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  • REDDAM HOUSE SUMMER CAMP TUG OF WAR

    Parents Get Lost! Summer camp is a kids-only paradise

    Arrrrgh! Adopt the brace position for the long summer holiday. Shrug off the parental guilt and send your child to camp. It's a US import that kids love. We found just the place…

  • Newsflash – Tring Park Prep opens doors to Year 3!

    Think you might have a wannabe actor, dancer, musician or singer on your hands? Great news - this excellent performing arts school in Herts is widening its intake this year. Check out our Q&A for the deets.

  • Moulsford School, Moulsford

    A highly-regarded boy’s prep school in South Oxon in a stonkingly lovely setting on the Thames, with a strong reputation for sport and extracurricular activities.

  • Repton Prep School

    Set in 55 majestic acres of Derbyshire countryside, this rural co-ed day and boarding school is known for its sporting prowess and all-rounder ethos.Set in 55 majestic acres of Derbyshire countryside, this rural co-ed day and boarding school is known for its sporting prowess and all-rounder ethos.

  • Maltman’s Green School

    Formidable facilities with a particular strength in gymnastics make up this effective 12 acre non-selective girls' day school in leafy Gerrards Cross.

  • St Edward’s School

    Looking for a city school? St Edward's School in Summertown, Oxford is a corker, with half of the cohort taking the IB rather than A-levels. Read on for the Muddy verdict.

  • Summer Fields School, North Oxford

    A top pre prep and prep day and boarding school for boys with small pupil numbers and whopper facilities, hidden away in 70 stunning acres leading to the Cherwell River.

  • Queen Anne's Lacrosse

    Girl power! Are single sex schools the answer?

    It's the ultimate education dilemma: single-sex or co-ed? We sat down with Queen Anne's new Head to get the lowdown on why she thinks single-sex is more relevant for girls.

  • ST ANDREWS PANGBOURNE FOREST SCHOOL BUG GIRL MAGNIFYING GLASS

    Mud and guts! 5 reasons to go wild for Forest School

    Have the Persil on standby because bugs, climbing trees, den building and dirt can help your kids flourish. St Andrew's has embraced Woodland Learning and is seeing incredible results…

  • Doing the 11+? Meet your child’s new online BFF

    Entering your child into grammar or private school exams and steeling yourself for eye-watering tuition fees and homework battles? Relax your shoulders (and, er, put the gin bottle back) - here are 5 reasons new online platform Paideia can help.

  • d’Overbroeck’s, Oxford

    d'Overbroeck's in Oxford has a first name policy, progressive curriculum, a dedicated Sixth Form campus and a whole clutch of brilliant results. Impressed.

  • CLAIRE COURT JUNIOR BOYS

    Claires Court Junior Boys, Maidenhead

    A unique 'diamond model', Claires Court is a non-selective, family-friendly Berkshire gem for ages 3-18 that's big on values and individuality.

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    Heathfield School, Ascot

    This deliberately small all-girls' school is a stone's throw from Ascot, where boarding is big, opportunities are endless and there are more facilities than you can shake a lacrosse stick at.

  • The Manor Preparatory School, Abingdon

    Check out my update on this highly-regarded day school in Abingdon with fantastic ISI reports (excellent across the board) for kids 2-11 years old.

  • Aldwickbury School, Harpenden

    Don't be fooled by the trad appearance of this boys' Prep - it has a relaxed and modern outlook, and teaches kindness and humility alongside a curriculum that propels boys into happy and successful futures.

  • Heads up on exam prep: the expert guide for kids & parents

    Who better to coach you through how to make the most of revision and stay cool ahead of exams, than Master of Magdalen College School, Helen Pike?

  • Beacon Boys

    The Beacon School, Amersham

    Leading single sex prep school in the UK, The Beacon has an impressively inclusive, family feel to it, with a focus on pastoral care and turning out well-rounded boys.

  • Caldicott School, Farnham Royal

    Set next to Burnham Beeches nature reserve in leafy South Bucks, Caldicott offers a homely atmosphere whilst still nailing it as a top feeder school to Harrow.

  • Bruern Abbey School, Bicester

    The UK's only independent school expressly tailored to helping boys with learning difficulties (like dyslexia, dyspraxia, dyscalculia) pass Common Entrance exams, GCSEs, and more. It works!

  • Stressed or unhappy child? Here’s how to help

    Have a kid that's struggling with their feelings? Take five and read these five nuggets of advice from author Poppy O'Neill before you tear your hair out.

  • Kids & eco anxiety: how to tackle it

    Getting past the doom and gloom to focus on positive action isn't always easy - but here's how from Leisa Stewart-Sharpe, who's written books for Sir David Attenborough's TV series

  • Witham Hall School, Lincolnshire

    This rural co-ed prep school for day pupils and boarders has an inclusive, family feel alongside immaculate facilities.

  • Sunningdale School, Ascot

    Sunningdale is a superb family-run day and boarding prep where boys work hard and play hard. It's small, proudly non-selective and incredibly homely.

  • Myddelton College, Denbigh, North Wales

    A go-getter, non-selective co-ed boarding school based in jaw-dropping natural surroundings. Myddelton's emphasis on elite sport and all-rounder credentials are an immediate attraction.

  • Stamford Endowed Schools, Stamford (Lincs)

    Wellbeing and creative thinking are at the heart of this progressive, mixed co-ed and single-sex boarding school, where children are taught to stretch their horizons while nurturing community spirit.

  • St Andrews School Pangbourne exterior

    St Andrew’s, Pangbourne

    This bucolic co-ed prep school in the rolling hills of Berkshire is family-oriented, outdoorsy with great results – and the Duchess of Cambridge raves about it.

  • Best board games to play with the family this Christmas

    Done Monopoly and Uno to death? Mix up your festive afternoons with these family-friendly games from Norfolk biz Zatu. Sore losers need not apply.

  • Christmas gift guide: for tweens & teens

    Wondering what to get those mopey teens? From TikTok gadgets to trendy fashion to the all-important skincare, here are 28 hand-picked gift ideas they'll love (even if they won't admit it).

  • Win a pair of VIP Gold tickets to The Independent Schools Show worth £200!

    Looking for a first, new or next school for your child? Then you'll want nab FREE tickets to London’s Battersea Park on 13-14 Nov for The Independent Schools Show

  • Sherborne Prep School, Sherborne

    Non-pushy yet achieves academically, strong on music and art and with an innovative approach to sport and fitness.

  • Adcote School for Girls, Shropshire

    This small, non-selective school manages to be a triple threat in academics, sports, and pastoral care all at once. The last five years have seen it turn from middle-of-the-road to national contender.

  • Sherfield School, Hook

    A confident all-rounder and pastorally driven co-ed independent day and boarding school set in 76 acres of rural splendour.

  • The Abbey Senior School

    The Abbey School, Reading

    One of the UK's best girls’ day schools, The Abbey is producing globally-minded young women with a 'can-do-anything' attitude who consistently achieve top marks on results day.

  • KID CAPE SUPERHERO SELF ESTEEM

    How to supercharge your kids learning

    Are there educational bumps in the road ahead? Why a roadmap of schools advice, academic support and mentoring could supercharge your child's success.

  • Royal High School Bath, GDST

    Inclusive, girl-centered education, strong on science, maths and languages, with chic facilities – and the only school in Bath offering the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

  • Back to school essentials

    Take some of the anxiety out of back to school with cool kit for tiddlers to teens that'll keep their anxiety in check, save the planet and raise a smile.

  • Moving: Student off to uni? SORTED!

    Is your teen one of the thousands heading off to college or Uni after the summer? Or perhaps they're a grad heading off to their new flat or first job? Then you'll want to read this!

  • Does the world need another online school?

    Pearson Online Academy UK Global thinks so! With the launch of the educational behemoth's founding school in September, Muddy gets the lowdown from Principal Jo Vigneron

  • How to give your kids’ mental health a boost

    If you’re looking for ways to bolster your kids’ mental health in the wake of the pandemic, you’re not alone. Clare Macro, Headmistress of Edgbaston High School shares her expert advice

  • Virtual Open Day, Moreton Hall, Oswestry

    This newly announced winner of the Tes Boarding School of the Year 2021, has a Virtual Open Day on Sat May 8 at 10am.

  • Kimbolton School (Prep School), Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire

    Muddy says: A highly-regarded co-ed prep school on the Cambridgeshire border in a beautiful rural setting, known for its amazing facilities, extra-curricular activities and its family-orientated atmosphere.

  • Brooke House College

    A new head with exciting new plans for this co-ed day and boarding school for 11-19 year olds in Market Harborough. The school may be small but it has a huge international intake (60 nationalities) and also boasts a top Football Academy.

  • Moreton Hall’s Virtual Open Day, Sat Sept 19

    Looking for a small, idiosyncratic but high achieving boarding school for your child in the countryside?

  • Coping with going back to school post-lockdown

    What a year! After almost six months of lockdown learning, it's time for children to venture back to school. Claygate girls' school, Rowan Prep, offers this advice to help smooth the way.

  • St Swithun's Winchester

    St Swithun’s Prep, Winchester

    This prep and pre-prep just outside the city centre has a great academic record, but the focus on pastoral care, positive relationships and unique extra-curricular activities means the overall approach is well-rounded.

  • Rainy day out for kids

    Want to keep your pre-schoolers amused but can't face another soggy day at the park? Go to Godstone Farm where there's plenty of indoor play. And animals too!

  • Nurturing Your Teen’s Career Aspirations

    Many Year 11's are now deliberating over where to study for A levels and what subjects to choose. How can a school best support your teen to succeed in today’s workplace?

  • Q&A with Gruffalo author Julia Donaldson

    The Sussex resident, starring in a show for half term, talks books, performing, fave local attractions and buying a post office

  • Tom Gates on stage

    Part play, part living cartoon, part gig, Tom Gates live - in Brighton Wed 2 - Sat 5 Oct - stays pleasingly close to Liz Pichon's best-selling books.

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    Twyford Prep School, Hants

    Muddy says: This Hampshire prep is a cosy school with a strong sporting pedigree and an impressive curriculum that encourages creative thinking.

  • Kimbolton School (Snr), Huntingdon

    You'll find 120 acres of glorious grounds and a stunning castle setting at this high-achieving co-ed day/boarding senior school (11-18), with a strong all-rounder rep.

  • Stepping up: Year 2 to 3 transition tips

    If you have a child moving from Year 2 to Year 3 take a look at our expert tips on how to smooth their step up and help them navigate their new school term.

  • West Buckland School, Barnstaple

    Muddy says: A nurturing, non-hothousey co-ed day and boarding school in bucolic North Devon with acres of healthy air coast and countryside on its doorstep.

  • Summer Survival Guide

    Summer holidays are coming, oh lord stock up on the gin! You’ll cruise it with the Muddy survival holiday guide from The Parenting Partnership

  • Is an independent school right for you?

    Choosing a school for your child can be one of the most important decisions of your parenting life, but have you considered going private?

  • Stratford Lit Fest 2019: What’s on for children?

    Looking for a cultural family-friendly jaunt this spring? There's a brilliant line-up of best-selling and much-loved children's authors and illustrators at the 12th annual festival. Before you book, check out our top picks..

  • Merchant Taylors’ School, Northwood

    You'll find 280 acres of fresh air and Art Deco heritage at this high-achieving yet well balanced boys school in Herts' Three Rivers District, a mere 30 minutes from central London.

  • Preparing for exams

    As exam season creeps gradually closer, we have this advice for students preparing for their GCSEs and A-levels - thanks to Ian Thorpe, the headmaster at Downsend School.

  • South Downs stargazing festival

    Find an event near you for a spot of guided stargazing or a family-friendly workshop over the 2019 Dark Skies Festival

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    Highfield and Brookham Schools, Liphook

    Muddy says: This pre-prep and prep school offer a whopping 175 acres of space for kids to run around in while they excel academically.

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    Meoncross School, Stubbington

    Muddy says: This independent co-ed for ages 2.5 - 16, is situated just outside of Fareham with a rural feel and family vibe.

  • The wonderful Wizard of Oz

    This isn't Kansas, it's Somerset, in a clever re-working of the iconic tale at The Brewhouse in Taunton

  • Review: The Comedy of Errors

    Local children take to the stage in the RSC's new First Encounters with Shakespeare production for 7 - 13-year-olds combining the floss, yoga and some frenetic family fun.

  • Inside The Haunted Castle

    Muddy intrepidly goes in search of the scariest thrills for Halloween at Warwick Castle on a family day out.

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    West Hill Park School, Fareham

    Muddy says: A happy, romping countryside prep, where children develop in a kind, secure environment & gain regular scholarships to top public schools.

  • Horrible Histories talks to Muddy

    The family favourite is back in Sussex. Muddy spoke to co-director Neal Foster about what grisly goings-on are in store

  • 5 reasons kids should do yoga

    From teaching self-acceptance to creating balance and calm, here are five reasons why kids should have yoga in their lives.

  • How to grow happy kids

    How can you help your kids find the holy grail of happiness? We’ve found an expert who has previous in the matter…

  • Awful Auntie – Live on Stage

    David Walliams’ number one children’s best-seller has its first stage outing – but will it meet fans’ expectations?

  • South Downs stargazing festival

    Catch astronomy events throughout Sussex during the South Downs Dark Skies Festival this February

  • Planning a kids’ party? AAAAARRGHHHHHH!

    Stop right there, Mudsters. We've taken the pain out of your kids’ parties and found these super-fantastic bods who'll only go and do the whole lot for you. And I mean the WHOLE lot

  • Surviving the summer

    If the thought of six long weeks with the nippers has you reaching for the gin at 10am, don't worry. Children's life coach Lisa Parkes is here to help.

  • Autumn London Days Out with Kids

    10 fun things to do in the capital this Oct half-term.

  • Get your skates on!

    Time to polish up your double toe loops and triple Salchows – or maybe just try and stay upright? Outdoor ice rinks are starting to pop up all over the place. Here’s a round-up of the best places to skate in the West Country and beyond.  So put on your bobble hats and mittens and […]

  • Great art in the great outdoors – Cass Sculpture

    Forget browsing quietly in a gallery, shuffling with the crowds or praying your kids will last five minutes before loud declarations of boredom. Cass Sculpture Foundation at Goodwood, near Chichester takes the whole thing outdoors, putting the discovery back into art and giving you and yours room to roam. I’d been meaning to get to […]

  • Muddy reviews: Flown, at Pavilion Theatre, Worthing

    The first thing I thought as I settled down to watch Flown at Worthing’s Pavilion Theatre was ‘how are they going to perform circus stunts in a space that small?’ This excellent show from Pirates of the Carabina (great name!), on until Sunday, is an intimate form of circus – not in a big top but […]

  • The Muddies get behind the wheel…ooh-er

    Would you let your 12-year-old behind the wheel?  I did, *gulp*.  Too young to take conventional driving lessons but raring to go, the Muddies’ 15-year-old cousin has been learning to drive through the Young Driver training programme – and loving every minute.  My two (a few years younger) have been green with envy, until I […]

  • Hastings’ new world-class skatepark

    Hastings' Source Park, cleverly converted from a Victorian swimming baths, has dedicated sessions for kids, girls and over-30s.

  • Muddy review: Gangsta Granny

    “Will she fart?” That was the main preoccupation of my excited nephews when I took them to see Gangsta Granny Having not read the book myself, Granny’s propensity to tuck into cabbage and fart like a quacking duck was the key thing I knew about the story before I went, these plot points being important […]

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