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

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

There are some frighteningly frank websites for you to choose from. The Government one is You simply enter your location, perhaps Birmingham, 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 STIRCHLEY? 
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 B30
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PreSchools and Playgroups for Birmingham

Colmore Infant and Nursery School

Colmore Road, Birmingham B14 6AJ, UK – 0121 464 2820

It's amazing they do lots of fun dress up days like pyjama day and they do lots of fairs and include everyone and if there is a problem they can fix it. Also if there has been a situation like somebody has died they will make sure you feel better they also do that in the junior school

Great school. My daughter is extremely happy here and this is reflected in her love for school and learning. Really supportive atmosphere and great staff - can't fault it!

Selly Oak Nursery School

26 Tiverton Rd, Birmingham B29 6BP, UK – 0121 472 1700

Amazing nursery! Children were ahead of the curriculum when ready for reception. They care deeply for all families while going above and beyond to ensure every child has the best start to their education in a areas, maths, art, forest school, English all children leave with maths and writing skills

When I initially applied for my son to have a place at Selly Oak Nursery School, it was because it was an outstanding rated nursery and I wanted my precious 3-4 year old little boy to have the best start to his educational life as possible. What struck me as unique about the nursery was its clear emphasis on education for the future, whilst at the same time nurturing each child in the present as an individual who could be all that they choose to be. I was not looking for a nursery, I was looking for a lot more than that. I was looking for a nursery school, and as such wanted a place that was more than just a childcare provider and that offered my son the structure in education that he would need to prepare for the transition to Primary School. I had been continually impressed since his admission to the nursery with the staff, activities, learning opportunities and care given to my son. Before he began at the nursery he was a very different child; he was incredibly shy, barely talking much at all to anyone outside of his family group, and slightly delayed in his speech and communication. What I wanted for him was a place he could call his own, where he would learn for the future and be part of an inclusive community of children and teachers. This wonderful place provided him with that in the bucket load, and I will always be grateful for that. He is now a 5-year-old who has almost finished Reception at an outstanding primary school, who is confident both in terms of the rigours of phonics and mathematics, but also importantly with himself as an individual. The nursery gave him the chance to know what it is to be part of a school community, one where he was cared for in a genuinely positive and encouraging way, and gave him the chance to flourish. Selly Oak Nursery School turned my little boy from a child that was introverted, shy, and anxious, to a child that is supremely confident, infectiously curious, and incredibly keen to learn. The nursery embraced anything that interested my son, and opened his eyes to so many new interests ranging from minibeasts, 3D shape drawing, mud kitchens, bread making, role play, sitting down and reading stories, construction... I am so proud of him, but more importantly he is proud of himself, which is such a happy thing for me to see. My child would not have flourished half as much in a structured Primary School environment (where he is now meeting and exceeding expectations) if it were not for the approach Selly Oak Nursery School took with him and his learning – so much so that my youngest daughter will be attending the Nursery School in September. This place is more than just its outstanding OFSTED report; it is an outstanding community of teachers, parents and children, with a strong belief in the importance of education for all children. I wouldn’t recommend anywhere else.

Allens Croft Primary School and Nursery

Allens Croft Rd, Kings Heath, Birmingham B14 6RP, UK – 0121 675 2611

I found good persons end wery helpfull


After School Care

Bright Kids Northfield

18-20 Norman Rd, Birmingham B31 2EW, UK – 0121 475 4788

Lovely clean welcoming environment my son loves it here

Daisies Day Care

62 Norman Rd, Birmingham B31 2EP, UK – 0121 475 8563

Fabulous child care provider, my children have been attending for 4 years and love it there.

My children came to Daisies after-school club, wonderful staff and great flexibility

Kings Heath Grange

25 Grange Rd, Birmingham B14 7RN, UK – 0121 444 0515

A great nursery with very friendly staff that know how to do there job, won't take my children anywhere else.

Great nursery and preschool care in the heart of kings heath

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Birmingham Independent Schools - Prep & Secondary - for Birmingham

Independent Schools for Birmingham - 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 Birmingham Secondary Schools -

Bournville School

Hay Green Ln, Birmingham B30 1SH, UK – 0121 475 3881

i eat spaghetti here on weekend. 10/3 would eat in again

Selly Park Girls’ School

5 Selly Park Rd, Birmingham B29 7PH, UK – 0121 472 1238

It isnt as bad as ur making it out to be First of all, how to you expect to get an amazing "student teacher bond" if some teachers had only met you one or twice Second, im sure the other girls werent making faces at you. They were prbably just not used to having you in the class.

This is one of the best school in the UK that I have been to and I am also a pupil in the school who will leave soon but I will never forget this school! 😄

Uffculme School (Secondary Site)

15 Yew Tree Rd, Birmingham B13 8NF, UK – 0121 464 9634

Best School And 6th Form Also Outstanding Teachers

Independent Schools

King Edward's School

Edgbaston Park Road, Birmingham B15 2UA, UK – 0121 472 1672

I have two sons at the school and both have benefited from the academic focus the school provides and the opportunity to develop both intellectually and socially. For a provincial day school, its outlook is remarkably non-parochial. It fosters a tolerant and almost international outlook. It has yet to reach a needs blind admissions system but for a UK school gets close. The fact that it offers a generous assisted places scheme speaks volumes about its ethos and commitment to social mobility and inclusion. It is well known in the Midlands but deserves more national recognition. My boys are lucky and thankfully they realise it.

The best school in England. U have to put ur son in this amazing place!

King Edward VI Foundation Office

Foundation Office, Edgbaston Park Road, Birmingham B15 2UD, UK – 0121 472 1147


King Edward VI High School for Girls

King Edward VI High School for Girls, Edgbaston Park Rd, Birmingham B15 2UB, UK – 0121 472 1834

As this is a girls only school, I feel personally assaulted, as I identify as an Apache Attack Helicopter

An awesome and great place the people were all friendly and so were the pupils. I think you should do the exam to get in because the school is marvellous.

Local Authority Schools - Primary & Secondary Schools

Local Authority primary and secondary schools for B30 2XU . 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

Paganel Primary School

Swinford Rd, Birmingham B29 5TG, UK – 0121 464 5040

Amazing place! Was sad to leave and would go back there whenever! Great staff and students! Great pastoral team so students can talk to their teachers or pastoral team!

Ambinet have had the pleasure of developing the new website for Paganel School. It has been fantastic working with Bethan, Helen and the team at the school. We look forward to continuing to working with you all.

Water Mill Primary School

Water Mill Cl, Birmingham B29 6TS, UK – 0121 464 7769

Good school, my soon teaching English to the 2 months...

Nice friendly staff. Parking is a nightmare.

Wychall Primary School

Middle Field Rd, Birmingham B31 3EH, UK – 0121 464 4255

Great Primary School, brilliant teachers and staff!

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 B30 or anywhere in the country.
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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 Birmingham 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

Uffculme Special School

Queensbridge Road, Birmingham Area, Birmingham B13 8QB, UK – 0121 464 5250

I used to go to this school years ago. My headteacher at the time name was Mr Matthews. I remember once he came on Good Morning Britain. It was regarding toy safety. Mrs Astel, Mr Gill, Sue, the art teacher that's all I remember lol. I used to love taming the ponies Gloria the cat 😻. I am very old now. I am married with three gorgeous princesses aged 8,7 and 5. I am now in search of a good job preferably in office administration side or as a classroom assistant. I have 10 yea nors experience in office administration level 1 & level 2. I have also completed level 1 and level 2 in classroom assistant NCFE. I worked voluntary at Starbank Primary school, in the nursery, Pimaston Centre Shirley, 524 Centre Stratford Road, Greet Primary School academic year. I am at this present moment in time looking for part time work preferably after 10.00/10.30 am. Tbh I think I've done considerably well despite myself spending all my education years at a special school including going to South Birmingham College doing different courses then going to Adult Education Centre Stratford Road. Even though I don't have a degree or standard 5-7 GCSE'S at least I have a level 1 in Maths and English level 2. Equivalent to GCSE English.

Cherry Oak School

60 Frederick Rd, Birmingham B29 6PB, UK – 0121 464 2037

This is a fantastic school. My eldest child left a few years ago and the youngest is currently in Lower Key Stage 2. My boy is so happy going to school every day and this credit goes down to the staff. The teachers and support staff are amazing; they are so helpful and approachable. They clearly appear to have their pupil’s best interests at heart. This is evident in the progress that both of my children made. The SLT have been wonderful with the guidance and support they have given me over the years and I am truly happy with the education service they have provided. Thank you, to all the staff at Cherry Oak. Your help and support is much appreciated and it’s people like you who make a difference to society!

After a bad start at a main stream school, we are delighted that our daughter is thriving at Cherry Oak. The school and staff create a nurturing and extremely happy environment. The result is that our daughter now looks forward to school, comes home content and calm and we can see that her social skills, awareness of the world around her and her ability to express herself are coming on in leaps and bounds. The communication with home is amazing with the home-school daily diary being used effectively to inform and advise. We love the anecdotal comments that show that our daughter's class teachers enjoy working with her and really understand how to support her. We were very impressed at the recent parent meeting - all staff are so welcoming and as well as getting updates from staff, we had the opportunity to view our daughter's folder. It was fabulous to see photographs of our daughter involved in many fun and educational activities and to read reports on her progress. All staff know the pupils well and take an interest in what they enjoy. Nothing is too much trouble when I phone and the school regularly arranges opportunities for parental involvement as well as extra curricular opportunities for the children such as going to a concert or going swimming. We look forward to seeing our daughter progress and grow in confidence at this very caring and child-centred school.

Victoria School & Specialist Arts College

Bell Hill, Birmingham B31 1LD, UK – 0121 476 9478

This school is Lovely and the staff are very good at their jobs at Victoria School. The transport is Lovely the guides are nice and the drivers from ATG education. This school is Lovely for people with disabilities and non disabilities. I just want to say a huge thank you to everyone who is at Victoria School. The JLHW staff are very good at their at & SWI and the whole school.

This place is great!

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 Birmingham or search the website for special schools throughout the UK

Adult Education Centres for B30 - Language Tuition

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

Adult Education

Selly Oak Learning Centre

33b Hubert Rd, Birmingham B29 6DX, UK – 0121 675 5933

I appreciate the efforts and support provided to learners at this centre. The services of adult learners is invaluable and highly recommended for gaining essential skills and advancement into a career. Open to a wide range of age groups and abilities.

Fircroft College of Adult Education

1018 Bristol Rd, Birmingham B29 6LH, UK – 0121 472 0116

Fircroft college has helped me to build up my confiedence and given me the support that i need, its the best thing i ever done in my recovery. I just want to thank everyone for the support.

This is a great place to study lovely stuff and very loving environment

Northfield Adult Education Centre

45 Church Rd, Birmingham B31 2LB, UK – 0121 464 8272

Language Schools

Selly Oak Learning Centre

33b Hubert Rd, Birmingham B29 6DX, UK – 0121 675 5933

I appreciate the efforts and support provided to learners at this centre. The services of adult learners is invaluable and highly recommended for gaining essential skills and advancement into a career. Open to a wide range of age groups and abilities.

Northfield Adult Education Centre

45 Church Rd, Birmingham B31 2LB, UK – 0121 464 8272

Language Schools for Birmingham

Language schools for B30. Also consider Adult Education Centres which might run evening language classes

Private Tutors for Birmingham

Private Tuition for B30
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Private Tutors

Private Tutor - KEVA Education

Apartment 1, 19 Sandon Rd, Birmingham B17 8DP, UK – 07939 470819

Great private tutor in Birmingham

Genie Tutors Harborne

Grove Hall, Grove Lane, Harborne, Birmingham B17 0QT, UK – 0121 285 4285

My tutoring is really helping me to advance in my maths I feel so confident that I will pass my IGCSE exam thanks to Marwa

My daughter's first session last night was a complete success! I watched the group for a while and love Lillian's approach, she is a fabulous tutor and am confident I made the right choice going to Genie Tutors. All staff are friendly and very welcoming. I trust Genie 100% to help my daughter through her anxiety with maths. Thanks Genie Tutors and we will see you next week 👍

E Tutors UK

51 Weoley Ave, Birmingham B29 6PP, UK – 07427 524962

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