Kingsley School

There are many reasons students could fall in love with Kingsley School, an independent co-educational boarding and day school located in Bideford on the banks of the River Torridge in North Devon.

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Prep schools in the South-West

Search here for independent preparatory schools in the South-West, including CornwallDevonDorset and Somerset.

You will find a list of all South-West preparatory schools at the bottom of this page. You can use the search filters below to choose day or boarding schools, girls' or boys' schools, or find the school nearest to you with our postcode search. 

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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!

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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.

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.

Buckholme Towers School & Nursery

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

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

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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'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.

Shebbear College

Shebbear,
Beaworthy,
Devon,
EX21 5HJ

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

Sherborne Preparatory School

Acreman Street,
Sherborne,
Dorset,
DT9 3NY

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

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.

The Maynard School

Denmark Road,
Exeter,
Devon,
EX1 1SJ

Girls, Day, Preparatory, Senior, Sixth Form.

The Park School

The Park,
Yeovil,
Somerset,
BA20 1DH

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

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.

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.