many opportunities. It gives you a range of sports such as tag rugby, cross country, netball and many more. This school gives you so much memories that you will never forget. The teachers are all so ecstatic about teaching and all have faith in the pupils. This school is truly amazing to be in!

I went to St Helens my self and I loved it there as it provides perfect opportunities to learn and do your own thing A truly outstanding school

Reddiford School

36-38 Cecil Park, Pinner HA5 5HH, UK – 020 8866 0660


Olajide olatunji's old school

Regent Independent College

167 Imperial Dr, Harrow HA2 7HD, UK – 020 8966 9900

Amazing experience. The teachers are really friendly and address individual problems effectively and efficiently, so that the students can perform better. I have really enjoyed my time at regent college.

Well its not 5 star cuz it's expensive but not that expensive. .. its around 100 bucks for each exam to redo

Local Authority Schools - Primary & Secondary Schools

Local Authority primary and secondary schools for HA4 6NG . 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

Willow Tree Primary School

Priors Farm Ln, Northolt UB5 5FE, UK – 020 8845 4181

Such a good school near northolt such a caring loving and wonderful school always encourages you to try your best and they say who did good and not who did bad but the ones that need to work on it a little bit more highly recommend you to check it out

nice school i went here until 2015.

Glebe Primary School

1 Sussex Rd, Ickenham, Uxbridge UB10 8PH, UK – 01895 462385

Fantastic School highly Recommended The headteacher is like no other I’ve ever come across. Seems his heart is in his job and he wants all his flock to succeed and flourish helping them however the School can. Had a Son and several nieces and nephews attend here All absolutely loved their schooling experience. Really understanding and caring ethics and it really shows in the children.

The head teacher is amazing and very supportive. There is always areas to improve but they do listen and do try to address them.great school

Deanesfield Primary School

Queens Walk, Ruislip, South Ruislip HA4 0LR, UK – 020 8845 2715

I think Deanesfield Primary School should be closed down... There are numerous amount of teachers PICKING (yes picking) on children for no reason when I was in year 3 there was a teacher which kept picking on me. She also kept bullying me she kept saying I loved someone when I did not and also she kept on saying Im a chatter box! However though, something even more terrible happened this year TODAY. I am still in this school, by the way.So what happened is that one of my friends kept getting bullied by this person called James and non of the teachers believed that person which was getting bullied by James. So one day a teacher found out and I told her everything (my other friend told one of the teachers and that friend of mine told everything about my plan to James) and guess what I told her non of the teachers believed him and that I was trying to help him so she said that it's not my job of helping and she just didn't care and let JAMES OFF! YOU HAVE NO IDEA HOW MAD I AM THAT TEACHER IS BETTER OF UNNAMED OR ELSE ONE OF THE TEACHERS MIGHT FIND OUT. THAT TEACHER CAN GET ARRESTED FOR NOT STOPPING SOMEONE BULLY SOMEONE... THIS SCHOOL MUST BE CLOSED DOWN¬!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I really loved that School! I was in Deanesfield for 4 years, also there is a ridiculous part happened at that school. I was in year 2 for 3 months but after the 3 months the teachers and the principal thought I was getting bullied, but what they did they held me back to Nursery. My Mum was getting really mad about it and doesn't wanna put me in the baby section. She had to do it because she would get into a LOT of trouble if she doesn't obey the rules! But things are like getting OK and the Nursery hadn't had any bullies in it and I made a few friends on that Nursery only that is bigger like me. I used to get in troubles lots of times but I can't help it. It was my Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). What is Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder? It affects children and teens and can continue into adulthood. ADHD is the most commonly diagnosed mental disorder of children. Children with ADHD may be hyperactive and unable control their impulses. Or they may have trouble paying attention. That's all about it. If the School see this comment, is me. Jack Greenhalgh, your older pupil. I am very learned and doing my spellings and grammar. I'm 11 years old I'm in year 6 in Hedgewood School. That's my higher rank.

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Click for the full database of OFSTED's inspection reports - check out schools in HA4 or anywhere in the country.
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Dyslexia support centres
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Special schools for Hillingdon 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

Grangewood School

Fore St, Pinner HA5 2JQ, UK – 01895 676401

Fast and effective awesome

John Chilton School

Compton Cres, Northolt UB5 5LD, UK – 020 8842 1329

Caring and dedicated staff. The pupils are happy and safe. Modern and state-of-the-art facilities. Support staff aid physical, social and emotional growth and well-being of pupils. The school caters for pupils with physically impairment, learning difficulties, behavioural issues and those with complex medical needs.

I love it the school

Pentland Field School

8 Pentland Way, Ickenham, Uxbridge UB10 8TS, UK – 01895 609120

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 Hillingdon or search the website for special schools throughout the UK

Adult Education Centres for HA4 - Language Tuition

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

Adult Education

Ruislip Adult Learning Centre

6 W End Rd, Ruislip HA4 6LS, UK

adult learning centre

Linden Ave, Ruislip HA4 8TZ, UK

Language Schools


22 Chapel Ln, Pinner HA5 1AZ, UK – 020 8866 6200

A Great English Language School! I attended for almost 2 years and the teachers are really helpful, also the owner is a really nice and funny guy. During my time at OME, I won the neccesary confidence which I needed to start speaking fluently. Definitely I'll come back sometime in the future to revise all the grammar and necessary language skills to survive the day to day in London. Thanks!

Language Schools for Hillingdon

Language schools for HA4. Also consider Adult Education Centres which might run evening language classes

Private Tutors for Hillingdon

Private Tuition for HA4
Click also to find: Language Schools, Translators & Interpreters

Private Tutors

Educate Tutor

Bishops Walk, Pinner HA5 5QQ, UK – 020 8866 9088

Imperial Science Tutors

27 Vicarage Way, Harrow HA2 7HZ, UK – 07796 444359

The Tutor Pages Ltd

Drake Court, Alexandra Ave, Harrow HA2 9DY, UK – 020 8248 2208