Manchester & Cheshire's Best Independent Schools 2018

Each year we reflect on the previous academic year and review the local independent preparatory & senior schools across Manchester and Cheshire. We then put together a list of our most recommended, these are our recommendations for the 2018 – 2019 academic year. We are, of course, very fortunate to be surrounded by many outstanding independent schools across Cheshire, this list is our most recommended based on academic results, client feedback and our first-hand experience with students attending the school.

 


Preparatory Schools

1 –The Manchester Grammar School, Manchester (Juniors) (#1 in 2017) (#3 in 2016)

The Manchester Grammar School (MGS) Junior School is an outstanding prep school for boys, especially for those wishing to progress through to the MGS Senior School. The school is particularly suited to boys with a passion for learning and a thirst for knowledge, an impressive extra-curricular schedule adds to the offering. The school continues to build on the success of previous years, never complacent and delivering consistently good academic progress.

Website: https://www.mgs.org/

 

2 – The Ryleys, Alderley Edge (#2 in 2017) (#2 in 2016)

The Ryleys is an excellent co-educational day school, with a rich history. The school is universally popular with both parents and children and our clients speak highly of both the teaching staff and the school itself. Located in Alderley Edge, the school provides a wide range of extra-curricular activities and the school commits to inspire and nurture their pupils. Inclusion was an easy decision, it’s one of our personal favourites, a true gem.

Website: http://www.theryleys.com/

 

3 – Withington Girls’ School (Prep)

Withington Girls’ Prep has a rich history and is a popular destination for bright young girls to begin their academic career. Parents and students speaking highly of the school and for the passion and ambition that they inspire in the girls attending. Results in the senior school are outstanding and as such, entry in the prep is competitive but ideal for girls with a love of learning.

Website: https://www.wgs.org/

 

Honourable Mentions

The Grange School (Prep) (-) , King’s Macclesfield (Prep), Wilmslow Prep, Cheadle Hulme School (Prep) (+)

 


Senior Schools

1 – The Manchester Grammar School, Manchester (#1 in 2017) (#1 in 2016)

No change from last year, The Manchester Grammar School (MGS) is one of the country’s leading academic schools for boys and the school is distinctly different to others locally. The entrance exam is intellectually challenging and ensures that boys are suitably prepared for the level of academic study to come. Boys that attend the school are well rounded and enjoy a wide range of extra-curricular activities. The school is particularly strong with providing career advice and guidance. A no brainer.

Website: https://www.mgs.org/

 

2 – The Grange School, Hartford (#2 in 2017) (#2 in 2016)

Despite the senior school being founded in 1978, making it a relative newcomer, The Grange School is a popular school based in the heart of Cheshire. The school is co-educational and is popularly considered to nurture children as individuals, both academically and through extra-curricular activities. Individual is a word frequently used by The Grange and it shines through with happy students that feel valued and happy to be at school. Entry at 11+ is recommended.

Website: https://www.grange.org.uk/

 

3 – Withington Girls’ School, Manchester

This is the first year that we’ve listed WGS on our top rated list. They could easily have made the list in other years too, other schools simply stood out more for various reasons on those occasions. This year, however, WGS have cemented their place with outstanding exam results in both the GCSEs and A Levels.

Website: https://www.wgs.org/

 

Honourable Mentions

King’s Macclesfield, Manchester High School for Girls, Alderley Edge School for Girls (+), Cheadle Hulme School (+), Stockport Grammar School