Surrey's good schools guide


Discover some of Surrey’s top schools, from Cranleigh to Caterham, who have appeared in Surrey Life magazine over the years...

Barfield School, Farnham 01252 782271

Barfield School is a co-educational day school for children ages 2½ to 13 years old. It is set in 12 acres of stunning countryside one mile east of Farnham. A strong community of pupils, parents and staff creates a dynamic and friendly learning environment – loved by all. Barfield offers an excellent academic education without compromising diversity in the educational curriculum. Pupils are prepared for Common Entrance at 11+ and 13+, scholarship and grammar school entry, and achieve outstanding results with 100% success rate to their choice of secondary school.


Caterham School 01883 343028

Caterham School is one of the top 11-18 co-educational schools in England. However, they do not believe that raw results alone show the true measure of a school. It is far more important that each individual achieves his or her very best. They believe that a truly excellent education is about much more than academic achievement alone; it is about developing the whole person, to ensure that each pupil leaves ready for the challenges that lie ahead at university and beyond. It is an education for life.


Chinthurst School, Tadworth 01737 812011

Chinthurst School is a leading independent day school, based in Tadworth, for boys and girls age three to 13. It is renowned for its friendly, family ethos and optimal class sizes. It aims to provide an all-round education within a happy, purposeful and active school life. The outstanding relationship between staff, pupils and the home is the core strength of the school and the result is happy, honest, respectable, responsible pupils. They offer flexibility for the modern family, and an extensive extra curriculum programme which helps establish Chinthurst as the local family school of choice.


Cranleigh  School 01483 273666

Most Read

‘An extremely popular school' (Good Schools Guide) by the Surrey Hills, Cranleigh is about all-round education. Academics are flourishing, with a record number of A*s at A-level this summer complemented by the superb co-curricular activities. Pupils compete and perform enthusiastically, and successfully, at all levels: whether in school teams and plays, in national sides and National Youth music and drama ensembles in many cases, or hiking hills in pursuit of Duke of Edinburgh Awards, Cranleigh pupils pursue personal achievement in every sphere.


Cranleigh Preparatory School 01483 542051

Cranleigh Preparatory School is a co-educational day and weekly/flexi boarding prep school for children aged seven - 13 years. The school is a perfect blend of traditional and modern, standing in its own beautiful grounds, with an outstanding range of facilities. Life for the children is busy and fun - in a happy and caring environment where they learn, play and develop. The school recognises and celebrates good behaviour, achievement and success, which gives the children a sense of purpose and the desire to fulfil their own goals.

Cranmore School, West Horsley 01483 280340

Cranmore School is one of Surrey’s leading independent boys prep schools. And with rising numbers (a third class has just been opened to accommodate demand for 2012 Reception places) it is one of Surrey’s most successful schools. The co-ed Nursery (Bright Stars at Cranmore) takes children from 2½ onwards in purpose- built separate accommodation and the school then takes boys only from four to 13 years.


Dunottar School for Girls, Reigate 01737 761945

At Dunottar, the single sex environment allows the girls to face challenges with confidence and conviction. They are passionate about getting to grips with their academic learning and life skills to equip them in a competitive and challenging world. The school provides supportive care, encouragement and celebration when they achieve their potential. The Dunottar ethos is such that every girl, whatever her strengths, is enabled, encouraged and supported to reach for her personal star.

Frensham Heights School, Farnham 01252 792561

Frensham Heights is a highly distinctive co-educational HMC day and boarding school for 500 pupils, aged three to 18, situated in 100 acres of parkland three miles from Farnham. Founded in 1925, Frensham Heights developed from the progressive schools movement and are acknowledged as one of the most successful liberal day and boarding schools in the country. They believe every child is an individual and feed their imagination, expect them to ask questions and indeed pursue their own answers and therefore help them grow into confident, generous and happy young adults. At the heart of a Frensham education is personal development and responsibility, alongside excellent academic achievements

Greenacre School for Girls, Banstead 01737 352114

Situated on the edge of the Banstead Downs, Greenacre’s small classes, superb facilities and expert teaching ensure that every girl will thrive and achieve in a caring and secure environment. An excellent academic education is supported by a range of outstanding extra-curricular activities for all ages. Girls can join at any stage - nursery, infants, juniors, seniors or Sixth Form. You are warmly invited to visit the school with your daughter - call Greenacre’s admissions registrar to book a visit.

Halliford School, Shepperton 01932 234921

Halliford School is a small independent day school for boys aged 11-18 and girls 16-18, with a co-educational Sixth Form. The administrative centre is a fine Georgian House set in six acres beside the River Thames. By virtue of the school's size, the staff are able to get to know all the pupils personally. The facilities are good, teaching excellent and the atmosphere friendly. Emerging from this community, the Halliford student goes out into the adult world equipped with self-confidence, a sound education, awareness of the needs of others and often with examination results exceeding his or her expectations.

The Hawthorns, Bletchingley 01883 743048

The Hawthorns is a thriving co-educational school for children aged two to 13 years, who are nurtured under the motto: "Love God, love thy neighbour". In the friendly, family ethos, children develop a sense of purpose, a love for learning and a care for others. Set in 35 acres with modern and historic facilities there are many extra-curricular opportunities, such as sporting fixtures, concerts, residential trips. Inspired staff enable children to reach their full academic potential.

Notre Dame School, Cobham 01932869991 (Preparatory School) 01932869990 (Senior School)

Notre Dame School provides a caring environment in which each and every girl is given the opportunity to reach her full potential. They are a mixed-ability school which achieves outstanding results due to the quality of pastoral care, dedicated and committed teaching and hard work on the part of the girls. The school is set in 17 acres of beautiful, rural parkland and caters for 700 girls from BlueBelles Nursery (coeducational) to Sixth form.

Reigate Grammar School, Reigate 01737 222231

The start of the new academic year saw Mr Shaun Fenton take over as Headmaster of Reigate Grammar School. Mr Fenton moved to RGS from Pate's Grammar School, Cheltenham a school which under Mr Fenton's leadership was named Sunday Times’ School of the Year. A happy, caring atmosphere and students who enjoy all aspects of school life remain defining characteristics of Reigate Grammar School. See the school in action at monthly open mornings.

Reigate St Marys, Reigate 01737 244880

Set in 15 acres close to Reigate town centre, Reigate St Mary's is the junior school of Reigate Grammar School. Reigate St Mary's offers excellent academic results, sport and extra-curricular activities within a happy and caring school community. RSM's popular new greenshoots class for rising three year olds offers a bright, new learning environment for our youngest children. To view RSM's recent positive inspection report visit or see the school in action at regular 'working' open mornings.

Rowan Preparatory School, Claygate 01372 462627

Rowan Preparatory School is a dynamic, forward thinking school with an excellent reputation. We prepare girls (aged 3-11) for the challenges they will face in life, helping them to develop self-awareness, compassion and respect. Rowan is a school where girls excel but, above all, it is a school where girls are happy. “Our aim is to develop girls' love of learning, academic potential and individual talents in a caring community which fosters confidence, sensitivity and an enthusiasm for all that life has to offer,” says Mrs Kathy Kershaw, Headteacher.

Royal Alexandra and Albert School, Reigate 01737 649000

Think you can’t afford boarding education? Think again! Royal Alexandra & Albert School’s mission is to provide high quality boarding education at the lowest possible cost. “This means that pupils’ day education is state funded, whilst the cost of out of hours activities and of boarding are met by their families. As a result, fees are around half what parents would expect to pay at most independent schools,” says headmaster, Paul Spencer Ellis.

Sir William Perkin’s, Chertsey 01932 574900

Sir William Perkin’s vision is to build confidence, integrity and excellence in a caring, innovative and happy community, so that each girl leaves having been given the best possible chance of achieving her full potential. This helps them head into the world with sound values, a breadth of skills and knowledge, and ready to take on the world! Scholarships and bursaries are available, and the latter may be for up to 100% of tuition fees. Come and see what makes our school special at one of our events.

St George’s College, Addlestone 01932 839300

St George’s College is a leading independent co-educational Roman Catholic day School in Surrey for 3-18 year olds offering a values-led education for all. With over 130 years experience of educating children to the highest standard, we seek to inspire a love of learning and to encourage all to fulfil their aspirations and potential within an atmosphere of mutual respect. Choosing the right school for your child is one of the most important decisions that you will ever make. St George’s College is dedicated to your child’s journey and we invite you to experience what it’s like to be part of the family.

Tante Marie Culinary Academy, Woking 01483 726957

Tante Marie Culinary Academy is the UK's oldest independent cookery school and offers some of the world's top rated practical cookery qualifications for those interested in a career in food, such as events catering/design, private catering, food journalism, food styling or even working in top restaurants. Graduates from the academy are now running successful food businesses around the world. Tante Marie also has a range of one and two day, and gap year courses.

Whitgift School, Croydon 0208 688 9222

Whitgift has an unsurpassed curriculum with excellent academic results, unrivalled sporting success with 53 national titles won in the past two years, an extensive performing arts programme, and an exciting range of co-curricular activities. Already a leading UK independent boys’ school, Whitgift will offer boarding from September 2013 for boys aged 13-18. The school offers generous scholarships and bursaries.

Woldingham School, Woldingham 01883 349431

Woldingham School is a boarding and day school for girls aged eleven to eighteen, founded in 1842 as a Convent of the Sacred Heart Foundation. Nestled in 700 acres of Surrey countryside, 35 minutes from Central London, Woldingham School has its own railway station on site offering access to the East Grinstead and Uckfield to London Victoria and London Bridge line.

Comments powered by Disqus