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

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

Offering some of the best living anywhere in Great Britain, Cheshire's famous British cities and towns include Chester, Warrington and Congleton. 

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

"Cheshire is a Cheshire in northwest England, known for its rural villages of half-timber and local red sandstone buildings and for its Industrial Revolution heritage, with links to neighbouring Manchester and Liverpool. Its Cheshire seat is Chester, founded as a Roman fort in the first century A.D. and home to Roman walls and a cathedral displaying 1,000 years of architectural history." Visit Cheshire

Cheshire, located in the north west of England, sits on the Welsh border whilst hugging the River Mersey. Cheshire is bordered by Shropshire and Staffordshire to the south, Derbyshire to the east, Merseyside and Greater Manchester to the north, and Wales to the west. 

Cheshire has a long and rich history, it is thought that the name ‘Cheshire’ was first used by Edward the Elder in 920. Interestingly, before this period, the name ‘Legeceasterscir’ was used in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle. However it seems as if the name ‘Cheshire’ was most popular and has remained in place since it was recorded as so in the Domesday Book. 




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

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

Cheshire’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 Cheshire UK (Or "Private Schools Near Me")

Developed over the last 30+ years, the isbi School Search guide 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 Cheshire and in the cities of Chester and Warrington towns like Congleton,  and Macclesfield 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.

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Please see below for a full list of private schools and colleges in Cheshire, some of the best of which being: 



The Grange School

Northwich, Cheshire, England, CW8 1LU

Private School (Fee Paying), Girls, 4-11 Years, Day

The Grange School provides a modern, forward-thinking approach to independent education based on traditional values. Here, our children are motivated to learn and encouraged to participate in a wide range of enrichment activities so that they develop academically and emerge as fully-rounded, thoughtful and caring individuals.

[Read More About The Grange School...]



The Ryleys Prepatory School

Alderney Edge, Cheshire, England, SK9 7UY

Private School (Fee Paying), Co-Educational, 1-11 Years, Day

The Ryleys School provides a perfectly balanced education for children of the 21st century by combining high academic standards along with an outstanding personal development and extra curricular programme. They offer a progressive education while maintaining the traditions and core values of a Preparatory school within their exceptional site and facilities.

[Read More About The Ryleys Prepatory School...]



Wimslow Prepatory School

Wimslow, Cheshire, England, SK9 5EG

Private School (Fee Paying), Co-Educational, 3-11 Years, Day

Wilmslow Preparatory School is an outstanding independent day school for boys and girls aged 3-11. We aim to provide children with an excellent, well-rounded education that will lay firm foundations for life. We also aim to be continuously dynamic and forward thinking. Our pupils leave us as capable and self-fulfilled individuals, with a love of learning and a strong moral purpose, having experienced the very best possible start to their young lives.

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David Lewis School & David Lewis College

Alderley Edge, Cheshire, England, SK9 7UD

Special School, Co-Educational, 14-19+ Years, Day & Boarding

The David Lewis School is a specialised non-maintained residential school providing: educational, therapeutic, social and medical support services to young learners form 14 to 25 years old. These include day and residential places.

[Read More About David Lewis School & Daid Lewis College...]



Top Private Independent Secondary Schools & Colleges In Cheshire, UK

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

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

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

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

>  Cheshire West and Chester, Cheshire, UK

Chester (80,000), Ellesmere Port (6,500), Northwich (19,000), Winsford (29,400), Weaverham (6,200)

>  Cheshire East, Cheshire, UK

Crewe (67,700), Macclesfield (56,100), Wimslow (34,000), Congleton (25,400), Poynton (15,400) Middlewich (13,100), Holmes Chapel (5,600), Hasslington (5,000) 

>  Warrington, Cheshire, UK

Warrington (209,300), Great Sankey (24,200), Birchwood (11,300), Grappenhall and Thelwall (9,300), Culcheth (6,700), Croft (2,900)

>  Halton, Cheshire, UK

Runcorn (60,300), Widnes (55,600), Hale (15,300), Windmill Hill (13,100)




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

Many of those moving to Chester are escaping more urban living in London or other larger cities, deciding to relocate to the Cheshire capital to enjoy a different pace of life and the historic and elegant surroundings of a prosperous city 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 Chester, England, UK

> FACT 1:  Chester has been voted the 5th prettiest city in Europe! USA Today conducted a poll in 2013 where Chester beat places such as Budapest, Santorini, Venice and Prague! 

> FACT 2:  Daniel Craig was born in Chester in 1968! His parents both lived in Chester where they ran The Deva Hotel in Watergate Street. 

> FACT 3:  Famous footballers Micheal Owen, Tom Heaton and Danny Murphy were all from Chester, alongside professional snooker player Rickey Walden and Olympic gymnast Beth Tweeddle. 

> FACT 4:  Chester is famous for its walled city status, surrounded by a Roman Fortress Wall thought to be built in 79AD, it the best surviving Roman Fortress Wall in Northern Europe. It is possible to walk along these great walls and they provide excellent views down into the city. 

> FACT 5:  Chester’s central business district is also undergoing a revamp, with a £120 million project aiming to be finished by 2028. Upon completion, it should provide an excess of 500,000 sq. ft. of office space alongside leisure and retail amenities 

> FACT 6:  Chester zoo is famous throughout the UK for its wildlife, TripAdvisor even placed the zoo as 7th best in the entire world in 2015. 1.9 million visit the zoo every year. They have over 15,000 animals and 125 acres of zoological gardens!

> FACT 7:  Chester has a fantastic racecourse known as the Roodee, and it is actually the oldest racecourse in Britain, running since 1539. 

> FACT 8:  Chester is currently undergoing its ‘renaissance’, the Chester council has invested £1.3 billion into a redevelopment scheme throughout the areas of Northgate and Delamere Street, designed to make the city become a ‘must see European destination’.

> FACT 9:  Chester University is especially  excellent for its employability ratings. 95.2% of graduates go on to work or into further study within six months of graduating. 

> FACT 10:  Chester is known for its incredible covered walkways known as The Rows. They have been around since the 13th century and are completely unique to Chester. 

Where To Live In Chester, UK

Chester 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 city living to rural, country lifestyles, Chester and the areas near Chester 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:

Curzon Park Chester, Queens Park Chester, Dee Banks Chester, Broughton Lane Chester, Sandy Lane Chester, Hoole Chester, Upton Chester, Handbridge Chester, Tarvin Chester

Commuting To And From Chester By Rail Or Road

Relocating to Chester 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 Liverpool, Manchester, Leeds, London and other locations for work.

Travel times to key destinations by road and rail include:

>  Chester To Manchester: London is about 40 miles by road from Chester via the M56 and driving to the centre of London from Chester normally takes under 1 hour.  There is a very regular train service to London from Chester, with trains taking from 50 minutes to 1 hour 20 minutes to get to London.

>  Chester To Liverpool: Liverpool is about 20 miles by road from Chester via the M53 and driving to the centre of Liverpool from Chester normally takes under 40 minutes.  There is a very regular train service to Liverpool from Chester, with trains taking from 40 minutes to 1 hour to get to Liverpool

>  Chester To Leeds: Leeds is about 83 miles by road from Chester via the M62 and driving to the centre of Leeds from Chester normally takes under 2 hours.  There is a very regular train service to Leeds from Chester, with trains taking from 2 hours 10minutes to 2 hours 20 minutes to get to Leeds

>  Chester To London: London is about 220 miles by road from Chester via the M40 and driving to the centre of London from Chester normally takes under 4 hours.  There is a regular train service to London from Chester, with trains taking from 2 hours 10 minutes to 2 hours 20 minutes to get to London



Nearest Airports To Chester, UK

The nearest airport to Chester is Liverpool International Airport (LPL) which is 10 miles away.  Other nearby airports include Manchester (MAN) (under 30 miles), Leeds Bradford (LBA) (under 70 miles) and East Midlands (EMA) (under 70 miles).




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