Finding the right educational establishment for your child is a vitally important decision when moving to a new area, whether that be early years, prep, middle or secondary education.
Whether you’re looking for a nursery, primary or secondary school, Manchester has some excellent schools including both state-run and independent, same sex or mixed-sex, as well as faith schools.
Manchester is well served by educational establishments that are well represented within national rankings, with most schools generally performing to a very high standard. There are broad and diverse independent schools in Manchester on offer, so deciding upon placing your child in a school based upon pastoral and religious grounds, or whether same sex or mixed schools are considerations that will form the basis of your choice.
For more information regarding independent schools, state schools and relocating please visit: www.ofsted.gov.uk/schools
To apply for state primary or secondary schools, applications must go through your local council, links can be found below. Applications for private schools are done directly through the school.
If you would prefer your child to study for an internationally recognised qualification the International Baccalaureate (IB) is the perfect choice.
The International Baccalaureate (IB), formerly the International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO), is an international educational foundation. IB offers four educational programmes for children aged 3–19. Consequently, “IB” can refer to the organisation itself, any of the four programmes, or the diploma or certificates awarded at the end of the diploma programme. Their four programmes for students aged 3 to 19 help develop the intellectual, personal, emotional and social skills to live, learn and work in a rapidly globalising world.
PYP – Primary Years Programme
MYP – Middle Years Programme
DP – Diploma Programme
IBCC – International Baccalaureate Career-related Certificate
Educational Establishments that offer IB qualifications:
Bolton St Catherine’s Academy – PYP
Greenroyd Avenue, Breighmet, Bolton, BL2 4HU
Cheadle & Marple Sixth Form College – DP
Hibbert Lane, Marple, Stockport, SK8 5HA
Leverhulme Community Primary School – PYP
Breightmet Drive, Breighmet, Bolton, BL2 6EE
Manchester High School for Girls – DP
Grangethorpe Road, Manchester, M14 6HS
Rossall School – PYP, DP
Broadway, Fleetwood, Lancashire, FY7 8JW
The Manchester Grammar School – DP
Old Hall Lane, Manchester, M13 0XT
Trafford College – DP
Manchester Road, Altrincham, West Timperley, Cheshire, WA14 5PQ
Outside of Manchester
Priestley College – DP
Loushers Lane, Warrington, Cheshire, WA4 6RD
St Mary’s College – DP
Shear Brow, Blackburn, Lancashire, M29 7EE
The Blackpool Sixth Form College – DP
Blackpool Old Road, Blackpool, FY3 7LR
Tonge Moor Community Primary School – PYP
Stott Lane, Bolton, Lancashire, BL2 2LR
Ofsted is the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills. They inspect and regulate services that care for children and young people, and services providing education and skills for learners of all ages. Reports for every school and nursery in Greater Manchester can be accessed at: reports ofsted.gov.uk
The Sunday Times top state and private schools in Greater Manchester
The Sunday Times top state primary schools in Greater Manchester