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

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

Offering some of the best living anywhere in Great Britain, Derbyshire's famous British cities and towns include Chesterfield, Swadlincote, Glossop, Belper, Alfreton, Buxton, Bolsover and Shirebrook .

Derbyshire 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.

"Visit Derbyshire to explore a national park with craggy hills, sweeping dales, mysterious henges and swathes of dense woodland. This East Midlands county is all about the great outdoors. Walk the moors and tors of the Peak District and stop off in market towns Bakewell and Buxton to try the mouth-watering tart and mineral water." Visit England

Derbyshire is land-locked, with neighbouring counties such as Greater Manchester, West Yorkshire and South Yorkshire to the North, Nottinghamshire to the east, Leicestershire and Warwickshire to the south and Staffordshire and Cheshire to the west.

Derbyshire came third place in the 2018 British Travel award-winning holiday destination. They were beaten only by Northumberland and Cornwall.




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

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

Derbyshire 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 Derbyshire, 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 Derbyshire and in the cities of Derby or towns like Chesterfield, Swadlincote, Glossop, Belper, Alfreton, Buxton, Bolsover ans Shirebrook 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 Derbyshire, one of the best being:



The Old Vicarage School

Derby, Derbyshire, England, DE22 1EW

Private School (Fee Paying), Co-Educational, 3-13 Years, Day

The Old Vicarage School wants their children to develop a life-long love of learning, to be happy, confident and ‘glass half full’ in character. They aspire to achieve this through love, care and the personal attention that they offer through their family run school.

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Top Private Independent Secondary Schools & Colleges In Derbyshire, UK

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

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

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

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

> Amber Valley

Alfreton (22,000), Belper (21,800), Ripley (20,800), Heanor (17,200)

> Bolsover

Bolsover (11,000), Clowne (8,400), Whitwell (3,900), Shirebrook (13,300)

> Derbyshire Dales

Matlock (9,500), Ashbourne (9,000), Bakewell (4,000)

> North East Derbyshire

Clay Cross (9,200), Eckington (11,100), Dronfield (21,200), Bolsover (11,200)

> South Derbyshire

Swadlincote (32,200), Melbourne (6,000), Willington (2,800), Repton (2,700) Barrow upon Trent (550)

> Chesterfield

Chesterfield (88,400), Dronfield (21,200), Shirebrook (13,300), Calow (2,400)

> Erewash

Iikeston (38,600), Long Eaton (37,700), Little Eaton (2,100), Sandiacre (8,800), West Hallam (4,600)

> High Peak

Buxton (22,200), Glossop (33,000), Chapel-en-le-Frith (8,800), Castleton (650)




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

> FACT 1: Florence Nightingale is from Derby! She was born in the county in 1820 and visited many neighbouring villages as she administered to the ill.

> FACT 2: Famous video game character Lara Croft, most recognised for her role in Batman, was “born” at Core Design in Derby by Liam Sharp who is a British comic book artist. Lara Croft is very popular in the city and even has a street names after her!

> FACT 3: The Derby Arboretum inspired Central Park in NYC! The Arboretum was the first public park in England and was visited by Frederick Law Olmstead in 1859 before he designed New York’s Central Park!

> FACT 4: The hot dog was invented by a Derbeian! Traditionally considered as an American fast food, it was actually invented by Harry M Stevens and brought to the US after he immigrated in the 1800s.

> FACT 5: The china that was provided to the first-class passengers of the Titanic was made in Derby. Royal Crown Derby even has the original pattern books from which they produced the china from!

> FACT 6: Derbyshire is considered as the leading county in the industrial revolution! The first water powered cotton spinning mill was invented in Cromford and contributed majorly to the Industrial Revolution.

> FACT 7: Erasmus Darwin, grandfather of Charles Darwin was from Derbyshire and founded the Derby Philosophical Society all the way back in 1783.

> FACT 8: If you’re a fan of Joseph Wright and his incredible landscape and portrait paintings, you’re in luck! Derby Museum & Art Gallery has the largest collection of Wright paintings across the world!

Where To Live In Derby, UK

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

Chaddesden Derby, Alvaston Derby, Mickleover Derby, Darley Abbey Derby, Cathedral Quater Derby, St Peter’s Quarter Derby, Intu Derby

Relocating to Derby 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 Nottingham, Birmingham, Sheffield, Leicester and other locations for work.

Travel times to key destinations by road and rail include:

> Derby To London: London is about 155 miles by road from Derby via the M40 and driving to the centre of London from Derby normally takes under 3 hours. There is a very regular train service to London from Derby, with trains taking from 2 and a half hours.

> Derby To Nottingham: Nottingham is about 15 miles by road from Derby via the A52 and driving to the centre of Nottingham from Derby normally takes under 30 minutes. There is a very regular train service to Nottingham from Derby, with trains taking around 22 minutes.

> Derby To Sheffield: Sheffield is about 47 miles by road from Derby via the A38 and driving to the centre of Sheffield from Derby normally takes under 1 hour. There is a very regular train service to Sheffield from Derby, with trains taking from 27 minutes.



Nearest Airports To Derby, UK

The nearest airport to Derby is East Midlands Airport (EMA) which is 14 miles from Derby. Other nearby airports include Birmingham (BHX) (under 44 miles), Manchester (MAN) (60 miles)




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