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Education in Waltham Forest

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 2017, in Waltham Forest there were:

50 Day Nurseries offering childcare all-year-round
35 Pre-schools and Nurseries offering childcare term-time only
225 Childminders
60 Ofsted-registered Home Childcarers (nannies)
32 Ofsted-registered providers offering Out-of-School care i.e. breakfast, after-school or holiday clubs
6 Ofsted-registered Crèches
14 Ofsted-registered Tuition Centres



There are 80 maintained schools, academies and free schools in Waltham Forest. This includes:

3 Maintained Nursery Schools
54 Primary Schools (22 have Academy or Free School Status)
14 Secondary Schools (7 have Academy or Free School Status)
2 All Through Schools (1 has Academy or Free School Status)
4 Special Schools (3 have Academy Status)
3 Pupil Referral Units

In addition, there are 6 independent schools.


Colleges and Further Education

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

Eleven 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: 
Thursday, 31 January, 2019
Last updated: 31 January 2019 by Barry Fong