List of Independent Schools in Cumbria

There are a range of independent schools in Cumbria 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).

Cumbria Independent Schools accepting entry into year seven

Austin Friars

Austin Friars is a mixed school.

Austin Friars- 440 pupils.

“Austin Friars continues to be the first choice school for parents considering independent day education in Cumbria and South West Scotland. The jewel in the crown is the cohesion of the wholly inclusive ideal of “family” that underpins all that they do. The relationships between pupils, between pupils and staff, parents and staff and amongst staff themselves are supportive, constructive and built on the firm foundations of respect and trust.”

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Windermere School

Windermere School is a mixed school.

Windermere School- 356 pupils.

“Stunningly situated, over looking Windermere in the Lake District, Windermere School emphasises academic excellence and adventurous learning, and has its own Watersports Centre on the Lakeside. The school offers a broad co-educational curriculum leading to GCSEs, IGCSEs, and IB Programmes in the Sixth Form, for both boarding and day students.”

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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