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Frequently asked questions asked by parents looking for the best schools near Elmcourt School

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

There are some frighteningly frank websites for you to choose from. The Government one is You simply enter your location, perhaps Lambeth, 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 Elmcourt 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 SE27
Click also to find: Childcare Services, Nursery Schools, After School Care

PreSchools and Playgroups for Lambeth


St Stephens Church, College Rd, London, Dulwich SE21 7HN, UK – 020 8766 0091

Dulwich Montessori is a fantastic nursery and I would thoroughly recommend it. The staff are all exceptional . My daughter would daily come home speaking highly of each of her teachers. She gained so much confidences whilst at the nursery. My daughter really enjoys structure and the Montessori teachings really helped her to do so well while at the nursery. As a parent I always loved reading her blue book to find out how her day had been. She has now left the nursery but still loves to come back and visit. I work locally and have recommend a number of parents in the local area, who have also sent their children there and are also impressed.

Having put two children through Dulwich Montessori a fews back, who are now thriving at primary school, I am back again with my third who I know will have an equally enriching Montessori experience as her sisters. The staff here are phenomenal.

Downsview Primary School

Biggin Way, London SE19 3XE, UK – 020 8764 4611

Just a great place for children to grow and develop. Teachers are also fabulous.

I like that it's so easy to learn at downsveiw.

The Ark Montessori Nursery Thornton

37 County Rd, Thornton Heath CR7 8HN, UK – 020 8240 0076

I had a fantastic experience at this nursery. The staff were very kind and always helpful. They helped a lot with potty training. My daughter learnt so much and made many friends at the Ark. The Arabic teacher is very efficient and gave them homework on a regular basis. What I liked the most was that the children attending the nursery are extremely well mannered and behaved. Highly recommended

After School Care

Safeplay After School Club

78 Beulah Rd, Thornton Heath CR7 8JF, UK – 020 8653 9388

I've been here since i was little and now bring my children here too (address is different now)

flexible hours as i start work quite early


27 Aldrington Rd, London SW16 1TU, UK – 020 8677 9675

Miss Lima and the her team are amazing in every way, with the attention and time they give to the children. Very good knowledge on childhood illnesses and Allergies.

Amazing nursery! Our daughter loved it here and all the staff are fantastic!

Giggles Child Care

Westwood Hill, London SE26 6NU, UK – 07949 662268

Very good

The flight flew from RAF Brize Norton on 24th April 2024 with 500 cuddly giraffes on board to raise money and awareness for Great Ormond Street Hospital in memory of Louise Conway who died at just nine years old of leukaemia in 2013. Queen Ethelburga's Collegiate donated 50% of the production costs on behalf of the junior school, Chapter House, and our Forces community across campus - which is about 25% of our total student population.

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

Lambeth Independent Schools - Prep & Secondary - for Lambeth

Independent Schools for Lambeth - 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 Lambeth Secondary Schools -

The Norwood School

Crown Dale, West Norwood, London SE19 3NY, UK – 020 8670 9382

I haven't even got in to this school I'm only ineed y6 and I really want to go to thisleep school😃and I only gave it four because weLloyd that's self explanatory

Its amazing, im in yr 7 and i love it here, way better than primary,

Sydenham School

Dartmouth Rd, Forest Hill, London SE26 4RD, UK – 020 8699 6731

It has the seven deadly sins Pengness Pengness Pengness pengness pengness pengness and PENGNESS my holy spirit worships the lord and the girls that do the most holy schooling here in the kingdom of Forest hill shame there's no holy choir boys

St Martin In The Fields High School For Girls

155 Tulse Hill, London SW2 3UP, UK – 020 8674 5594

The teachers stretch and encourage everyone to do their absolute best, all staff members are very approachable including the senior leaders in the school. This creates an environment which makes it easy for students, teachers and parents to work together. St Martin's is a true community that molds girls into young women who are assets to their families and the wider community. My daughter is very happy to a part of St Martin's. Mademoiselle Bajer is one of the best teachers there, I personally believe that she cares about my daughter and pushes her to do her best.

The school has a turn a new leaf since the change of leadership. They are working very close with parents and students to make sure that the partnership is working well. My daughter is thriving there and making good progress. Staff work hard to ensure the girls do their best.

Independent Schools

James Allen's Girls' School

144 E Dulwich Grove, London SE22 8TE, UK – 020 8693 1181

Very warm and friendly. Good results and nice kids.

Oakfield Preparatory School

126-128 Thurlow Park Rd, London SE21 8HP, UK – 020 8670 4206

Today, with my business Immersive Theatres, I delivered a 7m digital planetarium experience to all 400 students of Oakfield Preparatory School. I was warmly welcomed by the staff, who helped me move the heavy dome into the hall and also brought me a mug of tea. The day was well organised with all groups arriving on time. I was even treated to lunch. The excited but well-behaved students enjoyed a rich selection of content: peering up at the planetarium night sky, visiting the International Space Station, learning about the Moon, travelling through the Solar System and even discovering Natural Selection with Charles Darwin. Thank you Oakfield Preparatory School for a very pleasant visit.

Excellent school. I have visited several times and always been very impressed. Great facilities, high standards and friendly atmosphere too.

Sydenham High School

19 Westwood Hill, London SE26 6BL, UK – 020 8557 7000

I go to this school and the feeling of the school is so welcoming and warm. I would recommend it to anyone.

I go here it is great but the bolegnaise is a bit soggy

Local Authority Schools - Primary & Secondary Schools

Local Authority primary and secondary schools for SE27 9BZ . 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

Fenstanton Primary School

Abbots Park, London SW2 3PW, UK – 020 8674 3311

My children are happy and are doing well. Y3 and Y5. The Teacher's are supportive and communicate well with parents. The school provides good quality teaching facilties and resources. There's Plenty to do after school too. Arts and sports. Very Happy with Ms Bennett Leadership and her management team. Approachable and always happy to assist. The children are friendly and well behaved.

It is the best school ever amazing staff

Hitherfield Primary School and Children's Centre

Leigham Vale, Streatham, London SW16 2JQ, UK – 020 8769 8428

Great school, all my children have been happy here since 2010.

I went to this school back 1993 until secondary school it was a great school back then

Rosendale Primary School

Rosendale Rd, West Dulwich, London SE21 8LR, UK – 020 8670 4962

Good points: My child's teacher is amazing and I've seen a lot of progress due to her teaching. They are a research school so they constantly adapt their teaching methods to reflect their findings. They also take the children out quite a lot which is great. Bad points: Blonde receptionist in her 50s seems to bring her problems into work; she has an attitude problem and what seems to be a superiority complex. She needs training in how to speak to people correctly. School is constantly begging for money and we get a letter every month asking us to bring our children to school in some sort of new costume and donate money for them "allowing" them to dress up...

I am a past member of rosendale and Ive enjoyed my time at rosendale I recommend this school to families who want their children to have a good education, learn new skills and to make new friends

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 SE27 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
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Special schools for Lambeth 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

Livity School

35 Adare Walk, London SW16 2PW, UK – 020 8769 1009

Not been there since Lambeth College moved out

Elm Court School

Elm Park, Brixton, London SW2 2EF, UK – 020 8674 3412

My school init Calm school Good teacher Has helped me with a lot They do a good job at that school They are very brave ngl

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Priory School

Hermitage Rd, Upper Norwood, London SE19 3QN, UK – 020 8653 8222

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 Lambeth or search the website for special schools throughout the UK

Adult Education Centres for SE27 - Language Tuition

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

Adult Education

Crystal Clear Learning

18 Lenham Rd, Thornton Heath CR7 8QS, UK – 01474 330750

Language Schools

La Jolie Ronde Languages For Children

Goodrich Community Primary School/Goodrich Rd, East Dulwich, London SE22 0EP, UK – 07979 450269

La Jolie Ronde Languages For Children

Ruskin House School, 48 Herne Hill, London SE24 9QP, UK – 07979 450269

La Jolie Ronde Languages For Children

Dunkirk St, West Norwood, London SE27 9JQ, UK – 020 8761 8794

Language Schools for Lambeth

Language schools for SE27. Also consider Adult Education Centres which might run evening language classes

Private Tutors for Lambeth

Private Tuition for SE27
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Private Tutors

Dulwich Tutors

40 Martell Rd, London SE21 8EN, UK – 020 8653 3502

Brilliant bespoke service. We have used several of their tutors, who were outstanding. Friendly, efficient agency who respond quickly and really care about the service they are providing. Best agency in South London

We just wanted to thank our lovely tutor, Stephen. Our son achieved places at both the schools he applied for and having been more maths leaning has now with Stephen's guidance and engaging tutorials developed a genuine passion for literature which I hope will continue!