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Page updated 17 May 2012


  1. Nurseries and pre-schools near Hatley
  2. Primary and secondary schools
  3. Later on – Connexions

Nurseries and pre-schools

All three and four year olds are entitled to 12½ hours of free early years’ education a week, for 38 weeks a year, with a 'registered provider' such as a school, nursery or playgroup, regardless of income or circumstances.

Information of all aspects of pre-school education can be found from: the preschool learning section of the Direct.gov.uk website, the SchoolsFinder Direct website or the ChildcareLink website.

More local information is available from the Children's Information Services:

In Cambridgeshire
Families and childcare information service website
Tel  01480 878 674

In Bedfordshire
Family and Youth Information Service (FYIS) website
Tel  0300 300 8119

In Hertfordshire
Hertfordshire's children's services website
Tel  0300 123 4043

Montessori schools website
Tel  020 7493 8300

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Nurseries and pre-schools near to Hatley

Children's Montessori Nursery
Next to 24 Green End, Gamlingay, SG19 3LB
Tel  01767 650645 and 07714 821940
E-mail  patriciajenkins_151@hotmail.com

Gamlingay Rainbow Pre-School
Green End, Gamlingay, SG19 3LF
Tel  01767 652157
E-mail  rainbow.preschool@virgin.net

Sunshine Pre-School
W.I. Hall, Waresley Road, Gamlingay, SG19 3EH
Tel  07703 770676
Email  sunshinepreschool@btinternet.com
Website  www.sunshine-gamlingay.ik.org

Wendy House Day Nursery and Pre-School
Manor Farm, Shingay-cum-Wendy, SG8 0HW
Tel   01223 208869
E-mail enquiries@thewendyhouse.org.uk
Website  www.thewendyhouse.org.uk

Greenfields Day Nursery
Caxton Road, Great Gransden, SG19 3BH
Tel  01767 679118

Great Gransden Extended Day Playgroup
The Sportsfield, Caxton Road, Great Gransden, SG19 3BG
Tel  01767 677040
E-mail  mail@greatgransdenplaygroup.org
Website  – www.greatgransdenplaygroup.org

Mother Goose Pre-school
Wimpole Village Hall, Cambridge Road, Wimpole, SG8 5QB
Tel 01223 208527
E-mail  info@mothergoose.plus.com

For children with special needs
SPIN is a support group run by and for parents of children with special, educational, medical or social needs.  
      The group meets on the first Monday of each month at 10 am in each others’ houses (usually in Gamlingay) for coffee and a chat.
      We are able to offer support in completing DLA (Disability Living Allowance) forms and in accessing help from other agencies.
      Our regular members have a wealth of experience gleaned from their own children.  We always welcome regular members or casual visitors.

Contact Bridget at:
Lifespan, 58 Stocks Lane, Gamlingay, SG19 3JR
Tel  01767 650510 or 01767 650595

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Primary and secondary schools

Hatley falls within the catchment area of Gamlingay First School. Children can start their education there at the beginning of the school year in which they turn five.  Children then transfer to Gamlingay Village College aged eight and to Stratton Upper in Biggleswade or Sandy Upper in Sandy at the age of 13.  This is the Bedfordshire three tier system.  See also the Bedfordshire Schools' website.

Parents who prefer the Cambridgeshire two tier system can apply (through the Admissions Office in Cambridge) for places in schools such as Barnabas Oley Primary School in Great Gransden, Petersfield CE Primary School in Orwell or Bassingbourn Community Primary School.

Children can start at these schools at the beginning of the school year in which they turn five.  However, these schools are often over subscribed, making it difficult to gain a place and parents may therefore have to go through Cambridgeshire County Council's appeals process.

From the primary schools, children transfer into the Cambridgeshire secondary system of village colleges.  Details are in the Cambridgeshire County Council Education and learning website.

Websites for primary and secondary schools

  1. Gamlingay First School
  2. Gamlingay Village College
  3. Barnabas Oley Primary School
  4. Petersfield CE Aided Primary School
  5. Bassingbourn Community Primary School

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Later on – Connexions

The national Connexions service offers careers advice, guidance and information for 13 to 19 year olds.  Its advisers are trained to give support over the phone or direct you to the support available locally – it is available from 8am to 2am every day and can be contacted free on 080 800 13219.

Our local Connexions recently changed its name from Purple Pigeon to Youthoria.

There are bases in several libraries (see below), offering individual careers advice, guidance and information to people of all ages and from all backgrounds.  This includes help with choosing courses, training opportunities, work experience, special needs, CV preparation, job search, interview techniques and a job vacancy service for 16 to 19 year olds.

Freephone  080 800 13219
Website – national  www.connexions-direct.com
Website – local (Youthoria)  www.youthoria.org

Local Connexions Centres are available in these libraries:

3rd Floor
Cambridge Central Library
7 Lion Yard

Open  Monday to Friday, 9.00 am to 5.00 pm.

Tel  01223 728500
E-mail   connexions.cambridge@cambridgeshire.gov.uk

The Library
20 St Benedict's Court
PE29 3PN

Open  Monday to Friday, 9.30 am to 5.00 pm.

Tel  01480 376800
E-mail   connexions.huntingdon@cambridgeshire.gov.uk

St Neots Library
The Library
Priory Lane
St Neots
PE19 2BH

Open  Monday to Friday, 1.30 pm to 4.30 pm.

Tel  01480 376013
E-mail   connexions.stneots@cambridgeshire.gov.uk

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