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Pre-Schools

Help in finding childcare is available from Cheshire West and Chester’s Family Information Service: Merchants House Hamilton Place, Chester. CH1 2BE.
Telephone: 0800 0852 863 or via email on: [email protected]

  • Acorn Playgroup – Neston Primary School, Burton Road, Little Neston, Neston. CH64 9RE.
    Acorn is an independent pre-school welcoming all children from 2.5 to 5 years.
    0151 338 2500 / 07752 870 607
  • Church Mice – Neston Methodist Church, Park St, Neston, CH64 3RB.
    For babies, toddlers, under 5’s, parents, grandparents, and carers.
    Contact Margaret Heibel on 0151 336 6305
  • Church Mice – Willaston Methodist Church, Neston Road, Willaston, Neston CH64 2TL.
    0151 327 7183
  • Neston Early Support Centre – Neston Community & Youth Centre, Burton Road, Neston. CH64 9RE.

Primary Schools

There are 150 schools in the Cheshire West and Chester area. Some details of local schools are given below. For details of schools outside the CH64 area please visit the CWAC Finding a School Portal.

From September 2013, schools in the CWaC area have a standardised school year, based on 195 days, which includes 5 INSET days.

  1. All terms will start on a Monday (or a Tuesday if the Monday is a Bank Holiday).
  2. October half term to be the last full week in October.
  3. The term dates surrounding the Christmas/ New Year Break remain unchanged.
  4. February half term will be the third week in February.
  5. The Easter Break will be named the Spring break and will be the first two full weeks in April.
  6. Easter will be observed via the Bank Holidays Good Friday and Easter Monday.
  7. Whitsun half term break will be one week across all Primary, Secondary and Special schools.
  8. Where the school is open for part of a week, the school will be open for 3 or more days (to encourage good attendance).
  9. The five INSET days are to be designated by the individual school governing body, but there will be no more than two days (in any one term) set consecutively for this purpose.

The above information is taken from the CWAC Education Announcements website.

Burton Bishop Wilson Church of England Primary School
Puddington Lane Burton, Neston. CH64 5SE.
0151 336 3396 or via email on: [email protected]

Mrs Helen Friend (Executive Headteacher) and Mrs Suzanne Roberts (Head of School)

Founded in 1724 by Bishop Thomas Wilson, the school is situated on the edge of the village of Burton, in the parish of St Nicholas. The original school was housed in a small sandstone building which can be still be seen in the village. The present school, built in 1966, looks out over fields to the Dee Estuary and the Welsh Hills. The school was extended in 1993 and again in 2001. The school has a large playing field to the rear with play areas, seating and gardens to the front. There were 73 pupils in 2016.

Ofsted Report November 2016 – Good



Neston Primary School
Burton Road, Neston. CH64 9RE.
0151 338 2500 or via email on: [email protected]

Neston Primary School opened on the Burton Road site in 1906. There were 198 pupils in 2016.

The school has always been proud of its welcoming atmosphere and strong links with the local community. The school mission statement is “Work hard to make this a welcoming, busy, safe and healthy school, where you will see happy, respectful children who enjoy learning, do their best and achieve their full potential now and later in life”

Ofsted report May 2016 – Good



Willaston Church of England Primary School
Neston Road, Willaston, Neston. CH64 2TN.
0151 338 2421

Head Mrs Julie Chambers. The school opened in 1932. In 2021 there were 209 students.

Ofsted report April 2017 Good

Parkgate Primary School
Brooklands Road, Parkgate, Neston. CH64 6SW.
0151 338 2082 or via email on: [email protected]

173 on roll December 2018. Head Mr Andrew Hutchings

Ofsted Report December 2018 Good



St Winefride’s Catholic Primary School
Mellock Lane, Little Neston, Neston. CH64 9RW.
0151 338 2468 or via email on: [email protected]

Head Mrs Dawn Ormes. 180 on roll 2018.

St. Winefride’s is a one-form entry, co-educational school in extensive grounds close to the centre of Neston. The younger children are taught in three large, self-contained rooms which, together with the school office and library, was completed in 1967. The second phase, for our older children, was completed in 1974. A dedicated I.C.T. Suite was opened in summer 2002. The school seeks to promote Catholic education by encouraging parents to send their children, at the age of eleven, to our designated Catholic High School in Chester.

Ofsted Report Dec 2018 – Good



Woodfall Primary School
Woodfall Lane, Little Neston, Neston. CH64 4BT.
0151 338 2288 or via email on: [email protected]

Head Mrs Helen Hough. 396 on roll 2014. Woodfall Primary School opened in September 2005, following the amalgamation of Woodfall Infant and Woodfall Junior schools. The school was built in 1967-1970.

Ofsted Report Nov 2014 – Outstanding

Neston High School

Neston High School – Raby Park Road, Neston. CH64 9NH.
0151 336 3902 or via email on: [email protected]

A Specialist College of Science and the Visual Arts. Head Teacher Keith Simpson.

Neston High School is an 11-18 rural comprehensive school of over 1700 students. We are an oversubscribed school and many of our students travel from Chester, Wales, and Wirral. The school is based in a new £22M three-storey building opened in September 2017. In July 2012 Neston High School became an Academy.

The most recent OFSTED inspection rated the school Good.

Higher & Further Education

There are two universities in the immediate area. Liverpool University has a campus at Leahurst (Veterinary School), and at Ness Gardens. In addition Chester University has campus’ around the region too.

Train to Change is a non-profit company based in Ellesmere Port, offering vocational training and help with getting jobs. Students have got jobs as specialist fork-lift truck drivers at Aldi distribution centre locally as part of this programme.

West Cheshire College is a vocational college with main campuses in Chester, Ellesmere Port and Capenhurst.

Adult Education & Life Long Learning

There may be more to learn in the Neston area than you think!

Join one of the clubs or societies in the Neston area that are open to all, such as the Parkgate Society, Burton and Neston History Society, Neston Civic Society or U3A and learn about local history and local interests with one of their regular talks or lectures. Or you can find out more about gardening and horticulture through the Alpine Garden Society.
Neston Community and Youth Centre on Burton Road, Neston, offers a wide range of courses.

Ness Gardens offer a wide range of gardening and horticulture courses including some RHS courses from the Welsh College of Horticulture.

Neston Community Cyber Centre is based at Neston Methodist Church, where you can use the internet or e-mail, learn how to use a computer at your own pace or practice your ECDL or CLAIT outside class time with skilled support from one of their IT buddies.

Neston Library offers a huge range of learning opportunities, including computer facilities.

Whether you want to gain a qualification or just learn for fun, there are opportunities in Neston.

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