Best Schools in Manchester

The 10 Best Primary and Secondary Schools in Manchester

Written by Zenyx Griffiths
Written by Zenyx Griffiths
15th April 2019 (Last updated on Thursday 2nd May 2019)

We understand the difficulty that comes with moving, especially as a family. There are a variety of factors to consider, like which schools would suit your children’s needs and how affordable the catchment areas are. This is why Compare My Move has created this guide to help you with your search for the best schools in Greater Manchester.

We’ve ranked the schools by using data from School Guide, the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) and Ofsted. We have also provided you with the average property prices for each of the schools’ catchment areas to help you move within your budget. 

So before you start searching for the best Manchester removal companies to aid you in your journey, browse through our helpful list to discover the schools most suited to you and your children. Before you realise it you’ll be securing a place at your perfect school, ready to settle in.


The 5 Best Secondary Schools in Manchester

5.  King of Kings School

The King of Kings School, situated in Dantzic Street, is a small Christian secondary school in Manchester with only 13 students currently enrolled. It’s an independent school catering to pupils aged 3-18. In January 2019, it was awarded a Grade 2 ‘Good’ report from Ofsted. The annual fee for one child per academic year is £3,750.

It’s a highly religious school with Christ being centred in its curriculum. Oftsed praised the pupils on their politeness and good behaviour, as well as their reading abilities.

4. Trinity C of E High School

Trinity C of E High School has been awarded a Grade 1 ‘Outstanding’ report by Ofsted, with 65% of pupils achieving 5+ GCSEs graded at A*-C. There are currently 1,343 pupils enrolled aged 11-19.

There are a variety of GCSE and A-Level subjects on offer to students, including GCSE and A-Level Spanish, Enterprise & Marketing (OCR National) and A-Level Psychology. Ofsted states that the school’s academic achievement is above average as well as the diversity of beliefs and backgrounds.

3. Abbey College Manchester

Located in Cheapside, Abbey College Manchester is an independent secondary school with 216 students enrolled aged 15-19. Boarding services are available but there is a registry fee of £250 to attend. You can then either pay the annual fee in 2 or 8 instalments if your child is successful.

The ISI believes that the school’s GCSE results between 2015-2016 were above the national average, as were the A-Level results. In 2018, the A-Level results had a 100% pass rate with 87.8% of students scoring A* – C Grades. 85% of GCSE results were graded at 9-4, with the overall results being, again, above the national average.

2.  Loreto College

Situated in Hulme, Loreto College is an ‘Outstanding’ secondary school in Manchester according to Ofsted’s Grade 1 report. Their sixth form A-Level results were amazing in 2018, as 54% of the results were graded at A*-B, above the national average.

The students take part in a range of academic contests every year, both in and out of school. 40 students participated in the Cambridge Chemistry Challenge last year with 34 winning awards.

1. Chetham's School of Music

If you’re considering moving to Manchester, Chetham's School of Music could be your top choice for secondary schools. It’s an independent school and our number one secondary school in Greater Manchester. There are currently 305 pupils enrolled aged 8-19. Boarding services are available for extra fees, but the deposit is £300 with an added acceptance fee of £125.

Chetham's School of Music is the only specialist music school in the North of England. Up to four subjects can be chosen for A-Level students, not all centred around music. The ISI believes that the GCSE results during 2012-2015 were well above the national average, as were the A-Level results.

Cost of Living Next to the Best Manchester Secondary Schools

Secondary SchoolAverage Asking PriceAverage 3-bed House PriceAverage Asking Rent (pcm)Average 3-bed Rent (pcm)

King of Kings School

£226,779

£389,750

£984 pcm

£1,694 pcm

Trinity C of E High School

£254,582

£425,000

£1,110 pcm

£1,004 pcm

Abbey College Manchester

£498,571

£650,000

£1,261 pcm

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Loreto College

£254,582

£425,000

£1,110 pcm

£1,004 pcm

Chetham's School of Music

£248,521

£313,000

£1,124 pcm

£1,119 pcm

Data from Zoopla, correct as of April 2019.




The 5 Best Primary Schools in Manchester

5. St Wilfrid's RC Primary School

Starting our list of the top 5 primary schools in Manchester, St Wilfrid's RC Primary School is situated in Hulme with 211 pupils enrolled aged 3-11. 91% of pupils met the expected standard in reading, writing and maths last year, soaring above the average of 64%. Ofsted gave the school a Grade 2 ‘Good’ report, complimenting them on the students’ behaviour and the quality of teaching.

The school’s Key Stage 2 average reading progress score is 4.1 and their average maths progress score is 5.4, well above the national average for both. Their Key Stage 1 scores are also above average as the 73.3% of pupils in 2018 achieved a good level of development, 1.3% above the national average.

4. St Anne's RC Primary School

St Anne’s RC Primary School currently has 219 pupils enrolled aged 3-11. Ofsted has awarded the school with a Grade 2 ‘Good’ report, complementing the school on their leadership and management.

83% of pupils are meeting the expected standard in reading, writing and mathematics, another result well above the national average. Meanwhile, 21% of pupils are achieving at a higher standard in reading, writing and maths, results improving every year.

3. St Alphonsus RC Primary School

With a Grade 1 ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted report, St Alphonsus RC Primary School is located on Off Stretford Road with 216 pupils aged 3-11. An amazing 90% of pupils in Key Stage 2 met the expected standard in reading, writing and mathematics, well above the national average.

St Alphonsus RC Primary School is a Roman Catholic primary school in Manchester with the core value being respect. Ofsted awarded the school with an ‘Outstanding’ mark on all aspects and described the students’ results as well above the national average.

2. New Islington Free School

Our second school, New Islington Free School, has been awarded a Grade 1 ‘Outstanding’ report by Ofsted and has 248 pupils aged between 4-11. Beating the national average of 9%, 14% of pupils achieved a higher standard in reading, writing and maths last year.

New Islington Free School was rated as ‘Outstanding’ in all aspects in their Ofsted report with their pupils’ behaviour described as “impeccable”. The curriculum is considered very diverse with a variety of subjects for the pupils to explore.

1. Abbott Community Primary School

When thinking of the best places in Manchester to move, you have to consider the quality of local schools. Here is our number one primary school in Manchester:  Abbott Community Primary School. Another ‘Outstanding’ report from Ofsted, 73% of pupils met the expected standard in reading, writing and mathematics last year.

88% of Key Stage 2 pupils achieved the expected standard of results in grammar, punctuation and spelling last year and 46% achieved higher. Ofsted applauds the headteacher for their excellent leadership and described the pupils’ behaviour as “exemplary”.

Cost of Living Next to the Best Manchester Primary Schools

Primary SchoolAverage Asking PriceAverage 3-bed House PriceAverage Asking Rent (pcm)Average 3-bed Rent (pcm)

St Wilfrid's RC Primary School

£254,582

£425,000

£1,110 pcm

£1,004 pcm

St Anne's RC Primary School

£226,779

£389,750

£984 pcm

£1,694 pcm

St Alphonsus RC Primary School

£195,827

£297,809

£668 pcm

£1,047 pcm

New Islington Free School

£226,779

£389,750

£984 pcm

£1,694 pcm

Abbott Community Primary School

£160,130

£149,332

£615 pcm

£733 pcm

Data from Zoopla, correct as of April 2019.


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