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Somerset Private Schools & Special Schools


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

For anyone planning a move to or within Somerset in South 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 county.

Offering some of the best living anywhere in Great Britain, Somerset's famous British cities and towns include Bath, Taunton, Yeovil, Wells and Glastonbury.

The county 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.

"Somerset is a rural county of rolling hills, the Blackdown Hills, Mendip Hills, Quantock Hills and Exmoor National Park, and large flat expanses of land including the Somerset Levels. There is evidence of human occupation from Paleolithic times, and of subsequent settlement by the Celts, Romans and Anglo-Saxons." Wikipedia

The county's coastline faces Wales and it is bounded to the north and west by the Severn Estuary and the Bristol Channel, with Bristol to the north, Dorset to the south-east, Devon to the south-west, Wiltshire to the east and the River Avon forming the traditional border with Gloucestershire.

Somerset's name derives from the Old English word "Sumorsǣte" which is used in the motto of the county "Sumorsǣte ealle" adopted in 1911, meaning "all the people of Somerset".




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

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

Somerset’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 Somerset, 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 Somerset and in the cities of Bath and Wells towns like Taunton, Yeovil and Glastonbury 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 Somerset, some of the best of which being:



Milfield School

Street, Somerset, England BA16 0YD

Private School (Fee Paying), Co-Educational, 13-18 Years, Day & Boarding (Full, Flexi, Weekly)

Millfield has the resource and attitude to bring together key staff to provide an education and experience that honours the individual child at the centre. Academic study, cultural and sporting endeavours set every student on the path to success.

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Milfield Preparatory School

Edgarley Hall, Glastonbury, Somerset, England BA6 8LD

Private School (Fee Paying), Co-Educational, 2-13 Years, Day & Boarding (Full, Flexi, Weekly)

Millfield aspires to break the mould as an activist educator and provide an education and an experience that honours the individual. They focus on being the world’s best at immersing students in limitless academic, artistic and sporting opportunities

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Hazlegrove Preparatory School

Sparkford, Yeovil, Somerset, England BA22 7JA

Private School (Fee Paying),Co-Educational, 2-13 Years, Day & Boarding (Full, Flexi, Weekly)

At Hazlegrove, they delight in children being children and encourage individuality alongside traditional qualities such as compassion and kindness. Set within 200 acres of parkland in Somerset with outstanding facilities.

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Sherborne Preparatory School

Sherborne, Dorset, England, DT9 3NY

Private School (Fee Paying), Co-Educational, 2-13 years, Boarding (Flexi, Full, Weekly) 

Sherborne Prep aims to meet the needs of each child as an individual. They are supported by enthusiastic and committed staff but also by each other as a community and family. There is a real warmth and vitality about the School and visitors always comment on the happy children. Children are confident and enquiring and are happy to be learning about the world around them.

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Sherborne Girls School

Sherborne, Dorset, England, DT9 3QN

Private School (Fee Paying), Girls, 11-18 years, Day & Boarding (Full) 

Sherborne Girls is a friendly, vibrant and highly motivated community at the forefront of women's education. They aim is to provide a rich, all round education enabling girls to enjoy fulfilling and active lives, have open and enquiring minds and develop the character and courage to make a valuable contribution to a changing world.

[Read More About Sherborne Girls School...]



Top Private Independent Secondary Schools & Colleges In Somerset, UK

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

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

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

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

>  Bath and North East Somerset, UK

Bath (95,000), Keynsham (16,000), Midsomer Norton (12,500), Radstock (9,500), Peasedown St John (6,500), Paulton (5,500)

>  North Somerset, UK

Weston-super-Mare (84,000), Portishead (24,000), Clevedon (21,000), Nailsea (16,000), Yatton (7,000), Long Ashton (5,500), Pill/Easton-in-Gordano (5,000), Winscombe (4,500)

>  Somerset West and Taunton, UK

Taunton (60,500), Minehead (12,000), Wellington (11,000), Watchet (3,500), Williton (2,500), Wiveliscombe (2,000), Dulverton (1,500)

>  South Somerset, UK

Yeovil (42,000), Chard (13,000), Crewkerne (8,000), Ilminster (6,000), Wincanton (5,500), Somerton (5,000), Martock (4,500), Bruton (3,000), South Petherton (3,000), Castle Cary (2,500), Langport (1,000)

>  Sedgemoor, UK

Bridgwater (41,500), Burnham-on-Sea/Highbridge (23,500), Cheddar (5,000), Wedmore (3,500), North Petherton (3,000), Axbridge (2,000)

>  Mendip, UK

Frome (26,000), Street (13,000), Wells (10,500), Shepton Mallet (10,500), Glastonbury (8,500)




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

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

> FACT 1:  Bath is named after the the Roman-built baths ( where Celts and Romans enjoyed BBritain’s only naturally warm, mineral-rich waters more than 2,000 years ago

> FACT 2:  Bath is the only city in the UK to be designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site Bath has more museums per square mile than any other English city

> FACT 3:  The iconic Royal Crescent in Bath is one of the most famous streets in the world (it was designed by John Wood the Younger to give ‘well-off’ residents the feel of country living in the heart of the city) along with the majestic Circus

> FACT 4:  Built in the 1700s, the Italian-inspired Pulteney Bridge sits at the heart of the city and is thought to be only one of four such structures in the world

> FACT 5:  King Edgar, the first king of all England, was crowned in AD973 at Bath Abbey which has been a site of worship for more than 1,000 years

> FACT 6:  Bath's stunning honey-coloured Georgian architecture is straight from a Jane Austen novel, she called Bath home from 1801 to 1806, and the city provided inspiration for two of her six published novels, Northanger Abbey and Persuasion

> FACT 7:  Bath is a very popular filming location and has had a starring role as a location in the huge hit Bridgerton and in other programmes like Sherlock, The Trial of Christine Keeler, Belgravia, The Pursuit of Love and McDonald and Dodds as well as featuring in Hollywood hits such as Les Misérables, The Duchess, and Vanity Fair.

> FACT 8:  Charles Dickens was a frequent visitor to Bath and is said to have conceived the character of Little Nell in The Old Curiosity Shop while in the city in 1840, he also satirised the social life of Bath in The Pickwick Papers.

> FACT 9:  Bath Rugby, a professional rugby union club in the Premiership, was founded in 1865 and has played at the famous Recreation Ground in the heart of the city since 1894

> FACT 10:  Bath is a place of learning with two universities (Bath University and Bath Spa University) and several colleges covering all types of study from undergraduate and postgraduate to part-time and vocational courses, it is also a very popular location for foreign students learning English

Where To Live In Bath, UK

Bath 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, Bath and the areas near Bath 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:

Bathampton Bath, Bathwick Bath, Bathwick Hill Bath, Bear Flat Bath, Blackmore Drive Bath, Bloomfield Drive Bath, Bloomfield Road Bath, Claverton Down Bath, Cobb Farr Bath, Combe Down Bath, Dunkerton Bath, Englishcombe Lane Bath, Ensleigh Bath, Entry Hill Bath, Fairfield Park Bath, Hillcrest Drive Bath, Holburne Park Bath, Langdon Road Bath, Larkhall Bath, Midford Road Bath, Monkton Combe Bath, Moorland Road Bath, Mulberry Park Bath, Newbridge Road Bath, Odd Down Bath, Oldfield Park Bath, Royal Crescent Bath, Rush Hill Bath, Sion Hill Bath, Sladebrook Road Bath, Southdown Bath, Southstoke Bath, St James Square Bath, Sulis Meadows Bath, The Circus Bath, Timsbury Bath, Tunley Bath, Twerton Bath, Upper Weston Bath, Warminster Road Bath, Wellsway Bath, Weston Bath, Widcombe Bath

Commuting To And From Bath By Rail Or Road

Relocating to Bath 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 Bristol, London, Cardiff, Oxford and other locations for work.

Travel times to key destinations by road and rail include:

>  Bath To London: London is about 115 miles by road from Bath via the M4 and driving to the centre of London from Bath normally takes under 3 hours.  There is a very regular train service to London from Bath, with trains taking from 1 hour 15 minutes to 2 hours 11 minutes to get to London.

>  Bath To Bristol: Bristol is about 14 miles by road from Bath via the A4 and driving to the centre of Bristol from Bath normally takes under 45 minutes.  There is a very regular train service to Bristol from Bath, with trains taking about 20 minutes to get to Bristol.

>  Bath To Cardiff: Cardiff is about 60 miles by road from Bath via the M4 and driving to the centre of Cardiff from Bath normally takes under 1 hour 30 minutes.  There is a regular train service to Cardiff from Bath, with trains taking about 1 hour 15 minutes to get to Cardiff.

>  Bath To Oxford: Oxford is about 80 miles by road from Bath via the M4 and driving to the centre of Oxford from Bath normally takes about 1 hour 45 minutes.  There is a regular train service to Oxford from Bath, with trains taking about 2 hours to get to Oxford.



Nearest Airports To Bath, UK

The nearest airport to Bath is Bristol International Airport (BRS) which is 15 miles away.  Other nearby airports include Birmingham (BHX) (under 80 miles), London Heathrow (LHR) (about 85 miles), London Luton (LTN) (under 95 miles) and London Gatwick (LGW) (under 100 miles).




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