Choosing the right school for your children, making sure that they’re happy, settled and enjoying their experiences, is a top priority for every parent. But the choices can be baffling and times have changed: fewer children are boarding, and more parents are keen to live close school so they can attend everything from rugby matches to art exhibitions.

On this page you’ll find links to articles where we’ve addressed some of the key questions,  covering everything from how to choose the right school for your child to discovering the best schools for pony-mad childrenAnd in the search box below you can use the Country Life Schools Directory to find a school that fits your child – and you – perfectly.

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Country Life’s Schools Guide covers the best independent schools across the UK – schools wishing to be included in this resource should contact sophie.bailey@ti-media.com for information.

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Mowden Hall School

Mowden’s aim is to provide a first class education, in which every child is given the opportunity to achieve his or her potential within a broad range of academic, cultural…

Oakham School

“This is a clear-eyed, energetic forward-thinking school.” The Good Schools Guide About us Oakham is well known and loved for being a friendly and unpretentious school. Whilst we are proud…

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Queen Anne’s School

Queen Anne’s School is an independent boarding and day school for girls aged 11-18 renowned for academic success alongside outstanding pastoral care and an award-winning Sixth Form centre, located in…

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Merchiston Castle School

A balanced curriculum, excellent pastoral care and a high A level pass rate make Merchiston one of the UK’s leading independent schools

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Roedean

Why Roedean? Roedean offers the kind of teaching, learning and all round experiences that enables every single girl to find her passion and voice. Girls grow up at their own…

Moreton Hall School

Moreton Hall School

Moreton Hall is a forward-looking school which values academic success and extra-curricular achievement equally.

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Withington Girls’ School

Withington Girls’ School was founded in 1890 by a small group of eminent and far-sighted Manchester families who wanted the same educational opportunities to be available for their daughters as were…

Ellesmere College

Ellesmere College

Founded in 1884, Ellesmere is a co-educational boarding and day school which offers students between the ages of seven and 18 a platform for academic success and personal development.

King’s Ely

Nestled in the heart of the beautiful cathedral city of Ely in Cambridgeshire, King’s Ely is an inspiringly visionary independent co-educational day and boarding school, yet one that is built…

St Mary's Calne

St Mary’s Calne

St Mary’s Calne is an independent boarding and day school for girls aged 11-18, a happy, purposeful and flourishing community of around 360 pupils with an 80% to 20% boarding…

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The King’s School, Canterbury

The King’s School in Canterbury is an atmospheric, elegant and academic school drenched in history – it was founded at the end of the 6th century – and beauty, within…

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Sandroyd

Sandroyd is a co-educational boarding school for children aged 2-13 years set in an idyllic environment, that ‘prepares’ children in the very broadest sense – offering academic excellence, and so…

Rockport School

Rockport School

Rockport School was founded in 1906, partly to prepare boys for the Royal Naval College at Dartmouth, it has its own beach on Belfast Lough, so there’s kayaking and sailing.…

St Thomas More Catholic School

St Thomas More Catholic School

St Thomas More Catholic School, a Roman Catholic State school in the west Gateshead catchment area, with its reputation for high academic expectations and strong principles, has a long waiting list.…

Campbell College

Campbell College

Campbell College is one of only two Category B schools (a grammar that’s retained its assets and autonomy) in Northern Ireland. It’s sited in 100 acres in east Belfast and…

Oundle School

Oundle School

The historic and hugely successful Oundle School, set in a delightful market town but within easy reach of London (Peterborough to London King’s Cross takes 45 minutes by train), offers…

Nottingham High School

Nottingham High School

Originally founded in 1513 in the city’s Lace Market, it moved in 1868 to its present site, a mix of old, 1980s and modern buildings, and now takes girls, with…

Maidwell Hall

Maidwell Hall

Maidwell Hall is famously one of the best prep schools in the Midlands, offering the now rare combination of small numbers – the ethos is for polite, happy and articulate…

Gresham’s

Gresham’s

Gresham’s may be situated amid 200 acres in the far, eastern reaches of north Norfolk, just four miles from the glorious coastline, but the school – which was originally founded as…

Abingdon

Abingdon

A historic school (founded in 1256) with a stimulating atmosphere, it actively encourages a multi-denominational, multi-cultural feel: school magazines include The Polyglot, which has articles in foreign languages about foreign…