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Norfolk Private Schools & Special Schools


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

For anyone planning a move to or within Norfolk in East Anglia we have collated information below about different places to live, schools, estate agents and other information we think useful for relocating within this fantastic Norfolk.

Offering some of the best living anywhere in Great Britain, Norfolk's famous British cities and towns include Norwich, Great Yarmouth and King’s Lynn.

Norfolk 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.

"Move to Norfolk and discover a county with more than 90 miles of stunning coast, beautiful countryside, forest, heath and fens, the unique Broads National Park, seaside resorts of Great Yarmouth, Cromer and Hunstanton, and the historic, vibrant city of Norwich. There are few counties in the country that are as diverse as Norfolk!" Visit Norfolk

Norfolk is a mostly rural county in East Anglia, it has a long stretch of coastline which opens the county up to the North Sea. Inland, the county borders Lincolnshire to the north west, Cambridgeshire the the south west and Suffolk to the south. 

The name Norfolk derives from the 5th century when the Angles occupied the region. East Anglia was split into different sections very similar to the ones we know today, those living in the north became known as the “north folk” and those living in the south became the “south folk” - hense Norfolk and Suffolk! 




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

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

Norfolk’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 Norfolk, 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 Norfolk and in the city of Norwich and towns like Great Yarmouth and Kings Lynn 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 Norfolk, some of the best of which being:



Culford School

Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk England, IP28 6TX

Private School (Fee Paying), Co-Educational, 2-11 Years, Day

Culford School provides an education to over 750 boys and girls to make them ready for life. Culford are proud of their outstanding pastoral care and for pupils’ superb academic and extra-curricular achievements. They believe that school, staff and pupils must be flexible, innovative, dynamic and resilient. To be so requires honesty, courage and compassion.

[Read More About Culford School…]



Top Private Independent Secondary Schools & Colleges In Norfolk, UK

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

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

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

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

>  Norwich, Norfolk, UK

Norwich (213,100), Larkman (14,300), Milecross (10,600), Thorpe Hamlet (10,500), Lakenham (9,700) 

>  South Norfolk & Waveney Valley, Norfolk, UK

Harleston (5,000), Diss (7,500), Wymondham (14,400)

>  Broadland & Broads, Norfolk, UK

Wroxham (1,500), Alysham (6,000), North Walsham (12,600)

>  Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, UK

Great Yarmouth (38,600), Hensby (3,200), Winterton-on-Sea (1,200), Thrigby (9,500)

>  Breckland & Thetford, Norfolk, UK

Therford (95,000), Attleborough (16,000), Watton (12,500), Swaffham (7,200) Dereham (18,600)

>  Kings Lynn & West Norfolk, Norfolk, UK

King’s Lynn (42,800), Downham Market (9,900), Hunstanton (4,200), Burnham Market (900)

>  North Norfolk, Norfolk, UK

Fakenham (7,000), Wells-next-the-Sea (2,100), Holt (3,800), Cromer (7,700)




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

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

> FACT 1: Norwich is home to the largest open air markets in the UK! Look around 189 wacky and wonderful stores gathered in the city centre. It dates back to the 11th century and has been in the same spot for over 900 years!

> FACT 2: Norwich was named the 6th UNESCO City of Literature in 2012. Notable writers include Kazuo Ishiguro, Lorna Sage, Ali Smith and Angela Carter, earning the nickname of the “City of Stories”.

> FACT 3: Norwich Cathedral has the largest cloisters in England and the second tallest spire! The breathtaking building can be seen from many points throughout the city and has the most mediaeval roof bosses of any cathedral in the world. 

> FACT 4: During the mid 19th century, Norwich had 600 pubs. The city therefore boasted that it had at least one pub for every day of the year! Adam & Eve is the oldest pub in Norwich, dating back to the 13th century. 

> FACT 5: Norwich was excommunicated by the Pope! In 1272 things turned sour between the cathedral monks and the people of Norwich when a fight broke out and a church servant was shot with a crossbow. After the riot, the pope delivered his excommunication causing violence to break out one again. Edward I eventually settled the conflict, forcing the city to reimburse the church for the damage caused to the Ethelbert Gate of the Cathedral. 

> FACT 6: During the medieval period it was said that Norwich had a church for every Sunday of the year! Norwich reached a total of 58 churches at one point, although only 31 of those have survived. 

> FACT 7: The first book to be written by a woman in England was written in Norwich. In 1670, Julian of Norwich wrote Revelations of Divine Love which was an account of her visions. The book is now a penguin classic and still in print today. 

> FACT 8: The football chant ‘On The Ball City’ that belongs to Norwich City Football Club is the oldest UK football song that is still chanted today. It was said to be written in 1890 and can be heard bellowing from Carrow Road as Norwich City play at home. 

> FACT 9: Norwich has strong medieval roots, in fact it was England’s second city throughout the period. This was due to its success in the wool trade, making it the second largest settlement in the country. 

> FACT 10: Norwich Castle houses the largest collection of British ceramic teapots in the county, with over 3,000 teapots! Edward Bulwer and Phillip Miller donated the collection which tells a 300-year story of tea, tea parties and the tea trade. 

Where To Live In Norwich, UK

Norwich 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, Norwich and the areas near Norwich 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:

Golden Triangle Norwich, Eaton Norwich, Cringleford Norwich, Trowse Norwich, Old Catton Norwich, Hellesdon Norwich, Sprowston Norwich, Thorpe Norwich, St Andrew Norwich, Keswick Norwich, Cringleford Norwich, Colney Norwich, Costessey Norwich

Commuting To And From Norwich By Rail Or Road

Relocating to Norwich 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, Cambridge, Bury St Edmunds, Ipswich and other locations for work.

Travel times to key destinations by road and rail include:

>  Norwich To London: London is about 118 miles by road from Norwich via the A11 and driving to the centre of London from Norwich normally takes under 3 hours.  There is a very regular train service to London from Norwich, with trains taking from 3 hours to 3 hours 20 minutes to get to London.

>  Norwich To Cambridge: Cambridge is about miles by road from Norwich via the 63 and driving to the centre of Cambridge from Norwich normally takes under 1 and a half hours.  There is a very regular train service to Cambridge from Norwich, with trains taking from 1 hour 20 minutes to 1 hours 40 minutes to get to Cambridge.

>  Norwich To Ipswich: Ipswich is about 45 miles by road from Norwich via the A140 and driving to the centre of Ipswich from Norwich normally takes under 1 hour 20 minutes.  There is a very regular train service to Ipswich from Norwich, with trains taking from 40 minutes to 1 hour to get to Ipswich. 



Nearest Airports To Norwich, UK

The nearest airport to Norwich is Norwich International Airport (NWI) which is 3 miles away.  Other nearby airports include London Stansted (STN) (under 83 miles), Southend Airport (SEN) (under 125 miles) and London Luton (LTN) (under 100 miles).




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