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Frequently asked questions asked by parents looking for the best schools near York House Hotel

How do I find out what schools are available around Whitley Bay? 

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 Whitley Bay, 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 York House 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!


Local Area Creches and Day Nurseries for NE26
Click also to find: Childcare Services, Nursery Schools, After School Care

PreSchools and Playgroups for Whitley Bay

Star of the Sea RC Primary School,

Seatonville Rd, Whitley Bay NE25 9EG, UK – 0191 643 2080

Amazing,love this school have lots of fun they make learning exciting I'm in year four in Mrs Keane and Miss Wright's class I love this school ❤❤❤💚💚💚

Little Gems Of The Sea

Seatonville Rd, Whitley Bay NE25 9EG, UK – 07766 530474

A lovely small nursery and they offer wrap around care once they start school.

Appletree Gardens First School

Appletree Gardens, Whitley Bay NE25 8XS, UK – 0191 252 3546

I cannot speak highly enough of this school. I moved my daughter here from another local school at the beginning of Year 3 and she has had fantastic enrichment activities- lots of different Sports, drama, dance, music, outside visits and a superb residential. The school welcomes parents and carers and is truly inclusive. The staff know and care about every child and discover and encourage their talents. It genuinely is at the heart of its community. Older pupils are encouraged to take on responsibility and to befriend and mentor the children in the early years. Homework is interesting and enhances learning. My child has developed confidence, maturity and independence- they do a great job in preparing pupils for Middle School.

The teachers are lovely, the school is lovely and I feel safe my son going there. :)

After School Care

Kumon Maths & English

Whitley Bay Customer First Centre, York Road, Whitley Bay NE26 1AB, UK – 01661 823978

My daughter had attended Kumon for the past 3 years. She studies maths and has made steady progress during this time, especially during the past year (year 5) which has been her first year at middle school. She has moved up two sets and her school report in July, highlighted the progress that she has made. Kelly is fantastic! She always texts mid week to ask how things are going and is vet supportive. I would highly recommend the Kumon study program.

Absolutely love Kumon it’s made a huge difference to our son. He studies both English and Maths and since starting kumon we’ve noticed a huge improvement in his school work and concentration. Kelly is amazing!!! She’s so supportive and really encourages our son. I feel she really knows him and his little ways and can get him to work to the best of his abilities. I would definitely recommend it!!!

Rainbow Childcare

Rockcliffe St, Whitley Bay NE26 2NW, UK – 0191 289 3386

Both my little guys have loved coming to 'sams house' . Well looked after, engaged in fun and positive activities. Good stuff.

Outstanding childcare provider.

First Move Care Ltd

Belview House/Park Av, Shiremoor, Newcastle upon Tyne NE27 0LG, UK – 0191 280 3000

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

Whitley Bay Independent Schools - Prep & Secondary - for Whitley Bay

Independent Schools for Whitley Bay - 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 Whitley Bay Secondary Schools -

Monkseaton High School

Seatonville Rd, Whitley Bay NE25 9EQ, UK – 0191 297 9700

Just completed a weeks work placement at this school in the Art Department.. just want to say how much I enjoyed this experience. All of the teachers (especially in art) were so welcoming and friendly towards me. The school has so many great opportunities for the children, and after sitting in some other lessons I almost wished I was back in school!! Hopefully one day I will be as inspiring as some of the teachers I met. Thankyou Monkseaton High.

Why does this building look like a sperm on google satellite image?

Marden High School

Hartington Rd, North Shields NE30 3RZ, UK – 0191 296 2771

Amazing school

It's a very good school in the way of teaching, but in the way of emotional support? Ha! Don't go there if you want to be emotionally stable.

Whitley Bay High School

Deneholm, Whitley Bay NE25 9AS, UK – 0191 200 8800


Best school ever

Independent Schools

Seaton Sluice First School

Granville Ave, Seaton Sluice, Whitley Bay NE26 4BY, UK – 0191 237 1839

A great environment and fantastic staff

Local Authority Schools - Primary & Secondary Schools

Local Authority primary and secondary schools for NE26 1DN . 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

Preston Grange Primary School

Chiltern Rd, North Shields NE29 9AL, UK – 0191 200 6347

Great school

Cullercoats Primary School

Marden Avenue, North Shields NE30 4PB, UK – 0191 200 8721

St Mary's Catholic Primary School

Farringdon Rd, North Shields, Cullercoats NE30 3EY, UK – 0191 200 8812

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 NE26 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.
Contact details & Websites of 4,065 Schools in Ireland - search by map or county list
Lists more than 31,000 UK state and independent schools and colleges, including over 26,000 UK School, College and University Websites. Search for schools or search for educational establishments anywhere in the UK by geographical county, postcode, name or LEA.

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Dyslexia support centres
Click also to find: Education Agencies & Authorities, Schools - Independent & Preparatory
Special schools for Whitley Bay 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

Woodlawn School

Drumoyne Gardens, Whitley Bay, West Monkseaton NE25 9DL, UK – 0191 643 2590

Woodlawn school

Southlands School

Beach Rd, North Shields NE30 2QR, UK – 0191 200 6348

Amazing school, Staff are helpful and friendly students are polite and well mannered.

I miss this school

Whitley Lodge First School

Woodburn Drive, Whitley Bay NE26 3HW, UK – 0191 200 8781

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 Whitley Bay or search the website for special schools throughout the UK

Adult Education Centres for NE26 - Language Tuition

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

Adult Education

Gillian Quinn School of Theatre Dance

2 Oxford St, Whitley Bay NE26 1AE, UK – 0191 252 3071


Good dance school. My daughter has danced there for 9 years.

Jade Harrison School Of Dance and Dancewear

242 New York Rd, North Shields NE29 8EL, UK – 0191 257 0995

Fantastic friendly dance school, my daughter loves her lessons and looks forward to going every week.

It is Amazing

Charlene Melling School of Dance

Startastic John Street, Cullercoats, North Shields, North Tyneside NE30 4PL, UK – 07787 574878

Fantastic school of dance offering a wide range of dance style classes for both children and adults. Very reasonable prices! Fabulous teachers who are very child centric, all classes have just the right balance of fun and discipline. Would definitely highly recommend to everyone!!

Charlene never seems to run out of energy and her dance classes are brilliant xx

Language Schools

Valley Gardens Middle School

Valley Gardens, Whitley Bay NE25 9AQ, UK – 0191 200 8792

Very good teaching & pastoral services. Supportive for students & family. Happy & well adjusted children

The support here is brilliant and the teachers are really good, especially Mr. Hope

Northumbria School of English

51-52 Victoria Ave, Whitley Bay NE26 2BA, UK – 0191 252 5265

Whitley Bay High School

Deneholm, Whitley Bay NE25 9AS, UK – 0191 200 8800


Best school ever

Language Schools for Whitley Bay

Language schools for NE26. Also consider Adult Education Centres which might run evening language classes

Private Tutors for Whitley Bay

Private Tuition for NE26
Click also to find: Language Schools, Translators & Interpreters

Private Tutors

Home School Tutoring

2 Aldenham Gardens, Tynemouth, North Shields NE30 2NQ, UK – 07886 917484

Highlight Tuition

25 Foxton Ave, North Shields NE30 3NF, UK – 07551 933255

Justine's Home Tutoring Service

40 Sandringham Dr, Whitley Bay NE25 9PE, UK – 07960 718689