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

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

Offering some of the best living anywhere in Great Britain, Cumbria's famous British cities and towns include Carlisle, Keswick, Windermere, Kendal, Penrith and Coniston.

Cumbria 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.

"The Lake District, one of the most beautiful regions of the UK, is located in the heart of Cumbria, a predominantly rural county in the far north west of England. World famous for its beautiful lakes and mountainous fells, carved out long ago by glaciers, the Lake District today is a playground for walkers and outdoor enthusiasts. As well as the whole of the Lake District, also known as The Lakes or Lakeland and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Cumbria includes the Eden Valley, the North Pennines, the Furness Peninsula, and a small part of the Yorkshire Dales." Visit Cumbria

Cumbria is up in the northmost part of England, bordering Scotland, with neighbouring counties such as Northumberland, Lancashire, County Durham, North Yorkshire, Dumfries and Galloway.

Cumbria is where the famous Lake District is located! However it is just one of the two World Heritage Sites located in Cumbria, with the other one being the ‘Frontiers of the Roman Empire’.




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

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

Cumbria 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 Cumbria, 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 Cumbria and in the cities of Carlisle or towns like TOWNS 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.



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



Windermere School

Windermere, Cumbria, England, LA23 1NW

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

Windermere School is in the heart of the English Lake District National Park. They aim for every pupil to be inspired by the challenge, rooted in the land and brought into the fold: empowering compassionate change makers who seek to improve their world.

[Read More About Windermere School...]



Top Private Independent Secondary Schools & Colleges In Cumbria, UK

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

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

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

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

> Allerdale

Workington (25,200), Aspatria (2,800), Maryport (11,200), Cockermouth (8,700)

> Barrow-in-Furness

Barrow-in-Furness (67,400)

> Furness

Dalton-in-Furness (7,800), Coniston (7,800), Lindal in Furness (7,800)

> Carlisle

Carlisle (5,800), Abbey Town (800), Ainstable (600), Brampton (4,000), Wigton Market Cross (6,600)

> Copeland

Whitehaven (23,900), Millom (1,800), Egremont (8,100), Cleator Moor (6,900), St Bees (1,800)

> Eden

Penrith (15,100), Appleby-in-Westmorland (3,000), Kirkby Stephen (1,800), Alston (1,100), Brough (1,800)

> South Lakeland

Windermere (8,300), Coniston (900), Hawkshead (500), Grasmere (1,00), Newby Bridge (200)




Carlisle 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 Carlisle are escaping more urban living in London or other larger cities, deciding to relocate to the Cumbria capital to enjoy a different pace of life and the historic and elegant surroundings of a prosperous Carlisle 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 Carlisle, England, UK

> FACT 1: Carlisle is bursting with culture, with many events happening throughout the year. The most popular ones include Carlisle Fringe, Cumbrian Bridge and the Great Cumbrian Run!

> FACT 2: The Lake District, located in Cumbria, has 26 miles of coastline and 29,792 hecatres of woodland.

> FACT 3: Each year, Carlisle holds a lying competition! It started back in the 19th century when Will Ritson told a lie about his turnips being so big that people carved them into cow sheds. The competition gets quite competitive with 12 competitors are given eight minutes to tell the best lie they can think of!

> FACT 4: Carlisle has its own secret Atlantis! Mardale Green was flooded as a reason to create a reservoir to provide water to Manchester and Lancashire. However in 2014 the reservoir was low and you can see see the remnants of the village.

> FACT 5: Carlisle was the location for army barracks in the 19th century. It was the Border Regiment for the infantry in the year 1881 and is still the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment today.

> FACT 6: Cumbria is famous for the Cumberland sausage! Up there was Parma ham and Feta cheese, sitting in 44th place on the UKs most protected food!

> FACT 7: Her Majesty's Theatre in Carlisle was the first Theatre ever to be lit by Electricity in 1880!

> FACT 8: UFO experts revealed 21 UFO sightings in between the years 1997 and 2009. The experts reckon that it was once “an alien re-fuelling hotspot” !

> FACT 9: The Lake District is famous for its pencil making. With the first ever pencil invented in Seathwaite. During the second world war, local pencil makers hid miniature brass compasses tightly rolled tissue maps that showed the escape routes out of Germany!

> FACT 10: The M6 Motorway that goes up to Carlisle is the longest motorway in Britain!

Where To Live In Carlisle, UK

Carlisle 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 Carlisle living to rural, country lifestyles, Carlisle and the areas near Carlisle 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:

Newton Carlisle, Raffles Carlisle, Yewdale Carlisle, Denton Holme Carlisle, Corrock Carlisle, Upperby Carlisle, Stanwix Carlisle, Houghton Carlisle, Botcherby Carlisle, Harraby Carlisle, Belah Carlisle, Kingmoor Carlisle,

Commuting To And From Carlisle By Rail Or Road

Relocating to Carlisle 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 Dumfries, Newcastle, Manchester, Durham and other locations for work.

Travel times to key destinations by road and rail include:

> Carlisle To London: London is about 317 miles by road from Carlisle via the M6 M40 and driving to the centre of London from Carlisle normally takes under 6 hours. There is a very regular train service to London from Carlisle, with trains taking from 5 hours and 15 minutes.

> Carlisle To Newcastle: Newcastle is about 59 miles by road from Carlisle via the A69 and driving to the centre of Newcastle from Carlisle normally takes under 1 hours 15 minutes. There is a very regular train service to Newcastle from Carlisle, with trains taking around 2 hours.

> Carlisle To Manchester: Manchester is about 120 miles by road from Carlisle via the M6 and driving to the centre of Manchester from Carlisle normally takes under 2 hours 15 minutes. There is a very regular train service to Manchester from Carlisle, with trains taking from 2 hours 10 minutes.



Nearest Airports To Carlisle, UK

The nearest airport to Carlisle is Newcastle (NCL) which is Edinburgh (EDI) 50 miles from Carlisle. Other nearby airports include Leeds Bradford (LBA) (under 88 miles), Glasgow (GLA) (89), Manchester (MAN) (109 miles)




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