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

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

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 Plymstock, 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 Elburton? 
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 PL9
Click also to find: Childcare Services, Nursery Schools, After School Care

PreSchools and Playgroups for Plymstock

All Aboard Preschool

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

Outstanding education for children aged 2-5 years!

Roundabout Nursery

Plymouth Christian Centre/Embankment Rd, Plymouth PL4 9HP, UK – 01752 229563

What can I say about Roundabout nursery. Absolutely fantastic. Best decision we ever made for our two kids. Both settled well, loved the staff and the surroundings. The nursery has updated the rooms over the years and is such a lovely place to leave the children. Probably the best part of all is how well rounded and educated they have become. Our eldest has settled in school, and is excelling and our youngest is going in September this year, and we are confident that he will fit in just as well. Absolutely no hesitation in recommending.

I've been delighted by the dedication of all the staff at the nursery to provide a warm, stimulating, safe environment for my child who's been there since he was 9 months old. Many of the staff have worked there for many years and are incredibly professional. It feels like a calm, happy place for him to learn, and I am always assured he is safe there. It's also conveniently located for easy drop-offs and collection, either going into the centre or heading out of Plymouth on your way to work. I recommend it highly.

Noah's Ark Childcare Centres

Prince Rock Nursery, 20-24 Lucas Terrace, Plymouth PL4 9LD, UK – 01752 601909

Staff are amazing and so friendly, the kids are always busy and doing somthing. They also have cooked meals and a big garden to play in

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

Abbeyfield Burtons

52 Dunstone Rd, Plymouth PL9 8SF, UK – 01752 402482

Lovely, my father in law loves it

Holy Cross Catholic Primary School

2 Beaumont Rd, Plymouth PL4 9BE, UK – 01752 225420

Good place to learn but not enough space on playground and know field old priory is better

this school is phonomanal straight a's in SATs and the teachers make sure every one is comfortable

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

Plymstock Independent Schools - Prep & Secondary - for Plymstock

Independent Schools for Plymstock - 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 Plymstock Secondary Schools -

Coombe Dean School

Charnhill Way, Plymouth PL9 8ES, UK – 01752 406961

Best residentials(enrichment week)

I injoyed being the second year to leave, I made a lot of good friends there ,my English teacher was Mrs Smith, and I remember Mr basit my maths teacher.

Plymstock School

Church Rd, Plymstock, Plymouth PL9 9AZ, UK – 01752 402679

A great school with mostly nice and always helpful teachers. Although, they need to focus more on the children's fun aswell and comfort in lessons. I recommend air conditioning.

very fun and help full great 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..

Independent Schools

Gosling Trust

Furzehatt Villas, Off Goosewell Road, Plymouth PL9 9HD, UK – 01752 484360


2 Seymour Mews, Plymouth PL4 8RX, UK – 01752 600421

Coombe Dean School

Charnhill Way, Plymouth PL9 8ES, UK – 01752 406961

Best residentials(enrichment week)

I injoyed being the second year to leave, I made a lot of good friends there ,my English teacher was Mrs Smith, and I remember Mr basit my maths teacher.

Local Authority Schools - Primary & Secondary Schools

Local Authority primary and secondary schools for PL9 8PR . 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

Elburton Primary School

Haye Rd S, Elburton, Plymouth PL9 8HJ, UK – 01752 404489

Great school... Great place to live... Access to everything. The principle there is really nice and very cool... Good on you Sir! :D

Best school ever

Dunstone Primary School

Shortwood Cres, Plymouth PL9 8TQ, UK – 01752 401293

Great school my kids went there

Good sized playing field

Pomphlett Primary School

Howard Rd, Plymstock, Plymouth PL9 7ES, UK – 01752 408966

Great school my grand daughter goes there

Spent my whole primary years here x recommend it to anyone looking for primary schools for their young ones to go to x

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 PL9 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
Click also to find: Education Agencies & Authorities, Schools - Independent & Preparatory
Special schools for Plymstock 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

Plympton St. Maurice Primary School

Plympton Hill, Plymouth PL7 1UB, UK – 01752 337427

Used to go to this school when young. Mr King was one of my teachers, we had butchers shop in st maurice Road? Spillers. We used to take marrow bones to Mr kings house in Lion Hill.plympton.

Excellent shool

Downham School

6 Memory Ln, Plymouth PL9 9GH, UK – 01752 522440

All Aboard Preschool

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

Outstanding education for children aged 2-5 years!

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 Plymstock or search the website for special schools throughout the UK

Adult Education Centres for PL9 - Language Tuition

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

Adult Education

Donaheys Ballroom Dance Lessons

Plymstock High School, Church Rd, Plymouth PL9 9AZ, UK – 0800 160 1770

My wife found Donaheys when they first started in the south hams, this was after many failed attempts. to be honest Paul was the last attempt. From the very first night it just clicked. Paul has such an enthralling way to teaching that you just can't help but smile even when your feet won't work. We have so much to thank Donaheys for, going that first night was one of the best things we have ever done. If your remotely thinking about dancing then come along you will love it! Thank you Paul and thank you Donaheys

Having never danced before I was a bit apprehensive about joining Paul's classes but now, a few months on, I love every minute. He has taught me the basics of ballroom dances, he has teachers on hand to observe and step in and offer advice as we dance. People thought I would be shy of admitting that I am taking dance lessons (as a retired ship captain) but I am so proud of what I have learnt and will recommend it to everyone.

Discovery Martial Arts Academy

Plymstock school, Church Rd, Plymouth, Plymstock PL9 9AZ, UK – 07738 206163

I have moved clubs on purpose to allow my child to follow and continue to be taught by one of the most inspiring teachers I have ever come across in anything ( I am a head teacher of a primary school and so I have come across a few!!!) my second child has now also started little tigers and loves every session. I do and have recommended this club to many friends and through my school actively aim to promote and encourage children and families to take up this sport with a very professional, dedicated and friendly team of coaches and support. It is indeed a club to be proud to belong to.

A truly amazing and inspiring club, that I am proud my little tiger is a part of. The instructors are professional, yet truly care about each individual student which shows with how much they have achieved in such a short space of time. I would highly recommend this club to anyone wanting to take up or continue their taekwondo journey

Plymouth Music Lessons

15 Salcombe Rd, Plymouth PL4 7NE, UK – 01752 255354

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.

La Jolie Ronde Languages For Children

Wembury Primary School/Knighton Rd, Wembury, Plymouth PL9 0EB, UK – 01752 862489

Language Schools for Plymstock

Language schools for PL9. Also consider Adult Education Centres which might run evening language classes

Private Tutors for Plymstock

Private Tuition for PL9
Click also to find: Language Schools, Translators & Interpreters

Private Tutors

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.

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