The Best Independent Schools 2016

With the new school year rapidly approaching, we’ve had a look at the local independent preparatory & senior schools across Manchester and Cheshire and put together a list of our most recommended, for the 2016 – 2017 academic year. We are very fortunate to be surrounded by many outstanding day and boarding schools across Cheshire, this list is simply our most recommended based on academic results, client feedback and our first-hand experience with students attending the school.

Preparatory Schools

1 – Terra Nova School, Cheshire

Set in 36 acres of extensive Cheshire countryside, Terra Nova School is a co-educational boarding and day school for children aged between 3 and 13. The school boasts impressive academic and admissions results and a plethora of extra-curricular activities. The school is particularly popular with parents aiming to send their child to prestigious independent day and boarding schools nationwide.



2 – The Ryleys, Alderley Edge

The Ryleys is a wonderful 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. It’s one of our personal favourites, a true gem.



3 – The Manchester Grammar School, Manchester (Juniors)

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, they recently had some inspirational speakers from industry in to talk with the children helping to motivate them to dream big.



Honourable Mentions

Stockport Grammar School, King’s Macclesfield, Wilmslow Prep


Senior Schools

1 – The Manchester Grammar School, Manchester

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.



2 – The Grange School, Hartford

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.



3 – Manchester High School for Girls, Manchester

Articulate, confident and well-rounded. Girls that attend Manchester High School for Girls can be easily identified. The school is one of the country’s leading academic schools for girls and provides a wide range of extra-curricular activities. We have been fortunate to see first hand how teachers at MHSG go above and beyond to help the girls attending the school to achieve their full potential.



Honourable Mentions

King’s Macclesfield, Stockport Grammar School, Withington Girls’ School


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