Located in rural East England, the up and coming city of Peterborough is a great place to raise a family. If you’re relocating to the area, or you currently live in Peterborough and are thinking about starting a family, you may have questions about the local schools.
In this blog, we’re going to outline the best primary schools, secondary schools and special schools in the area. We’ll also highlight how you can find an affordable home in Peterborough.
The Best Schools In Peterborough
If you are raising children in Peterborough or surrounding areas, you’ll be pleased to know there is a wide range of schools nearby. More than 50 schools in the Peterborough area have been rated Good or Outstanding by the Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills (Ofsted).
Ofsted rates schools and colleges on a four-point score. 1 is Outstanding, 2 is Good, 3 Requires Improvement and 4 is Inadequate.
Best Primary Schools In Peterborough
Heritage Park is a small, close-knit primary school located in Park Farm that has been deemed Outstanding by Ofsted. Fulbridge Academy is a large four-form entry primary school. It has a nursery attached that accommodates 64 children and is also an Outstanding school.
St John’s Church School is a Christian school in Peterborough deemed Good by Ofsted. It features its very own “Forest School”, which gives children the opportunity to learn in an outdoor classroom setting in Peanut Park. Sacred Heart is a Catholic primary school in Bretton, Peterborough with a Good Ofsted rating.
Best Secondary Schools In Peterborough
The King’s (The Cathedral) School ranks number one on the list of best secondary schools in Peterborough. Aside from receiving an Ofsted rating of Outstanding, this school also has the highest average Attainment 8 score.
This Attainment 8 score measures a student's average grade across eight subjects. Unlike other secondary schools, The King’s (The Cathedral) School has a junior department, which offers 15 places in each year from Year 3 up to Year 6.
In terms of Attainment 8 scores, The Peterborough School scored second. Located close to the heart of Peterborough, The Peterborough School is an independent school teaching primary school children and secondary school children. It also has a nursery and sixth form.
St John Fisher is a small yet excellent Catholic primary school in Peterborough with a Good Ofsted rating. It also has a sixth form. And Stanground Academy on Peterborough Road is also a great option. It has an Ofsted rating of Good and ranked in the top ten for Attainment 8 scores.
Special Schools In Peterborough
There is a small selection of schools and colleges in Peterborough for students with moderate to severe learning difficulties. Heltwate is a co-educational special school for students aged 5-19. It has an Ofsted scoring of Good. Heltwate also offers Autism specific education.
Marshfields School is a special provision school for students age 10-19 with a wide range of moderate learning difficulties. This small 175-place school was rated Good by Ofsted.
Medeshamstede Academy is another small special school for students aged 4-16. It specialises in supporting children with a diagnosis of Autism as their main presenting need. Madeshamstede also has an Ofsted rating of Good.
Finding An Affordable Home In Peterborough With Accent
Accent Housing is a housing association that has been providing quality, affordable homes to a range of people since 1966.
We currently have more than 20,000 homes across England, spread over the North, East and South – including many homes in Peterborough. This includes houses and flats suitable for families, couples and individuals. We also have a range of sheltered accommodation for the over 55’s.
Plus, in 2019, together with Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority and 14 other housing associations, we created the Homes For Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Initiative.
This initiative will use £170m of Government grant to build 40,000 homes in Peterborough and Cambridgeshire over the next 20 years, with hopes for at least 2,000 of these homes to be complete by the end of 2021.
The homes we have in Peterborough are let through the local choice-based letting scheme, meaning you get a choice in the home you live in. If you are interested in renting a home in Peterborough, you will need to register with Peterborough Homes Partnership - more information here.
Once you have joined the housing register and your application has been accepted, you will be able to search and bid on suitable properties in Peterborough.