London Docklands is one of the biggest urban regeneration projects in Western Europe. Continuing since 1981, the area has been developing in so many ways, from creative conversions of landmark buildings to development of new residential constructions. The area may be known more as a business hub, however it is becoming increasingly appealing for those who are looking to settle on a fresh, modern side of London. Of course, settling to a new location involves many aspects, one of which is the suitability of the area for family needs. Especially for families with small children, the choice of school is definitely an important one. The good news is, London Docklands offer a great variety of primary and secondary schools of which the quality is reflected by Ofsted reports.

Being leading Dockland estate agents and understanding the vitality of choosing the right school for your children after a relocation, we prepared a directory for schools in the area:

Britannia Village Primary School

Located in Newham, Britannia Village Primary School is a state school which has been regarded as “outstanding” in many different Ofsted inspection reports.The school has a culturally and ethnically diverse population which helps make the environment really vibrant and stimulating for their students. Alongside the social environment, the level of teaching is also regarded as exemplary as proven by the students’ achievements in English, Mathematics and ICT. Britannia Village’s education approach is teaching by making use of local resources within the Dockland area; designed to increase student engagement and enthusiasm. The school is only a three minute walk from West Silverton and 10 minute walk from Pontoon Dock station.

Gender Profile: Mixed
Head Teacher: Ms. Linda-May Bingham (read her welcome here)
Address: Westwood Road, West Silvertown London E162AW
Tel: 02075115412


Faraday Prep School

Faraday School, founded in 2009, is a small but growing prep school in East London. Named after the British scientist Michael Faraday who was working in this area on improvement of lighthouses, the school offers independent education. However, it does not distance itself from traditional components such as emphasis on literacy and numeracy, followed by drama, arts and sports classes later in the day. A particularity of Faraday Prep School is using “London as a classroom”, which gives the students the opportunity to attend exhibitions of local artists, observe London’s iconic landmarks and much more, while seamlessly incorporating them into their curriculum. Ofsted claims that the level of education at Faraday Prep School is outstanding and the school successfully meets children’s needs (Read the Ofsted Independent School Report). The school is a ten minute walk from East India Docks (DLR) and it offers school bus routes to and from Limehouse, Wapping and Canary Wharf. Also, using the school bus service which overall covers 22 stops including Stratford, Canning Town and Langdon Park.

Gender Profile: Mixed
Fees per Term: £3,044
Head Teacher: Sarah Gillam
Address: Gate House, 7 Trinity Buoy Wharf, London E14 0FH
Tel: 020 7719 9342


The Royal Docks Community School

The Royal Docks Community School is a mixed, comprehensive school for students aged between 11 and 16 which was awarded The British Council International School Award. Located in southern area of The London Borough Newham (close to City airport), the school currently holds 950 students and offers a “quality of teaching and learning that goes above and beyond the call of duty”, as stated in the Ofsted report of March 2015. The school also offers a Global Partnership Programme which allows it to have links with different institutions around the UK, Argentina and India on topics such as the human rights, the environment and poverty.

Gender Profile: Mixed
Head Teacher: Ms. Wendy Bower (read her welcome here)
Address: Regent Lane, Custom House, E16 3HS
Tel: 020 7540 2700


Addey & Stanhope School

Addey and Stanhope is a secondary school that was founded by the merger of two deep-rooted schools; The Stanhope (founded in 1715) and The Addey School (founded in 1821). In line with its grand history, the school offers an ambitious education to its pupils by its well-rounded curriculum as well as thought-provoking extra-curricular activities such as charity partnerships  and the annual Plato Learning Conference. In this event, students are introduced to university style teaching and learning, spending the whole day debating various social topics. Ofsted reports state that Addey & Stanhope School is a “good school where students behave exceptionally well and feel extremely safe. It is located only a five minute walk away from New Cross and Deptford Bridge stations.

Gender Profile: Mixed
Head Teacher: Janice Shapiro (read her welcome here)
Address: 472 New Cross Road, New Cross, London SE14 6TJ
Tel: 020 8305 6100


Arnhem Wharf Primary School

Arnhem Wharf Primary School has the goal of creating innovative thinkers and motivated learners through their inclusive and stimulating learning environment. The topics covered in each class are linked, which aims to make students’ learning journey as smooth yet as organised as possible.The Ofsted report of 2013 claims that pupils achieve well and continuously make progress. With a student population of 649, the school is one of the biggest ones in the area, with 84% student success rate (i.e. level 4 in Maths, Reading and Writing) making it 4 percentage points higher than the national average. The school is located in Isle of Dogs, at a convenient 10 minute walk away from Crossharbour Station.

Gender Profile: Mixed
Head Teacher: Ms. Sarah Haynes (read her welcome here)
Address: 1 Arnhem Place, London E14 3RP
Tel: 020 7515 4310


Other schools in the area:

Primary Schools

Calverton Primary School
Drew Primary School
Hallsville Primary School
Harbinger Primary School
Keir Hardie Primary School
Ravenscroft Primary School
Rosetta Primary School
Scott WilkiePrimary School
St Joachim’sPrimary School
St Luke’s Primary School
Star Primary School

Secondary Schools

Bow School
Central Foundation Girls’ School
Eastlea Community School
George Green’s School
Rokeby School
St Paul’s Way Trust School

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