Schools Harrogate


Ashville College is one of the UK’s leading co-educational independent day and boarding schools for pupils aged 2-18.

A happy and caring school, Ashville offers high-quality teaching, exciting co-curricular activities, excellent facilities, and a strong focus on pastoral care, where every child feels encouraged and valued. It is a place where children and young people thrive, and leave ‘future ready’ for life beyond school.

Founded in 1877, Ashville is located a 20-minute walk away from Harrogate town centre, and consists of Ashville Acorns Pre-Prep for 2 to 5-year-olds, and Ashville’s Prep School, Senior School and Sixth Form. Ashville College is a member of the HMC, BSA, ISC, and NEASC, and an associate member of the Methodist Independent Schools Trust.

To get a true sense of life at Ashville College, we would recommend a visit. If you would like to arrange a tour, attend an open event or find out more, please contact our friendly Admissions team on 01423 724863 or [email protected] or visit our website.

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Ashville Acorns Pre-Prep: Places available for September 2024 Reception

Part of Ashville College, Ashville Acorns Pre-Prep is an exciting learning environment for children aged 2 to 5 to play, learn and thrive. It is a purpose-built, unique space designed for Early Years Foundation Stage provision, within sight of the rest of the School.

We will put your child first, care for them, nurture their individual needs and interests, and ensure they are at the heart of every decision we make. Whether they join in Little Acorns for 2 to 3-year-olds, Acorns for 3 to 4-year-olds, or Reception , we want them to enjoy it and flourish during their time here so much that they and you will want to continue their educational journey at Ashville into Year 1 at Ashville Prep School.

Places are available throughout Ashville Acorns Pre-Prep, including Reception  for September 2024, so get in touch to enquire or organise a visit. Contact our friendly Admissions team on 01423 724863 or [email protected]. They can tell you more about Ashville and advise you about the application process. Alternatively, visit our website.


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Belmont Grosvenor School is Harrogate’s ONLY independent prep school set in 20-acres of beautiful grounds overlooking the Nidd Valley.

BGS is a a down-to-earth and nurturing school for boys and girls from three months to 11 years based in the village of Birstwith, just a few miles from the centre of Harrogate.

Set in 20-acres of magical grounds, we’re far closer to your home than you might think.

Just 10-minutes from the centre of Harrogate, and about 20 minutes from Ripon, Pateley Bridge and Knaresborough, our family school and nursery is a great option for families living in this corner of North Yorkshire.

We’re a school that puts our children’s happiness, academic development and wellbeing at the heart of all we do. We’re a place where firm friendships are forged and everybody’s contribution to school life is valued.

Our countryside location brings so many benefits to our pupils, not just to their educational attainment but their long-term well-being too. Our Gothic school building with Bronte connections and beautiful grounds provide endless outdoor learning opportunities for our happy children to make happy progress every day of the week.

Pupils leave school at the end of each day muddy, fulfilled and buzzing with ideas.

Every day at Belmont Grosvenor and Magic Tree Nursery is an Open Day, so please get in touch to see what makes us so special by calling 01423 771029 or emailing [email protected].

Headmaster: Mr Nathan Sadler

Nursery Manager: Mrs Julie Dent, Head of Early Years

Belmont Grosvenor School

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Founded in 1977, Brackenfield has been Harrogate’s Prep school for over 40 years. We are a small independent school for children from the ages of 2 to 11 where children are happy and cared for; we are an extended family.

Curriculum & Learning, Activities, Outdoor Learning and Community are the four areas of a powerful mission we use to focus our children’s achievements. Our actions, behaviours and attitudes are underpinned by the core values of Kindness, Honesty, Respect, Confidence, Initiative and Perseverance. As a result, children are not only academically able, they are also confident and caring individuals who become proud ambassadors for their school and their community.

We aim to support you as well as your children by providing flexibility. Our wraparound care includes before and after school provisions that can provide busy families with more opportunities within their own work and careers. We also have an enriching extra curricular program that includes a variety of activities from sports, dance, arts & crafts and computer coding. This provides the peace of mind that comes from knowing your children are happy and busy too.

Holiday time clubs offer enriching activities during non-term times that may help meet your needs further. And finally, children can start in our popular Nursery from their second birthday, continuing until they become the leading pupils of the school in Year 6.

Brackenfield is situated in the leafy Duchy conservation area of Harrogate which is ideally located for travel from Ripon and Knaresborough. Visit our website or call admissions on 01423 508558 to receive more information or to arrange a personal guided tour with our Headmaster.

Every day is an open day at Brackenfield!

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Gateways is a small, highly successful independent day school for boys and girls aged 2-18 years situated in Harewood village, north of Leeds.

We believe in the numerous benefits that come with our size;  investment into keeping class sizes small, our subject offering wide and our facilities up to date is of paramount importance.

In our Prep School, the maximum class size is 18.  By being part of a whole school campus, our pupils have regular use of our fantastic school facilities, including a theatre, sports hall, dance and drama studio. In addition to this we have recently added a Prep art studio and a covered outdoor learning space.

We are proud to be regularly placed in the top ten schools nationally for Value Added. The reason for this is simple – small class sizes and a focus on the individual. This is further demonstrated in our examination results; in 2022, almost half of all GSCE grades were at grade 7 and above and 26% of all A Levels were awarded at A* grade.

At Gateways every child is known and thrives as a result.

Visit our website or call Admissions on 0113 288 6345 for more information or to arrange a visit.

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Harrogate Ladies’ College

Harrogate Ladies’ College is a school providing an all-round, high quality academic education for girls and boys between the ages of 2 and 11 and for girls only between the ages of 11 and 18.

The College, or HLC as it is usually known, is made up of two constituent parts:

Highfield, our junior school or prep and Highfield pre-prep department for girls and boys aged 2-11;
College, our girls’ only 11-18 section which is a girls’ boarding/day school.


We would be delighted to welcome you to an Open Morning so that we can introduce you to our excellent family of schools. To reserve a place please contact our Events Team :
Email : [email protected]
Tel : 01423 537045


If you would like to visit one of our schools, but can’t make the Open Morning, we would be happy to arrange a personal visit for you instead. To organise a personal visit or to request additional information about one of our schools, please contact our Events Team on 01423 537045 or email [email protected]


Set in 220 acres of beautiful countryside between Harrogate and York, QE is an award-winning day and boarding school (BSA Innovation, 2022) that welcomes girls and boys aged from 3 months to 19 years and boarders from Year 3. It is known nationally and globally for its consistently high-ranking academic performance with QE College placing 2nd nationally for A Levels and 18th for all-round Academic Performance. The QE Faculty school which offers modern qualifications climbed several places to rank 3rd in The North for A Level Performance and 7th in The North for overall performance.

QE is a through school with many students beginning their QE journey in Chapter House Prep or King’s Magna Middle School. The whole Collegiate places its emphasis on growing students into resilient, caring, compassionate and confident adults with an ethos of “To be the best that I can with the gifts that I have” underpinning everything.

QE takes pride in offering over 100 clubs onsite, making full use of its exceptional facilities with over 30 acres of elite grass and 3G artificial pitches, a 25m swimming pool and a 314-seat professional theatre.
QE’s excellent pastoral team run a programme of activities and support that ensures student mental health is a priority. They are available to students at any time of day or night, both in and out of the dedicated pastoral area. QE was inspected by ISI in 2023 who said that “Pupils feel that their opinions matter and that leaders are alert to their welfare needs, which promotes their self-esteem.”

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Small Independent School of the Year

Students at Queen Margaret’s School for Girls (QM) never get lost in the crowd. Nestled in beautiful Yorkshire parkland just a few minutes from York, QM is a happy place of learning and belonging, for girls aged 11-18.

Day and Bespoke Boarding places are available. As a small school, QM can accommodate the specific needs and preferences of your family. From one to seven nights a week, with a set routine or something more flexible, whatever works for you, works for QM. Day students can arrive as early as 07:30 and stay until 19:30 and enjoy all their meals at no extra cost.


Open Days in 2024

  • Saturday 24th February
  • Saturday 16th March
  • Saturday 20th April
  • Saturday 18th May
  • Saturday 22nd June


QM Open Days run a little differently to most schools. You’ll be given a personal appointment with Head, Sue Baillie, and you’ll see the school in action when you have your own tour of the school with current students. The school prides itself on a personal approach from your very first enquiry.

Book your visit HERE 

To celebrate being named Small Independent School of the Year, Queen Margaret’s School for Girls is awarding more Scholarships than ever before to students joining in September 2024. QM offers Academic, Sport, Art, Drama, Music, Choral and Dance Scholarships. As a result of the increased number of Scholarships available this year, two Scholarship Days are being held; one on Wednesday 24th January and one on Thursday 21st March 2024.

Escrick Park, York. YO19 6EU

01904 727600
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Queen Mary’s is a thriving school welcoming girls from age 3 – 16 and boys from 3 – 8, set in 40 acres of beautiful grounds, with minibus services from Harrogate and across the region.

Throughout the school, academic excellence and exceptional extra-curricular opportunities are offered within a nurturing environment, where education is truly tailored to the individual.

Within Queen Mary’s Pre-Prep, the team creates a happy, homely, caring atmosphere that is educationally stimulating, challenging and exciting. With small class sizes, children grow in confidence, respect others and the team creates magical childhood memories.

Queen Mary’s is one of the few remaining schools where the gift of a traditional childhood is as equally prized as academic excellence; where river swimming sits comfortably alongside coding. The stimulating and varied curriculum is delivered by a dedicated team of staff who bring out the best in each child. Recent results saw 31% of entries awarded 8-9s (the equivalent of an A* or A**) and many girls move on to prestigious sixth forms and universities including Oxbridge.

In offering a vibrant range of opportunities each child can make their own story. Whether it is performing on stage or taking part in the UK Mathematics Trust events, playing on the new floodlit astro-pitch or riding at the award-winning Queen Mary’s Equestrian Centre, the team will help your children find out where their passions lie.

Queen Mary’s offers truly flexible boarding to encourage independence and help busy parents and some pupils like to weekly or full board.

Queen Mary’s would be delighted to welcome you to an Open Day, can offer an individual visit on a date to suit you or why not try a Stay and Explore session.

Baldersby Park, Topcliffe, Thirsk

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01845 575040
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