Great schools in Lancashire

There are a number of high performing schools in the region (c) Getty Images/iStockphoto

There are a number of high performing schools in the region (c) Getty Images/iStockphoto - Credit: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Choosing the right school for your child is not an easy process, we profile a handful of some of the best educational institutions in Lancashire

Pupils at Bury Grammar School

Pupils at Bury Grammar School - Credit: Archant

Bury Grammar School

Bury Grammar School is forward-looking with high aspirations and is committed to unlocking every pupil’s potential.

BGS is both immensely proud of their traditions and happy to be a modern school, keen to embrace new technologies and innovative teaching methods. Pupils leave as well-rounded and independent young adults with excellent academic qualifications and a positive approach to life.

Pupils, age 3-18, benefit from the considerable advantages presented by small teaching groups carefully focusing on individual support and progress. Pupils enjoy brilliant facilities including purpose built classrooms for EYFS pupils and a state of the art Sixth Form Centre with its own cafeteria. Their superb sports facilities include a new 3G and MUGA pitch and a heated swimming pool on the 45 -acre Campus.

Every day is important in the life of BGS pupils and staff are committed to encouraging every pupil to shine.

Bridge Road, Bury, BL9 0HH/BL9 0HG T: 0161 6968600 W: E:

Pupils at Stonyhurst St Marys Hall

Pupils at Stonyhurst St Marys Hall - Credit: Archant

Stonyhurst St Mary’s Hall (3 – 13 years)

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Every child has his or her own spark and Stonyhurst St Mary’s Hall seeks to ignite it. The Ribble Valley based independent day and boarding prep school has a vibrant and innovative academic curriculum, brought to life by passionate, highly skilled and dedicated teaching staff.

Its exciting co-curricular programme benefits from unparalleled facilities set within a glorious natural environment. These include an indoor tennis dome, an indoor swimming pool, fitness centre and golf course as well as an observatory, vast woodland and access to the historical Stonyhurst College Collections. Activities range from astronomy and drama to dance, gardening and tennis, giving boys and girls the opportunity to discover their gifts and talents, whilst the tight knit team of staff help each individual unlock their potential and them grow in every way.

Stonyhurst St Mary’s Hall provides 3 - 13 year olds with their valuable first steps in a Stonyhurst education. It is much more than a prep school – it is part of an international community that celebrates individuality and forms young people through such deep rooted Jesuit values, encouraging children to challenge injustice, grow as a man or woman for others - always striving to do all that they can.

For more information please visit or to make an enquiry please email or telephone 01254 827073.

Stonyhurst St Mary’s Hall, Clitheroe, Lancashire, BB7 9PX. T: 01254 826345 W:

Stonyhurst taken by student Jason Leung

Stonyhurst taken by student Jason Leung - Credit: Archant

Stonyhurst College

With a beautiful setting, fascinating heritage and excellent modern facilities, Stonyhurst College is a co-educational day and boarding school for 13 – 18 year olds.

As the oldest Jesuit school in the world, Stonyhurst has global links to other schools and colleges all over the world. The College achieves high academic results, has exceptional pastoral care, and offers an enormous range of co-curricular opportunities.

Students are given the individual attention, resources and space in which to grow intellectually, spiritually and emotionally. Opportunities for creative growth at the College are rich and varied, including music, art, drama and dance. Sport plays an important part in life at Stonyhurst, including national fixtures and international tours. Facilities include a heated swimming pool, state-of-the-art tennis dome, a 9 hole golf course, all weather pitch, squash and tennis courts.

Sixth form students can choose to pursue the International Baccalaureate Diploma, the IB Career Related Programme or A levels.

Stonyhurst College, Hurst Green, Clitheroe, BB7 9PZ T: 01254 827 073 W: E:

Pupils at Westholme School

Pupils at Westholme School - Credit: Archant

Westholme School

Westholme School provides a first rate education for boys and girls from Nursery through to Sixth Form.

It is a happy, supportive school where every boy and girl is valued for his or her talents and personal qualities.

They foster positive attitudes where learning is fun and this is underpinned by a strong commitment to pastoral care. The school believes that every student in their care has the right to an excellent education and dedicated staff ensure that every child is encouraged and given the opportunity to succeed; they aim to develop compassion, resilience, self-awareness and independence of thought. Every good and successful school provides such an education for its pupils and there are many ways in which this may be done. There is no single pattern or formula for a successful, thriving school. Academic success has central importance but at Westholme we also promote the development of strong personal attributes, a moral compass, a wider outlook on the world and a true sense of community. Westholme School warmly invites you to come and see this success story for yourselves.

Wilmar Lodge, Meins Road, Blackburn BB2 6QU T: 01254 506070 W:

St Pius X Catholic Preparatory School

St Pius X Catholic Preparatory School - Credit: Archant

St Pius X Catholic Preparatory School and Oak House Nursery

Nestled on the outskirts of Preston, St Pius X Catholic Preparatory School and Oak House Nursery is a happy and caring independent day school for boys and girls aged 2-11, where tradition and family values are at the heart of their ethos. The school’s emphasis is on encouraging pupils to be happy, have a love of learning and to make the most of all the opportunities school life brings. It is committed to instilling politeness and good manners from an early age and nurture all pupils whilst giving them the confidence to develop their individual talents and interests.

The school has an excellent track record, as demonstrated by their national ranking of 18th in the Sunday Times Top 100 Preparatory Schools list. It also holds the prestigious title of ‘Smartest Children in Britain’ when the school’s pupils won the first series of CBBC’s TOP CLASS general knowledge show.

St Pius X Catholic Preparatory School puts its success down to small class sizes, excellent teaching and the motivation and encouragement provided by a dedicated team of teachers. Go and experience this for yourself by contacting the Admissions Department. You can arrange a visit to tour the facilities and see the school first hand.

St Pius X Preparatory School, Oak House, 200 Garstang Road, Fulwood, Preston, PR2 8RD T:01772 719937 W:

Bolton School

Bolton School - Credit: Archant

Bolton School

With over 2,300 pupils, Bolton School is one of the largest and most successful schools in the country. Sited on a stunning 32 acre campus, pupils can enjoy an all-through education at our co-ed Nursery and Infant School and single-sex Junior and Senior Schools with Sixth Forms.

Outstanding exam results mean the School regularly ranks amongst the top performing schools in the country but pupils also develop through a wide variety of extra-curricular activities in sport, music, drama, outdoor pursuits, community action and so much more!

Assessed by the ISI, the Girls’ and Boys’ Divisions both achieved the highest possible rating of being excellent in all categories; the Early Years Foundation Stage provision also received the top judgement of being “outstanding” in every category. However, if you to find out for yourself, contact them to arrange your personal tour.

Bolton School, Chorley New Road, Bolton, BL1 4PA T: 01204 840201 W: