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Frequently asked questions asked by parents looking for the best schools near La Bella Vita Hotel

How do I find out what schools are available around Ickleford? 
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 Ickleford, 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 La Bella Vita Hotel? 
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!

Creches

Local Area Creches and Day Nurseries for SG5
Click also to find: Childcare Services, Nursery Schools, After School Care

PreSchools and Playgroups for Ickleford

York Road Nursery School

York Rd, Hitchin SG5 1XA, UK – 01462 459127

A wonderful little nursery in the heart of Hitchin. Both of my children attended the nursery and blossomed whilst there. It's the perfect place to prepare them for school. The staff are caring and nurturing, and the children just love them. The large garden with mud kitchen is an absolute bonus. My children still love to visit it at any opportunity now. Would not hesitate to recommend this setting to anyone looking for a nursery or wrap around care for their little ones.

St Andrews C Of E (V A) Primary School & Nursery

Benslow Ln, Hitchin SG4 9RD, UK – 01462 459160

I have found out that a relative of mine worked at the old school, she was a Mrs Harriet Spicer, and worked there in 1901. I wondered whether you had any historical records?

Icknield Infant and Nursery School

Archers Way, Letchworth Garden City SG6 4UN, UK – 01462 620406

Very good school

After School Care

Kinders Mill Day Nursery

117 Grove Rd, Hitchin SG4 0AA, UK – 01462 642666

My son loves Kinders Mill

Kingshott School

Stevenage Rd, St Ippolyts, Hitchin SG4 7JX, UK – 01462 432009

It’d be better if I was still there...

Great school

Hitchin Fun Club

Highbury Infant School, Standhill Rd, Hitchin SG4 9AG, UK – 01462 450925

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

Independent Schools - Prep & Secondary - for Ickleford

Independent Schools for Ickleford - 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

Fearnhill School

Icknield Way, Letchworth Garden City SG6 4BA, UK – 01462 621200

good school better than highfield tbh

excellent school

The Priory School

Bedford Rd, Hitchin SG5 2UR, UK – 01462 622300

Wonderful community school that keeps getting better and better

Everyone is very friendly and always challenge you to do your best. It's an amazing school community to be a part of.

Highover School

Cambridge Rd, Hitchin SG4 0JP, UK – 01462 622333

Highover gives me back memories... Just makes me want to relive them.

Independent Schools

Kingshott School

Stevenage Rd, St Ippolyts, Hitchin SG4 7JX, UK – 01462 432009

It’d be better if I was still there...

Great school

Local Authority Schools - Primary & Secondary Schools

Local Authority primary and secondary schools for SG5 1AE . 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

Samuel Lucas Junior Middle & Infant School

4 Gaping Ln, Hitchin SG5 2JQ, UK – 01462 456737

Both my children went here. Great school :)

Purwell Primary School

Fairfield Way, Hitchin SG4 0PU, UK – 01462 432950

It is a good school

Ickleford Primary School

Arlesey Rd, Ickleford, Hitchin SG5 3TG, UK – 01462 459150

I passed this school on the way from Hitchin Lavender to the train station and quite liked its appearance Hitchin, 23/08/2016

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 SG5 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 Ickleford 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

Whitehill Junior School

Whitehill Road, Hitchin SG4 9HT, UK – 01462 621313

My daughter joined later than the other pupils and we had reservations after a bad experience at her previous school. Whitehill quickly helped restore our faith and my daughter and I felt welcomed and included . The school worked with families as a team and had a excellent attitude to learning and understanding individual pupils needs . They helped my daughter excel without the need for excessive pressure as she was eager to learn due to the teaching style and enjoyed doing so too. My daughter made good friendships and had a memorable time attending Whitehill. The building has good facilities and is well maintained. The staff are dedicated and should be proud of their hard work and input.

My daughter is coming to the end of her time at Whitehill school before she starts Hitchin Girls School in September. She has thrived at Whitehill and this has been down to the ethos of the school and the quality and dedication of the teachers. Whitehill school has given my daughter an excellent learning environment which has prepared her well for the next stage of her education.

North Herts Education Support Centre

Briar Patch Lane, Letchworth Garden City SG6 3LY, UK – 01462 487207

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 Ickleford or search the website for special schools throughout the UK

Adult Education Centres for SG5 - Language Tuition

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

Adult Education

Market Theatre

6A Sun St, Hitchin SG5 1AE, UK – 01462 433553

Great little professional theatre (maybe 100-120 seats) in the centre of Hitchin. 5-6 productions rolling throughout the year. The 'adult panto' is an institution and must not be missed. Friendly staff in the cosy upstairs theatre bar that is open before/after the shows. Drinks can be taken in to the theatre (in plastic glasses).

On our way home from Sunbed the Seaman at the Palace and still laughing. Bloody silly school playground naughty jokes fuffing hilarious. Seen the Adult Panto the past 3 years and this was by far the funniest silliest but with great costumes and extra quick changes. Brilliant. We will be back next year. Missed joke opportunity. You had the Nutbush so why wasnt it on the edge of the city.? Nutbush City Limits 😎 Thanks for another super evening

JS Dance Academy

First Floor, 3 Bury Mead Rd, Hitchin SG5 1RT, UK – 01462 625259

The Hitchin School of Russian Ballet

Hitchin Boys School Sports centre,, Grammar School Walk, Hitchin SG5 1JB, UK – 07855 502735

Language Schools

La Jolie Ronde Languages For Children

Toad Hall Nursery/Bury Mead Rd, Hitchin SG5 1RT, UK – 07760 448559

Hitchin Language Centre

Paynes Park, Hitchin SG5 1EH, UK – 01462 431804

Language Schools for Ickleford

Language schools for SG5. Also consider Adult Education Centres which might run evening language classes

Private Tutors for Ickleford

Private Tuition for SG5
Click also to find: Language Schools, Translators & Interpreters

Private Tutors

YoungEducation Hitchin

30 Market Pl, Hitchin SG5 1DY, UK – 01462 450373

Excellent initial impressions, my daughter really enjoyed and felt satisfied with her first lesson with Simon. Having spoken to other parents who have mentioned their children are progressing well with tutoring, which is very encouraging! Many thanks! Mr B Alam

Dedicated, friendly and highly knowledgeable staff. Young education provides great help and support to all students. I would definitely recommend it!