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The isbi Schools Directory Guide To The Top Private Schools & Colleges In West Yorkshire

For anyone planning a move to or within West Yorkshire in northern England we have collated information below about different places to live, schools, estate agents and other information we think useful for relocating within fantastic West Yorkshire.

Offering some of the best living anywhere in Great Britain, West Yorkshire's famous British cities and towns include Leeds, Bradford, Wakefield, Morley and Halifax.

West Yorkshire 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.

"The charming northern county of West Yorkshire promises vibrant cities, industrial heritage towns and pretty Pennine villages in equal doses. Drop into cosmopolitan Leeds for museums and galleries and elegant shopping centres, feel the wind in your hair on Pennine trails and cycle ways, visit Bradford for Victorian industrial heritage and grand city parks, or pack a copy of Wuthering Heights and head to Haworth to explore Brontë-country villages and vales in this inspiring literary county." Visit England

West Yorkshire is land locked, with neighbouring counties such as North Yorkshire, East Riding of Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, Greater Manchester and Lanceshire.

David Hockney, an artist most famous for his ‘Portrait of an Artirst (Pool with two Figures), was born in West Yorkshire.




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

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

West Yorkshire 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 West Yorkshire, 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 West Yorkshire and in the cities of Leeds or towns like Leeds, Bradford, Wakefield, Morley and Halifax. 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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>   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.

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Please see below for a full list of private schools and colleges in West Yorkshire, some of the best of which being:



Ashville College

Harrogate, North Yorkshire, England HG2 9JP

Private School (Fee Paying), Co-Educational, 2-18 Years, Day & Boarding (Flexi, Full, Weekly)

At the heart of Ashville’s success is full commitment to the development of good, caring human beings through proactive, individualised pastoral care and individual mentoring. All pupils are part of a happy and close-knit community, known, cherished and encouraged as individuals.

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Woodhouse Grove School (Bronte House)

Bradford, North Yorkshire, England BD10 0PQ

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

Brontë House is an independent co-educational school for pupils aged 2 to 11 years. Set in a rural setting between Leeds and Bradford with spacious grounds and extensive facilities. We also benefit from many additional facilities at our Senior School, Woodhouse Grove - including a 230 seat theatre, competition indoor swimming pool and climbing wall. 

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 Woodhouse Grove School

Bradford, North Yorkshire, England BD10 0NR

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

Woodhouse Grove is an independent co-educational boarding and day school for children aged 11 to 18. Located near Leeds in a 70 acre rural campus, close to major airports, rail and motorway networks.

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Moorlands School

Leeds, West Yorkshire, England LS16 5PF

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

The hidden gem of North Leeds, Moorlands offers children aged 2-11 an all-round education in a caring environment where every child can shine. The result: confident, independent and articulate individuals, ready to face new challenges.

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Top Private Independent Secondary Schools & Colleges In West Yorkshire, UK

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

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

Some of the best Special Needs schools in West Yorkshire, 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 West Yorkshire, England, UK

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

> Bradford

Bradford (536,900), Bingley (19,900), Ilkley (14,800), Keighley (53,700), Shipley (28,900)

> Calderdale

Calderale (210,000), Brighthouse (32,300), Elland (15,600), Halifax (88,100), Hebden Bridge (4,500)

> Kirklees

Huddersfield (162,900), Batley (48,700), Birstall (16,200), Cleckheaton (16,600), Meltham (8,500)

> Leeds

Leeds (792,500), Harrogate (75,000), Horsforth (18,900), Otley (13,600), Skipton (13,700)

> Wakefield

Normanton (20,800), Pontefract (30,900), Featherstone (14,200), Castleford (40,200), Knottingley (13,700)




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

> FACT 1: JRR Tolkein, author of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings lived in Leeds and taught English Language at the University of Leeds. Many JRR Tolkein fans believe that the striking landscapes of Yorkshire were one of the main influences for his famous fantasy novels!

> FACT 2: Leeds holds Europes longest-running West Indian Carnival! Consisting of foals, dancers, music and mountains of delicious food, the festival runs for 3 days and has been a city favourite since 1967.

> FACT 3: Leeds is voted as the best shopping location in the United Kingdom! The city consists of over 5 miles of shopping streets and around 3.5 million square feet of retail space… so ‘popping in for a few bits and bobs’ is a dangerous game!

> FACT 4: Cluedo was made in Leeds! The family favourite mystery game was invented by the publishing company Waddingtons, who are still based in Leeds today.

> FACT 5: Marks and Spencer started in Leeds! In fact, the hugely successful store was once a penny bazaar in the city centre! For those more curious, you can go and check out over 70,000 archives that are stored at the University of Leeds.

> FACT 6: The first ever films were make in Leeds. Le Prince, a french filmmaker shot the first motion pictures.

> FACT 7: Leeds has one of the biggest parks in Europe! Roundhay Park is just outside the city and has over 700 acres of charming parkland with woodland and lakes full of wildlife. It even has a playground so is a perfect place to take the kids for a day out!

> FACT 8: Leeds is a golfer's heaven. The city has over 20 private clubs and Moortown Golf Club even hosted the Ryder cup in 1929.

> FACT 9: Leeds hold the Guinness World Record for the highest number of people dressed up at Sherlock Holmes…! In 2014, 443 people took part in the fun and is just one of the events that highlights the quirky nature of the city.

> FACT 10: Leeds train station is a hub for commuters, with over 100,00 people using it daily, taking one of the 900 trains that leave the station.

Where To Live In Leeds, UK

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

Horsforth Leeds, Chapel Allerton Leeds, Roundhay Leeds, Leeds Waterfront Leeds, Headingley Leeds, Alwoodley Leeds, Bramhope Leeds, Oatley Leeds, Meanwood Leeds, Farsley Leeds, Calverley Leeds, Moortown Leeds, Pudsey Leeds, Guiseley Leeds, Adel Leeds, Oakwood Leeds

Commuting To And From Leeds By Rail Or Road

Relocating to Leeds 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, York, Birmingham, Sheffield and other locations for work.

Travel times to key destinations by road and rail include:

> Leeds To London: London is about 190 miles by road from Leeds via the M1 and driving to the centre of London from Leeds normally takes under 4 hours. There is a very regular train service to London from Leeds, with trains taking from 2 hours 20 minutes.

> Leeds To Manchester: Manchester is about 45 miles by road from Leeds via the M62 and driving to the centre of Manchester from Leeds normally takes under 1 hour 40 minutes. There is a very regular train service to Manchester from Leeds, with trains taking around 1 hour.

> Leeds To Birmingham: Birmingham is about 120 miles by road from Leeds via the M1 and A38 and driving to the centre of Birmingham from Leeds normally takes under 2 hours 40 minutes. There is a very regular train service to Birmingham from Leeds, with trains taking from 1 hour 50 minutes.



Nearest Airports To Leeds, UK

The nearest airport to Leeds is Leeds Bradford (LBA) which is 6 miles from Leeds. Other nearby airports include Manchester (MAN) (under 42 miles), Liverpool (LPL) (62 miles), Newcastle (NCL) (86 miles) and Birmingham (BHX) (93 miles)




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