Schools Ripon and Nidderdale

Independent Schools

The schools admission procedures for North Yorkshire are all contained within their website or you can telephone 01609 533 679 to request printed copies of all the information.

The schools in the Harrogate 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.

You may also want to read the school’s most recent OFSTED report to help you make your decision. 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.

The councils website showing catchment areas can be found here

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.

Featured Listing

Belmont Grosvenor School

Belmont Grosvenor is an independent day school for boys and girls from three months to 11 years.

Rated ‘excellent’ and ‘outstanding’ in its most recent Independent Schools Inspectorate inspection, BGS is set in 20-acres of beautiful grounds at Swarcliffe Hall, Birstwith, just a few miles from the centre of Harrogate.

BGS is a warm, friendly, family school which places the wellbeing and happiness of its children at its heart. Parents are encouraged to feel part of BGS, sharing and enjoying this precious chapter of their child’s life.

Pupils flourish in this special place where every experience, from joining Magic Tree Nursery at the age of three months, to leaving BGS in Year 6, promotes a child’s self-esteem and enables them to learn and grow with confidence.

Inspiring teachers encourage children to seize opportunities, take risks and discover what excites and interests them across our wide range of academic, sporting and creative activities.

Every day at Belmont Grosvenor and Magic Tree Nursery is an Open Day, so please get in touch and arrange a visit by calling 01423 771029 or emailing

Headmistress: Mrs Sophia Ashworth Jones

Nursery Manager: Joanne Henderson

Belmont Grosvenor School

Swarcliffe Hall




Tel: 01423 771029
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Ashville College

Independent school for girls and boys aged 3 – 18 years.

Green Lane, Harrogate, HG2 9JP

01423 566358

Aysgarth School

Independent school for Boys and Girls aged 3-13

Newton Le Willows, Bedale, DL8 1TF

01677 450240

Brackenfield School

A co-educational school for ages 3-11.

Brackenfield School
128 Duchy Road, Harrogate HG1 2HE
Telephone: 01423 508558

Cundall Manor School

Independent school for boys and girls between the ages of 2 and 16 years.

Cundall, York, YO61 2RW

01423 360200

Highfield Prep School

Independent prep school for boys and girls aged 4-11 years.

Clarence Dr, Harrogate, HG1 2QG

01423 537060

Queen Mary’s School

Independent School for girls aged 3-16 and boys aged 3-7.

Baldersby Park, Thirsk, North Yorkshire, YO7 3BZ
01845 575000

Ripon Grammar School

Ripon Grammar School co-educational state school for ages 11-18 with boarding accommodation for up to one hundred students.

Ripon Grammar School, Clotherholme Road, Ripon, North Yorkshire, HG4 2DG
Tel: 01765 602 647

Westville House School

Independent school for boys and girls aged 3 and 11.

Carters Lane, Ilkley, LS29 ODQ

01943 608053