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National School Reviews

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Chandlings School, Bagley Wood, Oxford

    Muddy says: A warm, friendly prep school just outside Oxford, set in 60 lovely acres of land. A hidden gem amongst Oxford's more shouty preps - but for how long?

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    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.

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    Beachborough School, near Brackley

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Bruern Abbey School, Bicester

    The only prep school in the country whose main goal is helping boys with learning difficulties (primarily dyslexia) to get into mainstream independent senior schools. It works!

  • 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.

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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.

  • 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.

  • Sherborne Prep School, Sherborne

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

  • 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 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.

  • St Mary’s School, Henley, Oxfordshire

    Muddy says: Looking for Oxfordshire primary schools? Check out this small, nurturing, high-achieving co-ed option in central Henley.

  • Moreton Hall, Oswestry, Shropshire

    With a new £1.45m theatre and national lacrosse champions, this nurturing rural boarding and day school has a strong academic record, wonderfully quirky features and even its very own farm smallholding.

  • 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.

  • InterHigh School

    The longest established online school in the UK for kids 7-18 has seen interest rise exponentially since Covid. So what's all the fuss about?

  • Sherfield School, Hook

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

  • 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.

  • Hurst College, Hurstpierpoint

    Muddy says: One of the best-known schools in Sussex, set on a large site, with excellent exam results and a ‘have a go’ ethos that seeks to enthuse pupils to excel beyond their books.

  • 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

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    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.

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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.

  • 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.

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    Bede’s Senior School, Upper Dicker, Hailsham

    Muddy says: Fabulous boarding facilities and innovations from a ‘day boarder’ concept to a pupil-run mini zoo help set this senior school apart.

  • Merchant Taylors’ School, Northwood

    Muddy says: 285 acres of fresh air and art deco heritage at this high-achieving all-rounder boys school on the Herts/Bucks borders, a mere 30 minutes from central London.

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    Walhampton School

    Muddy says: This pre- and prep has a strong academic record, lots of wonderfully quirky features for non-conventional kids and even its very own sailing lake.

  • 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

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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

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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.

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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.

  • Great Ballard School, Eartham, nr Chichester

    Muddy says: This outdoorsy school near Chichester, with a gorgeous South Downs setting, has a bucolic, nurturing environment for children from two and a half up to 13.

  • Dorset House School, Bury

    Muddy says: A friendly family-feel co-ed prep and pre-prep school for 4-13-year-olds with flexi-boarding possible.

  • Quinton House School, Northampton

    Muddy says: A traditional, friendly, Northampton independent day school for boys and girls 2-18, in a beautiful 31 acre setting.

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