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South West Schools Guide

Home to some of the UK’s best country preps, forward-thinking seniors and academically and pastorally tip-top all-through schools, families thinking about moving to the South West – encompassing the counties of Somerset, Bristol, Gloucestershire, Dorset, Devon, Wiltshire and Cornwall – have pick of the bunch. Read our reviews, watch our videos and use our search tools to find the perfect school in the region for your child. 

Where to begin?

One of the defining features of the South West is open space (there’s the scenic Cotswolds, the dramatic cliffs of the Jurassic Coast, the rolling Devon moors and some of Britain’s best beaches), but the region is certainly no backwater – and easily reachable from all corners of the country. Find out why location matters, and then read our insider reviews to compare and contrast schools in the south-west of England and across the rest of the UK.


Main image: Truro School. Above: Port Regis School
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Distance from London
Offers boarding
All-through


All Hallows School
Shepton Mallet
Badminton School
Bristol
Badminton School Prep
Westbury-on-Trym
Beaudesert Park School
Stroud
Beechen Cliff School
Bath
Blundell's School
Tiverton
Bredon Junior School
Tewkesbury
Bredon School
Tewkesbury
Bristol Grammar School
Bristol
Bryanston Prep
Blandford Forum
Bryanston School
Blandford Forum
Brymore Academy
Bridgwater
Canford
Wimborne
Chard Prep School
Chard
Cheltenham College
Cheltenham
Cheltenham Ladies' College
Cheltenham
Cheltenham Prep School
Cheltenham
Clayesmore Preparatory School
Blandford Forum
Clayesmore School
Blandford Forum
Clifton College
Clifton
Clifton College Preparatory School
Clifton
Cricklade Manor Prep School
Cricklade
Dauntsey's
Devizes
Dean Close Preparatory School
Cheltenham
Dean Close Pre-Preparatory School
Cheltenham
Dean Close School
Cheltenham
Dumpton School
Wimborne
Exeter Junior School
Exeter
Exeter Mathematics School
Exeter
Exeter Pre-Prep School
Exeter
Exeter School
Exeter
Five Islands Academy
St Mary's
Godolphin
Salisbury
Godolphin Prep
Salisbury
Hatherop Castle
Cirencester
Hazlegrove Prep School
Yeovil
King Edward's School - Bath
Bath
King's Bruton
Bruton
King's College - Taunton
Taunton
King's School, Plymouth
Plymouth
Kingsley Senior School
Bideford
Kingswood Prep School
Bath
Kingswood School
Bath
Leehurst Swan
Salisbury
Marlborough College
Marlborough
Millfield
Street
Milton Abbey School
Blandford Forum
Monkton Senior School
Bath
Mount Kelly
Tavistock
Perrott Hill Prep School
Crewkerne
Pinewood School
Shrivenham
Plymouth College
Plymouth
Port Regis School
Shaftesbury
Queen Elizabeth's Hospital, Bristol
Clifton
Rendcomb College
Cirencester
Richard Huish College
Taunton
Salisbury Cathedral School
Salisbury
Sexey's School
Bruton
Shaftesbury School
Shaftesbury
Sherborne Girls
Sherborne
Sherborne School
Sherborne
Sidcot School
Winscombe
St Mary's Calne
Calne
St Piran's Senior School
Hayle
Stonar School
Atworth
Sunninghill Prep School
Dorchester
Talbot Heath School
Bournemouth
Taunton Prep School
Taunton
Taunton School
Taunton
The Downs Preparatory School, Bristol
Wraxall
The King's School - Gloucester
Gloucester
The Richard Pate School
Cheltenham
The Wellington Academy
Tidworth
Truro School
Truro
Truro School Prep
Truro
Warminster School
Warminster
Wellington School
Wellington
Wells Cathedral Prep School
Wells
Wells Cathedral School
Wells
Westonbirt School
Tetbury


Pinewood School
Shrivenham
The Wellington Academy
Tidworth
Marlborough College
Marlborough
Hatherop Castle
Cirencester
Cricklade Manor Prep School
Cricklade
Godolphin Prep
Salisbury
Leehurst Swan
Salisbury
Godolphin
Salisbury
Salisbury Cathedral School
Salisbury
St Mary's Calne
Calne
Dauntsey's
Devizes
Rendcomb College
Cirencester
The Richard Pate School
Cheltenham
Cheltenham Prep School
Cheltenham
Cheltenham College
Cheltenham
Cheltenham Ladies' College
Cheltenham
Dean Close Preparatory School
Cheltenham
Dean Close Pre-Preparatory School
Cheltenham
Dean Close School
Cheltenham
Westonbirt School
Tetbury
Stonar School
Atworth
Beaudesert Park School
Stroud
Warminster School
Warminster
Canford
Wimborne
Talbot Heath School
Bournemouth
Dumpton School
Wimborne
Shaftesbury School
Shaftesbury
The King's School - Gloucester
Gloucester
Monkton Senior School
Bath
Port Regis School
Shaftesbury
King Edward's School - Bath
Bath
Bredon Junior School
Tewkesbury
Bredon School
Tewkesbury
Beechen Cliff School
Bath
Kingswood School
Bath
Kingswood Prep School
Bath
Clayesmore Preparatory School
Blandford Forum
Clayesmore School
Blandford Forum
Bryanston School
Blandford Forum
Bryanston Prep
Blandford Forum
All Hallows School
Shepton Mallet
King's Bruton
Bruton
Milton Abbey School
Blandford Forum
Sexey's School
Bruton
Bristol Grammar School
Bristol
Queen Elizabeth's Hospital, Bristol
Clifton
Badminton School
Bristol
Badminton School Prep
Westbury-on-Trym
Clifton College Preparatory School
Clifton
Clifton College
Clifton
Sherborne School
Sherborne
Sherborne Girls
Sherborne
Hazlegrove Prep School
Yeovil
Wells Cathedral Prep School
Wells
Wells Cathedral School
Wells
The Downs Preparatory School, Bristol
Wraxall
Sunninghill Prep School
Dorchester
Millfield
Street
Sidcot School
Winscombe
Perrott Hill Prep School
Crewkerne
Brymore Academy
Bridgwater
Chard Prep School
Chard
Richard Huish College
Taunton
King's College - Taunton
Taunton
Taunton Prep School
Taunton
Taunton School
Taunton
Wellington School
Wellington
Blundell's School
Tiverton
Exeter Junior School
Exeter
Exeter School
Exeter
Exeter Pre-Prep School
Exeter
Exeter Mathematics School
Exeter
Kingsley Senior School
Bideford
Mount Kelly
Tavistock
King's School, Plymouth
Plymouth
Plymouth College
Plymouth
Truro School
Truro
Truro School Prep
Truro
St Piran's Senior School
Hayle
Five Islands Academy
St Mary's


All Hallows School
Shepton Mallet
Badminton School
Bristol
Badminton School Prep
Westbury-on-Trym
Beaudesert Park School
Stroud
Beechen Cliff School
Bath
Blundell's School
Tiverton
Bredon Junior School
Tewkesbury
Bredon School
Tewkesbury
Bryanston Prep
Blandford Forum
Bryanston School
Blandford Forum
Brymore Academy
Bridgwater
Canford
Wimborne
Cheltenham College
Cheltenham
Cheltenham Ladies' College
Cheltenham
Cheltenham Prep School
Cheltenham
Clayesmore Preparatory School
Blandford Forum
Clayesmore School
Blandford Forum
Clifton College
Clifton
Clifton College Preparatory School
Clifton
Dauntsey's
Devizes
Dean Close Preparatory School
Cheltenham
Dean Close School
Cheltenham
Exeter Mathematics School
Exeter
Five Islands Academy
St Mary's
Godolphin
Salisbury
Godolphin Prep
Salisbury
Hatherop Castle
Cirencester
Hazlegrove Prep School
Yeovil
King's Bruton
Bruton
King's College - Taunton
Taunton
Kingsley Senior School
Bideford
Kingswood School
Bath
Marlborough College
Marlborough
Millfield
Street
Milton Abbey School
Blandford Forum
Monkton Senior School
Bath
Mount Kelly
Tavistock
Perrott Hill Prep School
Crewkerne
Pinewood School
Shrivenham
Plymouth College
Plymouth
Port Regis School
Shaftesbury
Rendcomb College
Cirencester
Richard Huish College
Taunton
Salisbury Cathedral School
Salisbury
Sexey's School
Bruton
Shaftesbury School
Shaftesbury
Sherborne Girls
Sherborne
Sherborne School
Sherborne
Sidcot School
Winscombe
St Mary's Calne
Calne
Stonar School
Atworth
Talbot Heath School
Bournemouth
Taunton Prep School
Taunton
Taunton School
Taunton
The Wellington Academy
Tidworth
Truro School
Truro
Warminster School
Warminster
Wellington School
Wellington
Wells Cathedral Prep School
Wells
Wells Cathedral School
Wells
Westonbirt School
Tetbury


Badminton School
Bristol
Badminton School Prep
Westbury-on-Trym
Blundell's School
Tiverton
Bryanston Prep
Blandford Forum
Bryanston School
Blandford Forum
Cheltenham College
Cheltenham
Cheltenham Prep School
Cheltenham
Clayesmore Preparatory School
Blandford Forum
Clayesmore School
Blandford Forum
Clifton College
Clifton
Clifton College Preparatory School
Clifton
Dean Close Preparatory School
Cheltenham
Dean Close School
Cheltenham
Exeter Junior School
Exeter
Exeter Pre-Prep School
Exeter
Exeter School
Exeter
Five Islands Academy
St Mary's
Godolphin
Salisbury
Godolphin Prep
Salisbury
King Edward's School - Bath
Bath
King's College - Taunton
Taunton
Kingsley Senior School
Bideford
Kingswood Prep School
Bath
Kingswood School
Bath
Leehurst Swan
Salisbury
Monkton Senior School
Bath
Mount Kelly
Tavistock
Plymouth College
Plymouth
Queen Elizabeth's Hospital, Bristol
Clifton
Sidcot School
Winscombe
St Piran's Senior School
Hayle
Talbot Heath School
Bournemouth
Taunton Prep School
Taunton
Taunton School
Taunton
The King's School - Gloucester
Gloucester
Truro School
Truro
Truro School Prep
Truro
Warminster School
Warminster
Wellington School
Wellington
Wells Cathedral Prep School
Wells
Wells Cathedral School
Wells
Westonbirt School
Tetbury


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Frequently asked questions:

Which is the best private school for my child in the south-west of England?

When choosing the best school, there is no one-size-fits-all approach. Some pupils may thrive in weekly boarding schools, while others might prefer the consistency of full boarding at an all-through school. Finding the best school in the South West of England is all about considering what works best for your child and your family specifically. We would recommend attending open days as part of this process to gather an insight into the school ethos, location, and suitability.

Which notable alumni have attended a school in the south-west of England?
Private schools in the south-west of England have been responsible for educating plenty of famous alumni across various professions, including Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling, cook and television personality Mary Berry, lead singer in the band Coldplay Chris Martin and renowned actor and director Laurence Olivier.