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

How do I find out what schools are available around North Stainley? 

There are some frighteningly frank websites for you to choose from. The Government one is You simply enter your location, perhaps North Stainley, 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 Ripon? 
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 HG4
Click also to find: Childcare Services, Nursery Schools, After School Care

PreSchools and Playgroups for North Stainley

Kindercare Ripon

Kearsley Rd, Ripon HG4 2RN, UK – 01765 698869

My son, who is now 10 months old, loves going to Kindercare. He always has a big smile when he arrives, and comes home with paintings, crafts and short reports of his daily activities. When he was a new starter the excellent team in the Babies' Room did everything they could to ensure that he settled in as smoothly and as easily as possible. Corinna, Clare, Mel and the team are all absolutely wonderful, and I recommend Kindercare to anyone who is seeking nursery provision for their child.

After School Care

Spring Hill School

Palace Rd, Ripon HG4 3HN, UK – 01765 603320

this school is the cool school so pliz come and have a look my name is hugh im in 3ja thx hugh the staff are nice

Stepping Stones

Blossomgate, Ripon HG4 2AJ, UK – 01765 692402


Springhill School, Palace Rd, Ripon HG4 3HN, UK – 01765 603320

The flight flew from RAF Brize Norton on 24th April 2024 with 500 cuddly giraffes on board to raise money and awareness for Great Ormond Street Hospital in memory of Louise Conway who died at just nine years old of leukaemia in 2013. Queen Ethelburga's Collegiate donated 50% of the production costs on behalf of the junior school, Chapter House, and our Forces community across campus - which is about 25% of our total student population.

For more information see:

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

North Stainley Independent Schools - Prep & Secondary - for North Stainley

Independent Schools for North Stainley - 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 North Stainley Secondary Schools -

Holy Trinity C Of E Junior School

Church Ln, Ripon HG4 2ES, UK – 01765 602858

Pretty good school. Has improved a lot from what it was. The kids in my classes were nice. Liked some teachers. Yer it was alright.

Not even kidding, I'd rather go here than go to outwood

Holy Trinity Church of England Infant School

Trinity Ln, Ripon HG4, UK – 01765 603911

Went here when I was young. Teachers were quite nice and same about the pupils. It has improved a lot since I was there. The only thing is, it is an old building.

Ripon Grammar School

16 Clotherholme Rd, Ripon HG4 2DG, UK – 01765 602647

Independent Schools

Spring Hill School

Palace Rd, Ripon HG4 3HN, UK – 01765 603320

this school is the cool school so pliz come and have a look my name is hugh im in 3ja thx hugh the staff are nice

Local Authority Schools - Primary & Secondary Schools

Local Authority primary and secondary schools for HG4 2RD . 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

St Wilfrid's Catholic Primary School

Church La, Church Ln, Ripon HG4 2ES, UK – 01765 603232

Good I was once a student here it's better then high school😮

Spring Hill School

Palace Rd, Ripon HG4 3HN, UK – 01765 603320

this school is the cool school so pliz come and have a look my name is hugh im in 3ja thx hugh the staff are nice

Outwood Academy Ripon

Clotherholme Rd, Ripon HG4 2DE, UK – 01765 604564

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 HG4 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.
Schools Web Directory - lists all UK local education authorities with a click-through to their websites. Each Local Authority has lists of its own schools and details of application procedures.
Contact details & Websites of 4,065 Schools in Ireland - search by map or county list
Lists more than 31,000 UK state and independent schools and colleges, including over 26,000 UK School, College and University Websites. Search for schools or search for educational establishments anywhere in the UK by geographical county, postcode, name or LEA.

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Dyslexia support centres
Click also to find: Education Agencies & Authorities, Schools - Independent & Preparatory
Special schools for North Stainley 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

Spring Hill School

Palace Rd, Ripon HG4 3HN, UK – 01765 603320

this school is the cool school so pliz come and have a look my name is hugh im in 3ja thx hugh the staff are nice

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 North Stainley or search the website for special schools throughout the UK

Adult Education Centres for HG4 - Language Tuition

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

Adult Education

FireArts Artist BladeSmith & MetalCrafts

Ripon HG4 1QH, UK – 07488 399152

This is a course you have to do knife making under the expert guidance of Stuart, this was a 50th birthday treat and i must say after 3 days of surberb guidance and sutbke teaching i have a knife i can call my own and can pass on to my son in time, now looking at my calender to get back tp do the axe course.


1 Queen St, Ripon HG4 1EG, UK – 07502 222313

Use for rehearals with our singing group. At the moment (July 2018) we are in the grip of a heatwave, our rehearsal room gets the sun all day, the blinds are all broken and there are no fans. I took my own fan and almost got electrocuted from the faulty socket under the windows. Not great. But ok.

Upstage Academy is a fantastic place for children of all ages to learn, make new friends, develop and express themselves! Offering acting singing and dancing classes in a wide range of styles!

Language Schools

Ripon Grammar School

16 Clotherholme Rd, Ripon HG4 2DG, UK – 01765 602647

Language Schools for North Stainley

Language schools for HG4. Also consider Adult Education Centres which might run evening language classes

Private Tutors for North Stainley

Private Tuition for HG4
Click also to find: Language Schools, Translators & Interpreters

Private Tutors

Ripon & Harrogate Tutors

72 Holmefield Rd, Ripon HG4 1RU, UK – 01765 608770

I highly recommend Nick as a tutor. My son was struggling with his GCSE Chemistry so a friend suggested I contact Nick, who was tutoring her daughter. Nick has a friendly but firm manner, he is well organised and makes sure all the curriculum is covered in sufficient depth. He explains concepts well so the subject matter becomes much easier to understand. Thanks Nick, so glad I found you!

I got in contact with Ripon and Harrogate Tutors last year in the run up to my son's GCSE's. For my son, biology was a chore and a subject to be dropped as soon as possible. Nick tutored my son to a successful GCSE result and taught the subject with such clarity, passion and enthusiasm that my son has gone on to study it at A level. Julie 19/10/2016

Kip McGrath Ripon and Thirsk Education Centre

35 Bondgate Green Ln, Ripon HG4 1QQ, UK – 01765 601600

Extremely professional education centre. Stuart and Becky were very helpful and guided my son to progress well at school. Highly recommended. Thank you Kip Mcgrath.

Fabulous teaching. Very professional approach and Stu has a great way of bringing the subjects to life. Great ability to engage with children to get the most out of their learning. Would definitely recommend!