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The isbi Schools Directory Guide To The Top Private Schools & Colleges In Cornwall

For anyone planning a move to or within Cornwall in South West England, we have collated information below about different places to live, schools, estate agents and other information we think useful for relocating within fantastic Cornwall.

Offering some of the best living anywhere in Great Britain, Cornwall's famous British cities and towns include Truro, Falmouth, Newquay and Polzeath

Cornwall has a great choice of high quality UK private schools, beautiful countryside, lots of activities and excellent housing - with a fantastic range of different property to call home, from country mansions and estates, cottages and bungalows to new build executive housing, family townhouses and apartments.

"Take advantage of the often stunning Cornish weather by surfing off Atlantic coves, ambling across granite moors or striding out on the South West Coast Path across Cornwall’s sandy beaches and wild flower-strewn clifftops. Got green fingers? Potter around lush gardens that can be found at Cornwall’s National Trust sites and in the modern biomes of the Eden Project alike. Explore super-quaint harbour towns, like Padstow and Truro, where many a celebrity chef has taken up residence, and tuck into an endless list of Cornish delicacies – crumbly Yarg cheese, meat-stuffed pasties and Cornish cream teas with clotted cream – on England's southwest toe. Cornwall offers all of this and much, much more." Visit England

Cornwall is nestled in the west corner of England, boasting 300 miles of coastline. Cornwall shares one land border with Devon, to the north east. With the Isles of Scilly sitting south west off the tip of Cornwall.

Many famous chefs have now set up camp in this southerly region of England, however it is still most famous for the Cornish Pasty, it seems that this slice of cornish is particularly moorish as it contributes £150 million to the local economy each year!




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Looking for a prestigious Independent (private) school in Cornwall, GB?

If you are thinking of moving to live in Cornwall (or you already live in Cornwall but are considering relocating) and you and your family are researching the best private schools in Cornwall there is a big choice of high quality Cornish private schools, to chose from. 

Cornwall's private education sector features day schools and boarding schools, girls schools, boys schools and co-educational (mixed) schools, including leading private Nurseries, Prep Schools, Independent Secondary and Sixth Form schools and colleges.

Find Private Schools In Cornwall, UK (Or "Private Schools Near Me")

Developed over the last 36+ years, the isbi School Search Directory is one of the largest and most comprehensive private schools directories available, helping thousands of families to find, compare and select good schools since the 1980s.

>   You can search for private schools with a reputation for excellence in Cornwall and in the Truro of Truro or towns like Truro, Penzance, Falmouth and Newquay by using our Private Schools Directory and Independent Schools Finder (powered by isbi's School Search Directory) or by clicking on the names of the schools and colleges listed below to see detailed profiles with photos, videos, maps etc.

>   With our expanded school search technology you can filter your search by the type of school you are looking for such as day and boarding, gender, age range, academic study, religious affiliation, school fees, scholarships and bursaries, open days etc.

>   You can also focus your search on just private Pre-Prep and Prep schools or on Independent Senior and Sixth Form schools and colleges, or view search results for all of them together.

Please explore isbi.com for detailed information and guides about good schools of all types and for open days, school and college and news, articles and blogs with details of school associations, glossaries and explanations about examinations and qualifications and expert advice about independent education at private schools and colleges around the UK and worldwide.



Top Private Independent Secondary Schools & Colleges In Cornwall AND North Devon, UK


Kingsley School, Bideford

Bideford, Devon, England, EX39 3LY

Private School (Fee Paying), Co-Educational, 0-18 Years, Day & Boarding (Flexi, Full, Weekly)

At Kingsley School, our location in the UNESCO biosphere of North Devon, and one of only twelve world surf reserves worldwide informs the way we use our environment to provide a truly unique education which more than just academic results. Our combined Core Curriculum & Expansive Curriculum ensures students experience a range of academic subjects, sports, arts, outdoor education, and Earth Centre education, all underpinned by our focus on sustainability and environmentalism.

[Read More About Kingsley School, Bideford...]



West Buckland School

Barnstable, Devon, England, EX32 0SX

Private School (Fee Paying), Co-Educational, 3-18 Years, Day & Boarding (Flexi, Full, Weekly)

West Buckland gives its pupils an excellent all-round education for life, firmly based on Christian principles. Many people carry away memories of the friendly and lively atmosphere of the school, and the unspoilt countryside that surrounds it, near the edge of Exmoor.

[Read More About West Buckland School...]



Blundell's School

Tiverton, Devon, England, EX16 4DN

Private School (Fee Paying), Co-Educational, 11-18 Years, Boarding (Flexi, Full, Weekly)

At Blundell's School, we are immensely fortunate to be situated in an idyllic location. Here on our 100-acre campus in the Devon hills, our pupils are supported and inspired by teachers dedicated to their success and well-being.

[Read More About Blundell's Preparatory School...]



Some of the best Independent Secondary schools and colleges and Sixth Form schools and colleges in Cornwall, Great Britain providing a top-tier, world-class British day and boarding single-sex and mixed education for boys and girls include:

Top Private Pre-Preparatory & Preparatory Schools In Cornwall, UK

Some of the best Pre-Prep and Prep schools in Cornwall, Great Britain providing a top-tier, world-class British day and boarding single-sex and mixed education for boys and girls aged from 3 years to 11 or 13 years include:

Special Needs Schools In Cornwall, UK

Some of the best Special Needs schools in Cornwall, Great Britain providing a top-tier, world-class British Special Needs and Special Education Needs education for boys and girls (single-sex and mixed) include:




Where To Live In Cornwall, England, UK

The most popular British cities and towns in the Cornwall area (GB) include, with approximate population numbers:

>  Camborne and Redruth, Cornwall, UK

Camborne (20,000), Redruth (14,000), Carharrack (1,300), Portreath (1,300)

>  North Cornwall, Cornwall, UK

Bodmin (13,00), Padstow (3,200), Polzeath (1,500), Rock (1,300) Portreath (1,300)

>  South East Cornwall, Cornwall, UK

Fowey (2,300), Looe (5,300), Lostwithiel (2,800), Polperro (1,500)

>  St Austell and Newquay, Cornwall, UK

St Austell (27,400), Newquay (25,000), Truro (21,000) Bugle (4,200), Duloe (700), Gorran Haven (1,200)

>  St Ives, Cornwall, UK

Penzance (20,800), St Ives (11,200), Sennen Cove (900), St. Levan (500) Isles of Scilly (2,200)




Truro is a very popular place to live and many people move to each year, or to near and the surrounding area, from around the United Kingdom and abroad.

Many of those moving to Truro are escaping more urban living in London or other larger cities, deciding to relocate to the Cornwall capital to enjoy a different pace of life and the historic and elegant surroundings of a prosperous Truro with great facilities and leisure amenities, high quality housing and schools, fantastic pubs, restaurants and sports and popular cultural events, arts and music.

Eight Things To Know About Truro, England, UK

> FACT 1: Roger Taylor, drummer for the rock band Queen, grew up in Truro! Roger Taylor originally played the ukulele at age seven, before forming a rock band when he was 15 with some of his friends from Truro School.

> FACT 2: Truro is centred in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Despite Cornwall being famous for it’s beautiful beaches and chilled out surfer vibe, there are also a number of incredible gardens, including Trelissick and Tregothnan.

> FACT 3: Cornwall has a sizable population of around 600,000 people, however Truro is the only city. Truro gained its city status in 1877 and is renowned for its cobbled street and beautiful Gothic and Georgian architecture

> FACT 4: There is a direct train from London Paddington down to Truro. Despite the detached atmosphere that attracts so many people to Truro, the city still remains well linked to London. With the train taking between 4-6 hours, offering scenic views of Devon along the way.

> FACT 5: Truro hosts their own ‘City of Lights’ event every year. The festival sees hundreds of landers and lights being lit and paraded through the town, attracting more than 30,000 people down to the city. In celebration of winter, Truro city council organises art and music performances to take place in a dazzling procession.

> FACT 6: People of Truro are often nicknamed Truonians, with the name originating from those who attended Truro School, an independent boarding school located in the city.

> FACT 7: Truro gets its name from the cornish term for three rivers, or “Tri-veru”. There are three beautiful rivers that run through the city of Truro: the Allen, the Truro River and the Kenwyn, that make an excellent visit and a cracking game of pooh sticks!

> FACT 8: Truro Cathedral has three spires! The cathedral is a picture perfect location within the city and is one out of the three cathedrals in the UK to have three spires!

Where To Live In Truro, UK

Truro and the surrounding area offers a huge choice of high quality, premium and luxury property to meet the needs of any family, whether wanting a cottage, townhouse, large apartment, mansion or country estate, with or without granny annex, garden or swimming pool. There are also property development and investment opportunities too, with land available to purchase and properties in need of renovation.

From central Truro living to rural, country lifestyles, Truro and the areas near Truro are full of bustling districts and leafy suburbs, lush green areas, charming Crescents and estates, rolling countryside, vibrant high streets, busy neighbourhoods and friendly residential communities.

Some of the popular residential areas include:

Kenwyn Truro, Moresk Truro, Trelander Truro, Newham Truro, Newham Truro, Highertown Truro, Treliske Truro, Gloweth Truro, Carvoza,

Commuting To And From Truro By Rail Or Road

Relocating to Truro is especially popular with those happy to work from home most of the time but needing to occasionally commute to other places for work.

Others are happy to commute more regularly to London, Newquay, Plymouth, Exeter and other locations for work.

Travel times to key destinations by road and rail include:

> Truro To London: London is about 290 miles by road from Truro via the A30, M5 & M4 and driving to the centre of London from Truro normally takes under 5 and a half hours. There is a very regular train service to London from Truro, with trains taking from 4 and a half hours to 5 and a half hours, direct into London Paddington.

> Truro To Newquay: Newquay is about 12 miles by road from Truro via the A3075 and driving to the centre of Newquay from Truro normally takes under 30 minutes. There is a very regular train service to Newquay from Truro, with trains taking around 1 and a half hours. There is also a regular bus service, which takes about 50 minutes.

> Truro To Plymouth: Plymouth is about 55 miles by road from Truro via the A30 and A38 and driving to the centre of Plymouth from Truro normally takes under 1 and a half hours. There is a very regular train service to X from Truro, with trains taking about 1 and a quarter hours.

> Truro To Exeter: Exeter is about 87 miles by road from Truro via the A30 and driving to the centre of Exeter from Truro normally takes under 1 hour 40 minutes. There is a very regular train service to Exeter from Truro, with trains taking from 2 hours 20 minutes to 2 hours 50 minutes.

Nearest Airports To Truro, UK

The nearest airport to Truro is Newquay (NQY) which is 12 miles from Truro. Other nearby airports include Lands’s End (LEQ) (under 30 miles), Scilly Isles (ISC) (under 60 miles), Bristol (BRS) (170 miles) and Gatwick (LGW) (270 miles)




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