List of Independent Schools in Derbyshire

There are a range of independent schools in Derbyshire 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).

Derbyshire Independent Schools accepting entry into year seven

Abbotsholme School

Abbotsholme School is a mixed school.

Abbotsholme School- 295 pupils.

“Abbotsholme School, set in a beautiful rural estate on the Staffordshire/Derbyshire border, has been recognised as providing a richly diverse and distinctive educational experience in which individual pupils are well known, very well cared for and enabled to flourish both personally and academically, in a glowing report by Independent School Inspectors.”

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Derby Grammar School

Derby Grammar School is an all boys school but accepts girls for the sixth form.

Derby Grammar School- 266 pupils.

“Derby Grammar School’s aim is to provide the very best of a traditional academic education specifically designed to meet the requirements of the twenty first century. Pupils have the opportunity to achieve excellence in their academic work as well as their extra curricular interests. Their philosophy values the experiences and character development achieved outside of the classroom as much as excellence in it.”

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Derby High School

Derby High School is an all girls school.

Derby High School- 578 pupils.

“Derby High School educates children from 3-18, with a co-educational Primary section, from the ages of 3 to 11 and a senior school for girls only. The school has a strong reputation for excellent academic results and across the age range children are challenged and encouraged to develop a range of skills, not only in the classroom but beyond it.”

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Ockbrook School

Ockbrook School is a mixed school.

Ockbrook School- 408 pupils.

“Founded in 1799 Ockbrook School is an Independent Day and Boarding School for boys aged 2-11 and girls aged 2-18 situated between Derby and Nottingham. The School is set in a superb rural position, surrounded by its own estate. This setting and the high standard of facilities within it provides an excellent environment for learning free from urban noise and distractions.”

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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