List of Independent Schools in Leicestershire

There are a range of independent schools in Leicestershire 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).

Leicestershire Independent Schools accepting entry into year seven

Leicester High School for Girls

Leicester High School for Girls is an all girls school.

Leicester High School for Girls- 352 pupils.

“Leicester High School is a well established day school for girls situated in pleasant grounds on the south side of the city. Founded in 1906, it now comprises a Junior Department of 115 girls (3-9 years) and a Senior School of 350 girls (10-18 years) sited on the same campus. In 2010 the school opened a 3.7 million extension housing brand new Science and Art and Design facilities.”

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Loughborough Grammar School

Loughborough Grammar School is an all boys school.

Loughborough Grammar School- 947 pupils.

“Facilities and playing fields are excellent. The School has a strong family atmosphere throughout catering for weekly and termly boarders as well as day pupils. Academic results are consistently good or excellent, with 99% going on to university, many to Oxbridge. Music and Drama are strongly supported. A wide range of sports, clubs, societies and activities include CCF, Scouts and DofE.”

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Loughborough High School

Loughborough High School is an all girls school.

Loughborough High School- 569 pupils.

“Loughborough High School is an 11 to 18 school of approximately 570 day girls with a large Sixth Form numbering around 160. At the High School they aim to provide an excellent academic education in a caring atmosphere.”

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Our Lady’s Convent School

Our Lady’s Convent School is a mixed school from age 0-11 but an all girls school from age 12-18.

Our Lady’s Convent School- 262 pupils.

“OLCS is an Independent Day School welcoming girls aged 3 to 18 and boys aged 3 to 11 of all faiths and denominations. Based in Central Loughborough, school buses serve Leicester, Nottingham, Derby, Melton Mowbray. Strongly believing in traditional values, they educate the whole child, supporting rather than pressurising; thus their happy, caring, confident students achieve excellent academic results.”

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Ratcliffe College

Ratcliffe College is a mixed school.

Ratcliffe College- 830 pupils.

“Ratcliffe College offers a balanced all-round day and boarding education to boys and girls aged 3-18 on a superb 100 acre campus; they have good class sizes, high academic standards, excellent pastoral care, impressive facilities including a new Sixth Form Centre and a full extra-curricular programme. Whilst it is a Catholic school, Ratcliffe welcomes children from other denominations.”

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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