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

For anyone planning a move to or within Surrey in South East 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 Surrey.

Offering some of the best living anywhere in Great Britain, Surrey's famous British cities and towns include Guildford, Farnham and Woking.

Surrey 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 country mansions and estates, cottages and bungalows to new build executive housing, family townhouses and apartments.

"Nestled in the south-east of England, less than half an hour from central London, Surrey is an exciting and diverse place to visit that’s full of surprises. There are so many things to do in Surrey, from visiting award-winning Surrey Hills vineyards and relaxing at country pubs, restaurants and hotels to exploring ancient heathland, stunning hilltop views, beautiful waterways and charming towns and villages. Surrey is England's most wooded county and home to rolling hills and valleys, as well as some of the best gardens in Britain. The Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty covers a quarter of our county, and it's perfect for walks, runs, cycling and horse riding." Visit Surrey

Surrey shares a border with Greater London to the northeast, East Sussex to the Southeast, West Sussex to the south, Berkshire to the northwest, and Hampshire to the west. 

The breathtaking landscape of Surrey has featured in a long list of blockbuster films! Including the James Bond film, Skyfall, The Holiday and Four Weddings and a Funeral!




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

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

Surrey’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 Surrey, 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 Surrey and in the towns of Guildford, Epsom, Farnham, Godalming and Woking 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 Surrey, some of the best of which being:


Barrow Hills School

Godalming, Surrey, England, GU8 5NY

Private School (Fee Paying), Co-Educational, 2-13 Years, Day 

Barrow Hills is an independent, co-educational day school and nursery welcoming girls and boys from 2 to 13 years of age. Our extensive grounds provide excellent facilities that encourage play and exploration. Throughout the school we provide children with an environment in which to experiment and develop their talents. Barrow Hills is renowned for its family atmosphere and happy children. Our outcomes speak for themselves, with “very successful students within the formal curriculum and beyond”

Read More About Barrow Hills School


Aldro School

Godalming, Surrey, England, GU8 6AS

Private School (Fee Paying), Co-Educational, 7-13 Years, Day & Boarding (Flexi, Full, Weekly)

Aldro is a coeducational day and boarding school for approximately 220 children aged between 7 and 13.  Nestled in the quintessentially English and very beautiful village of Shackleford, Aldro lies just 30 miles southwest of London and is in easy reach of both Heathrow and Gatwick airports.

[Read More About Aldro School...]



Barfield School and Nursery

Farnham, Surrey, England, GU10 1PB

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

Barfield is a co–educational Preparatory School for children aged 2 to 11 in Farnham, Surrey. We give our children a complete educational experience, with outstanding academic teaching in an excellent pastoral setting to prepare them fully for senior school.

[Read More About Barfield School and Nursery...]



Claremont Fan Court School

Esher, Surrey, England, KT10 9LY

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

Claremont Fan Court School has a strong reputation for being a compassionate, child centred, truly co-educational school of choice for families seeking an academically ambitious environment that educates the whole child.

[Read More About Claremont Fan Court School...]



Cranleigh School

Cranleigh, Surrey, GU6 8QQ

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

Our ethos is one of full participation for each pupil’s individual journey with us and we pride ourselves on offering a breathtaking range of opportunities in co-curricular activities to complement and enhance academic life. We provide a place for every child to discover their talent and discover themselves.

We realise that moving to boarding is a big decision for families and may be a significant change from prep school life. The majority of Cranleighans are extremely busy during the first six days of the week, but most choose to be with their families after Saturday matches, returning on Sunday evening or Monday morning.

[Read More About Cranleigh School...



Cranleigh Preparatory School

Cranleigh, Surrey, GU6 8QH

Private School (Fee Paying), Co-Educational, 7 -13 Years, Day & Boarding (Flexi, Full, Weekly)

Our community of day and boarding pupils aged 7 to 13 prides itself on the welcoming atmosphere and sense of belonging in school. Visitors often remark upon our strong community and the respectful relationships between pupils of all ages and staff.

Read More About Cranleigh Preparatory School...



Dunottar School

Reigate, Surrey, RH2 7EL

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

Our aim at Dunottar is to enable every pupil to be the best that they can be within a nurturing, family environment.

[Read More About Dunottar School...



Feltonfleet School

Cobham, Surrey, KT11 1DR

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

At Feltonfleet, our unique blend of day and boarding pupils creates a real buzz around school. Feltonfleet children are optimistic and inquisitive, with a thirst for life and learning. They thrive here.Feltonfleet children are optimistic and inquisitive, with a thirst for life and learning. They thrive here.

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Gordon's School

Woking, Surrey, England, GU24 9PT

Private School (Fee Paying), Co-Educational, 11-18 Years, Boarding (Full, Weekly) 

Officially listed as outstanding by Her Majesty's Chief Inspector, Gordon's is a unique non-selective state boarding school that recognises that a good education is not just about outstanding examination results but a thorough preparation for life.   

[Read More About Gordon's School...



Halliford School

Shepperton, Surrey, England TW17 9HX

Private School (Fee Paying), Boys (Co-Ed 16), 11-18 Years, Day

Halliford is a warm-hearted School founded on strong family values where we are proud to know and be respectful of every student as an individual. Our theme ‘Come as you are. Go as all you can be’ perfectly encapsulates our mission to encourage and support Hallifordians to flourish and become the best version of themselves that they can possibly be.

[Read More About Halliford School…]



Hazelwood School

Oxted, Surrey, England RH8 0QU

Private School (Fee Paying), Co-Educational, 0-13 Years, Day

At Hazelwood School, we strive to ensure that we adopt best practice in education, with staff  working hard to deliver a world class quality education for each child in our care.  Allowing every child to reach their full potential, whilst enjoying all the aspects that Hazelwood school life has to offer, is a key factor when giving children the confidence to flourish, and a key part of my vision for the school.  

[Read More About Hazelwood School…]



Homefield Preparatory School

Sutton, Surrey, England SM1 2TE

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

Homefield has been renowned for its academic success and family atmosphere for over 150 years. A safe and happy environment, with a real depth of specialist teaching ensures the fulfilment of individual potential. As a charitable trust since the 1960s, a keen sense of civic responsibility is important to us. We believe that positive values influence character and attitude. 

[Read More About Homefield Preparatory School…]



King Edward's Witley's

Godalming, Surrey, England GU8 5SG

Private School (Fee Paying), Co-Educational, 11-18 Years, Boarding (Weekly)

Pupils thrive at King Edward's. We encourage them to be the best versions of themselves because individual achievement and personal growth count for more than league tables. Our unique heritage and place among British co-educational independent schools means that we can provide the best preparation for adult life to a wider range of young people than almost any other institution.

[Read More About King Edward's Witley…]



Lingfield College

Lingfield, Surrey, England RH7 6PH

Private School (Fee Paying), Co-Educational, 0 -18 Years, Day

Lingfield College is a vibrant and successful independent day school for children aged 0–18 years, located in the beautiful Surrey countryside.

[Read More About Lingfield College…]  



Ripley Court School

Ripley, Surrey, England GU23 6NE

Private School (Fee Paying), Co-Educational, 3 -11 Years, Day

Ripley Court is a leading co-educational Preparatory School for pupils aged 3-11, set in 19 acres of Surrey countryside, and the picturesque village of Ripley. With extensive playing fields, its own forest school and an indoor swimming pool, Ripley Court is an idyllic environment for educating our pupils.

[Read More About Ripley Court School…]



 The Royal Alexander and Albert School

Reigate, Surrey, England RH2 0TD

Private School (Fee Paying), Co-Educational, 7-18 Years, Day & Boarding (Flexi, Full, Weekly)

The Royal Alexander and Albert school is set in 260 acres of beautiful parkland landscaped by Capability Brown, but is close enough to major transport hubs, and London, to ensure ease of accessibility. We are a state boarding school that provides life-enriching opportunities for all pupils to rival those of the independent sector.

[Read More About The Royal Alexander and Albert  School…]



Sir William Perkin's School

Chertsey, Surrey, England KT16 9BN

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

At Sir William Perkins’s School, students are at our heart. We expect the best from them, and in return they can expect the best from us; both in terms of teaching of the highest quality – where each individual is stretched and challenged – and in receiving the tailored support and attention they need to achieve.

[Read More About Sir William Perkin's School…]



 St Hilary's School

Godalming, Surrey, England GU7 1RZ

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

Situated in the heart of Godalming, St Hilary's prides itself in providing an outstanding all-round education for boys and girls aged 2-11.

[Read More About St Hilary's School…]



 St James Senior Boys School

Ashford, Surrey, England TW15 3DZ

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

The success of the education we offer at St James rests firmly upon the pupils we produce. A St James pupil should be a well balanced individual who is: open hearted, mature, independent of thought, a confident learner and has a natural desire to make a difference to the world.

[Read More About St James Senior Boys School…]



Tormead School

Guildford, Surrey, England GU1 2JD

Private School (Fee Paying), Girls, 4 -18 Years, Day

Tormead School is one of the leading UK independent schools for girls. Our vision is to provide an excellent, all-round education in a warm, stimulating and supportive environment. A Tormead education is one of academic excellence, outstanding pastoral care and a wealth of extra-curricular opportunities and enrichment. 

[Read More About Tormead School…]



Woodcote House School

Windlesham, Surrey, England GU20 6PF

Private School (Fee Paying), Boys, 7 -13 Years, Day & Boarding (Flexi, Full, Weekly)

Woodcote House School is a family-run day & flexible boarding school for boys aged 7-13. Set in 30 acres of grounds in Windlesham, Surrey, boys enjoy a huge range of opportunities both in & out of the classroom. 

[Read More About Woodcote House School…]



Top Private Independent Secondary Schools & Colleges In Surrey, UK

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

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

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

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

>  North West Surrey, UK

Staines-upon-Thames (18,000), Chertsey (16,000), Camberley (38,000), Woking (62,700)

>  Guildford and Waverly, Surrey, UK

Guildford (147,800), Farnham (39,400), Godalming (21,800), Haslemere (10,500)

>  Surrey Downs, Surrey, UK

Dorking (11,000), Leatherhead  (11, 300), Epsom (80,000)

> East Surrey, UK 

Reigate (21,800), Redhill (18,100), Horley (22,000) 




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

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

> FACT 1:  Nobel Prize literature winner Kazuo Ishiguro, famous for books such as The Remains of the Day and Never Let Me Go, settled in Guildford when he was 5 after moving from Nagasaki, Japan

> FACT 2:  The horror movie The Omen featured the iconic Guildford Cathedral!

> FACT 3:  Guildford is home to the first ever record of Cricket being played. A court hearing about land in 1598 heard John Derrick talk about playing cricket with his friends on the fields.

> FACT 4:  The Odeon cinema in Guildford showed the first 4K films to the public in 2007. 

> FACT 5:  The sacred Māori meeting house of Hinemihi can be found in Clandon Park and it is 1 of 3 that exist outside New Zealand. 

> FACT 6:  Guildford Castle was built by William the Conqueror after his victory in the Battle of Hastings 1066. The castle is famous for being the only royal castle in England. 

> FACT 7:  The name of town is believed to have Saxon origins, combining the words gold and ford. However the gold is not of reference to the metal but to the golden flowers that grew near the ford. 

> FACT 8:  Remains of the oldest synagogue in Western Europe were found under High Street in Guildford in 1995.

> FACT 9:  Alan Turing, famous code-breaker and mathematician who was responsible for breaking the Nazi Enigma code during World War II, lived in Guildford and had his ashes scattered in Woking. 

> FACT 10:  The Cathedral was built with bricks from 200,000 different people as they were donated as part of the cathedral construction fund. 

Where To Live In Guildford, UK

Guildford 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, Guildford and the areas near Guildford is full of bustling districts and leafy suburbs, lush green areas, charming Crescents and estates, rolling countryside, vibrant high streets, busy neighborhoods and friendly residential communities.

Some of the popular residential areas include:

Pewley Down Guildford, Pewley Hill Guildford, Burpham Guildford, Onslow village Guildford, Guildford, Echo Pit Road Guildford

Commuting To And From Guildford By Rail Or Road

Relocating to Guildford 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, Reading, Brighton, Horsham and other locations for work.

Travel times to key destinations by road and rail include:

>  Guildford To London: London is about 30 miles by road from Guildford via the A3 and driving to the center of London from Guildford normally takes under 1 hour 15 minutes. There is a very regular train service to London from Guildford, with trains taking from 40 minutes to 1 hour 15 to get to London.

>  Guildford To Reading: Reading is about 28 miles by road from Guildford via the A322 and driving to the center of Reading from Guildford normally takes just under 1 hour.  There is a very regular train service to Reading from Guildford, with trains taking about 40 minutes to get to Reading.

>  Guildford To Brighton: Brighton is about 60 miles by road from Guildford via the M25 and A23 and driving to the center of Brighton from Guildford normally takes under 1 hours 15. There is a very regular train service to Brighton from Guildford, with trains taking from 1 hour 30 minutes to 1 hour 50 minutes. 



Nearest Airports To Guildford, UK

The nearest airport to Guildford is Heathrow International (LHR) which is 21 miles away.  Other nearby airports include Gatwick (LGW) (under 33 miles), Southampton (SOU) (under 50 miles).




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