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Frequently asked questions asked by parents looking for the best schools near Old Trafford Lodge

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

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 Manchester, 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 Old Trafford Lodge? 
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 M16
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PreSchools and Playgroups for Manchester

Busy Bees at Manchester Fallowfield

26A Wilbraham Rd, Manchester M14 6JU, UK – 0161 248 6816

My daughter started going to busy bees when she was 3 years old. After being to three different nurseries in the area I was a bit sceptical of how she will settle inn in a NEW nursery. But it all went very well, the staff were very friendly and professional in dealing with her...she soon became attached to her key worker, and made a group of friends . As a mother is was important for me to have a happy , healthy environment fro my little girl, I found this at Busy Bees nursery. The rooms are always clean, they always have fun activities for the kids (planting seeds, watching eggs hatch, decorating cupcakes with the help of professional cupcake bakery) . Children have a daily access to the outside play area. Busy Bees has a Chef who always prepares healthy meals and snacks for the kids. Overall this place has a happy environment , the staff are always "hands on " and super friendly. The end of year party was yesterday, they had a magician performance , games, tea and graduation ceremony for the little ones (with little black graduation cap and gown) . My rating for Busy Bees is **OUTSTANDING** Absolutely loved it.

Bright Horizons St Mary's Day Nursery and Preschool

St Marys Courtyard, St Mary's St, Manchester M15 5WB, UK – 0161 393 6728

One of the few schools that has complete information online. We got an appointment to visit from the US. We were glad to enroll our son at Kids Unlimited St Marys. Teachers are loving, dedicated and prepared. They are very helpful and they all know the children. We got daily information on what our son was doing. We also had some guidance with online courses for parents. He had plenty of activities indoors and outdoors and he made new friends.

King's Road Primary School

Kings Rd, Stretford, Manchester M16 0GR, UK – 0161 881 3571

An excellent school. We bring our children from Stretford to attend this school and feel privileged that they are taught by such brilliant, hardworking teacher.

Very nice teachers and very supportive

After School Care

Kidszone Out of School Care Limited

Withington Scout Hut, 29-31 Heaton Road, Manchester M20 4PU, UK – 07401 152534

They give burnt toast with water

Bright Eyes Day Nursery

Royce Rd, Manchester M15 5LA, UK – 0161 222 5770

lovely great place for my 3 littles.. Healthy food.. And great staffs .. Thanks Alice

Great and enjoyable environment for children.

The Beehive Nursery

The Beehive, 197 Claremont Rd, Manchester M14 4JF, UK – 0161 258 8954

Former Beehive pub, a Hydes house. Converted to non-pub use in 1/8/15. Now Beehive Nursery for children. Closed and boarded 1/8/11, future was uncertain. History: Basic one-roomed estate-style establishment with island bar built some time in 1970s. Left side was the lounge area, whilst the right side was the more basic bar area.

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

Manchester Independent Schools - Prep & Secondary - for Manchester

Independent Schools for Manchester - 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 Manchester Secondary Schools -

Stretford High School

Great Stone Rd, Stretford, Manchester M32 0XA, UK – 0161 876 1850

Good sporting facilities. 3g and grass pitch. Changing rooms, sport hall etc

the school was amazing from the beginning to end 2010-2015 the new ipads were exciting, the teacher all had a wealth of experience. Sadly I've heard these teachers have left but nevertheless the school is awesome.

Trinity C of E High School

Higher Cambridge St, Manchester M15 6HP, UK – 0161 212 1900

Fantastic school. really enjoyed my years here. Made lots of friends and the teachers were always really good

All you could want in a high school. There is the fights. There is the gossip, the tears and the pain. Also the laughter, the happiness , the love , the friends, the staff and the normal school day.

Withington Girls' School

Wellington Rd, Fallowfield, Manchester M14 6BL, UK – 0161 224 1077

My son enjoyed his stay at this school and I am very happy

Daughter will start in September, loved the school and very hopeful for her future.

Independent Schools

Manchester Muslim Prep School

551 Wilmslow Rd, Manchester M20 4BA, UK – 0161 445 5452

Great school for kids to excel in their studies and provide the foundations for a better future

My son attends this school and Insh'Allah so will my daughter. I think the staff and facilities are very good. This is still a very young school and I feel that it is continually getting better. My son used to attend a long established grammar school and I feel they are very comparable, however, here my son learns about Islamic values.

Manchester High School For Girls

Grangethorpe Road, Manchester M14 6HS, UK – 0161 224 0447

The best school ever I go to that school

Brilliant studies

Afifah School

86 Clifton St, Trafford, Stretford, Manchester M16 9GN, UK – 0161 872 1516

I want to say special thanks to my teacher Mrs Sidrah you are a really good Asset of organization. May Allah Bless you. Please I always recommended this school because of Sidrah teacher. So nice of you.

My little boy goes to the pre-school and loves it. He is learning duas and Surahs fast Alhumdulillah.

Local Authority Schools - Primary & Secondary Schools

Local Authority primary and secondary schools for M16 0PX . 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

Heald Place Primary School

Heald Pl, Manchester M14 7PN, UK – 0161 224 7079

One of the best primary school in Manchester💪🏻. All the teachers are nice and love the children very much. They also give information and point via ClassDojo apps.

I loved this school now I changed

St Philip's C Of E Primary School

Loxford St, Manchester M15 6GH, UK – 0161 226 2050

I went to this school form 2014 to 20/7/2017 (which is the last day of school) Im going to year 7 in September. This school is just amazing. I've made so many friends and I recommend you send your child here.

I went there till I was 10 in the early 80's. I was very happy there until we moved away. I remember some teachers very well, Miss Shields, Miss Gould and Mrs Sherwin. Mr Dalby was the headmaster and I visited many years after we had left. He told me I was a star pupil. :)

Cavendish Primary School

Cavendish Rd, Manchester M20 1JG, UK – 0161 445 1815

Loved this place, I am now in Parrs Wood with several of my Cavendish friends. Would recommend letting your child come here, the teachers are nice and their fellow pupils will be friendly!

I am one of the many happy people who is in this loved school I'm in year 6 put I'm still not tired of this place I love it

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 M16 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
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Special schools for Manchester 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

St John Vianney School

Rye Bank Rd, Stretford, Manchester M16 0EX, UK – 0161 881 7843

I use to go to this high school and i enjoyed it i miss all my friends that i made whilst at this school

Went to its sister school the pupils and teachers were great. In the good old days if anyone remembers the 316 and 306 bus to chorlton 😈👍

Longford Park School

74 Cromwell Rd, Stretford, Manchester M32 8QJ, UK – 0161 912 1895

My son is in his 3rd year at Longford park and is doing really well now. They have made huge improvements with his behaviour, speech and general education. Under difficult circumstances, with some of the kids, the staff are amazing. The school keeps in touch well with letters, texts and Home to school note books. Most of all my son is happy there.

Had a brilliant time with my teenagers playing frisby golf!! Will definitely be back with a picnic!!

Birches School

34 Newholme Rd, Manchester M20 2XZ, UK – 0161 448 8895

Absolutely fantastic school everything your child could ask for

Was known as Shawbrook school, as we went to this school, in 80s, great 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 Manchester or search the website for special schools throughout the UK

Adult Education Centres for M16 - Language Tuition

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

Adult Education

Manchester Adult Education Service

Greenheys Adult Learning Centre, Upper Lloyd Street, Moss Side, Manchester M14 4HZ, UK – 0161 254 7314

A great centre for learning. The computer classes are really enjoyable

Siddiqa Study Center

Greenheys Adult Learning Centre,college

Upper Lloyd Street, Manchester Area, Manchester M14 4LS, UK – 0161 254 7314

Happy to learn more

Withington Adult Learning Centre

24A Burton Rd, Manchester M20 3ED, UK – 0161 234 5687

Excellent services .

Language Schools

Cactus Language Courses Manchester

St Margarets Chambers, 5 Newton St, Manchester M1 1HL, UK – 01273 830960

Have had a great time learning polish . Olga is a very good teacher and works hard to get the best out of people. Hoping to do the next course and continue to build on my learning.

Cacti again

Communicate School of English

Murray House, 85 Piccadilly, Manchester M1 2DA, UK – 0161 235 8480

It was the first time for me to go out of my country and the first course that i take, and for sure i have improved my language with this school , if i want to talk about the teachers or the people that work in this school i will not going to finish of describe them , i have learned a lot of traditions and good people , a lot of respect a lot of appreciation. thank you for everyone thank you for the good treat that you show. It was a pleasure to study there . Thank you , all the best for you :)

Very good school to learn English. Very friendly and responsive team of teachers and administration. I highly recommend Communicate School to achieve your goals. Thank you!

EF International Language Campus - English courses in Manchester

26 Wilbraham Rd, Manchester M14 6JX, UK – 0161 225 8919

It's amazing and English language is my sixth language but it's my thirds language I spoke.

I spent 6 month at this place in 2006, it was great experience.

Language Schools for Manchester

Language schools for M16. Also consider Adult Education Centres which might run evening language classes

Private Tutors for Manchester

Private Tuition for M16
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Private Tutors


72 Gartside St, Manchester M3 3EL, UK – 0161 427 0701

Very Nice and helpful are the words which I have for Tutor Home. The Front desk person I contacted gave good advice. He was efficient and friendly. The most important thing is that they provided a professional tutor who is amiable and brilliant at his job. The education of children is back on track now. I must say, if u want peace of mind regarding your children's education Tutor Home is worth a try. I strongly recommend their services coz I got excellent service....

Chorlton Tuition Centre

7 High Ln, Manchester M21 9DJ, UK – 0161 860 6888

Thanks Charlotte for all your support in English & Maths and for helping my stressed out daughter! We are both going to miss your tuition sessions for different reasons. Highly recommended.

Robyn loves it here. She has attended for 2 years and has made huge steps. Initially we contacted Chorlton Tuition Centre because she was behind at school. Now she is doing really well and attends because she enjoys it so much. The teachers are really friendly and approachable. Robyn is now confident & enjoying secondary school. Many thanks to all the team at Chorlton Tuition Centre.

Kumon Maths & English

Withington Methodist Church, 439 Wilmslow Rd, Manchester M20 4AN, UK – 0161 207 2422

Very good tuition here great people run it and always very helpful.