Whether it be to downsize, have a change of scenery or physically needing more space as your family grows, there are countless amounts of reasons as to why people may look to move from their existing properties. Although it tends to be quite simple to figure out why the move may be necessary, finding the perfect destination to start your next chapter can prove to be slightly more complicated. First things first, where do you start? Do you want to move further out or are you looking for something quite specific from your new area? Is the idea of being close to a train station to get around easily more appealing or maybe somewhere situated just walking distance from local shops, so everything you could possibly need is right on your doorstep? Are you more drawn to the idea of a more secluded and rural space with more green than grey, or perhaps an area with a much more upbeat, urban vibe? Perhaps you may cheekily want a little bit of both.
Believe it or not, that was the easy part. Moving forward, once you’ve taken the time to figure out what it is you want from your new area and you’ve managed to gather your list of potential places to move to, your next step is to research into what they can offer you in addition to your expectations.
Northwood is a commonly sought place that has stolen the hearts of many, mainly due to the range of different types of areas it has to offer – from busy high streets to the fresh air of the beautiful countryside, you are bound to find the perfect place for you. With two main, centrally situated underground stations – Northwood Station and Northwood Hills, you’re never too far away from public transport to take you in, out and around the area and those surrounding it. Many families opt to move to Northwood for a variety of reasons, one of which being the range of both primary and secondary schools in which parents are able to choose from to send their children for a brighter future. With any move for both settled and continuously growing families, finding good schools around the area is considered to be one of the most important factors when planning a move.
Here’s where we come in. If finding good schools for the little and even slightly bigger ones is another vital aspect when finding your perfect area, we’ve listed a range of the main schools – both primary and secondary, and what they have to offer for you and your family.
On 1 February 2012, Northwood School converted to become an academy school. Northwood School is one of three schools in the QED Multi-Academy Trust. Sixth form provision is shared in a partnership with Queensmead School, where students from the sixth form move between the two schools to attend lessons. The school also has a specialist unit for students with special educational needs, related to speech, language and communication – this is known as the special resource provision.
Overall Ofsted rating: Good
Northwood College, founded in 1870, is an independent day school for girls from ages 3-18 years achieving a 100% pass rate in A level results for 2015 and almost 80% of those results being from A*-B. The school is also a member of the Girls’ Day School Trust, the UK’s largest Education Charity providing the finest teachers and facilities for its twenty-four schools and two academies.
Frithwood Primary School is much larger than an average-sized primary school, led and managed by two co-head teachers. Children start school in the early years in the Nursery and attend part time, either mornings or afternoons, from age three, and reception-aged children are in school full time. The school also runs a breakfast club from 7.45am to 8.45am every day and an after-school club from 3.15pm to 6pm.
Overall Ofsted rating: Good
Wetherby House Montessori was registered in 2013 and is run by a limited company. Operating from a refurbished detached house in Northwood allows for children have access to a secure, enclosed garden whilst being open for around 50 weeks of the year – Monday to Friday from 7:30am to 6pm. Children are able to attend from the age of six months up to five years old, on both a full or part-time basis. With seventeen members of staff, most with the appropriate qualifications and a full-time cook, the nursery is able to support all 88 children currently in the early years range on roll, including those with any special educational needs and/or disabilities.
Overall Ofsted rating: Good
Hillside Infant School works closely with a junior school and a children’s centre which are also located on the same site. The school consists of two classes in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2. The Nursery take children on from the age of three part-time, and depending on their date of birth, pupils may receive three, four or five terms of Nursery education before moving forward to Reception.
Overall Ofsted rating: Requires improvement
Woodlodge Montessori School welcomed their first few students in 2001 and has grown from strength to strength, operating from a two-storey purpose built premises with around 60 students now attending. Children have access to a main open plan room and two additional rooms, and all children share access to an enclosed outdoor play area. The setting is open each weekday from 8am-6pm for 50 weeks of the year. The quality of the provision for children’s welfare, learning and development was described as “superb” by Ofsted’s latest report, and both management and staff work together to enable sustained improvement. All staff fully contribute to an ongoing evaluation of the effectiveness of the setting. The valued suggestions and support from children, parents and the early years team further enhance this process, in order to give both parents and children the best possible early educational experience possible.
Overall Ofsted rating: Outstanding
Further list of local schools in and around Northwood: