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Gloucestershire Private Schools & Special Schools


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

For anyone planning a move to or within Gloucestershire 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 this fantastic Gloucestershire.

Offering some of the best living anywhere in Great Britain, Gloucestershire's famous British cities and towns include Gloucester, Cheltenham and Cirencester.

Gloucestershire 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.

"Gloucestershire is a county full of vibrace, culture and beauty. With charming towns and villages, beautiful rolling hills there is always penty to see and experience in Gloucestershire." Visit Gloucestershire

Gloucestershire sits on the coast of the Irish Sea, part of the valley of the River Severn. Gloucestershire borders Herefordshire, Worcestershire and Warwickshire to the North, Oxfordshire to the east, Wilshire, Bristol and Somerset to the South with the Welsh county of Monmouthshire to the west. Gloucestershire county is also home to part of the Cotswold Hills and the entire Forest of Dean. 

Gloucestershire is home to the Walls ice cream factory! Signatures such as Twister, mini-milks, calippos and Solero are all produced at the factory - which is the biggest ice cream factory in the UK!




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

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

Gloucestershire’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 Gloucestershire 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 Gloucestershire and in the cities of Gloucester and Cheltenham towns like Cirencesternbsp; Tewesbury and Stroud 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 belowfor a full list of private schools and colleges in Gloucestershire, some of the best include:


Dean Close Preparatory School

Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England, GL51 6QS

Private School (Fee Paying), Co-Educational, 2 o 13 Years, Day & Boarding (Full)

Dean Close Preparatory School is a co-educational day and boarding school for children age 7 - 13. The School is set in 50 acres of private land in the centre of Cheltenham. 

[Read More About Dean Close Preparatory School...]



Top Private Independent Secondary Schools & Colleges In Gloucestershire, UK

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

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

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

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

>  Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, UK

Tewesbury (85,800), Ashchurch (900), Bishops Cleeve (17,000), Winchcombe (5,300)

>  Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire, UK

Coleford (9,100), Cinderford (8,500), Lydney (8,900), Newent (5,000)

>  City of Gloucester, Gloucestershire, UK

Gloucester (150,000), Abbeydale (6,150), Barnwood (10,317)

>  Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, UK

Cheltenham (116,306), Charlton Kings (5,600), St Pauls (5,500) 

>  Stroud, Gloucestershire, UK

Stroud (95,000), Dursley (14,500), Nailsworth (7,700), Wotton-under-Edge (5,600)

>  Cotswold, Gloucestershire, UK

Cirencester (19,000), Tetbury (5,400), Moreton-in-Marsh (4,400), Stow-on-the-Wold (2,000), Chipping Campden (2,200)

>  South Gloucestershire, Gloucestershire, UK

Yate (27,600), Chipping Sodbury (5,000), Thornbury (12,300), Filton (10,600)


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

Many of those moving to Gloucester are escaping more urban living in London or other larger cities, deciding to relocate to the Gloucestershire 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 Gloucester, England, UK

> FACT 1:  Gloucester is famous for its indoor market, the Eastgate Indoor Market was primarily set up in 1496 by cheese merchants, all sorts of cheese were sold at the market, including the popular Double Gloucester! 

> FACT 2:  When next watching Harry Potter, look out for the cloisters, they are filmed at Gloucester Cathedral! 

> Fact 3:   The biggest ice cream factory in the UK is in Gloucester! The Walls factory is located on Corinium Avenue where they make all of the favourites such as Twister, mini-milks, Soleros and calippos.  

> FACT 4:  Gloucester is famous for sheep wool, it once was the primary industry in the county. The Cotswolds’ breed of sheep was known as ‘The Cotswold Lion’ and once provided wool for half of England’s Cloth. 

> FACT 5:  King Henry III was crowned at Gloucester cathedral in 1216, he started his reign when he was just nine years old and would go on to be the fifth longest serving English and British monarch.  

> FACT 6:  Poet and composer Ivor Gurney, who wrote poems such as ‘A Wish’, ‘April Gale’ and a ‘Ballad Of The Three Spectres’, was born on Queen Street in Glocester in 1890. 

> FACT 7: The Gloster Aircraft company was responsible for the first British and Allies jet. Trial flights of the Gloster E28 took off from Brockworth Airfield in 1941. 

> FACT 8:  Although current fans in Glocester cheer on the Cherry and Whites, in previous years they were known as the ‘Elver Eaters’. This was due to the unusual consumption of eels as a delicacy - in fact there is still an annual eel eating competition in Gloucestershire each year! 

> FACT 9:  William Eassie was responsible for the creation of the wooden huts that were used in order to shelter British and French troops in the Crimean war. Eassie moved to Gloucester in 1849 and was commissioned to build the supply huts 1855. 

> FACT 10: Gloucester has a rich Roman history, previously known as Nervia Glevensium or Glevum. If you visit the Eastgate underground viewing chamber, you will find the remains of the city from when it was a Roman fortress - the site even included a horse-pool! 

Where To Live In Gloucester, UK

Gloucester 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, Gloucester and the areas near Gloucester 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:

Abbeydale and AbbeyMead Gloucester, Barnwood Gloucester, Barton Gloucester, Treadworth Gloucester, Clapham Gloucester, Coopers Edge Gloucester, Elmbridge Gloucester, Hempsted Gloucester, High Orchard Gloucester, Hucclecote Gloucester, Hunts Grove Gloucester, Innsworth Gloucester, Kingsway Village Gloucester, Lovglevens Gloucester, Maton Gloucester, Moreland Gloucester, Podsmead Gloucester, Quedgeley Gloucester, Robinswood Hill Gloucester, South Hamlet Gloucester, Tuffley Gloucester, White City Gloucester, Wotton Gloucester

Commuting To And From Gloucester By Rail Or Road

Relocating to Gloucester 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, Bristol, Cheltnham, Oxford and other locations for work.

Travel times to key destinations by road and rail include:

>  Gloucester To London: London is about 113 miles by road from Gloucester via the M4 and driving to the centre of London from Gloucester normally takes under 2 and a half hours.  There is a very regular train service to London from Gloucester, with trains taking from 1 hour 50 minutes to 2 hours to get to London Paddington 

>  Gloucester To Bristol: Bristol is about 35 miles by road from Gloucester via the M5 and driving to the centre of Bristol from Gloucester normally takes under 50 minutes.  There is a very regular train service to Bristol  from Gloucester, with trains taking from 50 minutes to 1 hour to get to Bristol Temple Meads

>  Gloucester To Oxford: Oxford is about 48 miles by road from Gloucester via the A40 and driving to the centre of Oxford from Gloucester normally takes under 1 hour 20 minutes. There is a very regular train service to Oxford from Gloucester, with trains taking from 1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours to get to Oxford.



Nearest Airports To Gloucester, UK

The nearest airport to Gloucester is Birmingham International Airport (BHX) which is 62 miles away.  Other nearby airports include Bristol (BRS) (under 44 miles), Cardiff  (CWL) (under 75 miles) and London Heathrow (LHR) (under 101 miles).




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