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

How do I find out what schools are available around Knaresborough? 

There are some frighteningly frank websites for you to choose from. The Government one is You simply enter your location, perhaps Knaresborough, 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 Knaresborough? 
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 HG5
Click also to find: Childcare Services, Nursery Schools, After School Care

PreSchools and Playgroups for Knaresborough

Starbeck Community Primary and Nursery School

High St, Harrogate HG2 7LL, UK – 01423 884780

I go there

Love this schoo,

Nippers Nursery

Wetherby Rd, Knaresborough HG5 8LG, UK – 01423 865650

When we were moving to the area 3.5 years ago we looked around about half a dozen nurseries for our son. When we visited Nippers we just knew it was the one we wanted him to go to and when our second son was born we made sure he had his name down straight away! Almost all of the staff there now were there when our older son first started at Nippers - they all know us, know both our sons, are kind, helpful and we are always made to feel very welcome. The children play outside EVERY day - full waterproofs and wellies for splashy days and snow. There always seems to be a choice of messy play, baking, soft play, role-play craft activities as well as a huge range of lovely toys and preparation for going to school. My little boy is so proud to show us what he has made! The food at Nippers is fantastic! Everything is home-made, locally sourced where possible and delicious! We've been to many social events at Nippers - weekend and after nursery events with the children (Hot Cross Bun Sunday, Bonfire Party, Jubilee party and many more) as well as evening events for the grown ups (Christmas shopping evening, a fantastic Italian evening with a 3 course meal) and lots of 'stay and play' sessions. Both our boys settled into Nippers very quickly, have made some lovely friends and we have too through all the extra events. I cannot recommend Nippers highly enough. Before we moved to the area we thought our son's previous nursery was good. It wasn't a patch on Nippers!

I have been using Nippers nursery for over five years for both of my daughters. The nursery has never faltered in its care of my children and others. It allows the children to explore their independence and their growing world in a unique way. It is one of the most creative and inspiring settings I have seen, and there is always something afoot somewhere, be it a play wedding, building a spiders web, or baking. Which brings me on to the food.... the smells coming from the kitchen are truly wonderful, and most days I want to stay for lunch as I smell it being prepared as I drop off. The staff are always fun, supportive and caring towards the kids, energy and enthusiasm always high, and the children feel that. The management team Julie and Carolyn are truly fantastic in terms of their support of the staff, the children and the parents. I have personally been so very supported through a very challenging time, which has helped enormously. Always there to answer questions, help in any way they can. Above and beyond the call of duty many times. I cannot recommend this nursery highly enough.

Aspin Park Academy

Wetherby Road, Knaresborough HG5 8LQ, UK – 01423 863920

I am a student here (hi logan) I love it ☺️

Well sought after school

After School Care

Kids At Heart Day Nursery

Low Moor Lane, Lingerfield, Scotton, Knaresborough HG5 9JB, UK – 01423 862192

Friendly staff, always willing to go the extra mile to ensure your little ones have everything they need for the best start in life.

Aspin Park Daycare (Childminders)

20 Aspin Park Rd, Knaresborough HG5 8HF, UK – 01423 202282

Forest Lane Childrens Centre

2 Forest Ln, Harrogate HG2 7DX, UK – 01423 880872

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

Knaresborough Independent Schools - Prep & Secondary - for Knaresborough

Independent Schools for Knaresborough - 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 Knaresborough Secondary Schools -

King James's School

King James’s School, King James Rd, Knaresborough, Yorkshire HG5 8EB, UK – 01423 866061

Amazing School, Positive attitude to all students. Allows you to achieve your potential.

A very good school, I recommend attending, nice cafeteria, although some strict teachers.

Hookstone Chase Community Primary School

Hookstone Chase, Harrogate HG2 7DJ, UK – 01423 886026

Great times at this school with my twin sister Jennifer Dixon and friends Robin Enticknap, Pat Evans , Ian Thackeray , Elizabeth Elding , Timothy Cullingworth, and Wendy Garnett. We were there from 1968 to July 1971. A great time with school trips youth hosteling in Ramsgill and school trips to Flamborough Head light house.Any one who remembers those times and remembers Jennifer and I, please leave a message and contact details Regards Jeff

Amazing school

Springwater School

High St, Harrogate HG2 7LW, UK – 01423 883214

Independent Schools

Springwater School

High St, Harrogate HG2 7LW, UK – 01423 883214

Local Authority Schools - Primary & Secondary Schools

Local Authority primary and secondary schools for HG5 8EZ . 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

Knaresborough St Johns C of E Primary School

Stockwell Rd, Knaresborough HG5 0JN, UK – 01423 863265

James says that the school is brilliant and he learns lots!!😂📚

St Mary’s Catholic Primary School — Knaresborough, a Voluntary Academy

Tentergate Rd, Knaresborough HG5 9BG, UK – 01423 864631

My old school

Meadowside Academy

Halfpenny Ln, Knaresborough HG5 0SL, UK – 01423 866207

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Click for the full database of OFSTED's inspection reports - check out schools in HG5 or anywhere in the country.
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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
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Special schools for Knaresborough 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

The Forest School

37 Park Ln, Knaresborough HG5 0DQ, UK – 01423 864583

Brilliant school I went here from 87-96 loved my favourite helper was Mrs hinde

A lovely group of people doing so much for those in the area that need their support.

Springwater School

High St, Harrogate HG2 7LW, UK – 01423 883214

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 Knaresborough or search the website for special schools throughout the UK

Adult Education Centres for HG5 - Language Tuition

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

Adult Education

Studio 3 Dance Workshop

1 Finkle St, Knaresborough HG5 8AA, UK – 07966 173636

Harrogate School of Swimming

1 Crestholme Cl, Knaresborough HG5 0SR, UK – 07973 182224


9 Castle Yard, Knaresborough HG5 8AS, UK – 01423 504787

Language Schools

King James's School

King James’s School, King James Rd, Knaresborough, Yorkshire HG5 8EB, UK – 01423 866061

Amazing School, Positive attitude to all students. Allows you to achieve your potential.

A very good school, I recommend attending, nice cafeteria, although some strict teachers.

Language Schools for Knaresborough

Language schools for HG5. Also consider Adult Education Centres which might run evening language classes

Private Tutors for Knaresborough

Private Tuition for HG5
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Private Tutors

One Stop Tutors

16 Tentergate Gardens, Knaresborough HG5 9BL, UK – 01423 861811

Thank you One Stop Tutors for helping my daughter improve her maths for her GCSE's. The whole experience from start to finish was excellent. I would have no hesitation whatsoever in recommending them to other parents who wish their children to improve their grades. Rx

York & Area Teachers

4 Spa La, Harrogate HG2 7JF, UK – 01904 786126

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