Our Schools Supplement has listed various top schools by different criteria over the years

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Country Life’s Schools supplement often seeks to help parents to choose between some of the top independent schools in the country, by rating them in different ways.

Below please find some of our lists of our favourite schools, taken from past magazine articles outlining some of the best independent schools for children in the UK to attend, from pre-prep schools all over the country, and in London, to the best day schools, the best schools for pony mad children, and the top lesser-known, but very good schools which you should really consider.

Some of these listings are organised according to which area of the country you are looking in – presuming you won’t want to send your children to schools on the other side of the country.

The 25 schools you should have heard of: Less well known than Eton or Downe House, these excellent schools have less eye-watering fees, but more than measure up in all departments

Britain’s best day schools: if you don’t want your children to board, as many parents now don’t, why not consider sending them to one of the top day schools in the country?

The best schools for pony-mad children: Extracurricular activities are a huge part of how much children enjoy school; we have chosen the best schools if your children are mad on horses.

The best co-ed prep schools in London: Places for the best schools in London are incredibly competitive. This is our list of the best – good luck getting a place!

The best pre-prep schools in the UK: Good preparation is important, but it has to be fun as well

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