Surrey schools are renowned for being exceptional – both independent and state primary and secondary schools. We’re also lucky to have a huge selection of incredible nursery schools and pre-school provision for the littles members of your clan.

At Craven House, we’re often welcoming guests who are visiting various schools in South West London, preparing for a move to the area. We’ve got more than enough room for the whole family to come along and are the perfect spot to base yourselves when you’re scouting the area. To help with your search, we’ve rounded up ten of the top Surrey-based schools for 2023 to get you started.


1. St John’s School Leatherhead

A co-educational secondary school with a great academic record, St John’s makes a regular appearance on the Top School’s Lists across the country. With day and boarding options, and extracurriculars galore, this school is highly sought after.


2. The ACS International School, Cobham

If an international school is what you’re after then look no further than ACS in Cobham. Founded in 1967, ACS accepts pupils from ages 2 to 18 and offers both boarding and day places. The school offers the International Baccalaureate and students are able to gain a US high school diploma too.


3. Claremont Fan Court School, Esher

A co-ed all-through school, Claremont Fan Court is based in Esher, less than a 15 minute drive from Craven House. They also have an on-sight nursery for two year olds and up, making it an ideal spot for children to start, and finish, their education journey.


4. St George’s Weybridge

Another co-ed all-through school, St George’s is a Catholic school founded in 1869. With a Nursery, Junior School and College – St George’s is routinely awarded ‘excellent’ in all categories by the Independent Schools Inspectorate. It is also right in the middle of Weybridge, a really lovely town with a fast train to London Waterloo.


5. Hampton School

A boys-only secondary school with 450 years of history behind it, 89% of Hampton students achieve A* and As at A-level. Known for their focus on music the school boasts over 30 different musical ensembles and seven choirs and all boys are encouraged to take part.


6. Kingston Grammar School

Potentially the oldest school on our list, Kingston Grammar was founded in 1561 by Royal Charter. Welcoming boys and girls from 11-18, the Good Schools Guide reports that KGS ‘stands out for being relaxed and friendly’. Parents would find it interesting to note that they offer Cambridge Pre-U, an alternative to A levels.


7. Reeds School, Cobham

Reeds is a co-ed secondary school with soaring academic results. Offering day and boarding places, the school boasts 40 acres of extensive grounds, as well as science labs, art studios, sports fields and a performing arts center. The school is also known for its inclusive community.


8. Guildford High School for Girls

Founded in 1888, Guildford High has a strong tradition of excellent education for girls aged 4-18 years. The school has brilliant facilities, including a sports center with indoor pool, and offers students the opportunity to study a wide range of subjects from the arts and humanities to STEM and languages. GHS routinely lands on the Top Schools lists and was awarded The Sunday Times School Guide Independent Prep School of the Decade in 2022.


9. Royal Grammar School Guildford

RGS was granted its Royal Charter by Queen Elizabeth I in 1552, making it one of the oldest ‘Royal’ schools in the country. Consistently ranking as one of the top academic schools in the UK, RGS has a strong focus on STEM subjects, sending over 350 students to Oxbridge universities over the past 10 years. With campuses in the UAE, Qatar, China and Dubai, RGS has an international footprint to be proud of.


10. Twickenham Prep

A small and beloved co-ed prep school, Twickenham Prep is proud of their ‘family’ feel. They offer an exciting selection of extracurriculars like fencing and coding and children are made to feel at home and part of the community. On top of this, the school offers Breakfast Club and After School Care as well as a minibus route to ferry students to and from school.


As you can see, there is no shortage of excellent schools in Surrey and Greater London – you really will be spoiled for choice. We know what a big decisions your children’s school can be and so we look forward to offering you a calming and restful respite at the end of each busy day of visiting Surrey schools.

We are always happy to help you with relocation details in the run up to your stay with us. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with any questions you might have.

Until then,
Best wishes


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