What are the schools like in Darlington?

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Schools, nurseries and childcare in Darlington

If you have a family and are considering relocation to Darlington, you will no doubt be wondering what our schools and education in general are like. You’ll be pleased to know that there is a great choice of high-achieving schools in Darlington for children of all ages. 

Specialist schools include Priory Hurworth House School, Darlington which provides specialist education for boys and girls from 5-19 years with SEMH difficulties and autism, and Beaumont Hill Academy,a specialist provider for children with special educational needs aged 2 - 19.

Visit the Gov.uk website to view a full list of schools and colleges in Darlington and compare their performance.

The town also has an array of community and private nurseries, including several graded as Outstanding by Ofsted. You can find out more about childminders and early years settings, including funded childcare for two and three to four year olds from the Early Years Team at Darlington Borough Council.

Our colleges 16-18 and adult education

Darlington is also home to four colleges catering for 16-18-year-old learning: Carmel College - one of the top performing schools in the country at both GCSE and ‘A’ level, Polam Hall (an all through school), Queen Elizabeth Sixth Form College and Darlington College.

Darlington College also offers a range of adult education courses to help you learn new skills, or progress in your career. Teesside University’s Darlington Campus is just a short walk from the town centre and train station, the Middlesbrough Campus is under 30 minutes away by train.

Universities

Universities in the surrounding areas include Teesside University which has campuses in Darlington and Middlesbrough, Durham University – under 20 minutes by train, Newcastle University and Northumbria University – both under an hour away.

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