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    The best schools in Manchester

    The Best Schools in Manchester: Worth Moving For!

    When people move house, they often have local schools in mind. After all, children’s education is one of the most important things in life to many families. It’s little wonder, then, that properties within the catchment areas for good schools frequently attract much higher prices than average and tend to be in demand.

    If you’re thinking of moving to Manchester with your children, then it’s likely that one of the key factors when selecting an area will be the primary and/or secondary schools. With this in mind, below is Julie Twist Properties’ round-up of some of Manchester’s schools to help you to make that all-important decision about which part of the city to choose!

    If it’s primary schools you are interested in, then some of the best in the area are Catholic. St Mary’s in Swinton, St Philip’s in Salford and St Gilbert’s in Winton all score highly in SATs tests and have been rated ‘Outstanding’ by the UK schools inspectorate, Ofsted.

    Looking closer to the city centre, the New Islington Free School opened in 2013 and currently serves children from Reception class to Year 5 (their first Year 6 class will start in September 2016). The school’s ethos is based on a new and modern approach to teaching and learning. With its ‘Outstanding’ rating by Ofsted, it is a welcome addition to the central area as it makes city-centre living a tangible reality for families.

    When it comes to state-run secondaries, Manchester Academy School is located next to the University of Manchester and is rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted. Slightly further afield, Urmston Grammar has been labelled ‘Outstanding’, while Whalley Range, Stretford Grammar and Salford City Academy are all considered ‘Good’ and are all worth a look.

    The city is certainly well served for girls’ independent schools. Both Manchester High School for Girls and Withington Girls’ School make it into the UK’s top 100 secondary schools by GCSE results, being the only two Manchester schools to do so. Both based in the south of the city, these two schools are selective fee-paying establishments.

    The boys shouldn’t feel left out, though. Sticking with the south side of the city, The Manchester Grammar School in Fallowfield obtains very good exam results and admits boys from age 7. Another option is the co-educational St Bede’s College in Whalley Range: an independent school with a religious ethos.

    Manchester also has an abundance of options for Sixth Formers. Many local secondaries have their own Year 12 and 13 classes but there are also sixth-form colleges like Abbey College and Connell Sixth Form College. This choice means that your teenagers should be able to find somewhere with the right combination of subjects for them without much of a problem.

    Want to learn more about the best schools in Manchester? Contact our sales team today for more information about areas and amenities in the city.

    2 thoughts on “The best schools in Manchester”

    1. Silvia says:


      Thanks for the article. Could you let us know if grammar schools accept transfer students from overseas? Or must they all take the 11+ exams to enter these grammar schools?

      Thank you.


      1. Stacie says:

        Hi Silvia,

        You would need to contact the schools direct, as every school will have different policies and procedures.

        Julie Twist Properties

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