West Berkshire Council

Schools and Childcare

Prospects for young people in West Berkshire are good, and 97.5% of our 16-18 year olds are in education, employment or training (making us in the top ten nationally).

Across West Berkshire we have 50 primary schools, four secondary schools and eight academies as well as junior, infant and nursery schools. You can search for schools in the district or download a list using our Find a School online search, which provides contact details for each school, their websites and a copy of their latest OFSTED report.

Other useful information:

As well as mainstream schools there are two schools which cater for children with learning or physical disabilities:

  • The Castle School in Newbury caters for children aged 2 to 19 years old who have complex learning difficulties
  • Brookfields School in Tilehurst, near Reading, offers personalised education and support to pupils with learning difficulties and additional needs

As well as schools, Newbury College also offers around 2,000 full and part time courses and training, including business, hospitality and IT. Its part time courses are delivered at over 50 venues across West Berkshire with a main campus in Newbury, including a skills centre, sports hall and conference facilities.

Apprenticeships

Apprenticeships give young people the opportunity to earn and learn at the same time and the West Berkshire Training Consortium helps 16 to 18 year olds find work with local employers.

Opportunities for apprenticeships include office-based jobs as well as trades in the construction, engineering, woodwork and childcare sectors.