Independent schools in Greater Manchester

Discover independent schools in Greater Manchester – nursery, pre-prep, prep and senior – around Altrincham, Oldham, Bolton, and Manchester.

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Pre-Prep and Prep schools in Greater Manchester

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

    100 to 200 pupils

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

    200 to 400 pupils

    Bolton School
  • Day
  • Coed
  • Pre-Prep & Prep + Senior

    1,000+ pupils

    Bury Grammar School
  • Day
  • Coed
  • Pre-Prep & Prep + Senior

    1,000+ pupils

    Chetham's School of Music
  • Day
  • Boarding
  • Coed
  • Prep + Senior

    200 to 400 pupils

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

    100 to 200 pupils

    Lady Barn House School
  • Day
  • Coed
  • Pre-Prep & Prep

    400 to 700 pupils

    Manchester High School for Girls
  • Day
  • Girls
  • Pre-Prep & Prep + Senior

    700 to 1,000 pupils

    Moor Allerton School
  • Day
  • Coed
  • Pre-Prep & Prep

    200 to 400 pupils

    Oldham Hulme Grammar School
  • Day
  • Coed
  • Pre-Prep & Prep + Senior

    700 to 1,000 pupils

    St Ambrose Preparatory School
  • Day
  • Coed
  • Pre-Prep & Prep

    100 to 200 pupils

    St Bede's College
  • Day
  • Coed
  • Pre-Prep & Prep + Senior

    700 to 1,000 pupils

    The Manchester Grammar School
  • Day
  • Boys
  • Prep + Senior

    1,000+ pupils

    Withington Girls' School
  • Day
  • Girls
  • Prep + Senior

    700 to 1,000 pupils

    Senior schools in Greater Manchester

    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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    Bolton School
  • Day
  • Coed
  • Senior + Pre-Prep & Prep

    1,000+ pupils

    Bury Grammar School
  • Day
  • Coed
  • Senior + Pre-Prep & Prep

    1,000+ pupils

    Chetham's School of Music
  • Day
  • Boarding
  • Coed
  • Senior + Prep

    200 to 400 pupils

    Manchester High School for Girls
  • Day
  • Girls
  • Senior + Pre-Prep & Prep

    700 to 1,000 pupils

    Oldham Hulme Grammar School
  • Day
  • Coed
  • Senior + Pre-Prep & Prep

    700 to 1,000 pupils

    St Bede's College
  • Day
  • Coed
  • Senior + Pre-Prep & Prep

    700 to 1,000 pupils

    The Manchester Grammar School
  • Day
  • Boys
  • Senior + Prep

    1,000+ pupils

    Withington Girls' School
  • Day
  • Girls
  • Senior + Prep

    700 to 1,000 pupils