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Greater Manchester Private Schools & Special Schools


The isbi Schools Directory Guide To The Top Private Schools & Colleges In Greater Manchester

For anyone planning a move to or within Greater Manchester 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 Greater Manchester .

Offering some of the best living anywhere in Great Britain, Greater Manchester 's famous British cities and towns include Manchester, Salford, Denton, Middleton and Failsworth  

Greater Manchester  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.

"Greater Manchester is a major county in the northwest of England with a rich industrial heritage. The Castlefield conservation area’s 18th-century canal system recalls the city’s days as a textile powerhouse, and visitors can trace this history at the interactive Museum of Science & Industry. The revitalised Salford Quays dockyards now house the Daniel Libeskind-designed Imperial War Museum North and the Lowry cultural centre." Visit Manchester

Greater Manchester is bordered by Merseyside to the west, Cheshire to the south west, Derbyshire to the south, West Yorkshire to the north east and Lancashire to the north. 

Greater Manchester is known for its symbol of the worker bee. It was first used during the Industrial Revolution as Manchester grew through mass production. It was thought up in order to symbolise Mancunians’ hard work, with Manchester being the hive of activity during the revolution. Recently, the worker bee became a symbol of solidarity following the 2017 Manchester Arena Bombing, appearing as braffiti and as part of the Manchester Tattoo Appeal.




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

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

Greater Manchester ’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 Greater Manchester, UK (Or 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 Greater Manchester  and in the city of Manchester and suberbs like Bury, Rochdale and Stockport 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.



Top Private Independent Secondary Schools & Colleges In Greater Manchester, UK

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

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

Some of the best Special Needs schools in Greater Manchester, 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 Greater Manchester, England, UK

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

>  Bolton, Greater Manchester, UK

Deane (50,600), Astley Bridge (14,100), Heaton (14,200), Lostock (13,600), Tonge (13,200)

>  Bury, Greater Manchester, UK

Bury (78,800), Prestwich (35,100), Ramsbottom (17,900), Tottington (9,700), Radcliffe (29,900), Whitefield (23,200) 

>   Oldham, Greater Manchester, UK

Werneth (12,300), Waterhead (12,800), Coldhurst (11,900), Hollinwood (10,900)

>  Rochdale, Greater Manchester, UK

Rochdale (107,900),Middleton (42,900), Heywood (28,200), Littleborough (13,800), Milnrow (13,000), Wardle (7,000)

>   Stockport, Greater Manchester, UK

Stockport (136,900), Reddish (28,000), Marple (23,600) Bredbury (16,700), Bramhall (17,400), Hazel Grove (15,200), Cheadle (5,600) 

>  Tameside, Greater Manchester, UK

Ashton-under-Lyne (45,100), Denton (36,600), Hyde (34,000), Stalybridge (23,700), Droylsden (22,700), Dukinfield (19,300), Audenshaw (11,400), Mossley (10,900) 

>   Trafford, Greater Manchester, UK

Sale (134,000), Altrincham (52,400), Stretford (49,900) Urmston (41,800), Old Trafford (13,000), Partington (7,300) 

>   Wigan, Greater Manchester, UK

Wigan (107,700), Atherton (1,600), Ashton-in Makerfield (28,500), Golborne (24,100), Hindley (25,000), Ince-in-Markerfield (15,600), Leigh (41,200), Tyldesley (16,100) 

>  Manchester, UK

Manchester (553,200), Wythenshawe (110,000), Gatley (9,000), West Didsbury (26,700), Withington (13,400), Spinningfields (16,000), Gay Village (34,900), Hulme (16,900), Moss Side (18,900) 

>   Salford, UK 

Eccles (38,700), Worsley (10,000), Swinton (22,900), Walkden (35,600), Pandlebury (13,000)




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

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

> FACT 1:  The Smiths, Oasis and the Stone Roses were formed in Manchester! Oasis (originally known as the Rain) got together in 1991, whilst The Smiths based one of their hits ‘Strangeways Here We Come’ on Strangeways Prison! 

> FACT 2:  Peaky Blinders was actually filmed in Manchester! Although the hit TV series is based in Birmingham, a lot of scenes were actually filmed in Manchester. Look out for those filmed by the canal, as these were located at Castlefield in Manchester. 

> FACT 3: Manchester is famous for its ‘Curry Mile’ - a chain of south-asian restaurants located on Wilmslow Road. Although it is actually only about half a mile long, it is rumoured to be the largest concentration of south-asain restaurants outside of Asia.

> FACT 4: Manchester is home to the smallest bar in Europe! Pop over to The Circus Tavern on Portland Street and enjoy a pint in the bar that runs less than a metre long! The rest of the pub is only 500 square feet but is still frequented by many Manchester United Fans on match days!  

> FACT 5: The first atom was split in Manchester! In 1917, Ernest Rutherford was teaching at Manchester University after he took on the position of Chair of Physics in 1907. Rutherford went on to win a Nobel Prize for his discovery, with many calling his work “the creation of modern physics”. 

> FACT 6:  Visit the Midland Hotel to see where Rolls-Royce was founded! The Midland Hotel is located near St Peter's Square and it is where Rolls and Royce met in 1904. The two combined their names to start their own automotive company and launched their first car, the Silver Ghost, in 1907. 

> FACT 7:  The New Union Pub is one of the oldest LQBTQ+ venues in the world! Head down to Gay Village in the center of Manchester for some of the best Drag Shows in Europe. Manchester is known as one of the most gay-friendly cities after having had a significant LGBTQ+ scene since WW2. 

> FACT 8: Manchester is where the Suffragette movement began. Emmeline Pankhurst founded the Women’s Social and Political Union in Manchester in 1903. This movement gained momentum and quickly became known as the Suffragette Movement, helping women gain the right to vote. You can even visit 62 Nelson Street, Emmeline’s previous home, to see the works of the women who were involved in the movement. 

> FACT 9: The world’s first passenger railway opened in 1830 and ran between Manchester and Liverpool. You could board the train on Liverpool Road in Manchester, where you would journey on the steam train towards the coast in order to reach Liverpool. 

> FACT 10:  Chetham’s Library, located near Victoria Station, is the oldest public library in England. Opening to the public in 1953, it holds over 100,000 books! 

Where To Live In Manchester, UK

Manchester 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, Manchester and the areas near Manchester are 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:

Altrincham Manchester, Northern Quarter Manchester, Sale Manchester, Rusholme Manchester, Spinningfields Manchester, Ancoats Manchester, Prestwich Manchester, Green Quarter Manchester, Didsbury Manchester, Castlefield Manchester, New Islington Manchester, Chorlton Manchester, Salford Manchester, Deansgate Manchester, Hulme Manchester, Whitefield Manchester, Castlefields Manchester 

Commuting To And From Manchester By Rail Or Road

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

Travel times to key destinations by road and rail include:

>  Manchester To London:  London is about 217 miles by road from Manchester via the M6 and M40 and driving to the centre of London from Manchester normally takes under 5 hours.  There is a very regular train service to London from Manchester, with trains taking from 2 hours 20 minutes to 2 hours 40 minutes to get to London.

>  Manchester To Liverpool:  Liverpool is about 35 miles by road from Manchester via the M62 and driving to the centre of Liverpool from Manchester normally takes under 1 hour 15 minutes.  There is a very regular train service to Liverpool from Manchester, with trains taking from 40 minutes to 50 minutes to get to Liverpool

>  Manchester To Leeds:  Leeds is about 42 miles by road from Manchester via the M62 and driving to the centre of Leeds from Manchester normally takes under 1 hour 15 minutes.  There is a very regular train service to Leeds from Manchester, with trains taking from 55 minutes to 1 hour 10 minutes to get to Leeds.

>  Manchester To Birmingham:  Birmingham is about 94 miles by road from Manchester via the M6 and driving to the centre of Birmingham from Manchester normally takes under 2 hours.  There is a very regular train service to Birmingham from Manchester, with trains taking from 1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours 15 minutes to get to Birmingham.




Nearest Airports To Manchester, UK

The nearest airport to Manchester is Manchester International Airport (MAN) which is 8 miles away.  Other nearby airports include Liverpool (LPL) (under 27 miles), East Midlands (EMA) (under 60 miles) and Birmingham (BHX) (under 74 miles).




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