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.

What marks out Bootham is its 190 years of unswerving faith in the power of each child to realise their own personal greatness through values-led education.

Founded by York Quakers in the nineteenth century, these people, including the likes of Joseph Rowntree, believed that each person has that of God within them. The founding principles of honesty, respect, equality and straightforwardness continue today, and seem even more in tune with the challenges of this complex world.

This then, is the Bootham style of education – timeless and unwavering. Bootham Junior School takes children from rising three to 11 years and prepares them for the senior school which goes on up to 18 years.

The senior school, with its grand Georgian buildings in the heart of the city, is highly regarded for the quality of its education. People talk about Bootham as the friendly school, where each person is welcomed and made to feel immediately part of a welcoming community.

In this atmosphere of confident expectation students flourish and achieve the highest possible levels of academic and personal success. Not through hot-housing but through a sustaining sense of personal confidence and respect for others.

Bootham School, York, YO30 7BU

01904 623261


Independent School set in the wonderful setting of York Minster.

We are an independent, day preparatory school for children aged 3-13 years. The choir school stands next to York Minster, an icon of gothic architecture. We are home to 180 pupils, including the boy & girl choristers of York Minster.

York Minster School, Deangate, York, North Yorkshire, YO1 7JA

01904 557230


Curiosity. Creativity. Confidence.

The Mount Junior School offers a genuinely remarkable education to girls from the age of 2 years. Our Junior School allows girls to be themselves and grow in a calm and caring community. Pre-School pupils are encouraged to develop their determination and potential through free play, exploring the outdoors and enjoyable activities that spark their interest and begin their journey on a lifelong love of learning.

Our special Quaker ethos fosters the girls’ self-belief, independent thinking and sensitivity to others. They are encouraged to make their own decisions, share their ideas and take risks.

“The teachers are kind and caring, the girls are all friends and seem to get on together. No one judges each other, or talks about each other, but accept differences and just enjoy the lessons and break times, which is testament to how The Mount builds a community of girls. She has 110% confidence in Drama as no one is judging. It’s a small class (no boys) and the focus is on learning, not commenting.” – A new parent

“Pupils display excellent social skills and awareness of others. They support and encourage each other frequently and unselfconsciously.” – Independent Schools Inspectorate report 2018

+44 (0)1904 667 500


Clifton School

Clifton School and Nursery is a happy, thriving school for children aged 3-8. We are an IAPS and HMC Junior school for girls and boys, situated in the heart of York, offering a warm welcome into the St Peter’s School family.

01904 527361

Clifton, York

Pocklington School

Pocklington is a thriving independent school, 12 miles east of York, providing outstanding day and boarding education from 3-18 years. Pocklington School delivers an excellent all-round education and a vibrant co-curricular life within a supportive and caring community, all founded on a 500 year tradition.

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

Queen Margaret’s is an independent school for independent girls. We are a school that encourages every girl to pursue her interests with confidence; girls at Queen Margaret’s are recognised for their willingness to try everything that life has to offer them.

Escrick Park, Escrick, York, North Yorkshire YO19 6EU

+44 (0)1904 727 600

St Olave’s

St Olave’s is a flourishing co-educational IAPS and HMC Junior School. We offer outstanding day and boarding education for children aged 8-13.

Queen Anne’s Rd, York
01904 527416

St Peter’s School

An HMC co-educational day and boarding school for girls and boys aged 13-18, situated in the heart of York. As one of the oldest schools in the world St Peter’s combines a rich heritage with outstanding academic achievement.

Clifton, York
01904 527300

York Steiner School

Accept the children with reverence, educate them with love, send them forth in freedom.

Over the last 30 years York Steiner School has grown from a fledgling school to one that now educates over 220 children in our Early Years and Main School.

Fulford Cross,
York, YO10 4PB.
Telephone: 01904 654983