The Best Schools in the South West


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Covering more than 9,000 square miles, the South West is a vast region of the country. Thankfully, there are plenty of schools scattered across the area that serve families in its pretty towns and villages, with a good number of these being ranked highly by inspectors. From seaside towns like Weymouth to inland areas like Thame, finding the very best schools isn’t always easy. So to help, here’s our quick guide to some of the top schools in the South West.  

Best primary schools in the South West

  • Bishop Road Primary School

If you live in the Bristol area, Bishop Road Primary is one of the top-ranked schools for your children to attend. It has a superb reputation, is rated as outstanding by Ofsted, and is around 10 miles from our Ladden Garden Village development in Yate.

  • Moordown St John’s Church of England Primary School

Should you be based in the Bournemouth area, Moordown St John’s CofE is one of the best primaries around in terms of attainment. It’s also only a few miles from our Canford Paddock development, where you can find a limited number of 3 bedroom homes for sale.

  • Abbotskerswell Primary School

Located in Newton Abbot, Abbotskerswell has been rated as one of the best schools in South West county Devon. It has returned some exemplary SATs results in recent years, marking this out as a great place to send your kids for achievement in exams.

Best secondary schools in the South West

  • Pate’s Grammar School

This Cheltenham grammar school has been noted as one of the best in the country, featuring highly on national league tables. A Level and GCSE exam results are superb, making this a highly desirable school among parents in the area.

  • Colyton Grammar School

A mixed secondary just north of Seaton in Devon, Colyton Grammar also produces excellent exam results. If you live to the east of Exeter, you may find you fall within this fantastic school’s catchment area.

  • Stroud High School

Lying just to the south of Gloucester, this outstanding grammar school caters for girls aged 11 to 18. The school is only a few miles from our Great Oldbury development, where you’ll find a selection of beautiful 3 and 4 bed new builds for sale.

Best private schools in the South West

  • The Cheltenham Ladies’ College

If you live in the South West best schools can also mean independents, and this one is among the highest-rated in the region. Girls aged between 11 and 18 can attend, either on a day or boarding basis.

  • King Edward’s School

This historic independent school in Bath has been ranked among the very best private schools in the South West. With a heritage that dates back to the mid-16th century and being only a short drive from our Hunters Wood site, little ones can start their learning here from the age of 3.

  • Exeter School

Looking after children aged 7 to 18, Exeter School is close to the heart of the city and down the road from another top independent, the Maynard School. Both establishments are well known for their strong levels of attainment.