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Prep schools in the North-West

Search here for independent preparatory schools in the North-West, including CheshireCumbriaGreater Manchester, the Isle of Man, Lancashire and Merseyside.

You will find a list of all preparatory and junior schools in the North-West at the bottom of this page. You can use the search filters below to narrow your prep school search: you can choose day or boarding schools, girls' or boys' schools, or find and compare the schools nearest to you with our postcode search.

Click on a school's name for more information. Prep schools with full profiles appear at the top of the listings in highlighted panels. Some schools provide links to their social media and you can also watch school videos.

Many prep schools are members of the Independent Association of Prep Schools (IAPS), which is a good source of initial advice about preparatory education.

You can also read preparatory school news and feature articles in our editorial section. You may find the following articles particularly useful:

– What does a prep school education truly provide? by Mark Hartley, vice-chairman of IAPS.

– Choosing a prep school – the issues to consider and questions to ask, by Andrew Hunter, Headmaster of Merchiston Castle School.

You will also find more helpful articles on choosing a schoolfinding the fees, and an explanation of exams and qualifications.

These search results are from www.schoolsearch.co.uk, the online guide to independent schools in the UK, in partnership with John Catt's Which School? guidebook, first published in 1924, and John Catt's Preparatory Schools. We hope you find the perfect school for your child!

If you have any further questions or enquiries about independent education or a particular independent school, please get in touch with us at enquiries@johncatt.com



Chetham's School of Music

Long Millgate,
Manchester,
Greater Manchester,
M3 1SB

www.chethams.com

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

Read more about Chetham's School of Music

Green Meadow Independent Primary School

Robson Way,
Lowton,
Warrington,
Cheshire,
WA3 2RD

www.greenmeadowindependentprimaryschool.co.uk

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

Read more about Green Meadow Independent Primary School

Kirkham Grammar School

Ribby Road,
Kirkham,
Preston,
Lancashire,
PR4 2BH

www.kirkhamgrammar.co.uk

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

Read more about Kirkham Grammar School

Rossall School

Broadway,
Fleetwood,
Lancashire,
FY7 8JW

www.rossall.org.uk

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

Read more about Rossall School

Stonyhurst St Mary's Hall

Stonyhurst,
Lancashire,
BB7 9PU

www.stonyhurst.ac.uk

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

Read more about Stonyhurst St Mary's Hall

Abbey Gate College

Saighton Grange,
Saighton,
Chester,
Cheshire,
CH3 6EN

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

Abbey Gate Prep School

Clare Avenue,
Hoole,
Chester,
Cheshire,
CH2 3HR

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

Abbotsford Preparatory School

211 Flixton Road,
Urmston,
Manchester,
Greater Manchester,
M41 5PR

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

Alderley Edge School for Girls

Wilmslow Road,
Alderley Edge,
Cheshire,
SK9 7QE

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

Al-Islah Schools

108 Audley Range,
Blackburn,
Lancashire,
BB1 1TF

Co-educational, Day, Preparatory, Senior.

Altrincham Preparatory School

Marlborough Road,
Bowdon,
Altrincham,
Greater Manchester,
WA14 2RR

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

Arnold KEQMS (AKS)

Clifton Drive South,
Lytham St Annes,
Lancashire,
FY8 1DT

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

Ashbridge Independent School

Lindle Lane,
Hutton,
Preston,
Lancashire,
PR4 4AQ

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

Austin Friars School

Etterby Scaur,
Carlisle,
Cumbria,
CA3 9PB

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

Avalon Preparatory School

Caldy Road,
West Kirby,
Wirral,
Merseyside,
CH48 2HE

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

Beech Hall School

Beech Hall Drive,
Tytherington,
Macclesfield,
Cheshire,
SK10 2EG

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

Beech House School

184 Manchester Road,
Rochdale,
Greater Manchester,
OL11 4JQ

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

Beis Rochel School

1-7 Seymour Road,
Crumpsall,
Manchester,
Greater Manchester,
M8 5BQ

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

Belvedere Preparatory School

23 Belvidere Road,
Princes Park, Aigburth,
Liverpool,
Merseyside,
L8 3TF

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

Birkenhead School

The Lodge,
58 Beresford Road,
Birkenhead,
Merseyside,
CH43 2JD

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

Bnos Yisroel School

Foigel Esther Shine House,
Leicester Road,
Manchester,
Greater Manchester,
M7 4DA

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

Bolton School (Boys' Division)

Chorley New Road,
Bolton,
Greater Manchester,
BL1 4PA

Boys, Day, Preparatory, Senior, Sixth Form.

Bolton School (Girls' Division)

Chorley New Road,
Bolton,
Greater Manchester,
BL1 4PB

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

Bowdon Preparatory School for Girls

Ashley Road,
Altrincham,
Cheshire,
WA14 2LT

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

Brabyns Preparatory School

34-36 Arkwright Road,
Marple,
Stockport,
Cheshire,
SK6 7DB

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

Branwood Preparatory School

Stafford Road, Monton,
Eccles,
Manchester,
Greater Manchester,
M30 9HN

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

Bridgewater School

Drywood Hall, Worsley Road,
Worsley,
Manchester,
Greater Manchester,
M28 2WQ

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

Bury Catholic Preparatory School

Arden House,
Manchester Road,
Bury,
Greater Manchester,
BL9 9BH

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

Bury Grammar School Boys

Tenterden Street,
Bury,
Greater Manchester,
BL9 0HN

Boys, Day, Preparatory, Senior, Sixth Form.

Bury Grammar School for Girls

Bridge Road,
Bury,
Greater Manchester,
BL9 0HH

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

Carleton House Preparatory School

145 Menlove Avenue,
Liverpool,
Merseyside,
L18 3EE

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

Casterton, Sedbergh Preparatory School

Casterton,
Carnforth,
Cumbria,
LA6 2SG

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

Cheadle Hulme School

Claremont Road,
Cheadle Hulme,
Cheadle,
Greater Manchester,
SK8 6EF

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

Christian Fellowship School

Overbury Street,
Edge Hill,
Liverpool,
Merseyside,
L7 3HL

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

Clarendon Cottage School

Ivy Bank House, Half Edge Lane,
Eccles,
Manchester,
Greater Manchester,
M30 9BJ

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

Clevelands Preparatory School

425 Chorley New Road,
Bolton,
Greater Manchester,
BL1 5DH

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

Covenant Christian School

The Hawthorns,
48 Heaton Moor Road,
Stockport,
Greater Manchester,
SK4 4NX

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

Cransley School

Belmont Hall,
Great Budworth,
Northwich,
Cheshire,
CW9 6HN

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

Farrowdale House Preparatory School

Farrow Street,
Shaw,
Oldham,
Greater Manchester,
OL2 7AD

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

Firwood Manor Preparatory School

Broadway,
Chadderton,
Oldham,
Greater Manchester,
OL9 0AD

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

Forest Park School

Lauriston House,
27 Oakfield,
Sale,
Greater Manchester,
M33 6NB

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

Forest Preparatory School

Moss Lane,
Timperley,
Altrincham,
Greater Manchester,
WA15 6LJ

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

Grafton House Preparatory School

1 Warrington Street,
Ashton-under-Lyne,
Greater Manchester,
OL6 6XB

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

Greater Grace School of Christian Education

Church Lane,
Backford,
Chester,
Cheshire,
CH2 4BE

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

Greenbank Preparatory School

Heathbank Road,
Cheadle Hulme,
Cheadle,
Greater Manchester,
SK8 6HU

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

Hale Preparatory School

Broomfield Lane,
Hale,
Cheshire,
WA15 9AS

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

Heathland School

Broadoak,
Sandy Lane,
Accrington,
Lancashire,
BB5 2AN

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

Highfield Priory School

58 Fulwood Row,
Preston,
Lancashire,
PR2 5RW

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

Hunter Hall School

Frenchfield,
Penrith,
Cumbria,
CA11 8UA

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

King of Kings School

142 Dantzic Street,
Manchester,
Greater Manchester,
M4 4DN

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

Kingsfold Christian School

Moss Lane,
Hesketh Bank,
Preston,
Lancashire,
PR4 6AA

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

Kingsmead School

Bertram Drive,
Hoylake,
Wirral,
Merseyside,
CH47 0LL

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

Lady Barn House School

Schools Hill,
Cheadle,
Cheshire,
SK7 1JE

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

Lancaster Steiner School

Lune Road,
Lancaster,
Lancashire,
LA1 5QU

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

Lighthouse Christian School

193 Ashley Lane,
Moston,
Manchester,
Greater Manchester,
M9 4NQ

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

Lime House School

Holm Hill,
Dalston,
Carlisle,
Cumbria,
CA5 7BX

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

Loreto Preparatory School

Dunham Road,
Altrincham,
Greater Manchester,
WA14 4GZ

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

Manchester High School for Girls

Grangethorpe Road,
Manchester,
Greater Manchester,
M14 6HS

Girls, Day, Preparatory, Senior, Sixth Form.

Manchester Junior Girls School

64 Upper Park Road,
Salford,
Greater Manchester,
M7 4JA

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

Manchester Muslim Preparatory School

551 Wilmslow Road,
Withington,
Manchester,
Greater Manchester,
M20 4BA

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

Monton Village School

Francis Street, Monton,
Eccles,
Manchester,
Greater Manchester,
M30 9PR

Co-educational, Day, Preparatory.

Moor Allerton School

131 Barlow Moor Road,
West Didsbury,
Manchester,
Greater Manchester,
M20 2PW

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

Moorland School

Ribblesdale Avenue,
Clitheroe,
Lancashire,
BB7 2JA

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

Oakhill School and Nursery

Wiswell Lane,
Whalley,
Clitheroe,
Lancashire,
BB7 9AF

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

Oldham Hulme Grammar School

Chamber Road,
Oldham,
Greater Manchester,
OL8 4BX

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

OYY Lubavitch Girls School

Beis Menachem,
Park Lane,
Salford,
Greater Manchester,
M7 4JD

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

Palm Tree School

Oakenhurst Road,
Blackburn,
Lancashire,
BB2 1SN

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

Pownall Hall School

Carrwood Road,
Pownall Park,
Wilmslow,
Cheshire,
SK9 5DW

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

Prenton Preparatory School

Mount Pleasant,
Oxton,
Wirral,
Merseyside,
CH43 5SY

Co-educational, Day, Preparatory.

Prestwich Preparatory School

St Margaret's Building,
400 Bury Old Road, Prestwich,
Manchester,
Greater Manchester,
M25 1PZ

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

Ramillies Hall School

Cheadle Hulme,
Cheadle,
Greater Manchester,
SK8 7AJ

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

Redcourt St Anselm's

Redcourt,
Devonshire Place,
Birkenhead,
Merseyside,
CH43 1TX

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

Runnymede St Edward's School

North Drive,
Sandfield Park,
Liverpool,
Merseyside,
L12 1LE

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

Scarisbrick Hall School

Southport Road,
Scarisbrisk,
Ormskirk,
Lancashire,
L40 9RQ

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

Sedbergh School

Sedbergh,
Cumbria,
LA10 5HG

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

St Ambrose Preparatory School

Hale Barns,
Altrincham,
Greater Manchester,
WA15 0HE

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

St Anne's College Grammar School

293 Clifton Drive South,
Lytham St Annes,
Lancashire,
FY8 1HN

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

St Joseph's School, Park Hill

Park Hill,
Padiham Road,
Burnley,
Lancashire,
BB12 6TG

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

St Mary's College

Everest Road,
Crosby,
Liverpool,
Merseyside,
L23 5TW

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

St Pius X Preparatory School

Oak House, 200 Garstang Road,
Fulwood,
Preston,
Lancashire,
PR2 8RD

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

Stella Maris Junior School

St Johns Road,
Heaton Mersey,
Stockport,
Greater Manchester,
SK4 3BR

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

Stockport Grammar School

Buxton Road,
Stockport,
Greater Manchester,
SK2 7AF

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

Streatham House School

Victoria Road West,
Blundellsands,
Liverpool,
Merseyside,
L23 8UQ

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

Tashbar School

20 Upper Park Road,
Salford,
Greater Manchester,
M7 4HL

Boys, Day, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory.

Terra Nova School

Jodrell Bank,
Holmes Chapel,
Crewe,
Cheshire,
CW4 8BT

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

The Buchan School

West Hill,
Castletown,
Isle of Man,
IM9 1RD

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

The Firs School

Newton Lane,
Upton,
Chester,
Cheshire,
CH2 2HJ

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

The Grange School

Bradburns Lane,
Hartford,
Northwich,
Cheshire,
CW8 1LU

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

The Hammond School

Mannings Lane,
Chester,
Cheshire,
CH2 4ES

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

The King's School

Wrexham Road,
Chester,
Cheshire,
CH4 7QL

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

The King's School

Cumberland Street,
Macclesfield,
Cheshire,
SK10 1DA

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

The Manchester Grammar School

Old Hall Lane,
Fallowfield,
Manchester,
Greater Manchester,
M13 0XT

Boys, Day, Preparatory, Senior, Sixth Form.

The Queen's School

City Walls Road,
Chester,
Cheshire,
CH1 2NN

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

The Ryleys School

Ryleys Lane,
Alderley Edge,
Cheshire,
SK9 7UY

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

Tower College

Mill Lane,
Rainhill,
Prescot,
Merseyside,
L35 6NE

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

Trinity Christian School

Birbeck Street,
Stalybridge,
Greater Manchester,
SK15 1SH

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

Westholme School

Meins Road,
Blackburn,
Lancashire,
BB2 6QU

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

Wilmslow Preparatory School

Grove Avenue,
Wilmslow,
Cheshire,
SK9 5EG

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

Windermere Preparatory School

Ambleside Road,
Windermere,
Cumbria,
LA23 1AP

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

Withington Girls' School

Wellington Road,
Fallowfield,
Manchester,
Greater Manchester,
M14 6BL

Girls, Day, Preparatory, Senior, Sixth Form.

Yorston Lodge School

18 St John's Road,
Knutsford,
Cheshire,
WA16 0DP

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