Frequently asked questions asked by parents looking for the best schools near Plymouth Business

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

There are some frighteningly frank websites for you to choose from. The Government one is You simply enter your location, perhaps Plymouth, 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 Plymouth Business? 
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 PL1
Click also to find: Childcare Services, Nursery Schools, After School Care

PreSchools and Playgroups for Plymouth

Frogmore Montessori Nursery School

Frogmore House, 58 Frogmore Ave, Plymouth PL6 5XH, UK – 01752 769704

Offers a child centred approach to early years education

Little Owls Pre School

Blake Lodge Seymour Road, Mannamead, Plymouth PL3 5AS, UK – 01752 656180

Fab caring preschool with lovely big garden.

Freya has had the best time at Little Owls!

Ham Drive Nursery School

Ham Dr, Plymouth PL2 2NJ, UK – 01752 366389

My twins went here from age 2 until they left for school. They loved it

After School Care

Bobtails Full Day Care

Bernice Terrace, Plymouth PL4 7HW, UK – 01752 225271

Amazing childcare, well experienced and very helpful staff. My daughter jumps with joy whenever she learns to go to after-school club. They are readily available and passionate to support parents

Amazing childcare, staff, education and overall experience. Thank you bobtails. Would allways highly recommend

Pixieland Nursery Mannamead

162 Mannamead Rd, Plymouth PL3 5QL, UK – 01752 770550

Frendly staff clean and very safe for children I have two grandchildren there and would highly recommend it

Hamoaze House

George Street, Mount Wise, Plymouth PL1 4JQ, UK – 01752 566100

Awesome place, very welcoming and all of the staff are awesome:)

Nice big rustic style building which offers various clubs and activities across the course of the year

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

Plymouth Independent Schools - Prep & Secondary - for Plymouth

Independent Schools for Plymouth - 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 Plymouth Secondary Schools -

Devonport High School for Girls

Lyndhurst Rd, Plymouth PL2 3DL, UK – 01752 705024

love this amazing school x

I love this friendly, supportive school and look forward to when my child takes her 11+ and, hopefully, passes!

Plymouth High School for Girls

St Lawrence Rd, Plymouth PL4 6HT, UK – 01752 208308

Superb school with a history of excellence in education.

both my girls attend this school and they love it as do we

Stoke Damerel Community College

Somerset Pl, Plymouth PL3 4BD, UK – 01752 556065

I would like to thank the science department for their amazing student support service. Ms Aldridge, Mr Cresswell and Mr Carrey are only a few I can name! I am currently studying my masters in London and have this school (science department) to thank. I my self was bullied, when attending this school. The teachers helped me straight away and without any hesitation. The school offers many opportunities for the students. Such as activities week, work experiences and the ability for students to apply as head girl and boy. Helping them gain the confidence they need for the working life.

Its a great school.

Independent Schools

Fletewood School

88 N Rd E, Plymouth PL4 6AN, UK – 01752 663782

Very good website. Direct and informative...

Plymouth College

Plymouth College, Ford Park, Plymouth PL4 6RN, UK – 01752 505100

It's a pleasure to work here.

Excellent independent school

Prince Rock Primary School

Embankment Rd, Plymouth PL4 9JF, UK – 01752 257698

Really happy with the progress our son has made since joining the school back in 2016.

Excellent school. In the 2 and a half years my daughter has been here she has grown from a shy quiet girl to an increasingly confident young lady. Her education has been second to none. At 6 years old she can already read fluently and her maths is at a level that older children we know would struggle with. It is very clear why this school was awarded outstanding during a recent inspection. Keep up the good work Prince Rock..

Local Authority Schools - Primary & Secondary Schools

Local Authority primary and secondary schools for PL1 2PU . 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

Mount Street Primary School

Mount St, Plymouth PL4 8NZ, UK – 01752 205091

I get bullied no one helps the teachers leave it. Massive downfall for my beginnings in Britain. But some of the learning is pretty neat but they need a better system of people who didn't follow the rules.

Amazing school .

Ford Primary School

Cambridge Rd, Plymouth PL2 1PU, UK – 01752 567661

I love ford sorry I left I love all of you especially Milly Harris🎈♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️

I loved

Montpelier Primary School

N Down Rd, Plymouth PL2 3HN, UK – 01752 216160

I cannot believe that anyone could say there was a problem with bullying. We left Hyde Park as it was so dreadful and have found Montpelier to be an exemplary school. Any problems are dealt with quickly and effectively. The pupils are are encouraged to be hard working and engaged and the expected standard leads to an atmosphere full of positivity and learning success. It is a wonderful place to learn and play!

Eleanor my big sister goes there there is breakfast club and montys den

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 PL1 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.
Schools Web Directory - lists all UK local education authorities with a click-through to their websites. Each Local Authority has lists of its own schools and details of application procedures.
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Dyslexia support centres
Click also to find: Education Agencies & Authorities, Schools - Independent & Preparatory
Special schools for Plymouth 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

St Peter’s Primary School

Rendle St, Plymouth PL1 1TP, UK – 01752 667724

My son love this school very nice school

All Aboard Preschool

Hooe Primary School, 40 Hooe Road, Plymouth PL9 9RG, UK – 01752 408420

Outstanding education for children aged 2-5 years!

Keyham Barton Catholic Primary School

Renown St, Plymouth PL2 2DE, UK – 01752 567684

Great school.

Excellent little school!!!

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 Plymouth or search the website for special schools throughout the UK

Adult Education Centres for PL1 - Language Tuition

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

Adult Education

Tellus Group

Swarthmore Adult Education Centre, 78 Mutley Plain, Plymouth PL4 6LF, UK – 01752 251688

Really nice people ☺️👍 I would recommend this place :P


Dance Factory

65-66 Buckwell St, Plymouth PL1 2AW, UK – 01752 220828

Very dedicated teacher who is passionate and will do anythingto help children with talent

Hartley House Dance Club

17 Hastings St, Plymouth PL1 5BA, UK – 07763 494417

Fantastic dance school!

Language Schools

Open Doors International Language School

28 Woodland Terrace Ln, Plymouth PL4 8QL, UK – 01752 258771

This is an exceptional place to learn either ESOL or to be an ESOL teacher. Friendly and professional staff who aim at excellence with care and consideration for the learner.

Meridian School of English

78 Mutley Plain, Plymouth PL4 6LF, UK – 01752 251688

Nice school

This may be little biased coming from us, so here are the stats for the student satisfaction surveys we run in 2013: 99.8% of students 'had a good time' with us, 96.9% 'liked their host families', 96.9% of short terms students felt their English got better, 100% of long term students felt their English got better and - best of all - 95% of our students would recommend Meridian School of English!

Atlantic Language Services

3-5 Moon St, Bretonside, Plymouth PL4 0AL, UK – 01752 262728

Lovely staff and effective service .

Language Schools for Plymouth

Language schools for PL1. Also consider Adult Education Centres which might run evening language classes

Private Tutors for Plymouth

Private Tuition for PL1
Click also to find: Language Schools, Translators & Interpreters

Private Tutors

Plymouth Private Tutors

69 Hermitage Rd, Plymouth PL3 4RZ, UK – 07727 106363

My son has been tutored by Vivienne Lowe for a number of years with great success. He has often mentioned how helpful his lessons have been and how Vivienne takes a very different approach to teachers at school which makes subject matter more understandable. I think I have been very lucky to have found such a brilliant tutor for him who teaches with such enthusiasm and energy - 10/10!

11+ Tutors Plymouth

24 Valiant Ave, Plymouth PL5 2NX, UK – 01752 309127

Graham tutored my daughter before her 11+ exam. He worked hard to help her to achieve her potential and was always extremely patient and understanding. Her school work, her test performance and her concentration level improved markedly after he started tuition. I would have no hesitation in recommending him and would certainly use him again.

Select Tutoring

21 Endsleigh Park Rd, Plymouth PL3 4NH, UK – 07584 248894

Excellent tutoring for my daughter to sit her 11 plus, we could not be happier!

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