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

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

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 Dartford, 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 Dartford? 
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 DA1
Click also to find: Childcare Services, Nursery Schools, After School Care

PreSchools and Playgroups for Dartford

Tiggywinkles Pre-school Playgroup

Community Centre, Birchwood Dr, Dartford DA2 7NE, UK – 07867 523545

Lovely and friendly. Kids seem to love it there.

Wilmington Day Nursery & Pre-School

Wilmington Grammar School for Boys, Common Ln, Dartford DA2 7EU, UK – 01322 294888

Christchurch Pre-school

Christchurch Rd, Dartford DA1 3DH, UK – 07523 414516

After School Care

Bright Horizons Springfield Lodge Dartford Day Nursery and Preschool

Powder Mill Ln, Dartford DA1 1NT, UK – 01332 411815

Brilliant nursery. My son has grown into such an intelligent, bright happy boy going here. Amazing staff, lovely grounds, and ducks and chickens on site as pets. The food is varied and healthy

Good nursery but a little more pricey than the others I know of.

Star Day Nursery Dartford

21 East Hill, Dartford DA1 1RX, UK – 01322 836090

Fantastic nursery great attention to detail. Caring staff.

Star Day Nursery - Dartford is a great family run nursery with priority on top quality care and creating a great environment for children to learn in. It is highly rated by OFSTED and supported by Kent County Council. It has recently been taken over by a forward thinking management with a passion for all things education. The Dartford branch has a great deal of attention to detail and the small touches in the various rooms and garden makes it feel like home away from home. My 4month old son loves it! The staff are also very committed and enjoy what they do on a day to day basis, displaying their passion in the creative ways for the children to learn. The proximity to the station is also fantastic as I commute into London daily. Pop in and have a chat :-)

Acorns Early Years Centre

Franklin Rd, Dartford DA2 7UZ, UK – 01322 550568

After moving my son from another nursery due to pretty bad care, i couldnt be happier with acorn. The staff are fantastic and i cannot praise them enough

The flight flew from RAF Brize Norton on 24th April 2024 with 500 cuddly giraffes on board to raise money and awareness for Great Ormond Street Hospital in memory of Louise Conway who died at just nine years old of leukaemia in 2013. Queen Ethelburga's Collegiate donated 50% of the production costs on behalf of the junior school, Chapter House, and our Forces community across campus - which is about 25% of our total student population.

For more information see:

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

Dartford Independent Schools - Prep & Secondary - for Dartford

Independent Schools for Dartford - 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 Dartford Secondary Schools -

Dartford Science and Technology College

Heath Ln, Dartford DA1 2LY, UK – 01322 224309

Nice new school with lots of new features. My son goes to this school he likes it.


Haberdashers' Aske's Crayford Academy

Iron Mill Ln, Dartford, Crayford DA1 4RS, UK – 01322 402180

End of the day a schools a school init does the job and i can provide for my family

Dartford Grammar School

West Hill, Dartford DA1 2HW, UK – 01322 223039

Great school for anyone with a mindset for excellence. Many opportunities for activities outside of academic work (extracurricular activities).

Outstanding school although it's hard but an outstanding school ten out of ten.

Independent Schools

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Local Authority Schools - Primary & Secondary Schools

Local Authority primary and secondary schools for DA1 1RX . 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

The Brent Primary School

London Road, Dartford DA2 6BA, UK – 01322 223943

OFSTED - Outstanding in all areas - Great primary school, children are well educated, polite and respectful. Staff are always very approachable and helpful. Lots of after school clubs and activities.

pretty decent imo went here and it was ofsted outstanding, i enjoy visiting on inflatable day every year

Wentworth Primary School

Wentworth Dr, Dartford DA1 3NG, UK – 01322 225694

This used to be my primary school for seven years. I loved it. It was such a nice big building for all the classes and the playgrounds where massive and we had a big field where we did are sports days.

vry nyc school...

Westgate Primary School

Summerhill Rd, Dartford DA1 2LP, UK – 01322 223382

teaching is good. kids are happy

i went there i loved it

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 DA1 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
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Special schools for Dartford 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

Shenstone School

94 Old Rd, Dartford DA1 4DZ, UK – 01322 524145

This school is lovely staff the same environment for kids is well built very good school

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 Dartford or search the website for special schools throughout the UK

Adult Education Centres for DA1 - Language Tuition

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

Adult Education

Dartford Adult Education Centre

Summerhill Rd, Dartford DA1 2LP, UK – 0300 041 2222

Go Train Dartford

1st Floor, Banks Place, Market Place, Dartford DA1 1EX, UK – 01322 220430

Skills Plus

Dartford Adult Education Centre, Summerhill Road, Dartford DA1 2LP, UK – 0300 041 9229

Language Schools

Language Schools for Dartford

Language schools for DA1. Also consider Adult Education Centres which might run evening language classes

Private Tutors for Dartford

Private Tuition for DA1
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Private Tutors

First Class Learning Dartford- Maths, English and 11 Plus

St Anselm's Parish Centre, 89 West Hill, Dartford DA1 2HJ, UK – 07393 155155

My daughter has come along really well under Martin tuition, and now enjoys maths much more as she "gets it". Martin has given her confidence in maths which she has never had before and she actually looks forward to her extra lessons.

My daughter started English tuitions with Mr Martin and team at First Class learning and I can clearly see a major positive difference in her English scores. Her confidence in the subject has greatly improved and I would like to thank Martin and his team for this massive transformation.

Kumon Maths & English

Royal Victoria Mill Hall, East Hill, Dartford DA1 1RX, UK – 01732 760231

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