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Frequently asked questions asked by parents looking for the best schools near Lickey and Blackwell

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 Lickey and Blackwell? 
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 B45
Click also to find: Childcare Services, Nursery Schools, After School Care

PreSchools and Playgroups for Birmingham

Cofton Primary School

Wootton Rd, Birmingham B31 4ST, UK – 0121 475 3374

I currently work here as a trained volunteer. The school is an inspiring place to be - lots of additional activities taking place alongside the required curriculum. My own experience when in school shows the pupils to be happy, content, polite and willing to learn both academically and in the daily challenges of life. A credit to all staff.

A very good junior and infants school has a play area and large grass fields at the back, within the grounds it has a pre school and out of school club with it's own entrance.

Rubery Nursery School

Leybrook Rd, Rednal, Birmingham B45, UK – 0121 464 2158

Home Farm Day Nursery Ltd

634 Birmingham Rd, Lydiate Ash, Bromsgrove B61 0QB, UK – 0121 453 4678

After School Care

The Meadows Primary School

Bristol Rd S, Birmingham B31 2SW, UK – 0121 675 3203

Lovely school accept from a couple.teachers are nice such as mr lees

Lickey Day Nursery

6 Lynwood Way, Barnt Green, Lickey, Birmingham B45 8EZ, UK

Alphabets At Hollymoor

Manor Park Grove Hollymoor Centre, Birmingham Area, Birmingham B31 5ER, UK – 0121 683 1838

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

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 -

Turves Green Boys' School

Turves Green, Birmingham B31 4BS, UK – 0121 483 2890

All my kids went here 👍


Waseley Hills High School

School Rd, Rubery, Birmingham B45 9EL, UK – 0121 453 5211

My son has no complaints at all baring the usual teenage angst

It was kinda bad but much better than the school I'm at now.

Colmers Farm Primary School

Rednal, Birmingham B45 9PB, UK – 0121 716 0444

Fantastic school zero tolerance on bulling we moved up from Devon last year and the process has been very pleasant structured, friendly,The children have settled without one hitch speaks volumes ...

I adore.this school it..great for my children and they know what to do when my son gets into a fight

Independent Schools

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Local Authority Schools - Primary & Secondary Schools

Local Authority primary and secondary schools for B45 9QJ . 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

Turves Green Primary School

Turves Green, Birmingham B31 4BP, UK – 0121 464 3686

BEST school ever and best teachers

Friendly and helpful staff

Forestdale Primary School

Rubery, Birmingham B45 0JS, UK – 0121 464 8659

its a good school and children will love it its a fair and honest school if there is someone bullying someone they will take them out of the class and speak to them. Your children may not like the food there but that is there opinion and what they think of teachers is their opinion but don't start dissing the school over social media

Forestdale is a lovely school and my daughter has flourished there. The staff are friendly and helpful and do their very best for the children in their care. My daughter loves going to school and I am happy that while she is there she is not only recieving a good education, she is in a safe, happy environment where she is encouraged to shine!

Lickey Hills Primary School

Old Birmingham Rd, Lickey, Birmingham B45 8EU, UK – 0121 445 1992

Great school for both my children. Staff, teaching and non-tracing are great, both my children went there and had great experiences.

I love 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 B45 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
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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

Rednal Hill Junior School

Dowar Rd, Rednal, Birmingham B45 8RB, UK – 0121 453 2520


Reaside Academy

Tresco Close, Frankley, Rubery, Birmingham B45 0HY, UK – 0121 675 7235

Great school my son has autism an ADD an they have gone above an beyond to cater for his needs. Would highly recommend this school.

Fantastic school highly recommended, 3 of my children have gone or going to the school and have excelled down to the highly committed staff who are friendly helpful and put in 110%.

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 B45 - Language Tuition

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

Adult Education

Open College UK Ltd

71 Thurlestone Rd, Birmingham B31 4LP, UK – 01527 875497

I am proud to have studied with Open College. I love the experience and mode of study - Flexibility. They offer loads of courses which are interesting an relevant. Also, their customer service is superb and are very helpful, showing empathy. I have bought 4 courses so far, and I am planning to buy more in future. Thumbs up! Open College UK Ltd, Birmingham.

As a mother of a young child I found my child development psychology course invaluable to me. An excellent course that taught me loads about what not to do when your child has a tantrum. As a result of this course I am having a far better relationship with her now and know how better to handle trying situations when she misbehaves. It is all about knowing their feelings and reading the signs before they flare up. I recommend this course to anyone with a difficult child. The course arrived within a few days and there was always an email response to my question when I needed help. Overall a good service and I would recommend them for homestudy courses in the area that I studied.

Northfield Adult Education Centre

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

Birmingham Adult Education Service

Frankley Community Leisure Centre/New St, Rubery, Birmingham B45 0EU, UK – 0121 464 9903

Language Schools

Lickey Hills Primary School

Old Birmingham Rd, Lickey, Birmingham B45 8EU, UK – 0121 445 1992

Great school for both my children. Staff, teaching and non-tracing are great, both my children went there and had great experiences.

I love it

Language Schools for Birmingham

Language schools for B45. Also consider Adult Education Centres which might run evening language classes

Private Tutors for Birmingham

Private Tuition for B45
Click also to find: Language Schools, Translators & Interpreters

Private Tutors

Kumon Maths & English

St Laurence Pastoral Centre, 173 Church Rd, Birmingham B31 2LX, UK – 0121 647 6757

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