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.

BUS SERVICE FROM: from Appleton Roebuck, Bolton Percy, Acaster Malbis, Copmanthorpe, Bishopthorpe, Tadcaster Road.

Bootham School, York, YO30 7BU

01904 623261


Curiosity. Creativity. Confidence.

We are passionate about girls and girl’s education. Our curriculum challenges and inspires young girls to support their natural curiosity, and stimulate their creativity.

From the age of 2 years, pre-school pupils are encouraged to develop their determination and potential through free play, exploring the outdoors with activities that spark their interest and begin their journey on a lifelong love of learning. Our special Quaker ethos fosters the Junior girls’ self-belief, independent thinking and sensitivity to others. They are encouraged to make their own decisions, share their ideas and take risks.

+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.

Clifton, York

T: 01904 527361

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

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

T: +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

T: 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

T: 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.

Danesmead, Fulford Cross, Fulford, York, YO10 4PB

T: 01904 654983