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The isbi Schools Directory Guide To The Top Private Schools & Colleges In London Richmond Upon Thames

For anyone planning a move to or within Richmond 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, Richmond's famous areas include Richmond, Twickenham and Hampton.

Richmond 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. 

"Richmond is a pretty Thames-side town with stately architecture, passing rowers, great shops and dining, along with easy access to central London. Richmond gives fantastic opportunities, great community and wonderful experiences." WorldTravelFamily

Richmond sits just south of the River Thames in the north with the river running straight through it in the south. To the north, Richmond shares a border with the borough of Hounslow, with Wandsworth to the east and Kingston to the south.

Richmond has been voted as London’s happiest place to live for 6 consecutive years! The idyllic riverside location sat alongside towns such as St Ives in Cornwall and Skipton in North Yorkshire. 

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




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

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

Richmond’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 Richmond 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 Richmond and in the suburbs of Twickenham, Fulwell & Hampton, and Hampton Hill 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 Richmond, some of the best of which being:



St Catherine’s School

Cross Deep, Twickenham, Middlesex, London 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.

[Read More About St Catherines School...]



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...]



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…]



Twickenham Preparatory School

Twickenham, Middlesex, London, England, TW1 4QJ

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

Our Aims and Ethos

Twickenham Preparatory School was founded by a small group of parents in a church hall next to Twickenham Green in 1969. That small group wanted to establish a school which was pastoral, caring and sensitive to the needs of the individual child. This ethos is still the heart-beat of our school;

"TPS aspires for each child to thrive personally, socially and academically by creating an inclusive environment that promotes wellbeing, encourages curiosity and celebrates individual success."

In order to achieve this we seek to;

Provide an excellent all-round education with subject specialisms and a vibrant and exciting extra-curricular programme.Encourage our pupils to live out our school motto in everything they do – to be; “Calm, Courageous, Courteous and Considerate.” Be pastorally sensitive to the needs of our pupils seeking to develop the confidence that they need to succeed. Encourage our pupils to be confident, not arrogant and aware of the needs of the world around them, having a big-hearted attitude and approach to the needs of others.Strive for excellence in all they do whether academically, sporting or in arts or music.Encourage our pupils to be respectful of all, irrespective of background, faith or culture.

[Read More About Twickenham Preparatory School…]



Bute House Preparatory School for Girls

Hammersmith, London, England, W6 7EA

Private School (Fee Paying), Girls, 4-11 Years, Day

Bute House has an outstanding reputation for the academic success of the girls, but a great education encompasses so much more and, in fact, contributes to academic success. Bute House is forward thinking and offers a broad curriculum that develops skills alongside knowledge, provides opportunities for girls to excel in subjects like science and technology and develops their passions for creative and performing arts, sport and music. 

[Read More About Bute House Preparatory School for Girls…]


St Helen's School

Eastbury Road, Northwood, Middlesex, London, England HA6 3AS, Tel: +44 (0) 1923 843210

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


  • Be excited about their learning, always asking the question ‘why’;
  • Be independent, adventurous and resilient;
  • Be the problem-solvers and trailblazers for tomorrow;
  • Always be guided by integrity and their own strong moral principles;
  • Celebrate diversity;
  • Be compassionate towards themselves and others.


  • To provide each and every girl with the opportunity and means to achieve academic excellence;
  • To provide our students with the personal skills, emotional resilience and the confidence to achieve their full potential through a varied, rich and challenging co-curricular programme;
  • To know, value and respect all girls as individuals so as to best support them on their journey through the school;
  • To ensure that the girls are ready to play a full and active part in their communities and in an interconnected digital world.

Read More About St Helen's School for Girls


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 Richmond, England, UK

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

>  Richmond, UK

North Richmond (15,200), South Richmond (12,300), Ham, Petersham & Richmond Riverside (10,300)

> Hampton, Richmond, UK

Hampton (10,300), Hampton Wick (10,200), Hampton North (8,900), Fulwell & Hampton Hill (10,600)

> Twickenham, Richmond, UK

Twickenham Riverside (10,800), St Margarets & North Twickenham (11,100), South Twickenham (9,900), West Twickenham (11,000)

>  Barnes, Richmond, UK (21,200)

>  Witton, Richmond, UK (20,100)

>  Kew, Richmond, UK (11,400)

>  Heathfield, Richmond, UK (10,800)

>  Teddington, Richmond, UK (10,300)

>  East Sheen, Richmond, UK (10,300)

> Mortlake & Carres Common, Richmond, UK (9,200)


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

Many of those moving to Richmond are looking for a  bustling and vibrant location with endless opportunities to choose from. Deciding to relocate to the Richmond 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 Richmond, England, UK

> FACT 1:  Richmond Park, the largest Royal Park in London covers almost 2500 acres! It’s the perfect location to have a lovely summer picnic with views of St Paul's Cathedral whilst looking out for free roaming deer and Billy and Massey, the two shire horses! 

> FACT 2:  The Olympic Sound Studios, opening in 1906, has experienced many famous figures walk through its doors. Some of the most notable artists to have recorded here include The Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles and Queen! 

> FACT3:  Kew is one of the most sought after areas in Richmond, and with the famous ‘Royal Botanic Gardens’ right on its doorstep, we can see why! This World Heritage Site is a breathtaking display of over 500 acres of woodland and the world’s largest seed conservation project - they have even released a Kew Botanical Gin! 

> FACT 4: Twickenham, a neighbourhood within Richmond is of course home to the famous Twickenham stadium. This is the place to be for all things rugby, with the stadium offering tours of the grounds and talks on how players have risen to success. The World Rugby Museum is also located onsite, which is available to visit 7 days a week. 

> FACT 5: Barnes, one of the most affluent areas in London, has a wide range of quality restaurants and pubs and it one of the most popular places to enjoy a pint whilst watching the start of the infamous Oxford and Cambridge boat race. 

> FACT 6:  Hampton Court Palace, located in East Molesey, makes for a beautiful day out. Originally acquired by King Henry VIII in the 1520s, it has been long treasured by the residents of Richmond. There are many activities to do whilst visiting the palace, including the ‘Tudor Kitchens’ the ‘Great Hall’ and the 60 acres of outstanding gardens, including ‘The Maze’ which is the largest maze in the history of the world. 

> FACT 7: The Bulls Head Pub, located in Barnes attracts thousands of Jazz lovers each year. Famous musicians such as Manfred Mann and Tubby Hayes have all played at the pub and events are much adored by locals. 

> FACT 8: Richmond Theatre, built in 1899 shows a wide variety of talent. From drama, dance, opera & musicals, many famous stars have taken to the stage. Most notable include Charlie Caplin, Michael Redgrave and Stan Laurel. 

> FACT 9: For a nice cultural break, visit the Orleans House Gallery - the most popular art gallery in Richmond (and entry is free!). Exhibitions cover a wide range of movements and styles, whilst the house itself is located in a set of beautiful gardens. You can even rent out the ‘Baroque Octagon Room’ for special events and weddings.

> FACT 10:  Twickenham also has a local farmers market that takes place every Saturday. With fresh produce ranging from local meat and cheese, to exquisite fish and fresh fruit & veg. 

Where To Live In Richmond, UK

Richmond 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, Richmond and the areas near Richmond 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 Triangle Richmond, Queens Road Richmond, Teddington Richmond, Richmond Green Richmond, Montague Road Richmond, Dickens Close Richmond, Bute Avenue Richmond, River Lane Richmond, Sudbrook Lane Richmond, Sheen Common Drive Richmond, Northumberland Place Richmond

Commuting To And From Richmond By Rail Or Road

Relocating to Richmond 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:

Richmond To City of London: The City is about 12 miles by road from Richmond via the A4 and driving to the centre of The City from Richmond normally takes under 1 hour 20 minutes. There is a very regular tube service to The City from Richmond, with tubes taking from 40 minutes to 45 minutes via the District Line to get to The City.

Richmond To Canary Wharf: Canary Wharf is about 15 miles by road from Richmond via the A4 and driving to the centre of Canary Wharf from Richmond normally takes under 1 hour 30 minutes. There is a very regular tube service to Canary Wharf from Richmond, with tubes taking from 45 minutes to 1 hour via the District &amp Jubilee Line to get to Canary Wharf.

 Richmond To Westminster: Westminster is about 9 miles by road from Richmond via the A308 and driving to the centre of Westminster from Richmond normally takes under 50 minutes. There is a very regular tube service to Westminster from Richmond, with tubes taking from 30 minutes to 35 minutes via the District Line to get to Westminster.

Richmond To The West End: The West End is about 11 miles by road from Richmond via the A40 and driving to the centre of The West End from Richmond normally takes under 1 hour. There is a very regular train service to The West End from Richmond, with trains taking around 40 minutes via the South Western Rail overline service to get to The West End.



Nearest Airports To Richmond, UK

The nearest airport to Richmond is London Heathrow International Airport (LHR) which is 6 miles away. Other nearby airports include London City (LCY) (under 15 miles), London Gatwick (LGW) (under 22 miles) and London Luton (LTN) (under 29 miles).




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