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

How do I find out what schools are available around Doncaster? 
There are some frighteningly frank websites for you to choose from. The Government one is You simply enter your location, perhaps Doncaster, 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 Doncaster? 
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 DN1
Click also to find: Childcare Services, Nursery Schools, After School Care

PreSchools and Playgroups for Doncaster

Tiddlywinks Pre-School

8 Bawtry Rd, Doncaster DN4 5NW, UK – 01302 533668

My daughter loves it. Fabulous setting with wonderful staff. Thank you.

Lovely staff great care They r the best

Bright Beginnings Day Nursery & Pre-School

Sunningdale Rd, Doncaster DN4 8DR, UK – 01302 850666

A great place for your kids to learn and mingle with other kids

Friendly staff members/management. A good place to send your children.

St. Mary's Day Nursery

65 Bawtry Rd, Doncaster DN4 7AD, UK – 01302 532700

Amazing nursery with the highest quality care, no better nursery in the area.

After School Care

Danum Daisies Daycare nursery doncaster

The Bungalow,, Grove Ave, Doncaster DN5 9BE, UK – 01302 953810

Very good nursery my daughter loved it here the staff are fantastic

Clever Clogs Day Nursery

186 Sandringham Rd, Doncaster DN2 5JE, UK – 01302 215243

My son has been going since he was 3 mths old, and he loves it, it always takes a bit to convince him it's time to go home. The staff are always helpful, and are happy to advise you about any concerns you have. My son has bin there nearly 2yrs now, and have not had any concerns or issues with the nursery or staff.

Was my little girls last day today, shes beem going to this nursery 2 years and we as parents couldn't be happier. Very nice staff and excellent service.


Milton Walk, Doncaster DN1 3QG, UK – 01302 363201

Its a very friendly atmosphere

Its a fab center to go to

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

Independent Schools - Prep & Secondary - for Doncaster

Independent Schools for Doncaster - 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

Balby Carr Community Academy

Weston Rd, Doncaster DN4 8ND, UK – 01302 312140

My son played for UFCA against 780 coaching here at the weekend and the facilities were excellent.

Has a very great indoor shooting range

Doncaster School For The Deaf

Leger Way, Doncaster DN2 6AY, UK – 01302 386733

Very nice people


Middle Bank, Doncaster DN4 5NG, UK – 01302 898792

I've been at XP for a year now I have built my confidence and correcter the outward bound {the place you go on the first day} was one of the best experiences of my life. Crew is are best part of XP and I love it

Really good since I was at hallcross and I came to XP school which is amazing😎

Independent Schools

Sycamore Hall Preparatory School

1 Hall Flat Ln, Balby, Doncaster DN4 8PT, UK – 01302 856800

Small Friendly school with very high academic standards and tailor made education. Highly recommended for 3-11 year olds. My two daughters love ❤️ going to school and teachers are very approachable both for students and parents. Must visit to appreciate the standards and quality of education.

Local Authority Schools - Primary & Secondary Schools

Local Authority primary and secondary schools for DN1 3AQ . 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

Hexthorpe Primary School

Urban Rd, Doncaster, Hexthorpe DN4 0HH, UK – 01302 852245

Overage level school. Lots of romanian people

This is a good school, my kids have been really happy here

Plover Primary School

Coniston Rd, Intake, Doncaster DN2 6JL, UK – 01302 361450

Teaches are brilliant

im a thecher

St Francis Xavier Catholic Primary School

Roberts Rd, Doncaster DN4 0JN, UK – 0113 320 0750

Beautiful building...lovely staff and a school going places!

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 DN1 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 Doncaster 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

Woodfield Primary School

5 Gurney Rd, Doncaster DN4 8LA, UK – 01302 853289

my old school

Rosedale Primary School

Emley Dr, Doncaster DN5 8RL, UK – 01302 782744

This is personally the best school I have ever attended! I left 2 years ago and I am still missing it everyday of my life! I made so many friends here, with both students and teachers, and I miss them everyday. When a teacher left we would all be really sad and when me and my friends left, we cried so much, yet we all had a great last week. We had water fights and we had parties for all occasions. I have learnt so much from this school, I learned even more than when I went to a private school for a year, so that is amazing. If any of my old friends are reading this, I just wanna say that I miss you guys so much, and if any of my old teachers are reading this, thank you for supporting me, you helped me out a lot! THANK YOU!

Great school teachers are good at what they do. If you live in this area this is the school for your children

Heatherwood School

Leger Way, Doncaster DN2 6HQ, UK – 01302 322044

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 Doncaster or search the website for special schools throughout the UK

Adult Education Centres for DN1 - Language Tuition

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

Adult Education

Janine McMillan Dance

Woodfield park Community Hall, Tickhill road, Balby, Doncaster DN4 8QN, UK – 07780 888196

Janine's dance classes are excellent. She is a great dance teacher, she gets you working hard but at the same time it's such a fun experience.

Fantastic Teacher will brilliant dance knowledge and plenty of time for all her students. Would definatly recommend 😀

RLC Rockets Cheerleading Squad

Bridge St, Doncaster DN4 0AL, UK – 07737 144103

My daughter attends the RLC Rockets and really enjoys it. She loves the routines, meeting new people and is also a part of the stunt group which she enjoys. She enjoys the dance, cheer and enthusiasm the group gives.

Great job you guys go and win the next competition you are the best in the business

The Riley School of Dance

80 Town Moor Ave, Doncaster DN2 6BS, UK – 01302 327081

So great to see positive feedback 😉😍

A fantastic school which has brought out the best in both my son and daughter. The training is second to none and done so in a friendly, caring environment. Wonderful.

Language Schools

The North of England School of English

23 S Parade, Doncaster DN1 2DP, UK – 07760 722339

I love the school. The teachers and receptionists are so professionel, friendly and helpful. I can highly recommend everybody to go to this school!

It is a wonderful school with super nice people and with a lot of professionalism I am learning a lot of English in a very short time. I'm super happy :) I am a Spanish student and I would recommend it to more people.

Language Schools for Doncaster

Language schools for DN1. Also consider Adult Education Centres which might run evening language classes

Private Tutors for Doncaster

Private Tuition for DN1
Click also to find: Language Schools, Translators & Interpreters

Private Tutors

Chantel Davenport Private Tutoring

5 Dunkirk Villas, Doncaster DN9 1BH, UK – 01427 728801

Home Tutoring

43 Beckett Rd, Doncaster DN2 4AD, UK – 01302 810200

Kip McGrath Doncaster Central Education Centre

Unit 6, Heather Court, Business Park Shaw Wood, Shaw Wood Way, Doncaster DN2 5YL, UK – 01302 319055

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