Nurseries, Daycare and Schools

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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
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:

COBHAM MONTESSORI
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

DOWNSIDE NURSERY
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

MERRILEAS
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

ST ANDREW’S PRE-SCHOOL
Now remember, most of the churches in this area are called St Andrew’s so whilst you might be forgiven for assuming that St Andrew’s Pre-School is attached to St Andrew’s Primary School, you’d be wrong! This is the pre-school attached to St Andrew’s Church, Oxshott. A lovely, small pre-school welcoming children aged 2.5 up to school age, the pre-school runs 5 mornings and 2 afternoons a week offering morning and afternoon sessions. Many strong recommendations for this one. St Andrew’s Church, Oakshade Road, Oxshott, KT22 0LE www.standrewspreschool.co.uk
Tel: 07982 457841

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)

DAYCARE
MARTYRS GREEN MONTESSORI DAYCARE
This is a great hybrid nursery/daycare option in the area. A little further out in Ockham is Martyrs Green Nursery. Using the Montessori Method, the nursery cares for children from 0-5 years and again, has an excellent reputation. If you’re looking for a nursery with a nurturing and educational focus which offers longer hours, this might be the one for you. Pound Farm, Old Lane, Ockham, nr Cobham, Surrey KT11 1NH www.martyrsgreen.co.uk Tel: 01932 866244

LITTLE ACORNS
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
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

PRIMARY SCHOOLS

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

www.acs-schools.com

 

Bloo House

The Lodge (Moore Place), Portsmouth Road, Esher, Surrey, KT10 9LN

www.bloohouse.co.uk

OFSTED URN: 140485

 

Claremont Fan Court School

Nursery, Pre-Prep, Preparatory and Secondary School

Claremont Drive, Esher, Surrey, KT10 9LY

www.claremont-school.co.uk

 

Claygate Primary School

Foley Road, Claygate, Esher, Surrey, KT10 0NB

www.claygate.surrey.sch.uk

OFSTED URN: 125108

 

Cobham Free School

The Old Police Station, 89-95 Portsmouth Road, Cobham, KT11 1JJ

www.cobhamfreeschool.org.uk

OFSTED URN: 138226

 

Danes Hill Preparatory School

Bevendean Pre-Prep: Steels Lane, Oxshott, KT22 0QQ

Main School: Leatherhead Road, Oxshott, KT22 0JG

http://www.daneshillschool.co.uk/

Esher C of E Aided Primary School

Milbourne Lane, Esher, Surrey, KT10 9DU

www.esher.surrey.sch.uk/

OFSTED URN: 125177

 

Feltonfleet School

Byfleet Rd, Cobham, Surrey KT11 1DR

www.feltonfleet.co.uk

 

Notre Dame School

Co-ed Nursery (Bluebelles), Girls only Preparatory and Senior School

Burwood House, Convent Lane, Cobham, Surrey KT11 1HA

www.notredame.co.uk

 

Parkside School

Co-ed Nursery (Merrileas), Boys only Pre-prep and Preparatory

The Manor, Stoke D’Abernon, Cobham, Surrey KT11 3PX

www.parkside-school.co.uk

 

The Royal Kent C of E Primary School

Oakshade Road, Oxshott, Leatherhead, Surrey, KT22 0LE

www.royal-kent.surrey.sch.uk/

OFSTED URN: 125143

 

St Andrew’s C of E Primary School

Lockhart Road, Cobham, Surrey, KT11 2AX

www.standrews-primary.surrey.sch.uk

OFSTED URN: 125158

 

St Matthew’s C of E Aided Infant School

Downside, Cobham, Surrey, KT11 3NA

www.stmatthewsinfantscobham.co.uk

OFSTED URN: 125178