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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Swanbourne House School, Swanbourne

    This bucolic, rural prep school on the Bucks/Beds border has had quite a year, with a new, dynamic, sometimes controversial head teacher. Twelve months on, here's my update.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Ashfold School, Dorton, Mid Bucks

    Muddy says: This bucolic co-ed prep school for day pupils and boarders in the rolling hills of Buckinghamshire is family-oriented with a deserved reputation for its all-rounder offering.

  • Bloxham School, nr Banbury

    Muddy says: Bloxham School is an impressive co-ed day/boarding for kids 11-18 in a pretty North Oxfordshire, with a reputation for all-rounder education.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Cothill House School, Abingdon

    Muddy says: A homely but high achieving boys boarding school, set in 26 lovely acres near Abingdon, South Oxfordshire. The emphasis is on 'fit' here, and allowing boys to be boys.

  • 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.

  • Heathfield School Ascot External front white mansion house

    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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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

  • Their words: what kids really think of online school

    What if you're too scared to put your hand up in class, too exhausted to get out of bed, struggle with SEN, or too busy playing golf? Four kids explain why they made the switch and what they think of life at InterHigh, an online school.

  • May’s top releases for Children’s Book Week

    It's Children's Book Week! Need some new reading material for your little bookbugs? These seven new releases should have them captivated (and quiet).

  • 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.

  • The 7 questions everyone asks about online schools

    Where does the social side, sport and extra-curricular come in to virtual education, and what about a timetable and exams? We tackle the big questions about online schools

  • No Easter childcare? We’ve got it sorted

    Can’t bear to have kids lolling around the house over the Easter hols? No fear: help is at hand with the return of Ultimate Activity Camps across the Muddy counties.

  • Brooke House College

    A small and homely co-ed day and boarding school for 11-19 year olds in the beautiful, leafy town of Market Harborough, Leicestershire. It has a huge international intake (60 nationalities) and also boasts a top Football Academy.

  • Half-term hack: the best online courses for kids

    Run out of ways to entertain the kiddos? Check out Muddy's list of the best online classes and workshops that you can do from anywhere across the country, just in time for half-term.

  • 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.

  • Kingswood Prep School and Nursery, Bath

    Muddy says: Children can be children at this co-ed prep and nursery with Scandi-style facilities and more, set in 100-acres of parklands overlooking the city

  • 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!

  • Ludgrove School Wookingham exterior red brick and black beam building with perfect lawn

    Ludgrove School, Wokingham

    Ludgrove is a boys' prep school in Wokingham, that's understated but not under the radar. Homely yet high achieving, it's a place where boys can be boys.

  • Waverley Prep School, Wokingham

    A modern day school in Wokingham for boys and girls, aged 0-11 years. This family focussed prep is ranked highly in the Sunday Times Top 100 for its superb academic record.

  • 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.

  • Georgian building

    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..

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  • Aldwickbury School, Harpenden

    Muddy says: Don't be fooled by its traditional appearance - this boys' prep school feels refreshingly relaxed and modern in its outlook, teaching kindness and humility alongside a broad and rich curriculum

  • 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.

  • Kingswood School, Bath

    The only school founded by famous Methodist John Wesley (but it's not too 'religious'), offers a good-all round education with excellent results and pastoral care to match

  • Meoncross slide

    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.

  • A Georgian stately home.

    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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