Which are the best MIDLANDS schools near me for 2023 entry?

Listed below are the Best Schools Midlands for 2023 entry, including best schools Nottingham and best schools Derby.

How do the best East Midlands private schools compare to the top UK secondary schools / best private schools in the UK?

THE TOP Midlands schools for 2023 entry

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Getting your child into the best Midlands school for them is all about:

  • Researching which are the highest rated schools in your local area.
  • Planning alternatives in advance – since there is of course no guarantee of your first choice working out.

  • Realistically assessing your current financial situation.

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Best state secondary schools East Midlands 2023

1 Caistor Grammar School
2 Kesteven and Grantham Girls’ School, Grantham
3 Bourne Grammar School
4 Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar, Alford
5 The King’s School, Grantham
6 Spalding High School
7 Spalding Grammar School
8 The Becket School, Nottingham
9 The Ecclesbourne School, Belper
10 Queen Elizabeth’s High School, Gainsborough
11 St Mary’s RC High School, Chesterfield
12 Dronfield Henry Fanshawe School
13 Lady Manners School and Sixth Form, Bakewell
14 William Farr C of E Comprehensive School, Lincoln
15 Brookfield Community School, Chesterfield
16 All Saints’ RC Voluntary Academy, Mansfield


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Best independent secondary schools East Midlands 2022

1 Nottingham High School
2 Loughborough High School
3 Leicester Grammar School, Great Glen
4 Nottingham Girls’ High School GDST
5 Uppingham School, Oakham
6 Loughborough Grammar School
7 Leicester High School for Girls
8 Repton School, Derby
9 Derby High School
10 Oakham School
11 Ratcliffe College, Leicester
12 Derby Grammar School
13 Stamford High School
14 Trent College, Nottingham
15 The Dixie Grammar School, Market Bosworth
16 Stamford School
17 Lincoln Minster School


Best primary schools East Midlands 2022

531=Burton on the Wolds Primary SchoolLoughborough109113112335
10=84=Redhill Primary School, DerbyDerby111111109
11=90=Elizabeth Woodville Primary SchoolLeicester109112110
12106=Holywell Primary SchoolLoughborough110112109332
14=144=Blessed Robert Widmerpool RC VA Primary SchoolNottingham110112109331
15=163=Whitehall Primary SchoolLeicester108113109331
16144=Griffe Field Primary SchoolDerby108113109
17=216=The Pastures Primary SchoolLeicester108112110
18=190=Brookside Primary School, LoughboroughLoughborough109111110330
19=216=St Edmund Campion RC Primary School, NottinghamNottingham109111109330
20=190=Archbishop Cranmer C of E Academy, NottinghamNottingham108112109330
21=216=Hasland Junior School, ChesterfieldChesterfield108113109330
22222=Christ The King RC Voluntary Academy, LeicesterLeicester108112109
23=274=St Teresa’s RC Primary School, Aspley, NottinghamNottingham108111109329
24=303William Gilbert Endowed C of E Primary School and NurseryBelper109111108329
25=332=Dalestorth Primary School, Sutton-in-AshfieldSutton-in-Ashfield107112110329
26=308=St Joseph’s RC Primary School, MansfieldMansfield109112108329
27=346=St Andrew’s C of E Methodist Primary School, Dronfield WoodhouseDronfield109110109
28317=St Elizabeth’s RC Primary School, BelperBelper110109109
29=372Jesse Gray Primary School, NottinghamNottingham109110108328
30414English Martyrs’ RCVA, NottinghamNottingham109110109328
31502=Pierrepont Gamston Primary School, NottinghamNottingham108110108327

Which of the top schools in East Midlands are near me?

Eight of the top 10 state secondary schools in the East Midlands are part of the Lincolnshire Consortium of Grammar Schools, led by Caistor Grammar School, The Sunday Times East Midlands State Secondary School of the Decade.

Over the past 10 years, Caistor’s results at A-level and GCSE have put it in the top 100 state secondary schools in the UK seven times, achieving 70%-80% A*-B grades at A-level. The school, founded in 1630, offers much more than exam success.

Best state secondary schools East Midlands 2022

As a guide to what parents should look for in a school, his words sum it up neatly — and explain why the data Parent Power provides should be the starting point, not the deciding factor in the choice.

Comprehensive schools have featured prominently in our rankings over the past 10 years, too. One of Nottingham’s finest is Rushcliffe School, regional State Secondary of the Year in 2018, whose former head now leads Fulford School in York, the UK Comprehensive School of the Decade.

In 2011 Rushcliffe was in 376th place and climbed to 159th in 2018 before falling back a little. Derby is well represented in our top 500 by Littleover Community School, Landau Forte College and the John Port Spencer Academy.

Numbers at independent schools in the region dipped below 25,000 this year, suffering the biggest year-on-year fall in England of 1.3%. Nottingham High School is our East Midlands Independent Secondary School of the Decade, having topped our table for the past four years. Girls were admitted for the first time in 2015. 

Sixteen independent schools make our regional rankings, providing a popular option in or around Nottingham, Leicester and Derby, each with three schools, while Loughborough is home to two leading fee-paying schools.


Which of the top schools in East Midlands are near me?


Top state secondary schools East Midlands 2021

1 Caistor Grammar School
2 The King’s School, Grantham
3 Kesteven and Grantham Girls’ School, Grantham
4 Bourne Grammar School
5 Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School, Ashbourne
6 Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar, Alford
7 Spalding Grammar School
8 Rushcliffe School, Nottingham
9 Spalding High School
10 King Edward VI Grammar School, Louth
11 Littleover Community School, Derby
12 The Becket School, Nottingham
13 Queen Elizabeth’s High School, Gainsborough
14 The Ecclesbourne School, Belper
15 Dronfield Henry Fanshawe School, Derby
16 Landau Forte College, Derby
17 The South Wolds Academy and Sixth Form, Nottingham
18 Lady Manners School, Bakewell
19 William Farr C of E Comprehensive School, Lincoln
20 St Mary’s RC High School, Chesterfield

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Top independent secondary schools East Midlands 2021

1 Nottingham High School
2 Loughborough High School
3 Leicester Grammar School, Great Glen
4 Nottingham Girls’ High School GDST
5 Leicester High School for Girls
6 Loughborough Grammar School
7 Derby High School
8 Oakham School
9 Repton School, Derby
10 Ratcliffe College, Leicester
11 Derby Grammar School
12 Stamford High School
13 Trent College, Nottingham
14 The Dixie Grammar School, Market Bosworth
15 Stamford School
16 Lincoln Minster School

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