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Prep schools in the South-West

Are you looking for a prep school in the South-West? Search here for independent preparatory schools in the South-West, including CornwallDevon, Dorset 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. 

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



Abbey School

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

www.abbeyschool.co.uk

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

Read more about Abbey School

Dumpton School

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

www.dumpton.com

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

Read more about Dumpton School

Exeter Cathedral School

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

www.exetercs.org

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

Read more about Exeter Cathedral School

Hazlegrove Prep School

Hazlegrove House,
Sparkford,
BA22 7JA,
Somerset

www.hazlegrove.co.uk

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

Read more about Hazlegrove Prep School

Kingsley School

Northdown Road,
Bideford,
EX39 3LY,
Devon

www.kingsleyschoolbideford.co.uk

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

Read more about Kingsley School

Perrott Hill

North Perrott,
Crewkerne,
TA18 7SL,
Somerset

www.perrotthill.com

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

Read more about Perrott Hill

Talbot Heath

Rothesay Road,
Bournemouth,
BH4 9NJ,
Dorset

www.talbotheath.org

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

Read more about Talbot Heath

All Hallows Preparatory School

Cranmore Hall,
Shepton Mallet,
BA4 4SF,
Somerset

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

Blundell's Preparatory School

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

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

Bournemouth Collegiate School

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

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

Bramdean School

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

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

Bruton School for Girls

Sunny Hill,
Bruton,
BA10 0NT,
Somerset

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

Buckholme Towers School & Nursery

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

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

Castle Court School

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

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

Chard School

Fore Street,
Chard,
TA20 1QA,
Somerset

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

Clayesmore Preparatory School

Iwerne Minster,
Blandford Forum,
DT11 8PH,
Dorset

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

Exeter School

Victoria Park Road,
Exeter,
EX2 4NS,
Devon

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

Fletewood School

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

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

Hanford School

Child Okeford,
Blandford,
DT11 8HN,
Dorset

Girls, Boarding, Preparatory.

King's College

Taunton,
TA1 3LA,
Somerset

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

King's Hall School

Kingston Road,
Taunton,
TA2 8AA,
Somerset

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

King's School

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

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

Knighton House School and The Orchard Pre-prep

Durweston,
Blandford Forum,
DT11 0PY,
Dorset

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

Leweston Preparatory School

Sherborne,
DT9 6EN,
Dorset

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

Magdalen Court School

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

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

Millfield Preparatory School

Edgarley Hall,
Glastonbury,
BA6 8LD,
Somerset

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

Mount Kelly

Parkwood Road,
Tavistock,
PL19 0HZ,
Devon

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

Park School

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

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

Park School

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

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

Plymouth College

Ford Park,
Plymouth,
PL4 6RN,
Devon

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

Plymouth College Preparatory School

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

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

Polwhele House School

Truro,
TR4 9AE,
Cornwall

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

Port Regis

Motcombe Park,
Shaftesbury,
SP7 9QA,
Dorset

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

Queen's College

Trull Road,
Taunton,
TA1 4QS,
Somerset

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

Roselyon School

St Blazey Road,
Par,
PL24 2HZ,
Cornwall

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

Shebbear College

Shebbear,
Beaworthy,
EX21 5HJ,
Devon

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

Sherborne Preparatory School

Acreman Street,
Sherborne,
DT9 3NY,
Dorset

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

South Devon Steiner School

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

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

Springmead Preparatory School & Nursery

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

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

St Christopher's Preparatory School

Mount Barton,
Staverton,
TQ9 6PF,
Devon

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

St John's International School

Broadway,
Sidmouth,
EX10 8RG,
Devon

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

St Joseph's School

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

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

St Martin's School

15 Stokewood Road,
Bournemouth,
BH3 7NA,
Dorset

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

St Mary's School

Shaftesbury,
SP7 9LP,
Dorset

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

St Peter's School

Harefield,
Lympstone,
Exmouth,
EX8 5AU,
Devon

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

St Petroc's School

Ocean View Road,
Bude,
EX23 8NJ,
Cornwall

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

St Thomas Garnet's School

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

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

St Wilfrid's School

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

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

St. Piran's School

14 Trelissick Road,
Hayle,
TR27 4HY,
Cornwall

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

Stover School

Newton Abbot,
TQ12 6QG,
Devon

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

Sunninghill Preparatory School

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

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

Sunny Hill Prep School

Sunny Hill,
Bruton,
BA10 0NT,
Somerset

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

Talbot House Preparatory School

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

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

Taunton Preparatory School

Staplegrove Road,
Taunton,
TA2 6AE,
Somerset

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

Taunton School

Staplegrove Road,
Taunton,
TA2 6AD,
Somerset

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

The Maynard School

Denmark Road,
Exeter,
EX1 1SJ,
Devon

Girls, Day, Preparatory, Senior, Sixth Form.

The Park School

Chilton Cantelo,
Yeovil,
BA22 8BG,
Somerset

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

Trinity School

Buckeridge Road,
Teignmouth,
TQ14 8LY,
Devon

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

Truro High School for Girls

Falmouth Road,
Truro,
TR1 2HU,
Cornwall

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

Truro School

Trennick Lane,
Truro,
TR1 1TH,
Cornwall

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

Wellington Prep School

South Street,
Wellington,
TA21 8NT,
Somerset

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

Wellington School

South Street,
Wellington,
TA21 8NT,
Somerset

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

Wells Cathedral Junior School

8 New Street,
Wells,
BA5 2LQ,
Somerset

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

West Buckland School

Barnstaple,
EX32 0SX,
Devon

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

Yarrells Preparatory School

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

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