Frequently asked questions asked by parents looking for the best schools near Denmark Hill

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

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 Camberwell, 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 Denmark Hill? 
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 SE5
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PreSchools and Playgroups for Camberwell

Triangle Nursery School

William Bonney Estate, Clapham Cres, London SW4 7JQ, UK – 020 7622 1393

(Parents of Child) Triangle Nursery is a fantastic nursery. A beautiful cabin set in playing fields makes it a perfect setting and the children get to enjoy daily. The staff are incredibly friendly, attentive and always so helpful. All two of our children have come to Triangle and both my daughter and son were so sad to leave this amazing nursery. My youngest started in September 2016 and refused to talk to anyone. The staff were very supportive and within weeks they had encouraged him to talk! Now he won't stop talking to them. This is the best nursery in London!

Triangle Nursery is a very special place, I feel so luck to have found it. My son has thrived during his time here. As both a parent and an educationalist I appreciate the dedication and commitment the staff show to learning but also their kindness and compassion when caring for young children. I highly recommend Triangle it is by far one of the very best nurseries in Lambeth and also Wandsworth.

St Judes Pre School

St George's Rd, London SE1 6EZ, UK – 020 7928 4534

I am very happy with my 2nd. House in London and also satisfied with every advance of my son. I recommend St Judes.

Good school

Goodrich Community Primary School

Dunstans Road London SE22 0EP, East Dulwich, London SE22 0ER, UK – 020 8693 1050

Two of my ex partners boys go to this school it a very good school

Very good school

After School Care

Bright Horizons Dulwich Day Nursery and Preschool

80 Dog Kennel Hill, London SE22 8BD, UK – 020 3780 3009

My daughter adores going to nursery here, the staff are all wonderful and the kids are just fab - like our extended family! Also rated Outstanding by OFSTED which is reassuring.

Little Rainbows Daycare

Astley Estates, Cooper's Rd, London SE1 5HY, UK – 020 7394 8448

I went after work to view this brand new nursery opened near me and was able view it late because of work, the staff were absolutely amazing and my 3 year old and I explored the nursery and loved it! Overall I would definitely recommend this nursery to any parents/carers who were struggling to find a decent nursery in the area! Hope this helps!!:)

Kintore Way Nursery School and Children’s Centre

97-102 Grange Rd, Bermondsey, London SE1 3BW, UK – 020 7525 1196

My Grandson and Granddaughter attend kintore way they are so happy there the staff are amazing. Can't do enough for the children and family's.

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 Camberwell. This is an Australian video but has some really good Tips!

Camberwell Independent Schools - Prep & Secondary - for Camberwell

Independent Schools for Camberwell - 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 Camberwell Secondary Schools -

St Thomas The Apostle School and Sixth Form College

Hollydale Rd, Nunhead, London SE15 2EB, UK – 020 7639 0106

The school that really gave me a break as a mature Science teacher venturing out into the world of teaching...the previous Headmaster Simon Cowdry was amazing! I wish him well always wherever he is

This place is a place where your children will get good grades and will have a very good job in the future.Also this place has a swimming poll,3G astroturf,basketball courts(inside),futsal etc.In adition this place has practical rooms (where we make experiments),art and creativity place,music departments including orchestras e.g. SYO (southwark youth orchestra). Is also a placr where your child will get advice on questions he has and there us a school counciler also your child can go and visit other countries e.g. Germany Berlin,France Paris,Scotland Edinburgh and Italy

Octavia House Schools

5LG, Vauxhall St, Lambeth, London SE11 5LG, UK – 020 3651 4396

This is a very good school

Notre Dame Roman Catholic Girls' School

118 St George's Rd, London SE1 6EX, UK – 020 7261 1121

this school is great! i had a hard time at another school but this school knows how to treat pupils right and with respect. they always make you do better and the teachers are da best!

Not sure what the previous reviewer was on when writing their comment. Have visited the school many times and the teachers really do care about the education of the students. They really put in time and effort to help these young women achieve their very best, even the more 'disruptive' students. If I had a daughter I would send her here without question. (P.S. It seems a shame that some of the more 'irked' former pupils felt the need to leave negative reviews on here. I'm sure they will see what a positive difference the school made to them when they grow up)

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.

Westminster School

Little Dean's Yard, Great Smith St, Westminster, London SW1P 3PF, UK – 020 7963 1000

Such a great school the teachers here are so nice and great at there job I love the clean environment and how everyday is different keep up the great work everyone!!!

Westminster’s origins can be traced to a charity school established by the Benedictine monks of Westminster Abbey. Its continuous existence is certain from the early fourteenth century. After the dissolution of the monasteries in 1540, Henry VIII personally ensured the School’s survival by statute. Elizabeth I, confirmed royal patronage in 1560 and is celebrated as the School’s Foundress. For several hundred years the School continued to be joined with Westminster Abbey, forming one collegiate foundation, until the 1868 Public Schools Act gave the School independence. Then, in 1943, the School expanded its educational scope by forming the Under School, educating boys aged 7-11. Initially both sections of the School shared a site, as the Under School began with just 17 boys. However, we experienced fairly rapid growth and by 1950 were educating 80 boys. So, in 1951, we secured our own premises in Eccleston Square. Yet as pupil numbers continued to increase during the sixties and seventies it became apparent that larger premises were required and in 1981 the Under School moved again to its present site overlooking the Westminster playing fields in Vincent Square.

Chrysolyte Independent Christian School

Bessell House, Lansdowne Pl, London SE1 4XH, UK – 020 7407 9990

ahead of their time

Local Authority Schools - Primary & Secondary Schools

Local Authority primary and secondary schools for SE5 8BY . 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

Charlotte Sharman Primary (Foundation) School

West Square, London SE11 4SN, UK – 020 7735 5598

Very good school.

Not a bad school after a change of head teachers

Kender Primary School

112 Kender St, London SE14 5JQ, UK – 020 7639 4654

I spent my childhood here this school rocks

Jessop Primary School

Lowden Rd, Herne Hill, London SE24 0BJ, UK – 020 7274 2333

My kids have attended for several years now. The school is both academically excellent (Ofsted outstanding) and a friendly caring environment. The teachers work very hard providing lots of extra activities, trips and performances. This means the kids have a richer curriculum with swimming and learning musical instruments as well as all the core subjects. Fantastic school!

An amazing primary school. My kids have been there for the last few years and it's just brilliant.

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 SE5 or anywhere in the country.
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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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Special schools for Camberwell 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

The Highshore School

Farmers Rd, Camberwell, London SE5 0TW, UK – 020 7708 6790

Awesome this is the true representation of EVERY CHILD MATTERS.

The secondary school i use to go long time ago nice brand new building very good.

Octavia House Schools, Walworth

House Larcom, Larcom St, London, Walworth SE17 1RT, UK – 020 3651 4396

Amazing school

Cherry Garden School

Macks Rd, London SE16 3XU, UK – 020 7237 4050

Amazing 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 Camberwell or search the website for special schools throughout the UK

Adult Education Centres for SE5 - Language Tuition

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

Adult Education

Stockwell Centre

1 Studley Rd, London SW4 6RA, UK – 020 7450 1809

Good community centre with much activity

So much potential here

Morley College Stockwell Campus

1 Studley Rd, London SW4 6RA, UK – 020 7450 1809

Offers Stockwell locals loads of cool activities! These include : - IT classes and drop in sessions - Adult Learning courses - Self Help Groups - Health and Wellbeing sessions. - Keep Fit Classes Worth noting that many of these are free! If you live locally get involved yo

Great place to learn.

The Poetry School

1, Dock Offices, Surrey Quays Rd, London SE16 2XU, UK – 020 7582 1679

You don't have to be an inexperienced poet or completely new to poetry to benefit from all that the Poetry School has to offer. During the last year I've taken workshops on Visual art, joined an online group reading Auden's The Sea and the Mirror, taken part in a collaborative performance of poems inspired by the Battle of the Somme film and received a detailed evaluation of a collection of poems. I thoroughly recommend the Poetry School if you want to develop as a poet.

I've taken part in both free and paid for courses via The Poetry School, and while it's definitely worth paying for them - you get to meet folk face to face for a start - the quality of teaching is no lesser for being free. This lot care, they choose amazing teachers and if they can get me published then they can get anyone published. What are you waiting for....sign up now.

Language Schools

Barry Challis - Private English as a Foreign Language (EFL) Teacher. Pimlico, London

Regency St, London, Pimlico SW1P 4AB, UK – 07843 278404

International House World Organisation

Unity Wharf, 13 Mill St, London SE1 2BH, UK – 020 7394 2144

La Jolie Ronde Languages For Children

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

Language Schools for Camberwell

Language schools for SE5. Also consider Adult Education Centres which might run evening language classes

Private Tutors for Camberwell

Private Tuition for SE5
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Private Tutors

Tutorean - Top-rated private tutors near you at affordable prices

105 Victoria St, Westminster, London SW1E 6AD, UK – 0800 689 1635

Best tutoring platform I have used in the UK. It is smooth and easy to use. As a tutor or student you will find that the filtering options are straightforward and perfectly tailored to your interests. It is also the only platform which actually trusts tutors to be well prepared in the subjects they want to teach while ensuring the quality of their tutors through reviews, matching algorithms, personality tests, and more.

We've used Tutorean several times and we highly recommend. The match-making process really works: our 4 children have benefited from affordable and knowledgeable tutors that know what makes them learn. Their site is very easy, secure and their staff always ready to help.

Mischa Foster Poole - Private Tutor

Hollydale Rd, London SE15 2TF, UK – 07929 064050

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