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Kingston Upon Thames Private Schools & Special Schools


The isbi Schools Directory Guide To The Top Private Schools & Colleges In London Kingston

For anyone planning a move to or within Kingston Upon Thames in south west London, we have collated information below about different places to live, schools, estate agents and other information we think useful for relocating within this fantastic part of London.

Offering some of the best living anywhere in Great Britain, Kingston's famous areas include Kingston upon Thames, Surbiton, New Malden and Chessington. 

Kingston 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 brilliantly located apartments, period terrace houses and innovative new builds to  executive housing, family townhouses and apartments. 

"Kingston is a bustling market town, beautifully situated on the banks of the River Thames. With an abundance of both independent and big-name retailers, stunning riverside dining, an impressive heritage and a bustling ancient marketplace, there is plenty to celebrate in Kingston, all just 12 miles from central London and within easy reach of the M25." Visit Surrey

Kingston sits on the outer border of central London, with Richmond to the north, Wandsworth to the north east, Merton to the west and the county of Surrey to the south. 

Kingston upon Thames has the oldest market in London, its records date back to the early 1200’s with the Ancient Market still operating 7 days a week! 

For more fun facts about figures about Kingston and the surrounding areas of Kingston, scroll down to our Kingston feature page!




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

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

Kingston’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 Kingston, 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.

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



Newland House School

Twickenham, Middlesex, TW1 4TQ

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

Newland House School ensures all their children have equal access to learning, educational opportunities and experiences. They provide a balanced platform for pupils to explore their potential and achieve highest possible standards.

[Read More About Newland House School...]



St Catherine’s School

Twickenham, Middlesex, London, England, TW1 4QJ

Private School (Fee Paying), Girls, 3-18 Years, Day

At St Catherine’s they understand the importance of the individual and the community. They foster curiosity, creativity and resilience and their excellent pastoral care helps each girl to find her own gifts and talents. In turn, the girls are inspired to contribute whole-heartedly to the school community and this creates a very special place, where girls and staff feel they belong.

[Read More About St Catherine’s School…]



Twickenham Preparatory School

Twickenham, Middlesex, London, England, TW1 4QJ

Private School (Fee Paying), Co-Educational, 4-13 Years, Day

Twickenham Prep School (TPS) creates such a foundation for life both for today and for the future, in a wonderful, co-educational setting.

[Read More About Twickenham Preparatory School…]



Hampton School

Hampton, Middlesex, London, England, TW12 3HD

Private School (Fee Paying), Boys, 11-18 Years, Day

Located in a highly desirable area of South West London, Hampton School is situated on a beautiful 27-acre green field site. They are a happy and vibrant independent day school for boys aged 11 - 18.

[Read More About Hampton School…]



Claremont Fan Court School

Esher, Surrey, London, England, KT10 9LY

Private School (Fee Paying), Co-Educational, 2-18 Years, Day

Set in 100 acres of historic grounds, Claremont is known for focussing on the academic potential of our pupils, but not at the expense of their pastoral wellbeing; for a culture that nurtures pupils’ limitless potential, not just in exams but also in equipping them with the skills to shape the world around them at university, in their careers and in the wider society beyond.

[Read More About Claremont Fan Court School…]



Top Private Independent Secondary Schools & Colleges In London, UK

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

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

Some of the best Special Needs schools in London, 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 Kingston, England, UK

The most popular neighbourhoods in the Kingston area (GB) include, with approximate population numbers:

> Surbiton Hill, Kingston, UK (45,100) 

>  Kingston, Kingston, UK (43,000)

>  Coombe Hill, Kingston, UK (20,100)

>  Coombe Vale, Kingston, UK (20,000)

>  Chessington, Kingston, UK (18,900) 

>  Canbury, Kingston, UK (12,300)

> Beverly, Kingston, UK (11,100)

>  Grove, Kingston, UK (10,900) 

>  St Mark’s, Kingston, UK (10,400) 

>  Tudor, Kingston, UK (10,000)

>  Norbiton, Kingston, UK (10,00

>  Tolworth & Hook Rise, Kingston, UK (9,800) 

>  Berrylands, Kingston, UK (9,400) 

> Alexandra, Kingston, UK (9,800) 

>  St James, Kingston, UK (9,400)

> Old Malden, Kingston, UK (9,000)




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

Many of those moving to Kingston are looking for a  bustling and vibrant location with endless opportunities to choose from. Deciding to relocate to Kingston in order to enjoy a different pace of life of 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 Kingston, England, UK

> FACT 1: Spiderman Actor Tom Holland was born in Kingston-upon-Thames, with comedians Rob Brydon and Ricky Gervais also living in Kingston. 

> FACT 2: Kingston is home to The Rose Theatre, with actresses Judi Dench and Jane Asher performing at the beautiful location. Opening back in 2008, is is a 900 seat rustic venue where the audience sit on cushions and blankets when watching the performances. 

> FACT 3: Whilst walking through Kingston you may come across David Mach’s famous set of tumbling telephone boxes. The Scottish sculptor created this impressive landmark back in 1988 and Kingston-upon-Thames recently threw a 30th birthday party for the ‘Out of Order’ sculpture. 

> FACT 4: Kingston hosts a German Christmas Market each year from the 18th of November to the 24th of December. It comprises over 40 traditional wooden cabins and even features a firepit and hog roast! 

> FACT 5: Visit Fishpond Park in Surbiton for a beautiful walk, this 13.5 acre space is very popular with residents and is great for flying kites, going on dog walks and generally enjoying nature. 

> FACT 6: The suburb of New Malden has recently boomed in population and is especially popular among the Korean Community. The neighbourhood features many Korean shops and restaurants to choose from and even has some great Korean markets on the weekends. 

> FACT 7: Eden Walk, A recently refurbished area of North Kingston now features 328 brand new residential units alongside a key learning development for Kingston University. 

> FACT 8: Many flock to Kingston due to its unmatched shopping scene. The Bentall Centre, which was named after the department store ‘Bentall’, includes a bowling alley, a fitness centre and a 14-screen cinema! 

> FACT 9: It has been said that Kingstone was under Roman occupation at the time of Julius Caesar. In 838 Ceanothus, Archbishop of Canterbury took a seat on the Great Council which at the time was convened by King Egbert.  

> FACT 10: The name Kingstone originally comes from the meaning of ‘the king’s manor or estate’ from the Old English words cyning and tun. It received this recognition due to it being the earliest royal borough in England during the Saxon times.

Where To Live In Kingston, UK

Kingston 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 townhouse, large apartment, mansion, with or without granny annex, garden or courtyard. There are also property development and investment opportunities too, with land available to purchase and properties in need of renovation.

For central city living, Kingston and the areas near Kingston are full of bustling districts and leafy suburbs, lush green areas, charming Crescents and estates, vibrant high streets, busy neighbourhoods and friendly residential communities.

Some of the popular residential areas include:

The Royal Gallery Kingston, Kingston Riverside Kingston, Tolworth Square Kingston, Queenshurst Kingston, Canbury Court Kingston, Kingston-upon-Thames Kingston, Richmond Park Kingston, Surbiton Kingston

Commuting To And From Kingston By Rail Or Road

Relocating to Kingston is especially popular with those who have offices based in London and are happy to commute into the centre for the majority of the week. .

Others are happy to commute regularly to The City of London, Canary Wharf, Westminster, The West End and other locations for work.

Travel times to key destinations by road and rail include:

> Kingston To City of London: The City is about 13 miles by road from Kingston via the A3205 and driving to the centre of The City from Kingston normally takes under 1 hour. There is a very regular tube service to The City from Kingston, with tubes taking from 50 minutes via the District Circle or Waterloo City Lines to get to The City.

> Kingston To Canary Wharf: Canary Wharf is about 16 miles by road from Kingston via the A3205 and driving to the centre of Canary Wharf from Kingston normally takes under 1 hour 30 minutes. There is a very regular train service to Canary Wharf from Kingston, with trains taking from 55 minutes to 1 hour to get to Canary Wharf

> Kingston To Westminster: Westminster is about 10 miles by road from Kingston via the A3 and driving to the centre of Westminster from Kingston normally takes under 45 minutes. There is a very regular tube service to Westminster from Kingston, with tubes taking from 40 minutes to 45 minutes via the Victoria Line or National Rail to get to Westminster.

> Kingston To The West End: The West End is about 14 miles by road from Kingston via the A307 and driving to the centre of The West End from Kingston normally takes under 1 hour. There is a very regular train service to The West End from Kingston, with trains taking from 50 minutes to 55 minutes via National Rail to get to The West End.



Nearest Airports To Kingston, UK

The nearest airport to Kingston is London Heathrow International Airport (LHR) which is 7 miles away. Other nearby airports include London City (LCY) (under 17 miles), London Gatwick (LGW) (under 18 miles) and London Luton (LTN) (under 32 miles).




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