The Education Network for Waltham Forest
Supported by Waltham Forest

Settings, Schools and Colleges

Early Years and Childcare Providers

The childcare landscape changes more rapidly than with schools. These details are of registered provision with Ofsted, so does not include providers that have chosen not to register with Ofsted. As of February 2016, in Waltham Forest there were:

48 Day Nurseries offering childcare all-year-round

39 Pre-schools and Nurseries offering childcare term-time only

247 Childminders

44 Ofsted-registered Home Childcarers (nannies)

32 Ofsted-registered providers offering Out-of-School care i.e. breakfast, after-school or holiday clubs

5 Ofsted-registered Crèches

12 Ofsted-registered Tuition Centres



There are 78 maintained schools, academies and free schools in Waltham Forest. This includes:

  • 3 Maintained Nursery Schools
  • 51 Primary Schools of which 16 have Academy or Free School Status
  • 15 Secondary Schools of which 6 have Academy or Free School Status
  • 2 All Through Schools
  • 4 Special Schools, of which 3 have Academy Status
  • 3 Pupil Referral Units

In addition, there are 8 independent schools (six offer primary education and four offer secondary education).


Colleges and Further Education

There are two Further Education Colleges, one Sixth Form College and one 'free school' College in Waltham Forest.

Ten schools also currently offer Sixth Form provision.


The Hub's Directory

Please visit the Directory to look up a specific school or childcare provider in Waltham Forest.

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Last updated: 
Friday, 19 February, 2016
Last updated: 19 February 2016 by Barry Fong