Education York

Private Schools

All primary, secondary & special schools in the York area can be found on the council website HERE

The schools admission procedures for York are all contained within their website HERE or you can telephone 01904 551554 with any schools enquiries.

The schools in the York area generally work to a catchment area. If you contact your local school directly they will be able to tell you if you are within their catchment area, they will also be able to give you details of any open days or their policy for visiting the school. The councils website showing catchment areas can be found HERE

You may also want to read the school’s most recent OFSTED report to help you make your decision. They can be found HERE

You may visit and or apply for a place at any school, however the admissions policy will outline who has priority (children with a statement of educational special needs, those with siblings in the school and those within the catchment etc) See your chosen schools website for full details.

There is no guarantee of getting a place in your preferred (or even second or third choice school) and the information about the appeals procedure can be found HERE

Some of York’s independent schools are listed below for your convenience.

With an excellent academic curriculum, an extensive activities programme and outstanding pastoral care, Bootham Junior School continues to build on its national reputation as a school with a difference. Bright, purpose-built classrooms are surrounded by extensive playing fields, tennis courts, an open-air amphitheatre and even a small allotment, giving children the space to grow and develop.

As a Quaker school, Bootham has been emphasising the importance of wellbeing and pastoral care since opening in 1823. It is this caring ethos at the heart of the school which continues to attract families from across Yorkshire.

Pupils develop into kind, compassionate human beings with a keen sense of service and duty to others and a firm moral compass.” – Independent Schools Inspectorate

To book a visit, please contact our Registrar by phone or email.

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Bootham School, York, YO30 7BU

01904 623261
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Founded in 627 AD, St Peter’s School, York, is the world’s fourth oldest school with a long history of top-class education. Today, St Peter’s is a leading day and boarding school for girls and boys aged 2-18 and the Choir School for York Minster.

We offer an all-round education defined by an exceptional range of sporting, music, artistic and cultural opportunities. Our 47-acre green campus on the banks of the River Ouse provides plenty of space for children to play, grow and thrive as they move through the school.

A fun, dynamic and forward-thinking approach to teaching inspires a lifelong love of learning and our pupils consistently achieve some of the best exam results in the country.

All children benefit from inspirational teachers, small class sizes, and fantastic resources. Our House system creates a happy, welcoming community, with the option to board from Year 7.

St Peter’s was TES Pre-Prep/Prep School of the Year 2018, The Sunday Times North Independent Secondary School of the Year 2019, TES Pre-Prep School of the Year 2021 and TES Independent School of the Year 2021.

Clifton, York, YO30 6AB

01904 527300
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“A friendly, unpretentious school where pupils come from a range of backgrounds. Has a real family feel where children can truly be children and where they become happy, successful and ready for the challenges of their chosen senior school.” ~ The Good Schools Guide

Terrington Hall is a popular co-educational, flex-boarding and day Prep School for children aged 3-13 years, set in an idyllic location in the hear of the Howardian Hills, between Malton and York, North Yorkshire. A fun and vibrant school, the hallmark of a Terrington education is every child is given the opportunity to try new things and develop their individual interests, talents and abilities. With happiness and kindness at our core, we blend forward thinking learning with a trational prep school ethos. Bursaries are available on a means-tested basis and scholarships for very able pupils in academics, performing arts, and sports.

Terrington Hall School, Terrington YO60 6PR

01653 648227
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Curiosity. Creativity. Confidence.

The Mount Junior School’s all-girls primary education provides a strong foundation for every girl’s learning journey. Our bespoke curriculum is tailored to motivate and enthuse girls, taught by a team of Primary specialists with expertise in the mind-set of young girls.

We provide a rounded education which follows our Quaker values of simplicity, truth, equality, peace, social justice and sustainability; this fosters our Junior girls’ self-belief, independent thinking, kindness and sensitivity to others.

Whatever they do in or out of the classroom, from the age of 2 onwards, Mount girls’ role models are older girls. This subtle, yet powerful dynamic consistently reminds girls that they can achieve and be kind; they see it all around them, every day.

We support girls, encouraging them to take intellectual risks and to live adventurously. Because we listen to their views and value their opinions, girls know they can contribute positively and make a difference within the School. Through this supportive and nurturing atmosphere, girls learn from a young age to be secure in themselves and trust their choices. The girls thrive as they develop confidence, curiosity, creativity and genuinely enjoy learning.

To learn more about the exceptional education The Mount Junior School has to offer your daughter, please call or email Nicola Craig, Admissions Manager (contact details below).

01904 23 23 23
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Pocklington School

Pocklington is an inclusive, family focussed, and academic day and boarding school that offers incredible experiences inside and outside the classroom for boys and girls aged 3-18 years. Pocklington School lies 12 miles east of York in a safe, rural setting beside a friendly market town, on a 50-acre campus.

T: 01759 321200

Queen Ethelburga’s School

Queen Ethelburga’s Collegiate Foundation comprises four schools and a kindergarten, each with its unique qualities, but all sharing a common purpose of providing students with a first class education and the opportunity to work towards higher education and a successful career.

Tel: +44 (0)1423 33 33 30

Queen Margaret’s School

An independent school for independent girls. We educate and inspire the girls of today, who will be the leaders of tomorrow. With full boarding, flexible boarding and day girl options available to suit busy, modern lifestyles, girls have all the comforts of home at the School.

Escrick Park, Escrick, York, North Yorkshire YO19 6EU
T: +44 (0)1904 727 600

York Steiner School: Where children love to learn.

“Pupils thrive under the care of the staff and increase their self-confidence and esteem from an early age.” Ofsted

We’ve been inspiring children for more than 40 years with exciting lessons that challenge our children and give them a love of learning – for life.

For more information visit our website or call 01904 654983