Finding the right school will be a top priority for newly-arrived families in Nuneaton. Being a small town, the selection of schools in Nuneaton itself is limited. Fortunately Coventry, just south of town, has an excellent range of both government and private schools, as does Birmingham, located half an hour west of Nuneaton.
Note that in the case of public schooling, attendance is determined by catchment area. This should be kept in mind when deciding on a suburb to move to in Nuneaton.
Education in the UK is separated into the following stages:
- Early Years Foundations Stage: Pre-nursery, Nursery and Reception (ages 2 to 5)
- Key Stage 1: Year 1 and 2 (ages 5 to 7)
- Key Stage 2: Years 3 to 6 (ages 7 to 11)
- Key Stage 3: Years 7 to 9 (ages 11 to 14)
- Key Stage 4: Years 10 and 11 (ages 14 to 16)
- Sixth Form: Years 12 and 13 (ages 16 to 18)
Schools are regularly inspected by a government body known as Ofsted, which makes its reports available online. This information can be of great use when deciding on a school.
Government schools in Nuneaton
The school selection in Nuneaton is limited. Combined, there are fewer than 50 schools in the wider area, including nurseries, infant schools, primary schools and secondary schools. Almost all of these schools are government-run, which means that they follow the national curriculum, can be attended free of charge, and operate according to catchment areas. Some of the better schools include Higham Lane School and Etone College, which are both secondary academy schools, as well as Weddington Primary School and The Canons CE Primary School.
Independent schools in Nuneaton
Parents looking for independent (private) and international schooling options will have to extend their search beyond Nuneaton. Birmingham, located about half an hour west of Nuneaton, has a wider selection of private schools on offer, as does Coventry, about 20 minutes to the south. Nearby Rugby is home to the famous boarding school, and birthplace of Rugby Union.
Special-needs education in Nuneaton
In the UK, the management of special needs is approached with the goal of integration. To that end, children with special needs are kept in a mainstream schooling setting as much as possible.
Children with special needs are assessed by the local council. Following this, an Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan is drawn up for the child, which specifies a particular school for them to attend. If a mainstream school is unable to provide the kind of support required, the child may be assigned to a special school. There are a handful of special schools in the Nuneaton area catering to children with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties.
Tutors in Nuneaton
Tutors can be extremely useful for new arrivals in Nuneaton, particularly if their children need help getting up to speed with their new school's curriculum or if English is not their first language. On the other hand, parents concerned about children losing their mother-tongue language skills may consider hiring a tutor who is a fellow native speaker.
The best way to find tutors is often to ask teachers and parents at their children's school for recommendations. Another option is to hire a tutor online. This is ideal if a tutor for a particular need can't be found within Nuneaton.