This is an area we won’t give recommendations on as there are so many elements of personal choice which go into deciding which nursery or school to send your children too. For our NTTN Bespoke clients, we will happily discuss your family’s individual needs and make recommendations based on those. For the rest, you can’t go far wrong in an area such as Cobham and Oxshott.
Residents are a discerning bunch and weak establishment won’t last long.
Nurseries (as opposed to day care nurseries) tend to work on a school-like term basis, sometimes with holiday school offered by a member of staff for all or some of the termly breaks. Hours are generally more like a school day than a day care nursery.
Excellent nurseries on your doorstep with hundreds of recommendations are:
A wonderful, reasonably small nursery behind the High Street in Cobham. Hilary Jones and her staff have created a welcoming, enthusiastic and caring environment for little people aged 2 – Reception to make their first forays into life away from Mummy and Daddy. Following the Montessori method, children learn without realising and enjoy every minute of it. It comes with an ENORMOUS personal recommendation. 23 Spencer Road, Cobham, KT11 2AF www.cobhammontessori.co.uk Tel: 01932 863397
Located in the old Downside Primary School, Downside Nursery welcomes children from 2 – school age. It is a small, friendly environment with a good focus on learning the skills to set children up for school. Well worth a visit. Old School House, Downside Road, Downside, Cobham, Surrey KT11 3NA www.downsidenursery.co.uk Tel: 01932 866556
The earliest years of Parkside Prep School, Merrileas is open to boys and girls aged 2-4 (the Prep school is boys-only). It has an excellent reputation, produces very happy little people and is recommended by everyone who sends their children there. The Manor, Stoke D’Abernon
Cobham, Surrey KT11 3PX
http://www.parkside-school.co.uk/about-parkside-school/the-school/merrileas-nursery Tel: 01932 862749
ACS COBHAM INTERNATIONAL – EARLY CHILDHOOD
The highly respected ACS International School offers the Early Childhood department for children from 2-6 years old. 2-4 year olds spend up to 5 mornings a week learning from an exciting and stimulating curriculum. The Pre-K year for 4 year olds is a full school day to 3.10. ACS are fantastic at helping new arrivals in the area find a support network quickly and host many coffee mornings and social events, some open to all, some with a nationality-focus to help new parents feel at home quickly. Portsmouth Road, Cobham, Surrey, KT11 1BL www.acs-schools.com/acs-cobham Tel: 01932 869744 (Admissions)
Located within the grounds of St Andrews Primary School in Cobham, Little Acorns offers full time, year round day care for babies upwards. Enthusiastic staff keep the children interested and entertained and have produced two very happy nephews from this household. Lockhart Road, Cobham, Surrey KT11 2AX www.littleacornsdaynursery.co.uk Tel: 01932 864675
RED BALLOON COBHAM
If you’ve heard about the nursery which allows parents to login and watch their children on CCTV, this is it! A very popular day care nursery with a great reputation offering full time, year round day care to babies 3 months old upwards. 274 Portsmouth Road, Cobham, Surrey, KT11 1HU www.red-balloon.co.uk Tel: 01932 866505
One thing you’ll learn very quickly in this area is that if you’re planning to educate your children in the State system, you’d better learn strategy, long term planning and be prepared to talk of nothing else. There is a shortage of places in the area which has been slightly alleviated by the opening of Cobham Free School in September 2012 but there is still an annual scramble for places at your first choice school each year. Catchment areas are tiny (read less than a mile, for Royal Kent try 0.5 miles) and preference is given to siblings which means in a boom year (if you listen to the rumours, that’s every year) there may be only a handful of places for new incumbents. The good news is that even if you don’t get your first choice, your child will always get a place in a good Primary school in the area.
With such a demanding clientele, there are no weak schools in the area and of the ones you are most likely to be considering, nothing is below an Oftsed Overall Rating of ‘Good’ and three are currently rated ‘Excellent’ so choose the State route with confidence if it’s on your list of options.
Given the area, there are also some excellent private schools in the immediate vicinity, and even more a stone’s throw away. The only thing to consider when choosing a school is whilst the traffic might be absolutely fine when you go for the school Open Day at 10am on a Saturday, what will it be like in the depths of winter when there’s been a lane closure on the M25 and you and the rest of the world are trying to drop off or collect your children from school? A normal 15 minute journey could take you 45 minutes. No joke.
Below you will find basic contact details and information for the Primary schools in the immediate vicinity. Visit www.ofsted.gov.uk for a full list of State schools nearby – you can enter your postcode and perform a personalised search. Also by visiting the OFSTED website you can enter a school’s URN to view the full current report and ‘dashboard’ summary.
For the private schools, visit the Independent Schools Inspectorate site – www.isi.net to view inspection reports. Search tip – only put the school name in, if you use a partial postcode it will return 0 results.
ACS Cobham International School
Nursery, Early Years, Lower, Middle and High School
Portsmouth Road, Cobham, KT11 1BL
The Lodge (Moore Place), Portsmouth Road, Esher, Surrey, KT10 9LN
OFSTED URN: 140485
Claremont Fan Court School
Nursery, Pre-Prep, Preparatory and Secondary School
Claremont Drive, Esher, Surrey, KT10 9LY
Foley Road, Claygate, Esher, Surrey, KT10 0NB
OFSTED URN: 125108
Cobham Free School
The Old Police Station, 89-95 Portsmouth Road, Cobham, KT11 1JJ
OFSTED URN: 138226
Danes Hill Preparatory School
Bevendean Pre-Prep: Steels Lane, Oxshott, KT22 0QQ
Main School: Leatherhead Road, Oxshott, KT22 0JG
Milbourne Lane, Esher, Surrey, KT10 9DU
OFSTED URN: 125177
Byfleet Rd, Cobham, Surrey KT11 1DR
Notre Dame School
Co-ed Nursery (Bluebelles), Girls only Preparatory and Senior School
Burwood House, Convent Lane, Cobham, Surrey KT11 1HA
Co-ed Nursery (Merrileas), Boys only Pre-prep and Preparatory
The Manor, Stoke D’Abernon, Cobham, Surrey KT11 3PX
The Royal Kent C of E Primary School
Oakshade Road, Oxshott, Leatherhead, Surrey, KT22 0LE
OFSTED URN: 125143
St Andrew’s C of E Primary School
Lockhart Road, Cobham, Surrey, KT11 2AX
OFSTED URN: 125158
St Matthew’s C of E Aided Infant School
Downside, Cobham, Surrey, KT11 3NA
OFSTED URN: 125178