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

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

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 Harrogate, 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 Harrogate? 
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 HG1
Click also to find: Childcare Services, Nursery Schools, After School Care

PreSchools and Playgroups for Harrogate

Oatlands Pre-school

Mount St, Harrogate HG2 8DQ, UK – 01423 871846

Our son attends Oatlands Pre-school and loves every second. It's a really welcoming place, the staff are great, and he has the opportunity to learn and play in so many different ways. Our daughter is not yet two and can't wait to go!

Starbeck Community Primary and Nursery School

High St, Harrogate HG2 7LL, UK – 01423 884780

I go there

Love this schoo,

Willow Tree Community Primary School

Wetherby Rd, Harrogate HG2 7SG, UK – 01423 883551

I loved going there but I hated leaving 2018 :( but thank you for inspiring me thank you for having me in walnut mrs Davey, mrs jo mrs bailey and mrs sutcclif and thank you miss D you made my school time so happy:) -William keeling

Fantastic school, my son was lucky enough to go here, there are truly caring and dedicated teachers at the school that give the children 100% every day

After School Care

Kumon Maths & English

St Mark's Church, Leeds Rd, Harrogate HG2 8AY, UK – 01423 561077

After joining Kumon my daughter's concentration improved! I like the idea of every day working that encourages her to work independently! Cate and her team are doing a great job! Thank you!

Kumon has helped me improve in maths and English a lot I have noticed improvements in my test results and grades. I first started Kumon in year 5-6 and at that time I wasn’t very good at maths or English and after my mom signed me up for Kumon I started to get better. There are many levels that get harder after each one .For example level B is harder than level A and so on.

Aegis Martial Arts Academy | Harrogate

Beech Ave, Harrogate HG2 8DS, UK – 07889 906254

A well run martial arts school with knowledgeable and enthusiastic instructors. Discipline and self confidence are at the heart of its teaching at the same time as learning self defense

Great family friendly club, training as a family is a great shared experience.

The Grange Partnership

Bilton Grange Community Primary School, Harrogate HG1 3BA, UK – 01423 509333

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

Harrogate Independent Schools - Prep & Secondary - for Harrogate

Independent Schools for Harrogate - 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 Harrogate Secondary Schools -

Harrogate High School

Ainsty Rd, Harrogate HG1 4AP, UK – 01423 548800

Such a brilliant school, teachers are excellent, proud to say I was a student there

Very appreciated School in the neighborhood in which is massively invested at the present by rebuilding it completely from ground up together with a big multifunctional sports hall

St Aidan's C of E High School

Oatlands Dr, Harrogate HG2 8JR, UK – 01423 885814

One of the best schools in North Yorkshire, I don’t understand why anyone would give a negative review, if your child goes here you can sleep soundly knowing they are getting the best education and start in life. They offer superb extra curricular activities and school trips, the teachers are excellent and employment positions are fought for because the school is regarding so highly. Everyone who works or studies there has earned the right to be there and works hard to stay there. Thank you to everyone at St Aidan’s, keep up the amazing work.

Very good school everyone is lovely Lessons are good overall I would highly recommend this school 😀

St John Fisher Catholic High School

Hookstone Dr, Harrogate HG2 8PT, UK – 01423 887254

My experience here was rather interesting to the part, but there was one student (which I was in a relationship with, we are both 14) that caught my interest "Holly Dallas" she had a certain way of making people like them, like a Venus flytrap. Making yourself feel worth in life drawing you in before closing their trap on you. Abandoning you, abandoning you in an alleyway confronted by three older men with the right intent on harming yourself. I had moderate-serious injures and I believe if you wish to have a relationship with this girl. Be aware of the backlash from it

Great school to go to

Independent Schools

Harrogate Ladies' College

Clarence Dr, Harrogate HG1 2QG, UK – 01423 504543

This school is awesome and very private but fun!

My daughter salud that que das going there like w hen que grows Up for 4 years

Ashville College

Green Ln, Harrogate HG2 9JP, UK – 01423 566358

Excellent school.

an great school

Brackenfield School

128 Duchy Rd, Harrogate HG1 2HE, UK – 01423 508558

Local Authority Schools - Primary & Secondary Schools

Local Authority primary and secondary schools for HG1 2SG . 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

Western Primary School

Cold Bath Rd, Harrogate HG2 0NA, UK – 01423 502737


Rossett Acre Primary School

Pannal Ash Rd, Harrogate HG2 9PH, UK – 01423 561579

Excellent school which always receives praise from Ofsted.

St Peter's CE Primary School

Belford Rd, Harrogate HG1 1JA, UK – 01423 569684

Because it is my school

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 HG1 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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Lists more than 31,000 UK state and independent schools and colleges, including over 26,000 UK School, College and University Websites. Search for schools or search for educational establishments anywhere in the UK by geographical county, postcode, name or LEA.

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Dyslexia support centres
Click also to find: Education Agencies & Authorities, Schools - Independent & Preparatory
Special schools for Harrogate 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


10 Rayleigh Rd, Harrogate HG2 8QR, UK – 01423 520894

Springwater School

High St, Harrogate HG2 7LW, UK – 01423 883214

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 Harrogate or search the website for special schools throughout the UK

Adult Education Centres for HG1 - Language Tuition

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

Adult Education

Rossett School

Green Ln, Harrogate HG2 9JP, UK – 01423 564444

I don't see why people are saying it is bad when actually it is great for education and most people exceed in their grades and get good reports

Fantastic school. My daughter is doing far better academically than ever predicted. The school also has an amazing ethos. Love Rossett School

Chatsworth Dance Centre

Chatsworth Studios/Chatsworth Rd, Harrogate HG1 5HX, UK – 01423 522322

I go to Chatsworth and it is absolutely amazing keep up the good work Chatsworth love you guys!!! ❤️❤️

I loved my time dancing at Chatsworth. Myself and all of my sisters have been going to dance classes here for years and the teachers are so helpful and professional! There are opportunities to progress and take part in grades and shows which is fab! Would definitely recommend :)

Harrogate Music School

27 Leeds Rd, Harrogate HG2 8AY, UK – 07887 608906

A high quality organisation with great facilities and some really knowledgeable staff. They can also arrange Tuition in Leeds and musicians for hire.

Language Schools

CES Harrogate

8 Royal Parade, Harrogate HG1 2SZ, UK – 01423 531969

I studied at school for four months and it was an exiting time. All staff members were kind and welcomed you to join your new english family. All teachers who I came across are very talented people. English lessons were very intense and very interesting. My knowledge of English language has improved and I more confident to write and speak. At the same time I was able to meet and make friends with other students from all over the world. I will never forget delicious lunches at school with wonderful friends and enjoyed excursions that school organized for the students.

معهد ممتاز والمدرسون كذلك قريب من سنتر المدينة ومن محطة الباصات يكون في فصل الصيف مزدحم

Killinghall C Of E Primary School

Otley Rd, Killinghall, Harrogate HG3 2DW, UK – 01423 506307


Rossett School

Green Ln, Harrogate HG2 9JP, UK – 01423 564444

I don't see why people are saying it is bad when actually it is great for education and most people exceed in their grades and get good reports

Fantastic school. My daughter is doing far better academically than ever predicted. The school also has an amazing ethos. Love Rossett School

Language Schools for Harrogate

Language schools for HG1. Also consider Adult Education Centres which might run evening language classes

Private Tutors for Harrogate

Private Tuition for HG1
Click also to find: Language Schools, Translators & Interpreters

Private Tutors

Up Your Grade Tutors

5 Kent Bank, Harrogate HG1 2NQ, UK – 0800 998 9141

Upyourgrade tutors have provided me with plenty of work as a Science tutor. Their administration system has saved me a lot of time compared to other tutoring businesses. Andy is always a pleasure to deal with and has provided me with excellent clients!

"Our son's tutor quickly built up a rapport with him, and systematically went through the gaps in his science knowledge. We are sure this helped to improve his grade, and led to success in his science GCSEs. We would not hesitate to recommend in the future. "

Harrogate Tutors

19 N Lodge Ave, Harrogate HG1 3HX, UK – 01423 603132

Fantastic service. Helped both of my children with their KS2 Maths and my partner who is training to become a teacher. She has just passed her numeracy skills test, thanks!

We work closely with the Harrogate Tutors team and we are happy to recommend their tutoring service.

Maths + Physics tutor in Harrogate

68 St John's Rd, Harrogate HG1 3AE, UK – 07704 677400

Provided thoughtful and personal tutoring for my final year of secondary school, helping me achieve A* grades in maths and further maths A-levels. He also helped me keep touch with maths over the later parts of my gap year. Matthew is clearly passionate about education and his ever-present humour made every session even more enjoyable.

Flexible with timings. Unique but effective methods of teaching. Willing to help out with problems through social media at almost any time of day. Managed to get me an A in Maths A Level which is no mean feat. Honestly you'd have to go along way to find a better maths tutor!

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