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© Graham Hussey
Some parents have their reservations about the quality of state education in Milton Keynes and it is true that few of the state schools stand out. This results in children being put on buses each day to the Buckinghamshire grammar schools or the private schools in Buckingham and Bedford.
Families with children do their research carefully before choosing which district to live in. The following primary schools get an “outstanding” rating from Ofsted: Shepherdswell (ages four to seven) in Springfield; Priory Common (ages four to seven) in Bradwell; New Bradwell (ages three to 11); Ashbrook (ages four to seven) and Two Mile Ash (ages seven to 11) both in Two Mile Ash; Loughton Manor (ages three to seven); and Caroline Haslett (ages four to 11) in the Shenleys.
The following comprehensive schools also get an outstanding rating: Denbigh (co-ed, ages 11 to 18) in Shenley Church End; Oakgrove (ages 11 to 19) in Middleton; and St Pauls RC (co-ed ages 11 to 18) in Bletchley.
The Milton Keynes Preparatory Schools with their distinctive red and black uniform has three co-ed schools educating children from two months to age 11 in central Milton Keynes, Broughton and Walton. The Grove (co-ed ages three months to age 13), known as TGIS, is in Loughton; while The Webber (co-ed ages one to 18) is a non-selective all-through private school in Stantonbury Fields.