Independent Schools in Surrey and Sussex

Primary Schools

Cranleigh Preparatory School

Horseshoe Road


Surrey  GU6 8QH

What the school says:

“Cranleigh Preparatory School is a leading independent co-educational day and boarding school set in the heart of the Surrey Hills.  A blend of tradition and innovation ensures a perfect atmosphere for our boys and girls, who learn, play and compete together in every area of school life. Our daily timetable and boarding environment provide the time for pupils to pursue their studies, sport, creative arts and much more.  Our academic programme is designed to be stimulating and challenging with pupils responding to the encouragement and care of our staff, establishing a love of learning. A well-established House system introduces the fun of lively competition and develops bonds across the year groups.  We put the experience of each and every child at the heart of everything we do.”

Lanesborough Preparatory School

Maori Road


Surrey GU1 2EL

What the school says:

“Lanesborough’s academic reputation is justly well known but what sets us apart is our warm and purposeful atmosphere. We offer our pupils a happy, well-ordered and stimulating environment where they can progress to their fullest potential. An excellent all-round education based on skilled teaching in small classes is at the heart of our approach to learning which strives to provide the widest possible range of experiences.”

Aldro School

Lombard Street



Surrey GU8 6AS

What the school says:

“Aldro is a day and boarding school for approximately 200 boys aged between 7 and 13. Life at Aldro is also lots of fun.  As you walk around the grounds, you may well spot boys representing the school in a whole variety of different sports, rowing on the lake, learning the rules of Pétanque, or playing pirates on our very own adventure island.  You are likely to see boys rehearsing for an upcoming play, singing in the choir, or heading off to the woods for yet another outdoor education lesson.  Aldro life is guaranteed to be varied and stimulating!

Our small class sizes and high aspirations for the boys ensure that they achieve their very best in the classroom.  We want them to discover a love of learning that will stay with them for life.  Many will move on from Aldro to the UK’s top independent senior schools, often with scholarships and awards that reflect the diversity and excellence of their achievements along the way.”

Longacre School

Hullbrook Lane

Shamley Green

Surrey  GU5 0NQ

What the school says:

“Longacre is a truly unique school where children are genuinely happy and develop a love of learning within a family orientated community. We believe that children achieve academic success when they are happy and fulfilled, where each child is recognised, cherished for their individualism, fully supported and enabled to grow and develop at their own unique rate.”

Secondary Schools

Cranleigh School

Horseshoe Road


Surrey GU6 8QQ

What the school says:

“Cranleigh is Surrey’s leading co-educational independent school, offering boarding and day education for pupils aged 13 to 18. Cranleigh provides a breathtaking range of opportunities in a school small enough for everyone to know and support each other. Pupils lead busy lives now, exceeding academic and sporting expectations, while preparing for life beyond our beautiful rural location.”

Prior’s Field School

Priorsfield Road


Surrey  GU7 2RH

What the school says:

“We are a school focused on the development of unique individuals. Our small size is a huge advantage in this, but we also have a strong family ethos, wonderful team spirit and big ambitions for our girls. We believe that education is about far more than rank orders, school statistics and that which can be measured. Our commitment is to provide space for individuality, initiative and enterprise to blossom. At Prior’s Field no girl is invisible. Your daughter will be known and valued for who she is. Every girl is different – and we like that. Girls tell us time and again that they love their school, feel at home and are happy. They have great friends. They enjoy unforgettable experiences. They work hard and aim high. They are at ease with themselves and take real delight in surpassing all expectations.”

Guildford High School

London Road


Surrey  GU1 1SJ

What the school says:

“We provide a first-class education for academically able and characterful girls from age four to eighteen. Guildford High School is a happy, purposeful and vibrant community.  All that we do at Guildford High School is designed with our pupils in mind. We nurture our pupils as they grow up in our care, providing an environment of openness, where they feel safe and secure, where there is trust and kindness. Our aims are simple: we want our pupils to be happy and be positive about their own gifts and abilities.”

Royal Grammar School, Guildford

High Street


Surrey GU1 3BB

What the school says:

“The RGS is one of the most prestigious schools in the country and, since its foundation in 1509, has established a national reputation for academic excellence and single-sex education. Central to the success of the School, however, is a distinctive blend of a number of elements: a welcoming, happy community where each individual feels valued and has the opportunity to flourish within a supportive, nurturing environment; a rich 500 year history and tradition yet an awareness of the needs of a student in the twenty-first century; an inspiring Tudor setting in the heart of historic Guildford combined with the facilities expected of a modern-day institution; a traditional, rigorous grammar school ethos with an innovative, independent approach to education; a school where academia is only one facet of a far richer experience and an extraordinary array of opportunities.”

Reigate Grammar School

Reigate Road


Surrey  RH2 0QS

What the school says:

“Our main priority is to care for and support each individual child, and nurture their unique blend of talents and abilities.

We provide an academic education seeking results in public examinations that are the best for each individual student.

Children develop good learning behaviours within a personalised, flexible and relevant curriculum.

The teaching at RGS is engaging, challenging and enables excellent progress.

The school is tailored for each child at each point with personalisation and choice across the curriculum, in extra-curricular opportunities, in pastoral care and in learning support. RGS is an enabling, happy community with rich opportunities for personal development through a wide-ranging and high quality programme of extra-curricular activities.”

Lord Wandsworth College

Long Sutton


Hampshire  RG29 1TA

“Encouraging every pupil to be as good as they possibly can be, we achieve excellent examination results and create confident, capable, extremely level-headed and happy young people.

Firmly believing that education extends far beyond the classroom, we offer an incredible range of sporting and co-curricular activities and go to great lengths to discover what makes each pupil special.

Farnborough Hill

312 Farnborough Road


Hampshire  GU14 8AT

What the school says:

“Our mission is to educate girls, to nurture their personal, social and spiritual development, and to promote academic excellence. The ethos of the school is rooted in the Roman Catholic tradition and we welcome students from other Christian denominations and religious faiths.  The school is committed to equal opportunities for all.  We want each girl to enjoy her experience of school life so that she is ready to play a full and responsible part in the wider community.”

St John’s School

Epsom Road


Surrey KT22 8SP

What the school says:

“The School’s educational philosophy is rooted in an understanding that each pupil has different talents and distinct qualities; the aim is to nurture these talents, instil a love of learning and educate in the broadest possible sense. Exceptional pastoral care provides pupils with the support and guidance to achieve more than they might have imagined possible and to be able to try new things in a secure, safe and encouraging environment.”

King Edward’s Witley



Surrey  GU8 5SG

What the school says:

“Traditional values, beautiful surroundings, excellent facilities and wide ranging academic, cultural and sporting opportunities are all important. But what matters most is the quality of relationships which exist in a happy, secure and caring community, where staff are dedicated to bringing out the very best in those for whom they are responsible, whatever their background or ability.”

Ardingly College

College Road


Haywards Heath

West Sussex  RH17 6SQ

What the school says:

“Our mantra is ‘Nobody excels at everything, but everyone can excel at something.’ Our purpose is to find and develop that something for all our pupils. We aim for all our pupils to achieve academic excellence. For our brightest pupils, this leads to top grades and admission to leading global universities. For others, the grades may be less stellar, but the achievement in value added and personal satisfaction is equal if not greater.

There are many ways to stand out from the crowd, from articulate debating to creative problem-solving and team leadership. Everyone is valued for the contribution they make to their class or social group, to their House, and to the School.”


Charterhouse Road


Surrey  GU7 2DL

“Our vision at Charterhouse focuses on promoting academic rigour, developing intellectual curiosity and nurturing in children the ability and desire to learn independently. We foster the knowledge, skills and attitudes required for our pupils to succeed in a complex, fast-changing, multi-cultural society. Engaging learning and inspirational teaching are at the heart of what we do; we aim to develop in our pupils a breadth of academic interests and pursuits, to foster in them a rich interior life through their learning, and to instil in them high expectations and an appetite for challenge, self-reflection and improvement.”

Primary & Secodary

Duke of Kent School

Peaslake Road


Surrey  GU6 7NS

What the school says:

“Duke of Kent is a co-educational day school.  We challenge, support and engage every pupil, to be the best they can be, whilst allowing them the freedom to be exactly who they want to be.  Pupils leave our care as happy, independent, compassionate and considerate citizens with a well-placed belief in their own talents and a positive outlook on the future. Our aim is to develop rounded, grounded individuals with many joyful memories, and a desire to go out into the world and make a difference.”

Belmont School

Feldemore Lodge

Holmbury St Mary

Dorking  RH5 6LH

What the school says:

“At Belmont School we believe that the happiness and well-being of every pupil is of paramount importance and lies at the heart of a successful education. We invest in these qualities in a school where kindness, respect and first-class pastoral care underpin all that we do. We have inspirational teachers whose dynamism and energy enrich the pupils’ educational experiences using their impressive skills, creativity and enthusiasm. We believe in childhood and the pupils at Belmont exude a palpable energy that speaks for itself.”

St Catherine’s Girls School 

Station Road


Surrey  GU5 0DF

What the school says:

“St Catherine’s is an academically selective Church of England School with a strong focus on roundedness.  It offers all its pupils access to a first rate education in the broadest sense. There are 900 pupils, aged 4 – 18, including some 260 in the Preparatory School, 150 boarders in the Senior School (from 11+) and 170 in the Sixth Form.Our pupils enjoy outstanding success in every field – academic, sporting, cultural – and we are proud of all that we help them to achieve.  We then watch with equal pride the many things that our alumni go on to achieve in their lives and professional careers beyond School, and welcome them back warmly as lifelong members of the St. Catherine’s Association who provide invaluable careers input and networks for our current pupils.”

Tormead School

Cranley Road


Surrey  GU1 2JD

What the school says:

“Tormead values individuality, celebrates diversity and encourages girls to be themselves, whilst emphasising equally the value of tolerance, teamwork and collective responsibility. The academic pace offers stimulus and challenge, but is combined with an excellent range of extra-curricular activities enabling Tormead to offer a broad but balanced, progressive education.”

Farlington School

Guildford Road


West Sussex  RH12 3PN

What the school says:

“We are delighted that our Prep School has been shortlisted for Prep School of the Year 2018, by  Independent School Parent Magazine. This comes during a year when we were awarded the accolade of one of the Top 100 UK Prep Schools by the Sunday Times Parent Power Survey, and our excellent A Level examination results meant we were placed 12th in the UK in the Daily Telegraph Smaller Schools League Tables and the top school in West Sussex.  We are a school that values individuality, celebrates diversity and encourages our pupils to have the confidence to think for themselves, whilst emphasising the importance of tolerance, teamwork and collective responsibility.  Each child, from Reception through to Sixth Form, is known and valued as an individual, and contributes uniquely to our happy, successful and purposeful environment.”

St Teresa’s School

Beech Avenue



Surrey RH5 6ST

What the school says:

“Our ethos ensures that each girl is recognised and treated as an individual with unique gifts and talents.  St Teresa’s Effingham is a strong community where each girl is known and nurtured.  Our value added scores are a testament to the support and encouragement the girls receive throughout their education here. Academic results are excellent right across the board.  St Teresa’s Catholic Foundation ensures the pastoral care the girls receive is second to none, giving them the security needed for all-round achievement.  The beautiful site and excellent modern facilities, close to Heathrow, Gatwick, and with the provision of school buses locally, make it accessible for day students and boarders alike.  The broad curriculum and wide range of extracurricular activities make St Teresa’s an exciting place to be.”

Churcher’s College



Hampshire GU31 4AS

What the school says:

“We seek to give the widest range of experiences and also the opportunity to excel. Children at Churcher’s College thrive in an atmosphere of high expectations but even higher achievement in a happy, well-disciplined and caring environment.

By developing the full academic, creative and sporting talents of the girls and boys, within the context of social awareness, our aim is to fully prepare them for all they will face in the dynamic and challenging world in which we live.

The pupils of Churcher’s College become confident, responsible, respected and selfless citizens in a world which will require gifted, flexible young people of character, dedication and compassion.”

Seaford College

Lavington Park


West Sussex  GU28 0NB

What the school says:

“We offer an all-round education that enables your child to develop the high self-esteem essential for success in not only the academic curriculum but also our extensive co-curricular provision.

We have an excellent record for academic achievement, sport, art and music, and aim for all students to achieve their ‘personal bests’ in every activity they engage with. In the academic curriculum, we believe that effective teaching in lessons and targeted prep will enable students to achieve this aim in all curriculum subjects. We recognise that your child is at the heart of the process and that inspiring each individual to aspire to be the very best they can possibly be is the key to a student reaching their potential.”

Cranmore School

Epsom Road

West Horsley


Surrey  KT24 6AT

What the school says:

“A Catholic School committed to the teachings of the Gospel with the aim to help all children fulfil their potential, by fostering their individual talents and providing for their needs within its caring Christian community.

Whilst we are a Catholic school we, naturally, warmly welcome families from other faiths and beliefs.”

St Edmund’s School

Portsmouth Road


Surrey  GU28 6BH

What the school says:

“St. Edmund’s is made up of many factors. We seek to provide an excellent all round education and to encourage our children to achieve high standards in all that they do.

We wish to instil in every child a sense of self-esteem and belonging by building on their own talents, opening their eyes to new ones and giving them focused and personal support whenever it is needed. Our children are encouraged to be individuals and are provided with the skills and motivation to make a positive contribution to the school community and to society as a whole.”

Hurstpierpoint College

College Lane




What the school says:

“Hurst is a thriving, co-educational day and boarding school for pupils from age 4 to 18 years, situated within a 140-acre campus, surrounded by beautiful countryside on the borders of the South Downs National Park, close to the village of Hurstpierpoint in West Sussex.

At Hurst we are ambitious for each of our pupils and who they can become. Each child has the opportunity to access all the College has to offer and we encourage each one to engage and enjoy all aspects of school life.

Academic excellence is the foundation of a Hurst education, because we believe it opens doors to the future. Therefore every child is challenged and supported along the way in our friendly and warm community. 

We want our pupils to learn the importance of certain values: a sense of duty, an awareness of right and wrong and a respect for others. We want pupils to be ambitious with a clear sense of purpose, to acquire a balanced view of life and develop into independent, mature individuals.

We believe that each pupil must be given every opportunity to achieve their personal best in order to progress to the university of their choice or make a successful move into their chosen profession.”

Frensham Heights

Frensham Heights Road



Surrey  GU10 4EA

What the school says:

“Frensham Heights is a highly distinctive independent day & boarding school. We welcome students from the age of 3 to 18 and we give them the tools to succeed in their education, helping them to extend their abilities and exceed their own expectations.

Frensham is a different school in many ways – and we’re very proud of that.  However, it’s only very different in the context of a traditional English public school. If you’re imagining boaters or tartan or children with badges down their lapels, then we are definitely not that. Yet if you have experienced an international school or an American school, then we’re not very different at all. In fact, so many areas that today are heralded as pioneering in education lie at the heart of what Frensham Heights has stood for since 1925.”

The Royal School

Portsmouth Road


Surrey  GU26 6BW

“We believe in the power of inspirational teaching to bring out the very best in every pupil. We deliver an extensive and exciting curriculum inside and outside of the classroom that successfully promotes high academic achievement and strong personal development. 

Excellence is not only measured by strong A Level grades and a prestigious university course but by the personal qualities that complement academic success. Worthwhile learning is often hard. Inspiring teaching is what gives access to difficult concepts and the thrill of intellectual discovery.

We nurture and challenge each pupil to be the very best they can be. We focus on the individual, seeking to develop their talents and sparking their intellectual curiosity.  We believe in a balanced approach to learning that combines academic excellence with the broader skills of resilience, caring, ambition and fun. We deliver education with character and our pupils graduate from The Royal School with the qualifications and experience they need to take up places at the highest-performing universities and enter careers that best suit their talents and interests.”