King's School

Staff and students alike are celebrating at King's School & Nursery, in the Mannamead area of Plymouth, after the school passed its School Inspection Service (SIS) report with – quite literally – outstanding results across the board.

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Independent schools in the South-West

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There are nearly 100 private schools in the South-West, including day and boarding schools, girls' schoolsboys' schools, prep schools, senior schools and sixth forms. 

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EF Academy Torbay

Castle Road,
Torquay,
Devon,
TQ1 3BG

www.ef.com/academy

Co-educational, Boarding.

Read more about EF Academy Torbay

Exeter Cathedral School

The Chantry,
Palace Gate,
Exeter,
Devon,
EX1 1HX

www.exetercs.org

Co-educational, Boarding, Day, Nursery, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory.

Read more about Exeter Cathedral School

Hazlegrove Prep School

Hazlegrove House,
Sparkford,
Somerset,
BA22 7JA

www.hazlegrove.co.uk

Co-educational, Boarding, Day, Nursery, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory.

Read more about Hazlegrove Prep School

King's School

Hartley Road,
Mannamead,
Plymouth,
Devon,
PL3 5LW

www.kingsschool-plymouth.co.uk

Co-educational, Day, Nursery, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory.

Read more about King's School

Kingsley School

Northdown Road,
Bideford,
Devon,
EX39 3LY

www.kingsleyschoolbideford.co.uk

Co-educational, Boarding, Day, Nursery, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory, Senior, Sixth Form.

Read more about Kingsley School

Abbey School

Hampton Court,
St Marychurch,
Torquay,
Devon,
TQ1 4PR

Co-educational, Day, Nursery, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory.

All Hallows Preparatory School

Cranmore Hall,
Shepton Mallet,
Somerset,
BA4 4SF

Co-educational, Boarding, Day, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory.

Blundell's Preparatory School

Milestones House,
Blundell's Road,
Tiverton,
Devon,
EX16 4NA

Co-educational, Day, Nursery, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory.

Blundell's School

Tiverton,
Devon,
EX16 4DN

Co-educational, Boarding, Day, Senior, Sixth Form.

Bournemouth Collegiate School

St Osmunds Road,
Parkstone,
Poole,
Dorset,
BH14 9JY

Co-educational, Day, Nursery, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory, Senior.

Bramdean School

Richmond Lodge, Homefield Road,
Heavitree,
Exeter,
Devon,
EX1 2QR

Co-educational, Day, Nursery, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory, Senior, Sixth Form.

Bruton School for Girls

Sunny Hill,
Bruton,
Somerset,
BA10 0NT

Girls, Boarding, Day, Nursery, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory, Senior, Sixth Form.

Bryanston School

Blandford Forum,
Dorset,
DT11 0PX

Co-educational, Boarding, Day, Senior, Sixth Form.

Brymore School

Cannington,
Bridgwater,
Somerset,
TA5 2NB

Boys, Boarding, Senior, Sixth Form.

Buckholme Towers School & Nursery

18 Commercial Road,
Lower Parkstone,
Poole,
Dorset,
BH14 0JW

Co-educational, Day, Nursery, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory.

Canford School

Canford Magna,
Wimborne,
Dorset,
BH21 3AD

Co-educational, Boarding, Day, Senior, Sixth Form.

Castle Court School

Knoll Lane,
Corfe Mullen,
Wimborne,
Dorset,
BH21 3RF

Co-educational, Day, Nursery, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory.

Chard School

Fore Street,
Chard,
Somerset,
TA20 1QA

Co-educational, Day, Nursery, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory.

Clayesmore Preparatory School

Iwerne Minster,
Blandford Forum,
Dorset,
DT11 8PH

Co-educational, Boarding, Day, Nursery, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory.

Clayesmore School

Iwerne Minster,
Blandford Forum,
Dorset,
DT11 8LL

Co-educational, Boarding, Day, Senior, Sixth Form.

Dumpton School

Deans Grove House,
Deans Grove,
Wimborne,
Dorset,
BH21 7AF

Co-educational, Day, Nursery, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory.

Exeter School

Victoria Park Road,
Exeter,
Devon,
EX2 4NS

Co-educational, Day, Preparatory, Senior, Sixth Form.

Exeter Tutorial College

44/46 Magdalen Road,
Exeter,
Devon,
EX2 4TE

Co-educational, Day.

Fletewood School

88 North Road East,
Plymouth,
Devon,
PL4 6AN

Co-educational, Day, Nursery, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory.

Hanford School

Child Okeford,
Blandford,
Dorset,
DT11 8HN

Girls, Boarding, Preparatory.

King's Bruton

The Plox,
Bruton,
Somerset,
BA10 0ED

Co-educational, Boarding, Day, Senior, Sixth Form.

King's College

Taunton,
Somerset,
TA1 3LA

Co-educational, Boarding, Day, Nursery, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory, Senior, Sixth Form.

King's Hall School

Kingston Road,
Taunton,
Somerset,
TA2 8AA

Co-educational, Boarding, Day, Nursery, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory.

Knighton House School and The Orchard Pre-prep

Durweston,
Blandford Forum,
Dorset,
DT11 0PY

Girls, Boarding, Day, Nursery, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory.

Leweston Preparatory School

Leweston,
Sherborne,
Dorset,
DT9 6EN

Co-educational, Boarding, Day, Nursery, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory.

Leweston School

Senior School,
Sherborne,
Dorset,
DT9 6EN

Girls, Boarding, Day, Senior, Sixth Form.

Magdalen Court School

Mulberry House,
Victoria Park Road,
Exeter,
Devon,
EX2 4NU

Co-educational, Day, Nursery, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory, Senior, Sixth Form.

Millfield Preparatory School

Edgarley Hall,
Glastonbury,
Somerset,
BA6 8LD

Co-educational, Boarding, Day, Nursery, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory.

Millfield School

Street,
Somerset,
BA16 0YD

Co-educational, Boarding, Day, Senior, Sixth Form.

Milton Abbey School

Blandford Forum,
Dorset,
DT11 0BZ

Co-educational, Boarding, Day, Senior, Sixth Form.

Mount Kelly

Parkwood Road,
Tavistock,
Devon,
PL19 0HZ

Co-educational, Boarding, Day, Nursery, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory, Senior, Sixth Form.

Park School

45-49 Queens Park,
South Drive,
Bournemouth,
Dorset,
BH8 9BJ

Co-educational, Day, Nursery, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory.

Park School

Park Road,
Dartington,
Totnes,
Devon,
TQ9 6EQ

Co-educational, Day, Nursery, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory.

Perrott Hill

North Perrott,
Crewkerne,
Somerset,
TA18 7SL

Co-educational, Boarding, Day, Nursery, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory.

Plymouth College

Ford Park,
Plymouth,
Devon,
PL4 6RN

Co-educational, Boarding, Day, Nursery, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory, Senior, Sixth Form.

Plymouth College Preparatory School

St Dunstan's Abbey,
The Millfields,
Plymouth,
Devon,
PL1 3JL

Co-educational, Day, Nursery, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory.

Polwhele House School

Truro,
Cornwall,
TR4 9AE

Co-educational, Boarding, Day, Nursery, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory.

Port Regis

Motcombe Park,
Shaftesbury,
Dorset,
SP7 9QA

Co-educational, Boarding, Day, Nursery, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory.

Queen Elizabeth's Community Technology College

Western Road,
Crediton,
Devon,
EX17 3LU

Co-educational, Boarding, Senior, Sixth Form.

Queen's College

Trull Road,
Taunton,
Somerset,
TA1 4QS

Co-educational, Boarding, Day, Nursery, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory, Senior, Sixth Form.

Roselyon School

St Blazey Road,
Par,
Cornwall,
PL24 2HZ

Co-educational, Day, Nursery, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory.

Sands School

Greylands,
48 East Street,
Ashburton,
Devon,
TQ13 7AX

Co-educational, Day, Senior.

Sexey's School

Cole Road,
Bruton,
Somerset,
BA10 0DF

Co-educational, Boarding, Senior, Sixth Form.

Shaftesbury School

Salisbury Road,
Shaftesbury,
Dorset,
SP7 8ER

Co-educational, Boarding, Senior, Sixth Form.

Shebbear College

Shebbear,
Beaworthy,
Devon,
EX21 5HJ

Co-educational, Boarding, Day, Nursery, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory, Senior, Sixth Form.

Sherborne Girls

Bradford Road,
Sherborne,
Dorset,
DT9 3QN

Girls, Boarding, Day, Senior, Sixth Form.

Sherborne International

Newell Grange,
Newell,
Sherborne,
Dorset,
DT9 4EZ

Co-educational, Boarding, Senior.

Sherborne Preparatory School

Acreman Street,
Sherborne,
Dorset,
DT9 3NY

Co-educational, Boarding, Day, Nursery, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory.

Sherborne School

Abbey Road,
Sherborne,
Dorset,
DT9 3AP

Boys, Boarding, Day, Senior, Sixth Form.

South Devon Steiner School

Hood Manor, Buckfastleigh Road,
Dartington,
Totnes,
Devon,
TQ9 6AB

Co-educational, Day, Nursery, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory, Senior.

Springmead Preparatory School & Nursery

Castle Corner,
Beckington,
Frome,
Somerset,
BA11 6TA

Co-educational, Day, Nursery, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory.

St Christopher's Preparatory School

Mount Barton,
Staverton,
Devon,
TQ9 6PF

Co-educational, Day, Nursery, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory.

St John's International School

Broadway,
Sidmouth,
Devon,
EX10 8RG

Co-educational, Boarding, Day, Nursery, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory, Senior, Sixth Form.

St Joseph's School

15 St Stephen's Hill,
Launceston,
Cornwall,
PL15 8HN

Co-educational, Day, Nursery, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory, Senior.

St Martin's School

15 Stokewood Road,
Bournemouth,
Dorset,
BH3 7NA

Co-educational, Day, Nursery, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory.

St Mary's School

Shaftesbury,
Dorset,
SP7 9LP

Girls, Boarding, Day, Preparatory, Senior, Sixth Form.

St Peter's School

Harefield,
Lympstone,
Exmouth,
Devon,
EX8 5AU

Co-educational, Boarding, Day, Nursery, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory.

St Petroc's School

Ocean View Road,
Bude,
Cornwall,
EX23 8NJ

Co-educational, Day, Nursery, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory.

St Piran's School

Trelissick Road,
Hayle,
Cornwall,
TR27 4HY

Co-educational, Day, Nursery, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory, Senior.

St Thomas Garnet's School

Parkwood Road,
Boscombe,
Bournemouth,
Dorset,
BH5 2BH

Co-educational, Day, Nursery, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory.

St Wilfrid's School

25-29 St David's Hill,
Exeter,
Devon,
EX4 4DA

Co-educational, Day, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory, Senior.

Stover School

Newton Abbot,
Devon,
TQ12 6QG

Co-educational, Boarding, Day, Nursery, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory, Senior, Sixth Form.

Sunninghill Preparatory School

South Court,
South Walks,
Dorchester,
Dorset,
DT1 1EB

Co-educational, Day, Nursery, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory.

Sunny Hill Prep School

Sunny Hill,
Bruton,
Somerset,
BA10 0NT

Boys, Boarding, Day, Nursery, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory.

Talbot Heath

Rothesay Road,
Bournemouth,
Dorset,
BH4 9NJ

Girls, Boarding, Day, Nursery, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory, Senior, Sixth Form.

Talbot House Preparatory School

8 Firs Glen Road,
Bournemouth,
Dorset,
BH9 2LR

Co-educational, Day, Nursery, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory.

Taunton Preparatory School

Staplegrove Road,
Taunton,
Somerset,
TA2 6AE

Co-educational, Boarding, Day, Nursery, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory.

Taunton School

Staplegrove Road,
Taunton,
Somerset,
TA2 6AD

Co-educational, Boarding, Day, Senior, Sixth Form.

The Five Islands School

Carn Thomas,
St Mary's,
Isles of Scilly,
TR21 0JY

Co-educational, Boarding, Day, Senior.

The Maynard School

Denmark Road,
Exeter,
Devon,
EX1 1SJ

Girls, Day, Preparatory, Senior, Sixth Form.

The New School

The Avenue,
Exminster,
Exeter,
Devon,
EX6 8AT

Co-educational, Day, Pre-Preparatory.

The Park School

The Park,
Yeovil,
Somerset,
BA20 1DH

Co-educational, Boarding, Day, Nursery, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory, Senior, Sixth Form.

The Valley Nursery

Trevowah Road,
Crantock,
Newquay,
Cornwall,
TR8 5RU

Co-educational, Day, Nursery, Pre-Preparatory.

Tower House School

Fisher Street,
Paignton,
Devon,
TQ4 5EW

Co-educational, Day, Nursery, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory, Senior.

Trinity School

Buckeridge Road,
Teignmouth,
Devon,
TQ14 8LY

Co-educational, Boarding, Day, Nursery, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory, Senior, Sixth Form.

Truro High School for Girls

Falmouth Road,
Truro,
Cornwall,
TR1 2HU

Girls, Boarding, Day, Nursery, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory, Senior, Sixth Form.

Truro School

Trennick Lane,
Truro,
Cornwall,
TR1 1TH

Co-educational, Boarding, Day, Nursery, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory, Senior, Sixth Form.

Wellington Prep School

South Street,
Wellington,
Somerset,
TA21 8NT

Co-educational, Day, Nursery, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory.

Wellington School

South Street,
Wellington,
Somerset,
TA21 8NT

Co-educational, Boarding, Day, Nursery, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory, Senior, Sixth Form.

Wells Cathedral Junior School

8 New Street,
Wells,
Somerset,
BA5 2LQ

Co-educational, Boarding, Day, Nursery, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory.

Wells Cathedral School

The Liberty,
Wells,
Somerset,
BA5 2ST

Co-educational, Boarding, Day, Senior, Sixth Form.

West Buckland School

Barnstaple,
Devon,
EX32 0SX

Co-educational, Boarding, Day, Nursery, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory, Senior, Sixth Form.

Yarrells Preparatory School

Yarrells House,
Upton,
Poole,
Dorset,
BH16 5EU

Co-educational, Day, Nursery, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory.