Independent schools in Dorset

Search for independent schools from across Dorset – nursery and prep (from early years to age 11 or 13) and senior (for entry at 11 or 13 years).

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Canford School

Canford School
DB Coed 13-18, Dorset

Canford is one of the country’s leading co-educational boarding schools. Set in over 250 acres of fine parkland on the banks of the River Stour, the school combines academic excellence with a broad and balanced curriculum. “Outstanding collections of As and A*s at GCSE, ditto at A level. Strong, as ever, on team games. Music stunning. High quality facilities put the school almost in a class by itself.” Good Schools Guide

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Dumpton School

Dumpton School
D Coed 2-13, Dorset

Dumpton School is an Ofsted 'Outstanding' and ISI 'Excellent' co-educational Pre-Prep and Prep School for boys and girls aged 2 to 13, set in the heart of the Dorset countryside.

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Leweston School

Leweston School
DB Coed 3m-18, Dorset

Situated just outside Sherborne in 46 acres of beautiful Dorset parkland, Leweston Senior School offers an academic education to girls and boys aged 11 to 18. Full, weekly and flexi boarding options are available for girls from age 8 and boys age 11 upward.

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Sherborne Girls

Sherborne Girls
DB Girls 11-18, Dorset

Sherborne Girls is an independent full-boarding school for girls aged 11 to 18. Founded in 1899, it has been at the forefront of girls’ education in Britain for over 100 years. The school provides a rich environment for the development of well-educated, confident and caring young women who are committed to making significant and positive contributions to the world.

All girls follow a broad, balanced but challenging curriculum for A Level and GCSEs and the school maintains an excellent examination record with girls progressing to a raft of prestigious universities. Our extensive co-curricular offering means that girls learn to balance academic studies with the opportunities which come from participating in everything from music, sport, drama and the numerous community-based initiatives we are involved with.

The latest and most ambitious development project has just finished and we are delighted with our new £11M arts centre which sits at the heart of the campus. To find out more about joining us visit our website.

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Sherborne Preparatory School

Sherborne Preparatory School
DB Coed 2-13, Dorset

Sherborne Prep is a leading independent day and boarding school, welcoming girls and boys from 2 years to 13 years old (boarding from 7-13 years old). The School is five minutes’ walk from the centre of the thriving town of Sherborne and sits in 12 acres of beautiful grounds. Sherborne Prep enjoys excellent transport links with a direct train to London Waterloo and several nearby airports. Sherborne Prep merged with Sherborne School in April 2021.

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Talbot Heath School

Talbot Heath School
DB Girls 3-18, Dorset

Talbot Heath is a leading independent school in Dorset that offers girls aged 3-18 an outstanding education within a strong and supportive community.

The Daily Telegraph described the school as ‘a gem in its own right: a small but palpably warm school where individual girls get the attention they deserve.’ In an increasingly competitive and challenging world, the education that a young person receives at this independent school is crucial in their preparation for later life.

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