Frequently asked questions asked by parents looking for the best schools near MOD Stafford

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

There are some frighteningly frank websites for you to choose from. The Government one is You simply enter your location, perhaps Hopton, 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 MOD Stafford? 
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 ST18
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PreSchools and Playgroups for Hopton

The Ark Day Nursery

4 St Patrick's St, Stafford ST16 2PL, UK – 01785 254501

Fantastic nursey

St Peter's Pre-school & Nursery

In the grounds of Stafford Manor High School, Wolverhampton Road, Stafford ST17 9DH, UK – 01785 240641

My son is 2.5 year old and he started going to nursery when he was 18 month old. He loves going there. Staff is very kind and supportive. I am happy that I chose this nursery for him. I found that other parents I met have the same feeling.

can't get much better than friendly staff, lots of activities for a variety of aged children to keep them well entertained and stimulated, and above all excellent care provided. The staff here truly have gone above and beyond in more than one occasion to ensure our experience was/is always a good one. highly recommended.

Buttercups Pre-School Playgroup

The Grove Primary School, Highfield Grove, Stafford ST17 9RF, UK – 07931 848897

After School Care

Sweetpeas Childcare

14 Sidney Ave, Stafford ST17 4EL, UK – 07505 515218

Brilliant childminder!! Debbie is absolutely amazing!! My son started with her a few months ago, he got used to her in no time. Debbie goes with them almost every day to a toddler/baby class which is exactly what they need at this age. A home to home environment but also interaction with different children, different age groups. Debbie always goes out with them the fresh air, regardless of the season. Lots of walking, lots of playing. She encourages them to be independent. My son is so confident since he started with Debbie. Massive improvement in socialising with other kids, talking, playing, toilet training. Also she uses an Chilminder App so you can see photos with what your child does everyday!! Very organised! I can go on a lot :)) She’s excellent and I totally recommend her! Afordable, Flexible! Really don’t hesitate to contact her if you need a childminder! Thank you Debbie for all your help! :) Andra

Leasowes Primary School

Porlock Av, Stafford ST17 0HT, UK – 01785 337370

My little boy attends Leasowes primary School has been rated outstanding in Ofstead report Friendly teachers and support staff

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Staffordshire Family Information Service

Highways Laboratory/Sandyford St, Stafford ST16 3NF, UK

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.

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

Hopton Independent Schools - Prep & Secondary - for Hopton

Independent Schools for Hopton - 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 Hopton Secondary Schools -

Sir Graham Balfour School

North Ave, Stafford ST16 1NR, UK – 01785 223490

McDonald is a great fast food place that has happy meals with toys. You can order whatever drink your little kid wants. Adults and teens can have happy meals as well. On the main menu there are different varieties of foods and drinks. For example if it was a hot day and you wanted to cool down you could have a small, medium or large milkshake. For the food example you could have fish fingers or burgers and other things as well. If you don't want chips you have to tell them otherwise they will give them to you as they are a thing that they assume people want.

My name is E15 this school we call Balfour is so boring I had more fun going to my nans funeral and they had free food. At Balfour all you get is bad food which you pay for and they wonder why people sneak off to parkside. If being a boring and hell whole is what they are going for your doing all the right things Some gd things to change are the following . •get mr wright back he was the best head teacher ever. •get gd food •kick mr mason out and get someone who cares for people •let people go for a sesh when they want •don’t big up to my gs •don’t be idiots to students pick on somebody your own size stop shouting in kids faces that’s not how you solve stuff because Last time I shouted in a teachers face I got 2 day iso •let students have a say in stuff before you give them a iso or break or after school because I had so many off them because you don’t listen. •don’t make lies up about people and don’t make stuff seem bad on the phone when you call to talk about a kid to the mum or dad because you make every single person feel like dirt •just saying most off the teachers are ok and they know who they are but the ones that are giving out loads off bcs for petty things stop because all your doing is making that kid look bad and well that’s not the case with the people who go Balfour at the end off the day they are young people they should be aloud to make mistakes that’s life everyone makes them •the pe teachers get a 5 star rating from me they are the kindest people ever they will talk to ya and they care about you unlike most the teachers •big up mr T mr Johnson and mrs Watson also mrs C mrs M

Weston Road Academy

Blackheath Ln, Stafford ST18 0YG, UK – 01785 413600

Very good school but should cut down of uniform rules just a little bit. All the teachers are good and so is the pastoral team. Over all very good

The school isOK but I love all my friends and I am TERRIBLE at maths

Walton High School

The Rise, Stafford ST17 0LJ, UK – 01785 334917

A sewage leak. Very disgusting otherwise alright


Independent Schools

Copsewood Primary School

Verulam Rd, Stafford ST16 3EA, UK

Local Authority Schools - Primary & Secondary Schools

Local Authority primary and secondary schools for ST18 0FZ . 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 Annes Catholic Primary School

Lynton Ave, Stafford ST17 0EA, UK – 01785 663128

Excellent Nursery at the school Excellent School

St Leonards Primary School

St. Leonards Ave, Stafford ST17 4LT, UK – 01785 334960

After having spent 6 and a half years here I would not be able to say a word against it. The hot dinners were delicious, the teachers encouraged and helped me reach my goals and I made many lifelong friends. Whatever Ofstead said, this will always remain one of my favourite parts of my life.

Saint Patrick's Catholic Primary School

Marston Rd, Stafford ST16 3BT, UK – 01785 356685

primary school i went to and it was litty had a great time, thanks for making my childhood

Fantastic nursery when my daughter attended. The staff helped her to fulfil her potential, and pushed her beyond. She was apprehensive about attending due to previous nursery experiences but this was turned around and she would run in and not want to leave I can only put this down to caring, loving and safe environment.

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 ST18 or anywhere in the country.
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Dyslexia support centres
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Special schools for Hopton 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

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 Hopton or search the website for special schools throughout the UK

Adult Education Centres for ST18 - Language Tuition

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

Adult Education

Groove Academy

The Northfield Centre, Co-operative St, Stafford ST16 3DA, UK – 01785 413230

Groove Academy is absolutely fantastic, Kate has really thought about what the customer needs and has given them exactly that with her wide range of classes from TAPFIT to ZUMBA. She is the absolute best at what she does and her passion for it is refreshing. Wouldn't go anywhere else! Thanks Kate, Sam x

I first became aware of Groove Academy after my husband enrolled our twins in a children's class and after a couple of months of taking them along, talking myself into it and our if it again, I finally made the decision to give zumba a go and absolutely loved it. I was worried I was too unfit and wouldn't keep up but Kate tailors the classes with lower and higher impact options for you to work at your own level and to push yourself further. I have since started doing TAPfit and Salsa classes as well as some dance courses and social events. From joining Groove I have not only got much fitter and stronger but went from knowing nobody in the local area to making lots of new friends in all the classes. So if you are looking to learn to dance, get fit and make new friends then Groove is the place for you.

Staffordshire University Centre of Excellence in Healthcare Education

Blackheath Ln, Stafford ST18 0YB, UK – 01782 294000

Good facilities and teaching staff

Dance Nuvo

St Patrick's St, Stafford ST16 2PL, UK – 07973 498251

Language Schools

La Jolie Ronde Languages for Children

4 Mount St, Stafford ST16 2BZ, UK – 01785 611167

Language Schools for Hopton

Language schools for ST18. Also consider Adult Education Centres which might run evening language classes

Private Tutors for Hopton

Private Tuition for ST18
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Private Tutors

Stafford Tuition Centre

6, Staffordshire Technology Park, Stafford ST18 0LQ, UK – 01785 222175

A very good tuition centre with excellent tutors, Richard and Andrew.

Home Exam Tuition

46 Selworthy Dr, Stafford ST17 0PW, UK – 01785 665436