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Frequently asked questions asked by parents looking for the best schools near Canons High School

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

There are some frighteningly frank websites for you to choose from. The Government one is You simply enter your location, perhaps Barnet, 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 . 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 Canons High School? 
If you just need to know your school catchment area try .If you are looking for exhaustive information on the schools as well go to

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 HA8
Click also to find: Childcare Services, Nursery Schools, After School Care

PreSchools and Playgroups for Barnet

Camrose Primary School and Nursery

St David's Dr, Edgware HA8 6JH, UK – 020 8952 3272

Child supportive.

Amazing school with fantastic staff who want the best for the children.. Thank you camrose !!!

Priestmead Primary School and Nursery

Hartford Ave, Harrow HA3 8SZ, UK – 020 8907 5434

Misses Lockhart and Ashcroft RIP.

Good school..Good Teacher 👨‍🏫

St Paul's Preschool

St Paul's Church Hall, The Ridgeway, Mill Hill, London NW7 1QU, UK – 020 8959 5998

There is wonderful team of deeply caring and experienced staff who provide a fantastic learning environment. The children really thrive and love their preschool.

After School Care

Boys & Girls Nursery Stanmore

Cottrell Cottages, 57-65 The Broadway, Stanmore HA7 4DJ, UK – 020 8954 3599

My daughter started at Boys and Girls at the beginning of April and I would highly recommend this nursery. The staff were very patient when helping me work out days and hours and made the whole process very easy. The settling in sessions were great and it was nice to watch for a little on the CCTV. Now, whenever I pick my daughter up from nursery I always find her smiling and playing and the staff throughout the nursery are always so friendly and welcoming. The staff in the toddler room are fantastic. They are always very friendly and caring and sometimes my daughter can be a bit shy at drop off, they always find a way to make her happy to go. The food is lovely and my daughter has tried new foods that she wouldn’t normally try at home and sometimes even has seconds! Boys and girls is a great nursery, lovely staff, good facilities and exactly what you’d want from a nursery.

I worked here many years ago when I was still fairly new to the Childcare world and although the disagreements I could NOT recommend this nursery more they deserve EVERY bit of praise they get because it is such an amazing nursery with top care, the staff are on point, they support the children, follow the EYFS to the t in every activity and I really think this has to be the best nursery around the area!!! Well done Boys & girls!

Happy Child Kenton Nursery (Part of the Treetops Family)

St Marys Church Hall, Kenton Rd, Harrow HA3 8DB, UK – 020 8909 2477

In the last few months I have seen massive improvements at the nursery and I could not be happier with the service that they provide. Sandra is an amazing manager and the parents at the nursery are all very happy with the positive changes that we have seen. My children are taking part in lovely activities everyday and the parents are much more involved with the nursery. We have regular newsletters and we recently had our first parents evening which was great. It is a shame that some parents who have left did not stick around to see the changes at the nursery. The new assistant manager is also great.

Wow! the New Manager Sandra is Excellent she really knows her stuff and truly is there for the children.

Mother Nature Science North West London

22 Westmoreland Rd, London NW9 9BW, UK – 020 7846 2277

Mother Nature science is such a great idea it has made science fun for my little boy encouraging him to want to learn more. The camp challenges the children in such a way that it makes them want to keep coming back to investigate what else science can bring them. This of course has a lot to do with the teachers and those who are behind the scenes of the planning of all the camps. I would highly recommend this as a great camp to send your children too, well worth the money and the smile my little boy had on his face after each camp he attended. He enjoyed learning new experiments each day and couldn’t wait for the next day to come round.

My daughter and I love this place! It's good that the kids are having fun learning science.

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

Barnet Independent Schools - Prep & Secondary - for Barnet

Independent Schools for Barnet - 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 Barnet Secondary Schools -

Canons High School

Shaldon Rd, London HA8 6AN, UK – 020 8951 5780

Perfect school good job Look like a good school

Great kids, even greater teachers!!

Copthall School (Secondary and Sixth Form for Girls)

Pursley Rd, London NW7 2EP, UK – 020 8959 1937

A friendly, happy school with GCSE results in the top four percent in the country for progress! An amazing range of extra-curricular opportunities including attending events at Mill Hill Independent school, theatre trips, use of Saracens Rugby facilities, dancing with the English National Ballet, talks from high profile speakers, and lots more! Coaching for all teaching staff, thoughtful CPL for non-teaching staff, clear career progression and opportunities at all levels. An amazing school.

Well overall the school is good. www (what are the good things): They have a longer lunch an break. GCSE started in year 9. Most teachers help us. There are safegurads teacher which is helpful as if someone gets bullied or needs help they could ask those teachers. They finally changed the uniform EBI(what to improve) :Maybe the lunch could be back to £1.60 as the food is too expensive and the portion of the food is little.Bigger copteen(canteen). 1 week of enrichment week.

Mill Hill County High School

Worcester Crescent, Mill Hill, London NW7 4LL, UK – 020 8238 8180

This school has been the best thing that happened to me. Initially i was quite sad that i didn't get into my first choice school but i think that it was really good that I didn't. From years 7 to 9 you are allowed to be a child. There is not much academic pressure - more about following annoying rules and being with friends. There is a range of free clubs that you go to such as trampolining, rugby, dance etc and they put musicals every year which anyone can be part of. In year 10 to 11 (GCSE period) the teachers honestly try their best to teach and help children pass their GCSEs and (most of them) not only try and help you meet your target grades, they also try and help you suppress them. If you need any help/ have a doubt you can ask them at anytime via email or going to see them at lunch/ break/before school/after school. The teachers here (most of them) generally know how to teach.

Going there in September. Can’t wait..

Independent Schools

North London Collegiate School

Canons Dr, Edgware HA8 7RJ, UK – 020 8952 0912

My child is in year 7 now, and it is her first year. My daughter and I absolutely love the school; for a start the food can be incredible at times! For example, my daughter told me there were amazing meringues with strawberries! The extra curricular activities are amazing - there are things like cheerleading , trampolining, a rock climbing wall, swimming, dance, badminton ,tennis,and pretty much anything you could think of! The teaching is to a good quality and the children are provided with textbooks! There are many facilities including a performing arts centre , indoor teaching space and many others. If you go to the website there is a virtual tour! There are many shows and opportunities for the girls to shine! The teachers are really nice and supportive. I DEFINITELY recommend this school - its academic results are incredible , being one of the top schools in the Uk, second to none!

My daughter has been at the school since reception and is about to go into year 8. It is an absolutely oustanding school on every single count. Academically it's second to none but the same goes for all the extra curricular activities too. Drama, Art, Music and everything else you can think of are done with the same enthusiasm and professionalism and dedication as the work on the academic curriculum.

Park High School

Thistlecroft Gardens, Stanmore HA7 1PL, UK – 020 8952 2803

Park high itself is a good school! But when it comes to health and safety it brings the reputation down. Its been snowing for the part 2-3 days and its been icy,slippery yet students are still forced to come to school this has left some hard working students to slip and injur themselves

I love this school! It iseems amazing! My children go here! They are an nice and friendly school which helps you and if you forget things they always give you something! Park High is probably the best high school around in Canons, Stanmore and Belmont!!! Park High keep it up!!!

Holland House School

1 Broadhurst Avenue, Edgware HA8 8TP, UK – 020 8958 6979

Local Authority Schools - Primary & Secondary Schools

Local Authority primary and secondary schools for HA8 6AN . 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

Sunnyfields Primary School

Hatchcroft, London NW4 4JH, UK – 020 8203 3113

My experience there was great thanks for everything youve given me~Michael 2014-2018

my expirience was great my whole 7years there. i love every teacher now that im in year 9 i miss this primary school- -sophia anastasiou-

Aylward Primary School

Pangbourne Dr, Stanmore HA7 4RE, UK – 020 8958 9202

The most lovely , kind , respectful , people work there. That's why i moved back in the area, for those people , that school. Thank you.

I LOVE THIS SCHOOL!!!!!!!!!!!! I MISS IT SO MUCH!!!!!!! I went here 5 years ago. It was awesome. I'm in hatched end and it's not good.

Edgware Primary School

Heming Rd, Edgware HA8 9AB, UK – 020 8952 1472

I was at Edgware Primary School from Nursery to Yr 6, I have now moved to Yr 7, I miss it incredibly and wish I could go back everyday the teachers and students, are lovely, kind, and supportive, I grew incredibly close to two of the teachers but all together they were all lovely. From personal experience this is the best school ever. Thank you EPS

i am a student at the school and the staff and everyone there are awsome

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Dyslexia support centres
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Special schools for Barnet 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

Northway School

52a The Fairway, London NW7 3HP, UK – 020 8359 5450

i want there from 1990 to 1995 as moved to the fairway school many years later after 1995 it become just primary from reception class to age 11 then the older children then want to oak lodge

I went to northway school back in the 70s and it was a speciel needs school in those days and I loved going there.didn't really want to leave but I was 17years old and it was time.I treasure those days of my youth and allway will be great full for my years in a great school.

The Southover Partnership

288 Kingsbury Road, London NW9 9HA, UK – 020 8446 0300

Woodlands School

Bransgrove Road, Edgware HA8 6JP, UK – 020 8381 2188

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 Barnet or search the website for special schools throughout the UK

Adult Education Centres for HA8 - Language Tuition

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

Adult Education

Advance Tutorial College

524 Watford Way, London NW7 4SY, UK – 020 8959 9825

The coverage of 11+ is great. You can see that all necessary topics are covered in Y4 11+ programme and hopefully Y5 will be practising past papers. Mine is in Y4 ... I will update again next year by God's grace :-)

Yes, the comment above makes no sense whatsoever. Seeing as the account is under a fake name, it's obvious he/she is a very bitter parent who didn't get their way! I have been with ATC for many years and it really has helped my children, they feel they can get the extra help they need when it's not always possible at school and it has shown in their grades.


Edgware HA8 7NN, UK

Language Schools

La Jolie Ronde Languages For Children

The Annunciation RC Junior School/The Meads, Edgware HA8 9HQ, UK – 020 8959 7801

La Jolie Ronde Languages For Children

Cheeky Chums Day Nursery/41-42 South Pde/Mollison Way, Edgware HA8 5QL, UK – 020 8357 0154

La Jolie Ronde Languages For Children

Whitchurch First & Middle School/Wemborough Rd, Stanmore HA7 2EQ, UK – 020 8428 1222

Language Schools for Barnet

Language schools for HA8. Also consider Adult Education Centres which might run evening language classes

Private Tutors for Barnet

Private Tuition for HA8
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Private Tutors

Achieve Learning

431 Kenton Rd, Harrow HA3 0XY, UK – 020 8204 9995

Thank you to all at Achieve for your first class support over the last 3 years. We recently received our son’s final primary school report and we were extremely impressed with his end of year report and scores. He thoroughly enjoyed attending the centre for his 11plus and Sat’s tutoring and also made some wonderful friendships during his time there. He is now looking forward to joining Queen Elizabeth Boys school in September. We are very happy that with your help all his hard work paid off!

We have been extremely happy with our son’s progress at Achieve. Since starting tutoring at the centre we have seen a big improvement in both his confidence and in his ability to perform better in Maths and English. During the last term at school he moved up to the top sets and we put this down to the extra push and challenge that Achieve have given him. The feedback on his progression has been excellent and we would highly recommend Achieve to others.


19 The Broadway, London NW7 3LN, UK – 07894 355211

Private Maths Tutor

27 Oak Tree Dell, London NW9 0AB, UK – 020 8205 3013

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