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Prep schools in the North-West

Are you looking for a prep school in the North-West? Search here for independent preparatory schools in the North-West, including Cheshire, Cumbria, Greater 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.

– Why British prep schools continue to be at the forefront of education, by Tania Botting, 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,
M3 1SB,
Greater Manchester

www.chethams.com

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

Read more about Chetham's School of Music

Kirkham Grammar School

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

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,
FY7 8JW,
Lancashire

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,
BB7 9PU,
Lancashire

www.stonyhurst.ac.uk

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

Read more about Stonyhurst St Mary's Hall

Windermere School, Elleray Campus

Ambleside Road,
Windermere,
LA23 1AP,
Cumbria

www.windermereschool.co.uk

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

Read more about Windermere School, Elleray Campus

Abbey Gate College

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

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

Abbotsford Preparatory School

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

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

AKS Lytham

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

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

Alderley Edge School for Girls

Wilmslow Road,
Alderley Edge,
SK9 7QE,
Cheshire

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

Al-Islah Schools

108 Audley Range,
Blackburn,
BB1 1TF,
Lancashire

Co-educational, Day, Preparatory, Senior.

Altrincham Preparatory School

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

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

Ashbridge Independent School

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

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

Austin Friars School

Etterby Scaur,
Carlisle,
CA3 9PB,
Cumbria

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

Avalon Preparatory School

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

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

Beech Hall School

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

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

Beech House School

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

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

Beis Rochel School

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

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

Belvedere Preparatory School

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

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

Birkenhead School

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

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

Bnos Yisroel School

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

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

Bolton School (Boys' Division)

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

Boys, Day, Preparatory, Senior, Sixth Form.

Bolton School (Girls' Division)

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

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

Bowdon Preparatory School for Girls

Ashley Road,
Altrincham,
WA14 2LT,
Cheshire

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

Brabyns Preparatory School

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

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

Branwood Preparatory School

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

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

Bridgewater School

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

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

Bury Catholic Preparatory School

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

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

Bury Grammar School Boys

Tenterden Street,
Bury,
BL9 0HN,
Greater Manchester

Boys, Day, Preparatory, Senior, Sixth Form.

Bury Grammar School for Girls

Bridge Road,
Bury,
BL9 0HH,
Greater Manchester

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

Carleton House Preparatory School

145 Menlove Avenue,
Liverpool,
L18 3EE,
Merseyside

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

Casterton, Sedbergh Preparatory School

Casterton,
Carnforth,
LA6 2SG,
Cumbria

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

Cheadle Hulme School

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

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

Christian Fellowship School

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

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

Clarendon Cottage School

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

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

Clevelands Preparatory School

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

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

Covenant Christian School

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

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

Cransley School

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

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

Farrowdale House Preparatory School

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

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

Firwood Manor Preparatory School

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

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

Forest Park School

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

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

Forest Preparatory School

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

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

Grafton House Preparatory School

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

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

Greater Grace School of Christian Education

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

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

Green Meadow Independent Primary School

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

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

Greenbank Preparatory School

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

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

Hale Preparatory School

Broomfield Lane,
Hale,
WA15 9AS,
Cheshire

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

Heathland School

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

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

Highfield Priory School

58 Fulwood Row,
Preston,
PR2 5RW,
Lancashire

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

Hunter Hall School

Frenchfield,
Penrith,
CA11 8UA,
Cumbria

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

King of Kings School

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

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

Kingsmead School

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

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

Lady Barn House School

Schools Hill,
Cheadle,
SK7 1JE,
Cheshire

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

Lancaster Steiner School

Lune Road,
Lancaster,
LA1 5QU,
Lancashire

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

Lime House School

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

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

Loreto Preparatory School

Dunham Road,
Altrincham,
WA14 4GZ,
Greater Manchester

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

Manchester High School for Girls

Grangethorpe Road,
Manchester,
M14 6HS,
Greater Manchester

Girls, Day, Preparatory, Senior, Sixth Form.

Manchester Junior Girls School

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

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

Manchester Muslim Preparatory School

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

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

Monton Village School

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

Co-educational, Day, Preparatory.

Moor Allerton Preparatory School

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

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

Moorland School

Ribblesdale Avenue,
Clitheroe,
BB7 2JA,
Lancashire

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

Oakhill School and Nursery

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

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

Oldham Hulme Grammar School

Chamber Road,
Oldham,
OL8 4BX,
Greater Manchester

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

OYY Lubavitch Girls School

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

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

Pownall Hall School

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

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

Prenton Preparatory School

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

Co-educational, Day, Preparatory.

Prestwich Preparatory School

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

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

Ramillies Hall School

Cheadle Hulme,
Cheadle,
SK8 7AJ,
Greater Manchester

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

Redcourt St Anselm's

7 Devonshire Place,
Oxton, Prenton,
Wirral,
CH43 1TX,
Merseyside

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

Runnymede St Edward's School

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

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

Scarisbrick Hall School

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

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

Sedbergh School

Sedbergh,
LA10 5HG,
Cumbria

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

St Ambrose Preparatory School

Hale Barns,
Altrincham,
WA15 0HE,
Greater Manchester

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

St Anne's College Grammar School

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

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

St Bede's College

Alexandra Park Road,
Manchester,
M16 8HX,
Greater Manchester

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

St Joseph's School, Park Hill

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

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

St Mary's College

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

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

St Pius X Preparatory School

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

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

Stella Maris Junior School

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

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

Stockport Grammar School

Buxton Road,
Stockport,
SK2 7AF,
Greater Manchester

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

Tashbar School

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

Boys, Day, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory.

Terra Nova School

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

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

The Buchan School

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

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

The Firs School

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

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

The Grange School

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

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

The Hammond School

Mannings Lane,
Chester,
CH2 4ES,
Cheshire

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

The King's School Chester

Wrexham Road,
Chester,
CH4 7QL,
Cheshire

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

The King's School in Macclesfield

Cumberland Street,
Macclesfield,
SK10 1DA,
Cheshire

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

The Manchester Grammar School

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

Boys, Day, Preparatory, Senior, Sixth Form.

The Queen's School

City Walls Road,
Chester,
CH1 2NN,
Cheshire

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

The Ryleys School

Ryleys Lane,
Alderley Edge,
SK9 7UY,
Cheshire

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

Tower College

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

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

Trinity Christian School

Birbeck Street,
Stalybridge,
SK15 1SH,
Greater Manchester

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

Westholme School

Meins Road,
Blackburn,
BB2 6QU,
Lancashire

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

Wilmslow Preparatory School

Grove Avenue,
Wilmslow,
SK9 5EG,
Cheshire

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

Withington Girls' School

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

Girls, Day, Preparatory, Senior, Sixth Form.

Yorston Lodge School

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

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