We are really lucky in Marlow to have a great selection of local schools. That said, it doesn’t make choosing the right one for our children any easier! I’ve tried to give a quick summary of all our local schools and the schools key data below. Use links to jump straight to the info you need.
Marlow C of E Infant School
Marlow C of E Infant School or ‘Sandygate’ is a popular and well thought of school located near the town centre. It caters for children from 4 to 7. There are 2 classes per year. The school is linked to the before and after school provider ‘Tea Timers’ which is on the same site.
Children from Sandygate generally go on to Holy Trinity school which is next door at the age of 7. There is no direct guarantee that your child will get in to Holy Trinity but it is expected that they will (should they wish).
The school is closely linked with All Saints Church, Marlow.
Foxes Piece Primary School
Foxes Piece School is on the ‘petrol stations’ side of town set back from the road so not immediately visible. It caters for children aged 4 to 11.
It is a school that has historically been less popular although on it’s Ofsted report last year it was graded as a ‘Good School’. The school has lots of space and great facilities and is very well thought of by parents and children that attend the school.
Little Marlow C of E Infant School
Little Marlow school is just outside of town on the Bourne End side of the A404. That said, it is a very short car journey from Marlow often avoiding the worst of the Marlow traffic!
It is a small school with just 1 class per year for children aged 4 to 7. The school feeds in to Holy Trinity although it is not a given that your child will get in, just expected. The schools are tightly linked under one federation so children are very familiar with Holy Trinity before they go there.
My son is in year 2 at Little Marlow so it is hard for me not be biased… but it is a lovely little school.
Spinfield Primary School
Spinfield caters for children from aged 4 to 11. It is another of the very well thought of schools in Marlow, located on the west side of Marlow ‘up the hill’ (Terrington Hill). There is one class per year and the school is generally filled with children from the immediate vicinity.
Based on years gone by, it is very unlikely that children from outside of catchment will get in and sometimes even children on the outer sides of catchment do not get in (although obviously this all depends on birth rates of the year you are applying).
St Peters Catholic School
St Peters is situation behind Riley park, it’s a Catholic School which means it does not have a standard catchment area like other schools. It takes children from the Diocese (which includes everywhere in and around Marlow!). It is a primary school for children aged 4 to 11. Children do not need to be Catholic to attend but they will be taught the fundamentals of Catholicism as well as other religions. There is one class per year and the school is frequently not full.
Danesfield Primary School
Danesfield school is on the West side of Marlow towards Medmenham. It caters for children aged 4 to 11 with 2 classes per year. They were visited by Ofsted earlier this year and were graded as Oustanding. They are also very proud that they are recognised as a Microsoft showcase school since 2016. This is clearly a very good school that is doing especially well at the moment.
Burford Primary School
Burford School caters for children aged 4 to 11 with 2 classes per year. It’s the only school in Marlow Bottom. Children from the A404 side of Marlow have got in in recent years. There is after school provision and the school benefits from lots of outside space.
Bisham school is on the Berkshire side of the Marlow bridge. It has recently become an adadamy joining the Ashley Hill Multi Academy trust in 2017. It is a small school but is growing consistently after a great deal of investment from the Trust. Being small means that they have small class sizes, with the largest class having 18 children this year. It caters for children aged 4 to 11.
Holy Trinity school caters for children aged 7 to 11. Children usually feed into the school from Marlow C of E school and Little Marlow. It has had a very good reputation over recent years as it is an Outstanding school as graded by Oftsed. This was back in 2013 so it will be interesting to see if this grading can be kept on the next inspection. The school is tightly linked with Marlow All Saints Church.