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Tavistock Tutors Best Senior Schools

While no school can be the best for everyone, our experience consulting a variety of families from different backgrounds has helped us to compile a list of senior schools in the UK which suit the majority of students. Stretching far beyond academia, we know that every child would be happy to attend any of these schools.

BEST SENIOR SCHOOL FOR PASTORAL CARE

We really value schools that take their students’ wellbeing into consideration. Whether your child requires extra emotional support, or they have medical needs which must be seen to, all these schools have done a great job at helping their students both inside and outside the classroom.

Adcote School For Girls Shropshire

Winner
Runners up
  • Trinity School Devon
  • The Dixie Grammar School Nuneaton
  • Hymers College Hull

MOST MULTILINGUAL SENIOR SCHOOL

Going to a school where your child will be surrounded by different languages and cultures is often an important requirement for parents, especially if they have recently moved to the UK. The recipients of this award either boast a multicultural school environment, or give that added attention to language learning, complete with trips abroad.

Ipswich School Suffolk

Winner
Runners up
  • Withington School Manchester
  • Concord College Shropshire
  • Bryanston School Dorset

BEST SENIOR SCHOOL FOR SPORTS

Going to a sporty secondary school is important for many students. Whether they are the most athletic independent school in their county, or simply dedicate more time and attention to keeping active, all these institutions fully deserve the award they have received.

St. Catherine’s School Bramley

Winner
Runners up
  • St Paul’s Boys’ School London
  • Tormead School Guildford
  • St. John’s School Leatherhead

MOST TECHNOLOGICALLY ADVANCED SENIOR SCHOOL

Having the right resources to teach well is an important part of school life. All these schools have impressed us with their savvy tech facilities, from SmartBoards and iPads to biometric registers and lunch cards.

George Watson’s College Edinburgh

Winner
Runners up
  • The Harrodian School London
  • Birkenhead School Wirral
  • James Allen’s Girls’ School London

BEST SENIOR SCHOOL FOR TRIPS AND OPPORTUNITIES ABROAD

All parents want their children to have the very best opportunities to travel and experience foreign culture, regardless of what subjects their child studies. All our winners for this award offer amazing, once-in-a-lifetime chances to see the world, either in the form of volunteering projects and World Challenge, or music and languages tours to world capitals.

Northampton High School For Girls

Winner
Runners up
  • The King Alfred School London
  • Radnor House Sevenoaks
  • Ibstock Place School Roehampton

BEST SENIOR SCHOOL FOR CHARITY AND OUTREACH

It’s important for independent schools to give back to the community, especially so that students can experience society from a different perspective. The following schools have truly amazed us with their carefully thought-out charity projects and fundraisers which students can easily get involved with.

Reed’s School Surrey

Winner
Runners up
  • King’s College School Wimbledon
  • Streatham and Clapham High School
  • Nottingham High School

MOST MUSICAL SENIOR SCHOOL

Music is a big part of student life at secondary school level, where many schools encourage their pupils to form bands and orchestras or experiment with different instruments. While the curriculum is very important, devoting enough attention to music is just as essential for many students, especially those who are particularly gifted in a specific instrument. The following independent schools have impressed us with their music resources and teaching.

Sidcot School North Somerset

Winner
Runners up
  • The King’s School Canterbury
  • Dauntsey’s School Wiltshire
  • Norwich School

MOST ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY SENIOR SCHOOL

As the environment becomes more important in our daily lives, schools need to be equipped to become greener and raise awareness about global warming and climate change among their students. While this may only be a minor part of school life, the recipients of this award have inspired us with their “green” schemes.

From recycling initiatives to student gardening projects, these independent secondary schools make saving the planet fun!

Bruton School for Girls Somerset

Winner
Runners up
  • Bedales School Petersfield
  • Haberdasher’s Monmouth School for Girls
  • Milton Abbey School Dorset

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