West Midlands Private Schools & Special Schools


The isbi Schools Directory Guide To The Top International Schools And Private Schools in the West Midlands

For anyone planning a move to or within the West Midlands we have collated information below about different places to live, schools, estate agents and other information we think useful for relocating within the fantastic area of the West Midlands.

Offering some of the best living anywhere in the UK, the West Midlands’s famous nearby cities and towns include Birmingham, Coventry and Wolverhampton.

The West Midlands has a great choice of high quality private schools, beautiful landscapes, lots of activities and excellent housing - with a fantastic range of different property to call home, from mansions and estates, villas and bungalows to new build executive housing, family townhouses and apartments.

"The region is packed with dazzling theatres, colossal exhibition centres, Balti restaurants, and shiny shopping malls. Shrines in Coventry include super-size-sports and music arenas and cathedral ruins alike. With endless ancient woodlands, heaths, and wetlands to explore, it isn’t hard to see how this place inspired JRR Tolkien to write The Lord of the Rings. With county cricket, Premier League football, and rugby union alongside Europe’s biggest library, both sports fans and bookworms will be in heaven." Visit England

West Midlands is land-locked, with neighbouring counties including Staffordshire to the north and west and Worcestershire to the east and south.

The West Midlands is home to Cadbury’s chocolate factory! You can even go and visit, tasting chocolate fresh from the production line.




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Looking for a prestigious Independent (private) school in the West Midlands, UK?

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

West Midlands’s private education sector features day schools and boarding schools, girls schools, boys schools and co-educational (mixed) schools, including leading private nurseries, primary schools, secondary schools and sixth form colleges.

Find Private Schools In The West Midlands, 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 Midlands 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 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 UK and worldwide.



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

Some of the best Independent Secondary schools and colleges and Sixth Form schools and colleges in West Midlands, UK providing a top-tier, world-class day and boarding single-sex and mixed education for boys and girls include:

Top Private Pre-Preparatory & Preparatory Schools In West Midlands, UK

Some of the best Pre-Prep and Prep schools in West Midlands, UK providing a top-tier, world-class day and boarding single-sex and mixed education for boys and girls aged from 3 years to 11 or 13 years include:




Where To Live In West Midlands, UK

The most popular cities and towns in the West Midlands, UK area include, with approximate population numbers:

> Birmingham (1.15 million)

Coventry (366,000)


Dudley (31400), Stourbridge (64,000), Halesowen (59,000), Brierley Hill (64,000)


West Bromwich (79,000), Oldbury (50,000), Smethwick (56,000)


Solihull (211,000), Shirely (65,000), Chelmsley Wood (13,000)


Walsall (178,000), Aldridge (19,000), Bloxwich (40,000)


Wolverhampton (259,000), Bilston (24,000)




Birmingham is a very popular place to live and many people move to each year, or to near and the surrounding area, from around the UK and the rest of the world.

Many of those moving to Birmingham are seeking a more urban lifestyle, deciding to relocate to Birmingham 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 bars, restaurants, sports and popular cultural events involving art and music.

Ten Things To Know About Birmingham, UK

> FACT 1: JRR Tolkien, author of The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings lived in Moseley, just outside Birmingham. Tolkien drew inspiration for both the characters and setting for his novels from the breathtaking countryside that surrounds Birmingham.

> FACT 2: Birmingham has the most Michelin star restaurants in the UK outside of London! The city currently has 5 Michelin star restaurants that are all worth a visit.

> FACT 3: Birmingham is home to this outstanding art gallery and concert hall, The Barber Institute of Fine Arts, which houses an impressive collection of Renaissance, Baroque, and 20th-century art.

> FACT 4: Birmingham has an outstanding musical legacy, the city has given rise to many influential musicians and bands, including Ozzy Osbourne (Black Sabbath), Duran Duran and UB40!

> FACT 5: Landmark Canals: Birmingham has an extensive network of canals, often referred to as "Birmingham's veins." In fact, it even has more canals than Venice!

> FACT 6: Birmingham is known as the "City of a Thousand Trades". It earned the nickname during the Industrial Revolution due to its diverse manufacturing industries, including metalworking, jewellery, pen-making, and many more.

> FACT 7: An all time favourite, the Balti curry, is very popular in Birmingham. The spicy and aromatic dish is a staple for all Indian food lovers in Birmingham!

> FACT 8: Birmingham excelled in jewllery making during the industrial revolution, with the city still making 40% of all jewellery in the UK today.

> FACT 9: Birmingham has a very young population, with almost 40% of its citizens being under 25.

> FACT 10: The Birmingham Royal Ballet is one of the leading ballet companies in the UK and has gained international acclaim for its performances.

Where To Live In Birmingham, UK

Birmingham 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 townhouse, large apartment, mansion or UK 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 Birmingham living to rural, countryside lifestyles, Birmingham and the areas near Birmingham are full of bustling districts and leafy suburbs, lush green areas, charming crescents and estates, breathtaking landscapes, vibrant high streets, busy neighbourhoods and friendly residential communities.

Some of the popular residential areas include:

Edgbaston Birmingham, Harborne Birmingham, Moseley Birmingham, Sutton Coldfield Birmingham, Solihull Birmingham, Kings Heath Birmingham, Jewellery Quarter Birmingham, Four Oaks Birmingham, Bearwood Birmingham, Bournville Birmingham

Commuting To And From Birmingham By Rail Or Road

Relocating to Birmingham 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, Manchester, Nottingham and other locations for work.

Travel times to key destinations by road and rail include:

> Birmingham To London: London is about 120 miles by road from Birmingham via the M6 and M1 and driving to the centre of London from Birmingham normally takes under 2 hours 30 minutes. There is a very regular train service to London from Birmingham, with trains taking from 1 hour 50 minutes.

> Birmingham To Manchester: Manchester is about 80 miles by road from Birmingham via the M6 and driving to the centre of Manchester from Birmingham normally takes under 2 hours. There is a very regular train service to Manchester from Birmingham, with trains taking around 1 hour 30 minutes.

> Birmingham To Nottingham: Nottingham is about 50 miles by road from Birmingham via the M42 and A42 and driving to the centre of Nottingham from Birmingham normally takes under 1 hour. There is a very regular train service to Nottingham from Birmingham, with trains taking from 1 hour 20 minutes.



Nearest Airports To Birmingham, UK

The nearest airport to Birmingham is Birmingham Airport (BHX) which is 7 miles from Birmingham. Other nearby airports include Manchester (MAN) (under 63 miles), London Luton (LTN) (77 miles), Bristol (BRS) (83 miles) and London Heathrow (LHR) (93 miles)




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