The best schools in Leeds


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Parts of Yorkshire are recognised as having some of the best educational systems in the UK. As one of the region’s foremost cities, Leeds is right up there. With top independent schools including the Grammar School at Leeds, there’s also a vast array of state primary and secondary schools in and around the city where you’ll be more than happy to send your children. Whether you live close to the heart of town, in a suburb such as Bramley, south of the city in Wakefield or on the way to Bradford, we’ve picked out some of the very best schools in Leeds.

Best primary schools in Leeds

  • Blenheim Primary School

Located close to the city centre, Blenheim Primary is only a stone’s throw from both the University of Leeds and Leeds Beckett University. Ranked by national league tables as one of the best primary schools in Leeds, it has just under 500 pupils with a student-teacher ratio of 21 and challenges youngsters to become more responsible, considerate members of society.

  • Meanwood Church of England Primary School

Smaller in size with a capacity of just over 200, Meanwood CofE is a couple of miles north of Leeds city centre. With 19 pupils to every teacher, the school is rated as outstanding by Ofsted and performs very well when it comes to local league tables. The values of community and caring for one another are promoted through links to the Holy Trinity Meanwood church, as well as other local groups.

  • Shadwell Primary School

Another outstanding option according to the education board, this school lies in the north-east of town with a more rural feel in the Shadwell area. Also offering a student-teacher ratio of 19, which is just under the local authority average, Shadwell Primary caters for around 200 boys and girls. Pupils are encouraged to show kindness and consideration through a safe, secure and respectful learning environment.

Best secondary schools in Leeds

  • Allerton High School

Close to the popular Chapel Allerton and Moortown areas in the northern suburbs, Allerton High School is one of the top schools in Leeds for older children. Outstanding in Ofsted’s eyes, it has a capacity of around 1,500 and boasts very high attainment levels. A top-performing school in many different aspects including quality of teaching and pupil welfare, the school has a sixth form attached for study up to the age of 18.

  • The Morley Academy

The Morley Academy is just a few miles north of Dewsbury and is another school classed as outstanding by the educational inspectorate. It also has a student population of around 1,500, which is known for high achievement in both GCSE and A-Level examinations. With a focus on preparing youngsters for independence in the future, the school is only half a mile from our St Andrew’s Place development. It was also the founding member of the GORSE Academies Trust, enabling kids from all walks of life to get a great education.

  • The Ruth Gorse Academy

If you’re searching for a great secondary school close to Leeds city centre, the Ruth Gorse Academy is hard to beat. Also in Ofsted’s top bracket, the school takes its inspiration from the teacher it’s named after. As such, it provides outstanding, personalised teaching to achieve high levels of attainment, helping pupils thrive both personally and professionally.