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

How do I find out what schools are available around Brierley Hill? 

There are some frighteningly frank websites for you to choose from. The Government one is You simply enter your location, perhaps Brierley Hill, 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 Pensnett? 
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 DY5
Click also to find: Childcare Services, Nursery Schools, After School Care

PreSchools and Playgroups for Brierley Hill

Amblecote Primary School

Amblecote Primary School Drive, Stourbridge DY8 4DQ, UK – 01384 818335

The quality of teaching across the school is good and some is outstanding. Teachers plan well to meet the differing needs of their classes. They provide a stimulating environment and a range of resources to execute their pupils and stimulate their imagination.

My son has SEN and the school have been fabulous in supporting him and the family. He is really happy there and his development is amazing.

Rainbow Nursery

Stourbridge, West Midlands DY8 5QU, UK – 01384 401112

Our son has been at Rainbow Nursery since 9 months old and is leaving this week to start school. Wonderful nursery which I couldn't recommend highly enough.

Brook Primary School

George St, Stourbridge DY8 5YN, UK – 01384 818835

Having worked at Brook for 16 years I can tell you without a doubt how focused the staff and governors are on meeting children's needs and engaging with the community of the school. The children are fantastic and make every effort worthwhile. Extra curricular clubs and activities are a further strength of the school. I will miss working with the children and this dedicated, good humoured and talented staff team!

I love it at this school I actually go here great teachers they help the students

After School Care

Freetime Care Services Ltd

4-, 6 Meres Rd, Halesowen B63 2EH, UK – 01384 566180

My son uses this place the staff are great .. you couldn't wish for a happier friendly place nothing to much trouble for them .. very helpful in every way. I've got nothing but praise for them

Shooting Stars

168 Lower High St, Stourbridge DY8 1TT, UK – 01384 444355

Our son loves it here. All the staff we have come into contact with are friendly and they build great relationships with the children.

Tracey's Tots Childminding

21 Bristol Rd, Dudley DY2 9SE, UK – 01384 639622

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

Brierley Hill Independent Schools - Prep & Secondary - for Brierley Hill

Independent Schools for Brierley Hill - 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 Brierley Hill Secondary Schools -

Crestwood School & 6th Form

Bromley Ln, Kingswinford, Dudley DY6 8QG, UK – 01384 686850

Id like to say a big thank u mr bourme, mrs lowe, mr kemp an jc for all there time an support, its a fantastic skool u av done well mr bowles, thank u once again an thank u from kaci xxxx

Great School, better sports facilities and even better Ofsted report

The Kingswinford School

Water St, Kingswinford DY6 7AD, UK – 01384 296596

All of the teachers call me subhaan

What a failure of a school

Pegasus Academy

Scotts Green Close, Dudley DY1 2DU, UK – 01384 253722

Gr8 school with great education. Only a few behaviour issues but these are issues are delt with well. Bullying is not a problem as we have a safe place where you can report problems. I personally like this school😋.

I’m a student at the holly hall academy and I’m an extremely happy with the opportunities the school has given me. The school has recently enrolled onto the duke of Edinburgh. They have 5 student leadership groups that range from sports clubs all the way to our weekly insight. The school has student of the month so the children who are doing good are praised for their efforts.

Independent Schools

Pens Meadow School

Ridge Hill, Brierley Hill Rd, Kingswinford, Stourbridge DY8 5ST, UK – 01384 818945

My son Thomas was at Pens Meadow School from 2003 until 2016. Sadly, he passed away in January 2017, however, without this school's help and encouragement he would not have lasted this long. This school and their staff bring a spark and hope to not only the disadvantaged children themselves but to their families. Well done and thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

Proud to be part of a committed and creative team who always strive for the best outcomes for its children and their families.

Local Authority Schools - Primary & Secondary Schools

Local Authority primary and secondary schools for DY5 4JH . 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

Wollescote Primary School

Drummond Rd, Stourbridge DY9 8YA, UK – 01384 818500

My children were taught there

Great looking school and I hope things are going great

Blowers Green Primary School

Blower's Green Rd, Dudley DY2 8UZ, UK – 01384 818490

BEST School ever😂


Colley Lane Primary School

Colley Ln, Halesowen B63 2TN, UK – 01384 816765

Great school

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 DY5 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.
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Dyslexia support centres
Click also to find: Education Agencies & Authorities, Schools - Independent & Preparatory
Special schools for Brierley Hill 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

Old Park School

Thorns Rd, Brierley Hill DY5 2JY, UK – 01384 818905

Old Park School is the most amazing special needs school. Staff are great! School is great! My son has only been here for the last four years. We should of moved him to Old park years ago.

My son has attended Old Park since he was 5 years old, he is now nine, and has truly blossomed and grown up since attending the school. The staff both teaching and non-teaching are very approachable and continually strive to help the children fulfil their full potential. This can only be confirmed by the fact that they have achieved two outstanding Ofsted reports. The Headteacher is very approachable and cares deeply about all the children in her care, in fact when she first showed me round the school, I was so impressed by the fact that she knew every child by name and took time to talk to them while we went round that it confirmed my choice to send him there. I would highly recommend the school.

Brier School

Bromley Ln, Kingswinford DY6 8QN, UK – 01384 816000

My son Taylor joined the Brier school four years ago. Taylor is so happy going to school. The head teacher Mr Hinton is amazing with the children and knows them all by name ! The teachers are very kind, caring and patient with Taylor and because of this his confidence has grown considerably over the years. Taylor was not even speaking when he started at the Brier school. I would recommend this school wholeheartedly. Thank you to Mr Hinton and all the teachers for doing such a wonderful job. Lena Lock

It's alright

Phoenix Centre Specialist Preschool

Barnett La, Stourbridge DY8 5PY, UK – 01384 273189

Outstanding specialist nursery for Children with special needs, highly recommended 👍🏼

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 Brierley Hill or search the website for special schools throughout the UK

Adult Education Centres for DY5 - Language Tuition

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

Adult Education

Dudley Wood Neighbourhood Learning Centre and Library Link

6 Pavilion Gardens, Dudley DY2 0DE, UK – 01384 816496

Lovely place, lovely people here. Always you are vey Welcome to your family friendly barbershop at Numbber 7 Hairderessers in Matket Street Stourbridge. We loook after our people of our community with support to each other we can make our community and town of stourbridge the best family friendly town for aocial and business for the community. We look after everyone of our community and we are positive about kids with learning disabilities. You are very welcome to come and talk to us, We contribute to all community projects and supports

Friendly, helpful staff.

Thorns Community College

Stockwell Ave, Quarry Bank, Brierley Hill DY5 2NU, UK – 01384 816225

Seems to be the best school in the area so it makes sense that they are the highest rated in the area.

I go to thorns and it is so much better than it was before I'm happy that I got into thorns because its so friendly. The head of the school is so nice and cares about it so much. The teachers do as well.

Learning 4 Life

The Wordsley School/Brierley Hill Rd, Stourbridge DY8 5SP, UK – 01384 816043

The swimming pool where the lessons are is very chlorinated

Fab activities for all the family to learn

Language Schools

Hillcrest School and Community College

Simms Ln, Dudley DY2 0PB, UK – 01384 816500

Language Schools for Brierley Hill

Language schools for DY5. Also consider Adult Education Centres which might run evening language classes

Private Tutors for Brierley Hill

Private Tuition for DY5
Click also to find: Language Schools, Translators & Interpreters

Private Tutors

Kumon Maths & English

The Salvation Army, North St, Dudley DY2 7DT, UK – 01384 279595

Kumon Kingswinford Maths and English Study Centre

The Crestwood School, Bromley Lane, Kingswinford DY6 8QG, UK – 01384 908047

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