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

For anyone planning a move to or within Merseyside 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 fantastic Merseyside.

Offering some of the best living anywhere in Great Britain, Merseyside's famous British cities and towns include Liverpool, Rainford, Huyton and Halewood.

Merseyside 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.

"Come to Merseyside to experience a city with a difference. Absorb the sounds of The Beatles as you stroll through Cavern Walks – where the band became famous before conquering the world – and take in the Fab Four’s exhibition at The Beatles’ Story Experience. But places to enjoy in Merseyside go much further than in its principal city. Visit the home of British glass at the World of Glass museum in St Helens, a fascinating town also known for its rugby league heritage. See wild animals up close and personal at Knowsley Safari Park, take in Anthony Gormley’s unique art installation on Crosby Beach and visit Formby Point to see one of England’s last strongholds for red squirrels – go see before they disappear for good." Visit England

Merseyside sits on the coast of the Irish Sea in the North West of England, with neighbouring counties such as Lancashire to the north east, Manchester to the east and Cheshire to the west.

Liverpool, Merseyside’s main city, achieved the Guinness World Record for being the ‘capital of pop’. It gained this award because of the abundance of musicians that have come out of Liverpool - in fact Liverpool has more artists with a number one hit than anywhere else in the world!




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

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

Merseyside 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 Merseyside, 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 Merseyside and in the cities of Liverpool or towns like Liverpool, Rainford, Huyton and Halewood 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 below for a full list of private schools and colleges in Merseyside, some of the best of which being:



Tower College

Rainhill, Merseyside, England L35 6NE

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

At Tower College, they provide pupils with the opportunities to achieve not only academic excellence but to also gain fundamental life skills such as finding their own strong voice, being kind and considerate, being an effective listener, being creative and being able to solve problems both individually and as part of a team; skills that are necessary if they are to thrive in an ever-changing world.

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The Ryleys Preparatory School

Alderley Edge, Cheshire, England SK9 7UY

Private School (Fee Paying), Co-Educational, 1-11 Years, Day

The Ryleys School provides a perfectly balanced education for children of the 21st century by combining high academic standards along with an outstanding personal development and extra curricular programme. They offer a progressive education while maintaining the traditions and core values of a Preparatory school within their exceptional site and facilities.

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Top Private Independent Secondary Schools & Colleges In Merseyside, UK

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

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

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

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

Liverpool, Merseyside

Liverpool (496,800), Ropewalks (15,900), Georgian Quarter (16,200), Sefton Park (21,400)

Sefton, Merseyside

Sefton (273,800), Bootle (51,300), Hightown (3,200), Lunt (400)

Wirral, Merseyside

Birkenhead (331,000), Bebington (15,800), West Kirby (12,700)

Knowsley, Merseyside

Knowsley (149,600), Huyton (33,000), Kirkby (40,500), Whiston (14,200)

St Helens, Merseyside

St Helens (102,600), Bold Heath (3,000)




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

> FACT 1: Liverpool was voted the European capital of culture in 2008! It's historical, cultral and artistic significance made the city an obvious choice - making it the second time Liverpool has been named the European capital of culture. 

> FACT 2:  Liverpool is the home of the Beatles! Live the lives of the famous band members by taking the wide range of Beatles themed activities found throughout the city. Be sure to head to Albert Dock to see one of the largest Beatles exhibitions in the world!

> FACT 3: In 2004, it was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Liverpool Maritime Mercantile City sits alongside monuments such as the Taj Mahal, the Great Wall of China, the Vatican City, Machu Picchu and many more. It was named by UNESCO due to its powerful impact on the commercial benefits that gave life to the region.

> FACT 4: In 2001, Liverpool was names the "City of Pop" by the Guinness World Records. Whilst the Beatles certainly contibuted to this, modern artists such as the Wombats, Circa Waves and ZuZu. 

> FACT 5: Liverpool has been the film location for Sherlock Holmes, Fantastic Beasts and Peaky Blinders! It is also rumoured that it's central library was the inspiration for some of the Harry Potter scenes... 

> FACT 6: If you enjoy spending afternoons wandering round galleries and museums, Liverpool is the perfect location. The city has it's own Tate, Walker Art Gallery and is famous for its maritime museum. 

> FACT 7: Chinatown in central Liverpool is one of the longest established Chinese communities in Europe. When entering the area at the top of Duke Street, you are welcomed by a breathtaking Chinese arch which is over 15 meters tall and features over 200 dragons! 

> FACT 8:  Liverpool has over 2500 listed buildings - which is not surprising as it has over 300 years of rich history. 

> FACT 9: If you're a fan of escape rooms, Liverpool is your city! Head to Escape Live if you're looking for a fun and different weekend activitiy - recently named as the N.1 Escape room in the county. 

> FACT 10: There are two liver birds that guard the Royal Liver buildiing in the harbour. They have even been named Bertie and Bella! 

Where To Live In Liverpool, UK

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

Georgian Quater Liverpool, Allerton Liverpool, Aigburth Liverpool, Knowledge Quarter Liverpool, Ropewalks Liverpool, Islington Liverpool, The Baltic Triangle Liverpool, Crosby Liverpool, Lark Lane, Liverpool, Kirkdale Liverpool, Woolton Liverpool, West Derby Liverpool 

Commuting To And From Liverpool By Rail Or Road

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

Travel times to key destinations by road and rail include:

> Liverpool To London: London is about 200 miles by road from Liverpool via the M6 and M1 and driving to the centre of London from Liverpool normally takes under 4.5. There is a very regular train service to London from Liverpool, with trains taking from 2 and a half hours.

> Liverpool To Manchester: Manchester is about 34 miles by road from Liverpool via the M62 and driving to the centre of Manchester from Liverpool normally takes under 1 hour 10 minutes. There is a very regular train service to Manchester from Liverpool, with trains taking around 35 minutes.

> Liverpool To Birmingham: Birmingham is about 99 miles by road from Liverpool via the M6 and driving to the centre of Birmingham from Liverpool normally takes under 2 hours 15 minutes. There is a very regular train service to Birmingham from Liverpool, with trains taking from 1 hour 45 minutes to 2 hours 15 minutes.



Nearest Airports To Liverpool, UK

The nearest airport to Liverpool is Liverpool (LPL) which is 7 miles from Liverpool. Other nearby airports include Manchester (MAN) (under 30 miles), Leeds Bradford (LBA) (60 miles) and Birmingham (BHX) (85 miles)




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