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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 Bath & North-East SomersetBristolCornwallDevon, 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. 

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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.

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

If you are looking for an independent special needs school, see our sister website: www.specialneedsguide.co.uk.

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



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.exetercathedralschool.co.uk

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

Read more about Exeter Cathedral 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

Monkton Prep School

Church Road,
Combe Down,
Bath,
BA2 7ET,
Bath & North-East Somerset

www.monktoncombeschool.com

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

Read more about Monkton Prep School

Abbey School

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

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

All Hallows Preparatory School

Cranmore Hall,
Shepton Mallet,
BA4 4SF,
Somerset

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

Ashbrooke House School

9 Ellenborough Park North,
Weston-Super-Mare,
BS23 1XH,
Somerset

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

Badminton Junior School

Westbury-on-Trym,
Bristol,
BS9 3BA

Girls, 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.

Bristol Grammar School

University Road,
Bristol,
BS8 1SR

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

Bristol Waldorf School

Redland Hill House,
Redland,
Bristol,
BS6 6UX

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

Bruton School for Girls

Sunny Hill,
Bruton,
BA10 0NT,
Somerset

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

Carmel Christian School

817A Bath Road,
Brislington,
Bristol,
BS4 5NL

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

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.

Cleve House School

254 Wells Road,
Knowle,
Bristol,
BS4 2PN

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

Clifton College Preparatory School

The Avenue,
Clifton,
Bristol,
BS8 3HE

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

Clifton High School

College Road,
Clifton,
Bristol,
BS8 3JD

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

Colston's School

Stapleton,
Bristol,
BS16 1BJ

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

Ecole Française de Bristol

Fonthill Centre,
Stanton Road, Southmead,
BS10 5SJ,
Bristol

Co-educational, Day, Preparatory.

Exeter School

Victoria Park Road,
Exeter,
EX2 4NS,
Devon

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

Fairfield School

Fairfield Way,
Backwell,
Bristol,
BS48 3PD

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

Fletewood School

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

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

Gracefield Preparatory School

266 Overndale Road,
Fishponds,
Bristol,
BS16 2RG

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

Hanford School

Child Okeford,
Blandford,
DT11 8HN,
Dorset

Girls, Boarding, Preparatory.

Hazlegrove Prep School

Hazlegrove House,
Sparkford,
BA22 7JA,
Somerset

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

King Edward's Junior School

North Road,
Bath,
BA2 6JA,
Bath & North-East Somerset

Co-educational, Day, Pre-Preparatory, 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.

Kingswood Preparatory School

College Road,
Lansdown,
Bath,
BA1 5SD,
Bath & North-East Somerset

Co-educational, Boarding, 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 School - Prep 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.

Perrott Hill

North Perrott,
Crewkerne,
TA18 7SL,
Somerset

Co-educational, Boarding, 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 Elizabeth's Hospital

Berkeley Place,
Clifton,
Bristol,
BS8 1JX

Boys, Day, Preparatory, Senior, Sixth Form.

Queen's College

Trull Road,
Taunton,
TA1 4QS,
Somerset

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

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.

Sidcot School

Oakridge Lane,
Winscombe,
BS25 1PD,
Somerset

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

Silverhill School

Swan Lane,
Winterbourne,
Bristol,
BS36 1RL

Co-educational, 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 Heath

Rothesay Road,
Bournemouth,
BH4 9NJ,
Dorset

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

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 Downs School

Wraxall,
Bristol,
BS48 1PF

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

The Maynard School

Denmark Road,
Exeter,
EX1 1SJ,
Devon

Girls, Day, Preparatory, Senior, Sixth Form.

The Paragon School

Lyncombe House,
Lyncombe Vale,
Bath,
BA2 4LT,
Bath & North-East Somerset

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

The Park School

Chilton Cantelo,
Yeovil,
BA22 8BG,
Somerset

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

The Red Maids' Junior School

Grange Court Road,
Westbury-on-Trym,
Bristol,
BS9 4DP

Girls, Day, Preparatory.

The Royal High School, Bath GDST

Lansdown Road,
Bath,
BA1 5SZ,
Bath & North-East Somerset

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

Tockington Manor School

Washingpool Hill Road,
Tockington,
Bristol,
BS32 4NY

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

Torwood House School

8, 27-29 Durdham Park,
Redland,
Bristol,
BS6 6XE

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

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.