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All-through Schools Guide
There are many advantages of an all-through education: continuity and familiarity, facilities and space, and – in some cases – the opportunity to cruise through the tricky 11+ and 13+ transition points. Watch our videos and use our search tools to find the right all-through school for your child.

Where to begin when choosing an all-through school?

Choosing an all-through education is becoming increasingly popular for many families. Unlike a standalone prep or senior school, an all-through school offers one seamless educational journey – sometimes all the way from nursery to sixth form. So, how do all-through schools work? What are the different nuances of the all-through model, and why should you consider an all-through education for your child? Our guide is designed to help parents choose the perfect all-through school for their child. Search our interactive map below to hear more about what each school offers – and subscribe now to easily compare your favourite all-through schools on your parent dashboard. 


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Bedford Prep School
Bedford
Bedford School
Bedford
Bilton Grange
Rugby
Eagle House School
Sandhurst
Gresham's Prep School
Holt
King's Hawford
Worcester
King's St Alban's
Worcester
King's Worcester
Worcester
Kingswood Prep School
Bath
Lancing College
Lancing
Lancing College Preparatory School Hove
Hove
Lancing College Preparatory School Worthing
Worthing
Malvern College
Malvern
Rugby School
Rugby
Saint Felix Prep Department
Southwold
Saint Felix School
Southwold
St Faith's
Cambridge
Surbiton High Boys' Prep School
Surbiton
The Downs Malvern
Malvern
The Leys School
Cambridge
Wellington College
Crowthorne
Wetherby Kensington
Kensington
Wetherby Preparatory School
London
Wetherby School
Notting Hill
Wetherby Senior School
London


Queen's College, London
London
Queen's College Preparatory School
London
Wetherby Senior School
London
Wetherby Preparatory School
London
Wetherby Kensington
Kensington
Royal Russell Junior School
Croydon
Royal Russell School
Croydon
Wetherby School
Notting Hill
Fulham Senior School
London
St James Preparatory School
London
St James Senior Girls' School
London
Fulham Prep
Fulham
Bancroft's Prep School
Woodford Green
Bancroft's School
Woodford Green
King's College Junior School - Wimbledon
London
King's College Senior School - Wimbledon
London
Chigwell Pre Prep & Prep School
Chigwell
Chigwell Senior School
Chigwell
Ibstock Place Prep School
Roehampton
Ibstock Place School
Roehampton
St Benedict's School
Ealing
St Benedict's Junior School
Ealing
Surbiton High Girls' Prep School
Kingston upon Thames
Surbiton High Boys' Prep School
Surbiton
Surbiton High - Senior School & Sixth Form
Kingston upon Thames
Caterham School
Caterham
Caterham Prep School
Caterham
Claremont Fan Court School
Esher
Claremont Fan Court Preparatory School
Esher
St James Senior Boys' School
Ashford
Merchant Taylors' School
Northwood
Merchant Taylors' Prep
Rickmansworth
The Marist Prep
Ascot
The Marist School
Ascot
LVS Ascot Infant and Junior School
Ascot
LVS Ascot Senior School
Ascot
Cranleigh Preparatory School
Cranleigh
Cranleigh School
Cranleigh
Holme Grange School - Eaton Grange
Wokingham
Holme Grange School Prep
Wokingham
Eagle House School
Sandhurst
Wellington College
Crowthorne
Dulwich Cranbrook - Senior School
Cranbrook
Dulwich Cranbrook - Prep School
Cranbrook
Hurst Preparatory School
Hassocks
Hurstpierpoint College
Hassocks
Reddam House Early Learning School
Wokingham
Reddam House Junior School
Wokingham
Reddam House Senior School
Wokingham
Claremont Senior School & Sixth Form
Nr. Robertsbridge
Frensham Heights Junior School
Farnham
Frensham Heights School
Farnham
Battle Abbey School
Battle
Bede's School
Hailsham
Lancing College Preparatory School Hove
Hove
Lancing College
Lancing
Brighton College
Brighton
Brighton College Prep School
Brighton
Claremont Prep School
St. Leonards-on-Sea
Lancing College Preparatory School Worthing
Worthing
Battle Abbey Prep School
Bexhill
The King's School, Canterbury
Canterbury
St Faith's
Cambridge
Junior King's, Canterbury
Canterbury
The Leys School
Cambridge
Bedford Prep School
Bedford
Bedford School
Bedford
Great Ballard
Chichester
Great Ballard Prep
Chichester
Eastbourne College
Eastbourne
St Andrew's Prep Eastbourne
Eastbourne
Bede's Prep School
Eastbourne
Thornton College
Milton Keynes
Thornton College Prep
Milton Keynes
Bruern Abbey Prep
Bicester
Bruern Abbey Senior School
St Lawrence College
Ramsgate
St Lawrence College Junior School
Ramsgate
St Swithun's Prep School
Winchester
St Swithun's School
Winchester
Ipswich Preparatory School
Ipswich
Ipswich School
Ipswich
King's Ely
Ely
King's Ely Prep
Ely
Framlingham College Prep School
Woodbridge
Embley Prep School
Romsey
Embley Senior School & Sixth Form
Romsey
Framlingham College
Framlingham
Bilton Grange
Rugby
Rugby School
Rugby
Godolphin Prep
Salisbury
Godolphin
Salisbury
Pattison Prep School
Coventry
Pattison Senior School
Coventry
Saint Felix Prep Department
Southwold
Saint Felix School
Southwold
Dean Close Preparatory School
Cheltenham
Dean Close School
Cheltenham
Langley Prep School at Taverham
Norwich
Langley Senior School at Loddon
Norwich
Kingswood School
Bath
Kingswood Prep School
Bath
Clayesmore Preparatory School
Blandford Forum
Clayesmore School
Blandford Forum
Bryanston School
Blandford Forum
Bryanston Prep
Blandford Forum
King's St Alban's
Worcester
King's Worcester
Worcester
Edgbaston High School for Girls
Birmingham
Edgbaston High Preparatory and Pre-Prep School
Birmingham
Malvern St James
Great Malvern
Malvern St James Girls' School - Prep
Great Malvern
Malvern College
Malvern
King's Hawford
Worcester
The Downs Malvern
Malvern
Gresham's Prep School
Holt
Gresham's School
Holt
Badminton Junior School
Westbury-on-Trym
Badminton School
Bristol
Clifton College Preparatory School
Clifton
Clifton College
Clifton
Repton Prep
Derby
Repton School
Repton
Wells Cathedral Prep School
Wells
Wells Cathedral School
Wells
Wolverhampton Grammar Junior School
Wolverhampton
Wolverhampton Grammar School
Wolverhampton
The Prep at Denstone College
Uttoxeter
Denstone College
Uttoxeter
Taunton Prep School
Taunton
Taunton School
Taunton
Ackworth School
Pontefract
Ackworth School Coram House
Pontefract
Exeter Junior School
Exeter
Exeter School
Exeter
Exeter Pre-Prep School
Exeter
Moreton Hall
Oswestry
Moreton Hall Prep
Oswestry
St Peter's School York
York
St Peter's York 2-8
York
St Peter's York 8-13
York
Stonyhurst St Mary's Hall
Clitheroe
Stonyhurst College
Clitheroe
Giggleswick School
Settle
Giggleswick Prep School
Settle
Truro School
Truro
Truro School Prep
Truro
Gordonstoun
Elgin
Gordonstoun Junior School
Elgin


Ackworth School
Pontefract
Badminton Junior School
Westbury-on-Trym
Badminton School
Bristol
Battle Abbey School
Battle
Bede's Prep School
Eastbourne
Bede's School
Hailsham
Bedford School
Bedford
Bilton Grange
Rugby
Brighton College
Brighton
Bruern Abbey Prep
Bicester
Bruern Abbey Senior School
Bryanston Prep
Blandford Forum
Bryanston School
Blandford Forum
Caterham School
Caterham
Chigwell Senior School
Chigwell
Claremont Prep School
St. Leonards-on-Sea
Claremont Senior School & Sixth Form
Nr. Robertsbridge
Clayesmore Preparatory School
Blandford Forum
Clayesmore School
Blandford Forum
Clifton College
Clifton
Clifton College Preparatory School
Clifton
Cranleigh School
Cranleigh
Dean Close School
Cheltenham
Denstone College
Uttoxeter
Dulwich Cranbrook - Prep School
Cranbrook
Eagle House School
Sandhurst
Eastbourne College
Eastbourne
Embley Senior School & Sixth Form
Romsey
Framlingham College
Framlingham
Framlingham College Prep School
Woodbridge
Frensham Heights School
Farnham
Giggleswick Prep School
Settle
Giggleswick School
Settle
Godolphin
Salisbury
Godolphin Prep
Salisbury
Gordonstoun
Elgin
Gordonstoun Junior School
Elgin
Gresham's Prep School
Holt
Gresham's School
Holt
Hurstpierpoint College
Hassocks
Ipswich School
Ipswich
Junior King's, Canterbury
Canterbury
Kingswood School
Bath
Lancing College
Lancing
Langley Senior School at Loddon
Norwich
Malvern College
Malvern
Malvern St James
Great Malvern
Malvern St James Girls' School - Prep
Great Malvern
Moreton Hall
Oswestry
Reddam House Junior School
Wokingham
Repton Prep
Derby
Repton School
Repton
Royal Russell Junior School
Croydon
Royal Russell School
Croydon
Rugby School
Rugby
Saint Felix Prep Department
Southwold
Saint Felix School
Southwold
St Andrew's Prep Eastbourne
Eastbourne
St Lawrence College
Ramsgate
St Peter's School York
York
St Peter's York 8-13
York
St Swithun's School
Winchester
Stonyhurst College
Clitheroe
Stonyhurst St Mary's Hall
Clitheroe
Taunton Prep School
Taunton
Taunton School
Taunton
The Downs Malvern
Malvern
The King's School, Canterbury
Canterbury
The Leys School
Cambridge
Thornton College
Milton Keynes
Wellington College
Crowthorne
Wells Cathedral Prep School
Wells
Wells Cathedral School
Wells


Badminton Junior School
Westbury-on-Trym
Badminton School
Bristol
Bede's School
Hailsham
Bruern Abbey Prep
Bicester
Bryanston School
Blandford Forum
Chigwell Pre Prep & Prep School
Chigwell
Chigwell Senior School
Chigwell
Cranleigh Preparatory School
Cranleigh
Eagle House School
Sandhurst
Eastbourne College
Eastbourne
Framlingham College
Framlingham
Framlingham College Prep School
Woodbridge
Frensham Heights School
Farnham
Gresham's School
Holt
Ibstock Place School
Roehampton
Malvern College
Malvern
Merchant Taylors' School
Northwood
Moreton Hall Prep
Oswestry
Saint Felix School
Southwold
St James Preparatory School
London
St James Senior Girls' School
London
St Swithun's School
Winchester
Thornton College
Milton Keynes
Thornton College Prep
Milton Keynes
Truro School
Truro
Truro School Prep
Truro
Wells Cathedral Prep School
Wells
Wells Cathedral School
Wells


Ackworth School
Pontefract
Ackworth School Coram House
Pontefract
Badminton Junior School
Westbury-on-Trym
Badminton School
Bristol
Bancroft's Prep School
Woodford Green
Bancroft's School
Woodford Green
Battle Abbey Prep School
Bexhill
Battle Abbey School
Battle
Bede's Prep School
Eastbourne
Bede's School
Hailsham
Brighton College
Brighton
Brighton College Prep School
Brighton
Bruern Abbey Prep
Bicester
Bruern Abbey Senior School
Bryanston Prep
Blandford Forum
Bryanston School
Blandford Forum
Caterham Prep School
Caterham
Caterham School
Caterham
Chigwell Pre Prep & Prep School
Chigwell
Chigwell Senior School
Chigwell
Claremont Fan Court Preparatory School
Esher
Claremont Fan Court School
Esher
Claremont Prep School
St. Leonards-on-Sea
Claremont Senior School & Sixth Form
Nr. Robertsbridge
Clayesmore Preparatory School
Blandford Forum
Clayesmore School
Blandford Forum
Clifton College
Clifton
Clifton College Preparatory School
Clifton
Cranleigh Preparatory School
Cranleigh
Cranleigh School
Cranleigh
Dean Close Preparatory School
Cheltenham
Dean Close School
Cheltenham
Denstone College
Uttoxeter
Dulwich Cranbrook - Prep School
Cranbrook
Dulwich Cranbrook - Senior School
Cranbrook
Eastbourne College
Eastbourne
Edgbaston High Preparatory and Pre-Prep School
Birmingham
Edgbaston High School for Girls
Birmingham
Embley Prep School
Romsey
Embley Senior School & Sixth Form
Romsey
Exeter Junior School
Exeter
Exeter Pre-Prep School
Exeter
Exeter School
Exeter
Framlingham College
Framlingham
Framlingham College Prep School
Woodbridge
Frensham Heights Junior School
Farnham
Frensham Heights School
Farnham
Fulham Prep
Fulham
Fulham Senior School
London
Giggleswick Prep School
Settle
Giggleswick School
Settle
Godolphin
Salisbury
Godolphin Prep
Salisbury
Gordonstoun
Elgin
Gordonstoun Junior School
Elgin
Great Ballard
Chichester
Great Ballard Prep
Chichester
Gresham's School
Holt
Holme Grange School - Eaton Grange
Wokingham
Holme Grange School Prep
Wokingham
Hurst Preparatory School
Hassocks
Hurstpierpoint College
Hassocks
Ibstock Place Prep School
Roehampton
Ibstock Place School
Roehampton
Ipswich Preparatory School
Ipswich
Ipswich School
Ipswich
Junior King's, Canterbury
Canterbury
King's College Junior School - Wimbledon
London
King's College Senior School - Wimbledon
London
King's Ely
Ely
King's Ely Prep
Ely
Kingswood School
Bath
Langley Prep School at Taverham
Norwich
Langley Senior School at Loddon
Norwich
LVS Ascot Infant and Junior School
Ascot
LVS Ascot Senior School
Ascot
Malvern St James
Great Malvern
Malvern St James Girls' School - Prep
Great Malvern
Merchant Taylors' Prep
Rickmansworth
Merchant Taylors' School
Northwood
Moreton Hall
Oswestry
Moreton Hall Prep
Oswestry
Pattison Prep School
Coventry
Pattison Senior School
Coventry
Queen's College Preparatory School
London
Queen's College, London
London
Reddam House Early Learning School
Wokingham
Reddam House Junior School
Wokingham
Reddam House Senior School
Wokingham
Repton Prep
Derby
Repton School
Repton
Royal Russell Junior School
Croydon
Royal Russell School
Croydon
St Andrew's Prep Eastbourne
Eastbourne
St Benedict's Junior School
Ealing
St Benedict's School
Ealing
St James Preparatory School
London
St James Senior Boys' School
Ashford
St James Senior Girls' School
London
St Lawrence College
Ramsgate
St Lawrence College Junior School
Ramsgate
St Peter's School York
York
St Peter's York 2-8
York
St Peter's York 8-13
York
St Swithun's Prep School
Winchester
St Swithun's School
Winchester
Stonyhurst College
Clitheroe
Stonyhurst St Mary's Hall
Clitheroe
Surbiton High - Senior School & Sixth Form
Kingston upon Thames
Surbiton High Girls' Prep School
Kingston upon Thames
Taunton Prep School
Taunton
Taunton School
Taunton
The King's School, Canterbury
Canterbury
The Marist Prep
Ascot
The Marist School
Ascot
The Prep at Denstone College
Uttoxeter
Thornton College
Milton Keynes
Thornton College Prep
Milton Keynes
Truro School
Truro
Truro School Prep
Truro
Wells Cathedral Prep School
Wells
Wells Cathedral School
Wells
Wolverhampton Grammar Junior School
Wolverhampton
Wolverhampton Grammar School
Wolverhampton






Bedford School
Bedford
Ipswich School
Ipswich
Gresham's School
Holt
Saint Felix School
Southwold
The Leys School
Cambridge
Framlingham College
Framlingham
Chigwell Senior School
Chigwell
Truro School
Truro
Ackworth School
Pontefract
St Peter's School York
York
Stonyhurst College
Clitheroe
Giggleswick School
Settle
The Marist School
Ascot
St James Senior Girls' School
London
Battle Abbey School
Battle
Kingswood School
Bath
St Lawrence College
Ramsgate
St Benedict's School
Ealing
Denstone College
Uttoxeter
Malvern St James
Great Malvern
Rugby School
Rugby
Repton School
Repton
Malvern College
Malvern
Edgbaston High School for Girls
Birmingham
Wolverhampton Grammar School
Wolverhampton
Moreton Hall
Oswestry
King's Worcester
Worcester
Hurstpierpoint College
Hassocks
Gordonstoun
Elgin
St Swithun's School
Winchester
Dean Close School
Cheltenham
Ibstock Place School
Roehampton
Eastbourne College
Eastbourne
Taunton School
Taunton
Frensham Heights School
Farnham
Clayesmore School
Blandford Forum
Embley Senior School & Sixth Form
Romsey
Royal Russell School
Croydon
Queen's College, London
London
Merchant Taylors' School
Northwood
King's College Senior School - Wimbledon
London
Claremont Senior School & Sixth Form
Nr. Robertsbridge
Wetherby Senior School
London
Bancroft's School
Woodford Green
Bede's School
Hailsham
Wellington College
Crowthorne
Bryanston School
Blandford Forum
Badminton School
Bristol
Thornton College
Milton Keynes
Wells Cathedral School
Wells
Cranleigh School
Cranleigh
The King's School, Canterbury
Canterbury
Godolphin
Salisbury
Surbiton High - Senior School & Sixth Form
Kingston upon Thames
Lancing College
Lancing
Clifton College
Clifton
Caterham School
Caterham
Brighton College
Brighton


Why choose an all-through school?
When it comes to choosing a school – be it nursery or secondary school – it's always important to think about what comes next. Will this senior school enable my child to reach the best sixth form? Will they be able to deal with the stresses that come with changing schools, having to start from scratch and make a whole new group of friends?

All-through schools have the advantage of providing long-term continuity and stability for a child’s education. Not only are children more settled in a consistent educational environment, but by having the same teachers as they get older, individual teaching and learning methods can be tailored throughout the different stages of education. All-through pupils can also maintain the same friendship groups they’ve always had, and children aren't subjected to the social pressures and stresses of having to make new friends. This sense of stability can certainly benefit a child in many ways. 

At what age do pupils start all-through school?  
Although all-through schools primarily offer primary and secondary education, there is not a one-size-fits-all approach. Some enrol pupils at secondary school age and provide sixth-form facilities, while others cater to nursery and primary school students. While no approach should be considered right or wrong, the educational continuity offered may be more suited to a child’s development at different stages of their education. Some pupils may respond better to a change in the environment upon leaving school; similarly, others may thrive within a large campus that has facilities tailored for multiple age groups.

What are the types of all-through schools?
When deciding upon an all-through school it is also important to consider the different types of schools that are offered and the school stages that they cater for. All-through schools come in three types: one-site schools, same establishment split-site schools, and affiliated schools – each with distinct differences for pupils.

One site
One-site schools offer a seamless educational experience on one single campus. The extent to which pupils of different year groups are separated is also dependent on the specific school. Some may have distinct facilities and staff for different age groups, while others might offer a more integrated schools experience with shared spaces for both junior and senior pupils.

Same establishment, different sites
Pupils remain with the same school establishment as they get older but like traditional schooling, they still have the experience of moving to a new campus. These schools essentially provide a unique best of both approach to an all-through education, and while pupils benefit from the stability and educational continuity of one school, they also get the feeling of graduating and progression through the education system by moving campus. 

Affiliated schools
Affiliated schools similarly provide a hybrid approach to all-through schooling. Instead of operating out of one single establishment, affiliated schools are often the result of a merge between two different schools. While remaining autonomous, the partner schools have the flexibility to share facilities, curriculum insight, and more. Again, this provides greater continuity and stability as pupils transition between schools. Another benefit of affiliated schools is that they can often (but not always) guarantee admission priority into the next stage. 

Key considerations when choosing an all-through school:
With each all-through school offering its own unique experience, understanding what makes a good all-through school is important. When considering an all-through school there are a few key variables to consider:

Parents should first look at the type of school, its location, and whether their child has met the age criteria to enrol. These considerations should always be driven by what works best for the child.

Parents should also look at the educational standards of not only the school and the class within which their child would enrol, but also the older year groups. Given that they will learn at this school for the long term, high educational standards are fundamental to the child’s future development. One of the best ways to do this is by looking at past school inspection reports and attending school open days in person. This will also provide an opportunity to see the quality of facilities and the size of the school first-hand.

The best all-through schools
The most important thing to remember when deciding on an all-through school is that there is no one-size-fits-all option. Our reviews contain unbiased admissions information and in-depth insight to help ensure you have the best tools available when choosing a school for your child.

FAQs
How many all-through schools are there in the UK?

The popularity of all-through schools has grown extensively in the past 10 years. Currently, there are 109 all-through schools in England, with 13 additional schools approved and set to open in the coming months.




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