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No boring fusty reviews here! Our informal guides give a genuine insight into each school we visit across the UK, and super-useful ‘insider’ advice to our readers – parents, just like us.

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Showing 1 through 58 out of 58 reviews
  • Port Regis

    Muddy says: A co-ed day and boarding school for ages two to 13 - one of the great Prep schools in the country where you'll find outstanding facilities and results, and a huge amount of fun

  • Colourful artwork and light flood into the glass atrium at Meadowbrook Montessori School in Warfield, Berkshire

    Meadowbrook Montessori, Warfield

    Muddy says: A tiny school for ages 18mths-11yrs in leafy Warfield offering a bespoke education for kids to flourish. I've never reviewed anywhere like it!

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    Hatherop Castle

    Muddy says: A co-ed day and boarding prep school near Cirencester with a strong family ethos for ages two to 13 that feels straight out of the pages of a children’s storybook.

  • aerial view of Horris Hill Prep School – a collection of large red brick houses set in 85 acres of wooded heathland

    Horris Hill Prep, Newbury

    Muddy says: A small, high-achieving rural prep with a family-oriented vibe and an emphasis on 'joining in'.

  • Imposing red brick victorian former convent now one to St Joseph's College Reading

    St Joseph’s College, Reading

    Muddy says: St Joseph's College is an impressive co-ed day school for ages 3-18 in Reading, producing well-rounded kids – and with low fees.

  • Kingham Hill School, North Oxon

    Muddy says: An idyllically placed co-ed, non-selective secondary school with a strong Christian ethos, set in 100 acres of Cotswolds countryside.

  • Chafyn Grove

    Muddy says: Looking for a school with a huge emphasis on pastoral care, with strong sports and academics in a non-hothousy environment? Say hello to this impressive co-ed Prep School for ages 3-13

  • Sandroyd School

    Muddy says: We were blown away by this co-ed prep school on the stunning Rushmore Estate - acres of bucolic grounds, impressive results and lots of old-fashioned fun

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    Bedford Girls’ School, Bedford

    Muddy says: Bedford Girls' School is refreshing. It's spacious, beautifully designed and full of light, and a place where you can feel grounded and confident.

  • Downsend Pre-Prep Schools, Surrey

    Muddy says: If you're looking for a small pre-prep school with a strong family feel, take a look at the Downsend pre-preps at Ashtead, Epsom or Leatherhead. They're hard to fault.

  • Cambirdge International School, Cherry Hinton Hall

    Cambridge International School

    Muddy says:: A school with a huge emphasis on pastoral care, nurturing and a non-hothousy environment? Say hello to this bijou co-ed junior and senior school that reflects the international community of Cambridge.

  • Rendcomb College, Cirencester

    Muddy says: An outdoorsy co-ed junior school for ages 3-11 with small pupil numbers but whopper facilities, hidden away in 230 stunning acres in the heart of the Cotswolds.

  • pupils walking in front of Wycliffe Senior School in Stonehouse, sunny day, flag flying, green grass

    Wycliffe College

    Muddy says: A nurturing, co-ed boarding and day school for pupils aged 13 to 18 near Stroud that's big on fostering individualism and helping kids find their niche in life.

  • Summer Fields School, Oxford

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

  • All Hallows Prep, Cranmore

    Muddy says – a small co-ed Catholic prep school with a family feel, very good results, Famous Five forest school and a cutting edge design studio

  • Truro High School for Girls, Truro, Cornwall

    Muddy says: An exciting education for girls awaits at this high achieving Truro independent. If you have daughters between two and 18, I highly recommend you take a look.

  • Sunningdale School, Ascot

    Muddy says: Small and perfectly formed, Sunningdale is a superb family-run prep that is proudly non-selective.

  • Beachborough School, North Bucks

    Muddy says: Hard to find fault with this lovely co-ed prep school on the Bucks/Northants borders - a family vibe, pretty rural setting and great results.

  • 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.

  • D’Overbroeck’s School, Oxford

    Muddy says: d'Overbroeck's School in Oxford has a first name policy, progressive curriculum, an incredible new Sixth Form campus and a whole clutch of brilliant results. Impressed.

  • Stormont School, Potters Bar

    Muddy says: Have a go at something different, and celebrate the fact that you’ve tried something new. Stormont School is a breath of fresh air.

  • Millfield Prep, Glastonbury

    Muddy says: this famously sporty school isn't only for future Olympians but if you have the potential, the opportunities are there for the taking. Whatever your talent, the school aims to winkle it out and help it flourish

  • The red brick mock jacobean mansion that is Brookhurst and Marston Prep school set in 60 glorious acres of Berkshire countryside

    Brockhurst & Marlston House

    Brockhurst and Marlston is a traditional country prep with acres of space to blow off steam.

  • 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.

  • Edgeborough School, Farnham

    Muddy says: Edgeborough is non-selective day and flexi boarding prep school set amid 50 acres of stunning countryside just out of Farnham.

  • Truro School, Truro, Cornwall

    Muddy says: An inclusive and forward-thinking co-ed, day/boarding school in beautiful Cornwall, with amazing results and a seriously impressive co-curricular programme.

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    St Edward’s School, Oxford – Sixth Form

    Muddy says: Looking for a place to park your 16-18 year old? 'Teddies' Sixth form has the city on its doorstep and a fantastic IB provision for outward looking teens.

  • St Andrew’s, Pangbourne

    Muddy says: This bucolic co-ed prep school in the rolling hills of Berkshire is family-oriented with great results.

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    St Hugh’s School, Faringdon

    Muddy says: A warm, friendly, non-selective co-ed day and boarding school in gorgeous grounds in rural South Oxfordshire that hits 100% success at Common Entrance.

  • Wellington School, Wellington

    Muddy says: an academic curriculum, an innovative approach to sport and fitness, ace art and music – it all makes for a genuine good all-rounder independent school for 2–18 year olds

  • Luckley House, Wokingham

    Muddy says: Luckley House co-ed school is bang in Wokingham. It's small, selective, fits in with family like with superb results.

  • Moulsford School, Moulsford

    Muddy says: 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.

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    Reading Blue Coat, Sonning

    It's hard to find fault with this boys day school in Sonning. Inclusive and amazing results. Impressed.

  • Queen's Anne's School one of the UK's oldest girls' school in Caversham Berkshire

    Queen Anne’s, Caversham

    Muddy says: Queen Anne's is a top girls' school with small numbers, cracking facilities and a stunning 34 acres in a semi-urban location.

  • Rye St Antony School, Oxford

    Muddy says: A non-selective day/boarding school for girls 3-18 and boys 3-11 years a mile from central Oxford with a reputation for friendliness and a non-hothousy environment.

  • The Manor School, Abingdon

    Muddy says: A highly-regarded day school in Abingdon with fantastic IPI reports (excellent across the board) for boys 2-7 years, and girls 2-11 years old.

  • Tudor Hall, Banbury, North Oxon

    Muddy says: An small, friendly girl’s secondary boarding/ day school in North Oxon in a beautiful location, there's a welcome emphasis on 'joining in' and good manners.

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    Thorpe House School, South Bucks

    Muddy says: A small, friendly day school for boys 3-16 between Gerrard's Cross and Chalfont St Peter, set in 7 acres and high on support and inclusivity.

  • victorian building with formal gardens, manicure lawns, stone steps. cedar tree and rainbow private school north perrott crewkerne

    Perrott Hill Prep, nr Crewkerne

    Muddy says: this small co-ed prep school combines traditional prep values with a 21st century outlook – and has stonking views over the Somerset countryside

  • Rupert House School, Henley

    Muddy says: A small, high-achieving prep school bang in the centre of beautiful Henley, with good off-site amenities and a friendly, family-oriented vibe.

  • Elstree, Woolhampton

    If you are looking for a school where boys can be boys, have a nose at this bucolic prep in Berks.

  • The Abbey School, Reading, Berkshire

    Muddy says: One of the top day prep and secondary girls' schools in the UK, The Abbey School in Reading is unusual for its central city location.

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    Hazlegrove Prep, Sparkford

    Muddy says: a traditional good all-round school with a nurturing, friendly family feel, sporty and with lots of extra curricular activities – like its own mini farm and go-kart track

  • Sidcot School, Winscombe, nr Bristol

    Muddy says: this is a Quaker school but you don't have to be a Quaker – or even religious – to come to this progressive, outward-looking school which values independent thinkers of all abilities

  • Lockers Park, Hemel Hempstead

    Muddy says: A fun and inspiring boys' day and boarding prep school (with pre-prep for both girls and boys) that celebrates the individual and encourages parents to get involved.

  • Wychwood School, central Oxford

    Muddy says: Looking for a school that puts huge emphasis on pastoral care, nurturing and personal development? Say hello to this bijou day and boarding school for girls in central Oxford.

  • St Edward’s School, Oxford

    Muddy says: One of the very few city-based boarding schools in the UK, with a reputation for friendliness and inclusivity. A major school for IB in the UK.

  • St Francis’ College, Letchworth Garden City

    Muddy says: This wonderfully nurturing day and boarding school for girls has an empowering can-do ethos and is located in the world's first Garden City.

  • Aylesbury Grammar School (Sixth Form)

    Muddy says: This high-achieving boy's grammar school in Aylesbury, mid Bucks, has recently extended its Sixth Form offering, and is on the look out for new recruits from Y12 & Y13.

  • Aylesbury Grammar School, mid Bucks

    Muddy says: This all boys' Aylesbury Grammar School in mid Bucks for kids 11-18, has an strong reputation for academia, music and sport, particularly rugby.

  • Akeley Wood School, Nr Buckingham

    Muddy says: A friendly, inclusive non-selective three-site nursery, junior and senior day school close to Milton Keynes, taking boys and girls from age 1-18 in an attractive rural setting.

  • Bishop’s Stortford College, East Herts

    Muddy says: A top co-ed day and boarding school in East Herts with a dazzling array of facilities and a focus on the individual.

  • Sunningdale School, Ascot, Berks

    Muddy says: A tiny, idyllic, non-selective family-run boarding boys' prep school in leafy Ascot. Quirky and traditional in equal measure, I've never reviewed anywhere like it!

  • Sibford School, near Banbury

    Muddy says: A 50 acre Quaker co-ed day/boarding school for kids 3-18 near Banbury, with excellent SEN provision and a large intake of international students.

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    Tring Park School for the Performing Arts

    Muddy says: Lights, Camera, Action - and very likely international fame. This awesome local performing arts school has a to-die-for alumni list and a healthy, sensible work ethic for its young talent.

  • Downsend School, Leatherhead

    Muddy says: Downsend School is a selective independent prep school in Leatherhead for boys and girls aged 2-13.

  • Carrdus School, near Banbury

    Muddy says: A small, intimate, 'family' oriented prep school, Carrdus School near Banbury is a good option for those who resolutely don't want to hot-house their kids.

  • Leighton Park School, Reading

    Muddy says: A progressive, non-selective, first-name only Quaker school with huge grounds in the centre of Reading, and out-of-this-world facilities.

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