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

How do I find out what schools are available around Wigan? 
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 Wigan, 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 Wigan? 
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 WN2
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PreSchools and Playgroups for Wigan

Douglas Valley Nursery School

Turner St, Wigan WN1 3SU, UK – 01942 322473

Excellent Canteen. Shame about the screaming CHILDREN around me!

Best educational setting and personnel ever. My son thrived with their quidance, support and educational opportunities offered.

Little Acorns Day Nursery

Courtyard House, Dicconson Terrace, Wigan WN1 2AA, UK – 01942 732821

We had to look for a nursery at short notice last year due to unforeseen circumstances and couldn’t be happier that we had the chance to send our 2 daughter’s to Little Acorns. The staff are welcoming, friendly, and work incredibly hard to keep the nursery running to such a good/high standard. The staff did a great job in settling the girls into life at the nursery and both of them have come on in leaps and bounds. We’re regularly kept up to date with their progress and the staff work very closely with each other, parents and of course the children to ensure that they’re achieving their potential. Most importantly, the girls love going to nursery every day so we couldn’t ask for more.

Both my children have attended this nursery from being babies. The staff are amazing and care for the children as if they were their own. They follow the educational guidelines and my eldest son started school well ahead of his peers and is currently on the gifted and talented program at school. It's true that giving your child an early boost will help them go further in life. My youngest son is currently in pre school at little acorns. He had a tough start in life which meant he was way behind on most of his milestones when he started. Over the past 3 years the staff have really helped pull him right up and he's on course to achieve them all now I cannot recommend this nursery more. The relationships you build with the staff, the safeguarding, the time and effort they put in is second to none Thank you for everything

Hindley All Saints’ C of E Primary and Nursery School

Chapel Fields Ln, Hindley, Wigan WN2 3QS, UK – 01942 255577

After School Care

Little Giggles Private Day Nursery & Preschool - Ince, Wigan

Former Ice town hall, Ince Green Ln, Ince-in-Makerfield, Wigan WN3 4RJ, UK – 01942 821960

Central Day Centre

Sullivan Way, Wigan WN1 3TB, UK – 01942 826303

Little Acorns Day Nursery

Courtyard House, Dicconson Terrace, Wigan WN1 2AA, UK – 01942 732821

We had to look for a nursery at short notice last year due to unforeseen circumstances and couldn’t be happier that we had the chance to send our 2 daughter’s to Little Acorns. The staff are welcoming, friendly, and work incredibly hard to keep the nursery running to such a good/high standard. The staff did a great job in settling the girls into life at the nursery and both of them have come on in leaps and bounds. We’re regularly kept up to date with their progress and the staff work very closely with each other, parents and of course the children to ensure that they’re achieving their potential. Most importantly, the girls love going to nursery every day so we couldn’t ask for more.

Both my children have attended this nursery from being babies. The staff are amazing and care for the children as if they were their own. They follow the educational guidelines and my eldest son started school well ahead of his peers and is currently on the gifted and talented program at school. It's true that giving your child an early boost will help them go further in life. My youngest son is currently in pre school at little acorns. He had a tough start in life which meant he was way behind on most of his milestones when he started. Over the past 3 years the staff have really helped pull him right up and he's on course to achieve them all now I cannot recommend this nursery more. The relationships you build with the staff, the safeguarding, the time and effort they put in is second to none Thank you for everything

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

Independent Schools - Prep & Secondary - for Wigan

Independent Schools for Wigan - 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

Hindley High School

Mornington Rd, Hindley, Wigan WN2 4LG, UK – 01942 767704

Excellent school. My child settled there okay. The school keeps me update and give me feedback on my child progress, which is always good to know. Good on you Hindley High and thanks to all the staff.

Yolo

Oakfield High School and College

Long Ln, Hindley Green, Wigan WN2 4XA, UK – 01942 776142

this school and college is a good plays to learn and go on lovely trips

On visiting Oakfield, staff were very friendly and welcoming, students were polite, well mannered and all seemed happy and thoroughly engaged in their lessons. The resources available to the students are impeccable. What a lovely school!

Newbridge Learning School

Moss Ln, Platt Bridge, Wigan WN2 3TJ, UK – 01942 776020

Fantastic school with first class staff and facilities. Always working hard for their students, supportive and kind.

Independent Schools

Bickershaw C Of E Junior & Infant School

Bickershaw Lane, Bickershaw, Wigan WN2 4AE, UK – 01942 866317

Best school in Bickershaw

Local Authority Schools - Primary & Secondary Schools

Local Authority primary and secondary schools for WN2 2EY . 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

Holy Family Catholic Primary School

1 Cale Ln, Aspull, Wigan WN2 1HA, UK – 01942 246376

Its a good leaarning school

St Benedicts Catholic Primary School

Abbot St, Hindley, Wigan WN2 3DG, UK – 01942 253522

This is my grandsons last day at at St Benedict's Primary school, feeling sad myself so can't imagine how he is feeling today what an amazing five years he has had, great teachers and a great school all round, hope his High school experience is just as good as it has been here.....

When I was there I loved it!my friends Maya,maddie,Grace,lucy.... Well all the girls in my class! I love you all!😘💚by the way this is Bertha D

Mab's Cross Primary School

Standishgate, Wigan WN1 1XL, UK – 01942 749200

Good school if u reading this anyone from ryan ahmeds class

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 WN2 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
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Special schools for Wigan 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

Oakfield High School and College

Long Ln, Hindley Green, Wigan WN2 4XA, UK – 01942 776142

this school and college is a good plays to learn and go on lovely trips

On visiting Oakfield, staff were very friendly and welcoming, students were polite, well mannered and all seemed happy and thoroughly engaged in their lessons. The resources available to the students are impeccable. What a lovely school!

Newbridge school

55 Moss Ln, Platt Bridge, Wigan WN2 3TQ, UK – 01942 776020

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 Wigan or search the website for special schools throughout the UK

Adult Education Centres for WN2 - Language Tuition

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

Adult Education

Diva Dance

Victoria St, Platt Bridge, Wigan WN2 5AH, UK – 07515 162578

I haven't attended myself but 4 of my Best Friends have been going for a long time and it is one of the best Stage Schools in Wigan! Amazing!

Hurst Dance Studios Hindley

51 Market St, Hindley, Wigan WN2 3AE, UK – 01942 375931

We have been learning to dance with Hurst dancing school. We cannot recommend them enough we have a fantastic social life great themed evenings and weekends and met some lovely people who are now close friends. Forget the gym there is nothing more enjoyable than keeping fit dancing.

A great dance school, offering every type of class you can think of! Also a great list of social events and dance weekends- suitable for all abilities. Phil is a great host and an even better dancer/instructor. Not to be missed!

Elizabeth Grimshaw School Of Dance

Holy Family Rc Church, Cale Ln, Aspull, Wigan WN2 1EL, UK – 07792 871332

Good quality teachimg and proffessional student encouragement. Offers a side variety of less on for all ages

Language Schools

Rose Bridge Academy

Holt St, Ince-in-Makerfield, Wigan WN1 3HD, UK – 01942 510712

is Andrew Holden

Language Schools for Wigan

Language schools for WN2. Also consider Adult Education Centres which might run evening language classes

Private Tutors for Wigan

Private Tuition for WN2
Click also to find: Language Schools, Translators & Interpreters

Private Tutors

Kip McGrath Wigan North Education Centre

15 Wigan Ln, Wigan WN1 1XR, UK – 01942 243499

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