List of Independent Schools in Cheshire

There are a range of independent schools in Cheshire covering mixed schools, schools for boys and schools for girls.

Below you’ll find a list of those schools that we have included which have entry into year 7 (11 Plus entry).

Cheshire Independent Schools that accept entry into year seven

Abbey Gate College

Abbey Gate College is a mixed school.

Abbey Gate College- 472 pupils.

“At Abbey Gate College, they care about the progress of each and every pupil. They emphasise the importance of self-esteem and a love of learning in a friendly and caring environment; academic success goes hand in hand with building motivation and confidence. Potential is nurtured and they encourage pupils from 4-18 years old, to develop their imagination, determination and aspirations to the full.”

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The Grange School

The Grange School is a mixed school.

The Grange School- 1180 pupils.

“The Grange is a young, vibrant and uncomplicated school, which provides a modern, forward-looking education to boys and girls between the ages of 4-18. High quality pastoral care, a vibrant extra-curricular life and outstanding results have made The Grange arguably one of the greatest recent success stories in independent education.”

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The King’s School (Chester)

The King’s School (Chester) is a mixed school.

The King’s School (Chester)- 1080 pupils.

“The School was founded AD 1541 by King Henry VIII, in conjunction with the Cathedral Church of Chester. It was reorganised under the Endowed Schools Act in 1873, and by subsequent schemes of the Ministry of Education. The School is now Independent. The aim of the School is to prepare pupils for admission to Universities and the professions, and at the same time provide a liberal education.”

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The King’s School (Macclesfield)

The King’s School (Macclesfield) is a mixed school.

The King’s School (Macclesfield)- 1205 pupils.

“King’s aims to provide a caring and disciplined place of learning where all pupils enjoy the opportunities to develop their talents and interests to their full potential.”

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The Queen’s School

The Queen’s School is an all girls school.

The Queen’s School- 649 pupils.

“The Queen’s School’s values are founded on respect, community and happiness. They are proud of their reputation for students’ academic success, as they achieve both excellent public examination results and top university offers. Queen’s girls are happy and positive, engaging and articulate. Academically they question and challenge, explore and innovate; there are no gender stereotypes!”

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Preparing for entry into an Independent School

We have developed a section on how to prepare for Independent school exams and how to prepare for Independent School interviews so do please feel free to use these resources if you would like to.

If you are thinking of trying for an Independent School scholarship or bursary then please see our information page on that topic.

Equally, many independent schools publish past papers and we have past papers and sample papers which are useful for preparation in all the core areas:

Free sample 11 Plus English practice and past papers

Free sample 11 Plus Maths practice and past papers

Free sample 11 Plus Verbal Reasoning practice and past papers

Free sample 11 Plus Non-Verbal Reasoning practice and past papers