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Frequently asked questions asked by parents looking for the best schools near Shawlands Primary School

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

There are some frighteningly frank websites for you to choose from. The Government one is You simply enter your location, perhaps Glasgow, 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 Shawlands Primary School? 
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 G41
Click also to find: Childcare Services, Nursery Schools, After School Care

PreSchools and Playgroups for Glasgow

Ardnahoe Nursery School

18 Ardnahoe Pl, Glasgow G42 0DG, UK – 0141 647 8934

Excellent and experienced staff, great garden with easy access on the same level as the nursery. My son loves it and misses it during the holidays.

Govanhill Nursery School

335 Allison St, Glasgow G42 8HH, UK – 0141 424 1063

Very friendly staff for child and very good job to help and learn child for everything.

Good nursery staff very friendly and helpful

Rising Stars Nursery

12 Commercial Rd, Glasgow G5 0PQ, UK – 0141 274 3174

This is a small nursery and doesn't look very fancy at first glance but it has been a wonderful place for my children. It has a small garden, they make regular use of Glasgow Green, they offer special programmes such as football and swimming. The staff are excellent, very flexible and really care about the children. The only thing they don't do well is communicate with patents in an organised, structured way - but I'll take happy kids over a newsletter any day.

After School Care

Cosmic Coppers Childcare Ltd

127-135 Merrylee Rd, Glasgow G44 3DL, UK – 0141 637 3601

My granddaughter Dahlia has been going here since she was 18 months. She's now 3 and a half. She loves it and I would recommend to anyone.

Modern, encouraging child care with latest resources.

East Pollokshields Out Of School Care

241 Albert Dr, Glasgow G41 2NA, UK – 0141 422 1007

Langside After School Child Care Club Association

233 Tantallon Rd, Glasgow G41 3JW, UK – 0141 636 1297

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

Glasgow Independent Schools - Prep & Secondary - for Glasgow

Independent Schools for Glasgow - 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 Glasgow Secondary Schools -

Cartvale School

3 Burndyke Ct, Glasgow G51 2BG, UK – 0141 445 1767

Its a great school have had so much help and support best school in glasgow


Hollybrook Academy

135 Hollybrook St, Glasgow G42 7HU, UK – 0141 423 5937

Great school they go above and beyond for all the kids. Can't fault them a very good proactive school.

Great teaching anyone know if principal mr blin still there.

King's Park Secondary School

14 Fetlar Dr, Glasgow G44 5BL, UK – 0141 582 0150


Independent Schools

Craigholme School

68-72 St. Andrews Dr, Glasgow G41 4HS, UK – 0141 427 0375

I feel I cannot praise Craigholme too highly. It was my great pleasure as a Mother, and as a school nurse of 25 years + standing to visit the school, and they could not have been more accommodating with my requests and arrangements. I have visited more schools, both in the state and independent sectors, then I can remember, and would not hesitate to send my daughter to Craigholme. The Headmistress is everything a parent could hope for, and showed deep knowledge and personal interest in the individual girls whom we met as we looked around. The facilities were impressive; don't be put off by the small size, I think it's one of their strengths. In terms of girls only, again this means there aren't the distraction of boys, and the nonsense of skirts constantly hitched up and thick make-up applied. Also, the number of boys with behavioural issues and challenges is, whether we like it or not, significantly higher then girls. There is also no fear of girls being reluctant to ask for help or to contribute to lessons because of self-consciousness in front of boys, and yes, sadly, that does happen in co-educational schools. I did, sometime back, read a less favourable review, which declined to be explicit about the rationale for its negativity. This is surely unfair, as the school can neither debate nor respond to unclarified issues. It is just important that each person reaches their own views. If you are prospective parents, I would urge you to visit, in the confidence that you will approve, but above all, you are the people who know your own daughter, and will make the best decisions for her. S.C.

Friendly and high performing, our daughters have had a superb education.

Hutchesons' Grammar School

21 Beaton Rd, Glasgow G41 4NW, UK – 0141 423 2933

Superb academic education and also great for sport and music

My brother went here.

ISSOS - International Summer Schools

69 St Vincent St, Glasgow G2 5TF, UK – 0330 077 7247

ISSOS is a fantastic summer school. Students come together from all over the world, the classes are taught to a very high standard and the activities and cultural experiences are superb. All students should have the opportunity to experience ISSOS, friendships are made than span the globe and last far beyond the summer months.

Local Authority Schools - Primary & Secondary Schools

Local Authority primary and secondary schools for G41 3QP . 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

Mount Florida Primary School

1127 Cathcart Rd, Glasgow G42 9HF, UK – 0141 632 4455

Started at Mount Florida school 64 years ago, remember my fist day. Teachers were great but very strict like all teachers were back then, Good memories, do they still have the out side washroom in the play ground.

I love it go to it The teachers are the best at this one m By saul assemblies on last day of the week I,love it Best School ever

Anderston Primary School

3 Port St, Glasgow G3 8HY, UK – 0141 221 1263


Battlefield Primary School

44 Carmichael Pl, Glasgow G42 9SY, UK – 0141 632 2162

Great School

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Click for the full database of OFSTED's inspection reports - check out schools in G41 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 Glasgow 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

Hazelwood School

50 Dumbreck Ct, Glasgow G41 5DQ, UK – 0141 427 9334

Hampden School

18 Logan Gardens, Glasgow G5 0LJ, UK – 0141 429 6095

Hillpark Autism Unit

36 Cairngorm Rd, Glasgow G43 2QD, UK – 0141 582 0112

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 Glasgow or search the website for special schools throughout the UK

Adult Education Centres for G41 - Language Tuition

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

Adult Education

ICS Learn

Breckenridge House, 274 Sauchiehall St, Glasgow G2 3EH, UK – 0800 056 3983

Fraser was a great help. He answered me straight all my doubts and helped me with everything. He responded my emails very quickly and my calls as well. I am very happy with the services that he provided. Thank you

Sammy is great and gave me all the advice and reassurance I needed. If you are looking to take up learning with lcs speak to her as she will make you feel welcome and breakdown all the key points

Acting Coach Scotland (ACS)

Govan Workspace, 6 Harmony Row, Glasgow G51 3BA, UK – 0141 440 1272

Mark and the coaches were amazing. I was pushed and encouraged to my limits and I always left feeling fulfilled. The knowledge that Mark has is astounding and it's amazing just listening to his advice and perspective. He helped me to refine my skills as an actress, to be aware of what I was doing and why. Hands down, the most talented and knowledgeable coach. You wont regret putting your trust in him.

As an actor and coach, I was looking for a new approach to acting and teaching acting. I discovered Mark’s book on Amazon and was totally blown away by it. It’s the most practical and accessible approach to acting I’ve read. I contacted Mark and we arranged a two day workshop so I could experience the techniques firsthand. It was brilliant, and has completely changed my approach to teaching acting and the results have been extraordinary. I can’t recommend Mark and his teaching enough, truly inspiring!

Dees Dancing

353 Kilmarnock Rd, Glasgow G43 2DS, UK – 0141 639 8300

Derek, Alan and Chloe are all absolutely fantastic! We started lessons to learn our Wedding Dance and we are so happy we went with Deesdancing. They are extremely patient, great fun and very professional. We will be joining their classes again once we return from our Wedding.

An excellent atmosphere, patient instructors and a brilliant way for a total novice to get into dancing. Classes are friendly and informative and the teachers are always happy to help with encouragement, instruction and progression. Private tuition and varying levels of ability are catered for brilliantly. A great experience.

Language Schools

Gisoel Glasgow Ltd

12 Waterloo St, Glasgow G2 6JX, UK – 0141 248 7709

In my experience, I enjoyed the course very much, the environment of the class with all my friends, I also liked the activities that we did (speaking and grammar specially), I think that the school need to focus more in listening part, but the best way to learn English is practising, and to practice we need to speak, and I love speaking in this school. Great teachers.

I studied here for 24 weeks. All the teachers are very friendly, sincere and very successful at work. I met with many classmates. My English has improved a lot.

Glasgow School of English

180 Hope St, Glasgow G2 2UE, UK – 0141 353 0033

It's a great


St Andrew's College Language Schools

The Pentagon Centre, 36 Washington St, Glasgow G3 8AZ, UK – 0141 229 0963

My wife studied here in 2015 and it was a great experience and I knows that they runs a summer school and it was looks nice. But they might improve their social events at that time. I am not Shute the condition about the course right now.

Language Schools for Glasgow

Language schools for G41. Also consider Adult Education Centres which might run evening language classes

Private Tutors for Glasgow

Private Tuition for G41
Click also to find: Language Schools, Translators & Interpreters

Private Tutors

Spanish With Style

17 Burnhead Rd, Glasgow G43 2SU, UK – 07816 945122

Suzy makes learning Spanish fun she bought kloo for me and it has been useful in my understanding.

A-Star Tuition Ltd

2 Buchanan St, Glasgow G1 3LB, UK – 07941 611204

Kumon Maths & English

15 Kenmure St, Glasgow G41 2NT, UK – 0141 384 7964

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