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

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

There are some frighteningly frank websites for you to choose from. The Government one is compare-school-performance.service.gov.uk. You simply enter your location, perhaps Ditton, 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 www.schoolguide.co.uk . 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 Larkfield? 
If you just need to know your school catchment area try www.admissionsday.co.uk .If you are looking for exhaustive information on the schools as well go to www.goodschoolsguide.co.uk

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 ME20
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PreSchools and Playgroups for Ditton

Eccles Pre School

Methodist Church Hall, Bull Ln, Eccles, Aylesford ME20 7HE, UK – 07986 259293

The Stafford wonderful and my daughter loves it here :)

Rainbow Pre School

East Malling Village Hall, New Rd, East Malling, West Malling ME19 6DD, UK – 07792 928638

Jack & Gill Pre School

New Hythe La, Aylesford ME20 6PN, UK – 07763 071372

After School Care

Palace Wood, Kinder Out of School Club

Palace Wood Primary School, Talbot Rd, Maidstone ME16 0HB, UK – 01634 230222

Clare Park Out of School Clubs (Kinder)

The Malling School, Beech Rd, East Malling, West Malling ME19 6DH, UK – 01634 230222

Allington, Kinder Out of School Club

Allington Primary School, Maidstone ME16 0PG, 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.

For more information see:

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

Ditton Independent Schools - Prep & Secondary - for Ditton

Independent Schools for Ditton - 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 Ditton Secondary Schools -

The Holmesdale School

Malling Rd, Snodland ME6 5HS, UK – 01634 240416

It a good school but the teachers have no respect for us but the headteacher is trying as hard as she can to get this school back on track so give some credit toher for all her hard work

It's a secondary school with potential. They do have children that want to achieve and do but there are a lot of children that seem to be messing around there and lots of swearing from the children. This was observed whilst on the reception area.

Aylesford School

Teapot Ln, Aylesford ME20 7JU, UK – 01622 717341


The Malling School

Beech Rd, East Malling, West Malling ME19 6DR, UK – 01732 840995

This school is just great , you get WW5 every couple secounds even when youre right , this school however has an absolute AMAZING common room, its never dirty whatsoever and the 6th formers treat it with respect

An amazing school with amazing teachers and opportunity's.

Independent Schools

Shernold School

Ferndown Queen's Ave, Maidstone ME16 0ER, UK – 01622 752868

Local Authority Schools - Primary & Secondary Schools

Local Authority primary and secondary schools for ME20 6TY . 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

Allington Primary School

Hildenborough Cres, Maidstone ME16 0PG, UK – 01622 757350

Great school

A brilliant school

Leybourne C Of E Primary School

Rectory Ln N, Leybourne, West Malling ME19 5HD, UK – 01732 842008

A brilliant local school, with very good teachers and staff

Lovely little rural school

Aylesford Primary School

Teapot Ln, Aylesford ME20 7JU, UK – 01622 718192

Luv this school

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 ME20 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.
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Dyslexia support centres
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Special schools for Ditton 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 Malling School

Beech Rd, East Malling, West Malling ME19 6DR, UK – 01732 840995

This school is just great , you get WW5 every couple secounds even when youre right , this school however has an absolute AMAZING common room, its never dirty whatsoever and the 6th formers treat it with respect

An amazing school with amazing teachers and opportunity's.

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 Ditton or search the website for special schools throughout the UK

Adult Education Centres for ME20 - Language Tuition

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

Adult Education

Prima Stage School

Larkfield Leisure Centre, New Hythe Lane, Larkfield, Aylesford ME20 6RH, UK – 01732 844415

My daughter has been going here since the age of 3 - she loves it.

Aylesford Adult Education Centre

Teapot Ln, Aylesford ME20 7JU, UK – 0845 606 5606

Holmesdale Adult Education

Malling Rd, Snodland ME6 5HS, UK – 01634 245855

Language Schools

St Katherine's School and Nursery

St Katherine's Ln, Snodland ME6 5EJ, UK – 01634 240061

Language Schools for Ditton

Language schools for ME20. Also consider Adult Education Centres which might run evening language classes

Private Tutors for Ditton

Private Tuition for ME20
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Private Tutors

Kip McGrath Education Centre West Malling

1st Floor Moore Place, Station Approach, Swan St, West Malling ME19 6HL, UK – 01732 755410

Kumon Maths & English

Mill St, East Malling ME19 6DD, UK – 01732 446456

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