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

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

Offering some of the best living anywhere in Great Britain, Bristol's famous suburbs include Clifton, Redland, Totterdown. Whereas the nearby towns to Bristol are Filton, Patchway, Long Ashton and the city of Bath.

Bristol 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.

"Bristol is known for its offbeat, alternative character thanks to the counterculture vibe of some neighbourhoods and a famously vivid street art scene. In communities like Stokes Croft, you'll find a wealth of art collectives and community-run cafes, while a range of festivals and the city's music venues, first-class theatre and an art-house cinema help keep the culture dial set to high. From Clifton's iconic suspension bridge to Brunel's groundbreaking SS Great Britain, via s and trains, Bristol is a city awash with the past. And it's engagingly exhibited too. Whereas for food, all over Bristol you'll find eateries dishing up food that's local, ethical and creatively prepared. You can enjoy everything from romantic, French-themed dining to fabulously cheap gourmet pies – good budget meals are particularly well represented, with a wealth of hip cafes, canteens and espresso bars."

Bristol is nestled in the Southeast of England and just a short drive from Wales, Bristol enjoys a wide range of connections to the outdoors with the sea close by too!

Famous graffiti artist Banksy was born in Bristol back in 1974! His graffiti can be found all across the city, you can even take a free walking tour to make sure you don’t miss any.

For more fun facts about Bristol, head down to our Bristol feature page!




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

If you are thinking of moving to live in Bristol (or you already live in Bristol but are considering relocating) and you and your family are researching some of the best private schools in Bristol there is a big choice of high quality Bristol schools, with a number of the Bristol highest ranking Independent schools considered to be some of the best in the UK.

Bristol 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 Bristol, 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 Bristol or towns like Long Ashton, Lockleze and Brislington 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 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.




Please see below for a full list of private schools and colleges in Bristol, one of the best being:



Badminton School

Westbury-on-Trym, Bristol, Avon, England, BS9 3BA

Private School (Fee Paying), Girls, 3 to 18 Years, Day & Boarding (Flexi, Full, Weekly)

Badminton School is a vibrant environment with outstanding teaching and learning where the girls achieve excellent results and are nurtured and encouraged within a calm and supportive community that promotes self-confidence, self-belief and a can-do attitude.

[Read More About Badminton School...]



Top Private Independent Secondary Schools & Colleges In Bristol, UK

Some of the best Independent Secondary schools and colleges and Sixth Form schools and colleges in Bristol, 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 Bristol, UK

Some of the best Pre-Prep and Prep schools in Bristol, 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 Bristol, UK

Some of the best Special Needs schools in Bristol, 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 Bristol, England, UK

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

>  Bristol (467,000)

Clifton (21,800)

Bedminster (12,900)

Clevedon (21,000)

Southville (12,800)

Bristol City Center (10,100)

Filton (11,200)

Brislington (11,800)

Redland (13,200)

Horfiel (13,800)

Knowle (14,000)

Avonmouth (2,600)

Portishead (26,300)

Totterdown (13,200)

Southmead (13,100)

Hotwells (6,100)

Stockwood (11,900)

Frome Vale (11,600)




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

Ten Things To Know About Bristol, England, UK

> FACT 1: Brunel’s ss Great Britain is located in Bristol! The famous e, Isambard Kingdom Brunel designed the ship and it now sits in Bristol docs. You can visit it any day of the week and it makes for an excellent historical trip for the kids!

> FACT 2: Bristol was voted as the Best Culinary Destination in the World Food Travel Association in 2019! It is one of Britain's hubs for foodies and ranges from Michelin Star restaurants to funky street vans selling dishes from all across the world!

> FACT 3: Buy a postcard of Bristol and you’ll most likely see some hot air balloons - illustrating one of Bristol’s most famous traditions. The tradition began in 1979 w teams from around the UK came together to do a ‘mass ascent’ where over 100 balloons were launched into the sky over Bristol. Nowadays they remain a popular activity for all residents, look up on a sunny day and you’ll be sure to spot one!

> FACT 4: Bristol was voted the kindest city in the UK! A survey confided by 52 charities placed Bristol in the top spot.

> FACT 5: The first bungee jump took place in Bristol! The crazy lot came from Oxford University Dangerous Sports Club, who jumped off the Clifton Suspension Bridge in 1979!

> FACT 6: Agatha Christie was married in Bristol. She tied the knot in the upmarket district of Clifton on Christmas Eve, 1914.

> FACT 7: Bristol was the first city in the UK to be awarded European Green Capital City! The city won this award back in 2015 but recently also won the 2021 Gold Sustainable Food City Status in May. This is no surprise though, as Bristol has always had strong green roots!

> FACT 8: Fossils of the oldest known dinosaur in Britain were found in Bristol! The Thecodontosaurus antiquus is thought to be 210 million years old!

> FACT 9: Bristol is a UNESCO City of Film! Recognised in 2017 as a world leader in the field of film and moving image.

> FACT 10: The famous Cricketer WG Grace was born in Bristol! In fact, there is a Wetherspoons named after him, located on Whiteladies R!

Where To Live In Bristol, UK

Bristol 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 Bristol living to rural, country lifestyles, Bristol and the areas near Bristol is 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:

Clifton Bristol, Redland Bristol, Bedminster Bristol, Harbourside Bristol, City Center Bristol, Bishopston Bristol, Leigh Woods Bristol, Abbots Leigh Bristol, Westbury-on-Trym Bristol, Coombe Dingle Bristol

Commuting To And From Bristol By Rail Or Road

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

Others are happy to commute more regularly to London, Bath Cardiff and other locations for work.

Travel times to key destinations by road and rail include:

> Bristol To London: London is about 120 miles by road from Bristol via the M4 and driving to the centre of London from Bristol normally takes under 2 hours 30 minutes. There is a very regular train service to London from Bristol, with trains taking from 1 hour 30 minutes.

> Bristol To Bath: Bath is about 12 miles by road from Bristol via the A4 and driving to the centre of Bath from Bristol normally takes under 40 minutes. There is a very regular train service to Bath from Bristol, with trains taking around 15 minutes.

> Bristol To: Cardiff is about 40 miles by road from Bristol via the M4 and driving to the centre of Cardiff from Bristol normally takes under 1 hour 20 minutes. There is a very regular train service to Cardiff from Bristol, with trains taking from 50 minutes.

Nearest Airports To Bristol, UK

The nearest airport to Bristol is Bristol (BRS) which is 7 miles from Bristol. Other nearby airports include Birmingham (BHX) (under 78 miles), London Heathrow (LHR) (92 miles), London Luton (LTN) (100 miles) and London Gatwick (LGW) (107 miles)


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