Independent schools in Dorset

Discover independent schools in Dorset – nursery, pre-prep, prep and senior – around Blandford, Wimborne, Sherborne, Bournemouth and Poole.

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Pre-Prep and Prep schools in Dorset

Entry to pre-prep is normally in the year a child reaches age 5 but some schools offer a nursery provision for the early years as well. Prep schools start at age 8 and go through until transition to senior school at either 11 or 13 years. Some schools offer every stage from pre-prep, prep and senior providing a single school foundation for a child.

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Bournemouth Collegiate School
  • Day
  • Boarding
  • Coed
  • Pre-Prep & Prep + Senior

    400 to 700 pupils

    Castle Court School
  • Day
  • Coed
  • Pre-Prep & Prep

    200 to 400 pupils

    Clayesmore School
  • Day
  • Boarding
  • Coed
  • Pre-Prep & Prep + Senior

    400 to 700 pupils

    Dumpton School
  • Day
  • Coed
  • Pre-Prep & Prep

    200 to 400 pupils

    Hanford School
  • Day
  • Boarding
  • Girls
  • Prep

    100 to 200 pupils

    Leweston School
  • Day
  • Boarding
  • Coed
  • Pre-Prep & Prep + Senior

    400 to 700 pupils

    Port Regis
  • Day
  • Boarding
  • Coed
  • Pre-Prep & Prep

    200 to 400 pupils

    Sherborne Preparatory School
  • Day
  • Boarding
  • Coed
  • Pre-Prep & Prep

    100 to 200 pupils

    Sunninghill Preparatory School
  • Day
  • Coed
  • Pre-Prep & Prep

    100 to 200 pupils

    Talbot Heath School
  • Day
  • Boarding
  • Girls
  • Pre-Prep & Prep + Senior

    400 to 700 pupils

    Yarrells Preparatory School
  • Day
  • Coed
  • Pre-Prep & Prep

    200 to 400 pupils

    Senior schools in Dorset

    Entry to senior school is normally at age 11 or 13. Some senior schools also offer a pre-prep and prep, providing a single foundation for a child without the need to change schools.

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    Bournemouth Collegiate School
  • Day
  • Boarding
  • Coed
  • Senior + Pre-Prep & Prep

    400 to 700 pupils

    Bryanston School
  • Day
  • Boarding
  • Coed
  • Senior

    700 to 1,000 pupils

    Canford School
  • Day
  • Boarding
  • Coed
  • Senior

    400 to 700 pupils

    Clayesmore School
  • Day
  • Boarding
  • Coed
  • Senior + Pre-Prep & Prep

    400 to 700 pupils

    Leweston School
  • Day
  • Boarding
  • Coed
  • Senior + Pre-Prep & Prep

    400 to 700 pupils

    Milton Abbey School
  • Day
  • Boarding
  • Coed
  • Senior

    100 to 200 pupils

    Sherborne Girls
  • Day
  • Boarding
  • Girls
  • Senior

    400 to 700 pupils

    Sherborne School
  • Day
  • Boarding
  • Boys
  • Senior

    400 to 700 pupils

    Talbot Heath School
  • Day
  • Boarding
  • Girls
  • Senior + Pre-Prep & Prep

    400 to 700 pupils