Autumn School Open Days
Looking for a school? There's no time like the present to book in those school Open Days...Don't sweat it, Muddy's got it covered
Castle Court, Wimborne
A delightful day school for boys and girls aged 2-13, set in an idyllic 60 acre setting, with a lovely country house at the heart of the school plus woodland to play in, adventure playgrounds and a 17-ft tepee. Tip top sport and music on top of strong academics. The school doesn’t run open days – they are firm believers that every family is unique and when visiting a school, parents and children want to focus on what is important to them. They also like to get to know each family and every child. Individual visits are led by the Headmaster, Luke Gollings, who will show all visiting families what life at Castle Court can offer. Call Admissions Registrar Jane Robson to find out more and book a visit. Oh, and watch this space for our review!
Castle Court, Knoll Lane, Corfe Mullen, Wimborne BH21 3RF, Tel: 01202 694438, www.castlecourt.com
Bryanston School, Sixth Form Open Afternoon Fri 11 Oct
A co-educational full boarding school, with some day pupils, for ages 13-18 in the most gorgeous setting near Blandford. The school has an extraordinary, and extremely successful, one-to-one tutoring system, providing strong academic and pastoral encouragement. It is also a school that welcomes individuals, nurturing talents and interests – it’s a pretty exciting school in our view, so watch this space for our review! They are holding a Sixth Form Open Afternoon this Fri 11 Oct, but other than their sixth-form information afternoons, they opt for small group visits for up to a dozen sets of parents instead of open days. These take place most weeks during term times – see here for more info.
Bryanston School, Blandford DT11 0PX, Tel: 01258 452411, www.bryanston.co.uk
Stonar, Atworth, Prep School Open Evening Mon 11 Nov, Sixth Form Taster Morning (For Year 11 Pupils) Fri 15 Nov, Senior School Taster Day (for Year 6 Pupils) Thurs 21 Nov. Equestrian Open Morning 11 March
An all-through day and boarding school for boys and girls aged 3 – 18 based in Atworth, near Bath, this is certainly a school to look at – highly ambitious for their pupils, they also provide a nurturing education which brings out the best in every child. Oh, and there is an absolutely outstanding equestrian centre. Want to know more? Check it out for yourself at their Prep School Open Evening Mon 11 Nov, Sixth Form Taster Morning (For Year 11 Pupils) Fri 15 Nov, Senior School Taster Day (for Year 6 Pupils) Thurs 21 Nov. Equestrian Open Morning 11 March Register at www.stonarschool.com/admissions/open-mornings-school-visits. Oh, and read our review.
Stonar School, Cottles Park, Atworth, Wiltshire, SN12 8NT, Tel:01225 701740, www.stonarschool.com
Malvern College, Open Day 21 March and 16 May 2020, Scholarship Information Morning 6 June 2020
A co-educational day and full boarding school for ages 13-18, set in a beautiful 250-acre campus with some seriously *wow* facilities. Malvern College is in the top 16% of the country for adding value at A level and IB, with pupils split evenly across both programmes. Oh, and they have a very impressive new Head. This is certainly a school going places, so watch this space. Find out for yourself at their Open Days next spring on 21 March and 16 May, but if you’d like a snoop around in the meantime, do get in touch with them.
Malvern College, College Road, Malvern WR14 3DF, Tel: 01684 581500, www.malverncollege.org.uk
Abberley Hall School, Open Days 29 Feb and 16 May 2020
A day and full boarding school (with some flexible options) for boys and girls aged 2 to 13, set in 90 acres of wooded grounds amid truly stunning countryside. Immediately obvious strengths are the happy and caring atmosphere, small teaching groups and excellent facilities. Forget tough, traditional and old-fashioned, Abberley is friendly and warm, with energetic children, approachable staff and a relaxed (not too relaxed, mind!) atmosphere. Find out for yourself at their Open Days on 29 Feb and 16 May 2020.
Abberley Hall School, Worcester WR6 6DD, Tel: 01299 896275, www.abberleyhall.co.uk
The Downs Malvern, Bank Holiday Monday 4 May, 2020
We are particularly impressed by this vibrant day, weekly, flexi- and full-boarding prep. Catering for girls and boys aged 3 – 13 years, it is part of the Malvern College Family of Schools, and set within its own seriously impressive 55-acre campus on the side of the Malvern Hills (quite literally). Big ticks go to their tip-top teaching, and fantastic extra-curricular, boarding and sports facilities, (including a multi-million-pound sports hall, no less). Plus, we have never come across a school that actually has its own miniature railway on site! Built in 1925, the Downs Light Railway gives pupils an amazing opportunity to build, operate and maintain a working steam railway, complete with tunnel, station and points. How fab is that? Find out more at their Open Day on Bank Holiday Monday 4th May, 09-30 – 16.30.
The Downs Malvern, Brockhill Road, Colwall, Malvern WR13 6EY, Tel: 01684 544104, www.thedownsmalvern.org.uk
Bredon School, nr Tewkesbury, Open Morning Wed 20 November
An independent boarding and day school for boys and girls aged 7 to 18, situated in gorgeous Gloucestershire countryside. A small, family school, they enjoy a happy and supportive atmosphere and offer a particular focus on supporting children with dyslexia. They are also able to support dyspraxia, dyscalculia and dysgraphia, and mild-to-moderate levels of ADHD and autism. The school’s motto is ‘Come Alive and Thrive’ – truly an ethos that is borne out in each pupil’s love of learning. Looking for a school that really helps children to realise their potential? With specialist teaching and by offering pupils a huge number of activities, opportunities, subjects, experiences and rewards, the school helps restore confidence and self-belief. Find out for yourself at their Open Morning on Wed 20 November. Read our review here.
Bredon School, Pull Court Bushley, Tewkesbury, Glos GL20 6AH, Tel:01684 293156, www.bredonschool.org
Pinewood School, Shrivenham, Open Day TBC
Set in 84 acres of rolling countryside on the edge of The Cotswolds, Pinewood offers a seriously family-friendly education for boys and girls aged 3-13, in a day and boarding environment. Sport is tip-top here, academics are excellent and there is an all-round vibe of fun and adventure. Want to find out for yourself? To find out more or to register for their Open Day this autumn, get in touch with Emily Miller, Registrar on EmilyMiller@pinewoodschool.co.uk or 01793 782208. Plus, read our Muddy review.
Pinewood School, Bourton, Shrivenham, Wiltshire SN6 8HZ, Tel: 01793 782205, www.pinewoodschool.co.uk
Hanford School, Blandford Forum, Open Morning Sat 5 Oct
Hanford School, set in the heart of the beautiful Dorset countryside but only a 2½ hour drive from London, is a day and boarding school for girls aged 7-13 and is, in our eyes, a true gem. While academics are strong, here girls make dens, climb trees and bike ride before breakfast, giving them a big tick from us! Find out for yourself at their Open Morning on Sat 5 Oct – call Karen on 01258 860219 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. sch.uk if you would like a spot.
Oh, and here’s our Muddy review.
Hanford School, Child Okeford, Blandford Forum, Dorset DT11 8HN, Tel: 01258 860219, hanfordschool.co.uk
St David’s College, Llandudno, Open day 7 Oct and 18 Nov
Colston’s Lower School and Upper School, Stapleford, Bristol, Open Morning Sat 28 September
We’ve been lucky enough to have a good look around (and a serious bending of the Head’s ear) at this impressive Bristol school – read our Muddy review of the prep school here and our review of the Upper School here. From nursery to Sixth Form, this co-ed city school has the best of all worlds – a sparky, progressive and rigorously academic curriculum, a superbly diverse group of students, and acres and acres of grounds to play and learn in. Their next open morning is Saturday 28th Sep at 9.30-11.30am – make sure you take a look!
Colston’s Lower School and Upper School, Stapleford, Bristol BS16 1BA, Upper School Tel: 0117 9655207, Lower School Tel:0117 9655297, www.colstons.org
Dumpton, Wimborne, Autumn Open Day Fri 4 Oct
A co-ed day school for ages 2-13 in the heart of the Dorset countryside, this gorgeous prep school has character, heart, and a vibrant music department. Oh, and good academics too! An enthusiastic school with a strong ecological ethos, where children can be children. Call them for a look around, or book in for their Autumn Open Morning on Friday 4th October, 9.30am-12noon, for Nursery to Year 8 entry. Oh, and read our review.
Cricklade Manor Prep, Cricklade, Open Day Friday 7th February 2020, plus they will be running an early years open week in the w/c 16th March 2020
A dynamic yet nurturing day prep for ages 3-13 in historic Cricklade, on the edge of the Cotswolds. They have a healthy Christian ethos, welcoming those with all faiths and none, with some gorgeous outdoor space including a conservation area, pond, forest classroom, poly-tunnel and a wild meadow. Find out for yourself at their Open Day on Friday 7th February 2020, or watch this space for our review.
Cricklade Manor Prep, The Manor House, Calcutt Street, Cricklade, Swindon SN6 6BB, Tel: 01793 750275, www.cricklademanor.com
Wycliffe College, Stonehouse, Prep School and Senior School Open Mornings Sat 5 Oct
A co-ed, non-selective day and boarding school for ages 3 to 13 on the outskirts of Salisbury, Chafyn Grove is poised between town and country, giving kids the best of both worlds – along with top-notch academic results and pristine sports facilities. Book ahead for their next round of Open Mornings on 4 and 5 October – you can read the Muddy review here! They have also started a new Open Morning every Friday during term time to have a look around Nursery to Year 2. Want to delve deeper into school life? Read our feature on how Chafyn Grove deals with stress and anxiety, and how they are turning their attention to what they can offer kids to help them medal not just in lessons, but in life.
Chafyn Grove, 33 Bourne Avenue, Salisbury, Wiltshire SP1 1LR. Tel: 01722 333423, chafyngrove.co.uk
Warminster Prep and Senior School, Warminster, Open Day 5 October
Really one should talk about Warminster School not Warminster Prep and Warminster Senior as it really is a blended entity shepherding boys and girls from age 3 to 18 – but there’s so much to see and say, so we at Muddy took the liberty of two visits and two reviews! Read our review to the Senior School, a co-ed, all-through day and boarding school on the edge of Salisbury Plain that prides itself on nurturing happy, confident and community-spirited pupils here. The Prep, the younger sibling where bright-eyed kids and teachers exude confidence and a love of life, is no less impressive – check out our review. Open Day 5 October, and watch this space for our interview with new Head Matt Williams (arriving September 2019).
For Children’s Mental Health Week this month, we spoke to Mark Mortimer, outgoing Head of Warminster School, about the importance of mental wellness in the school environment. Read our feature here.
Warminster Prep School, 11 Vicarage Street, Warminster, Wiltshire BA12 8JG, tel: 01985 224800, warminsterschool.org.uk
Salisbury Cathedral School, Salisbury, Open Day 28 Feb
Set in beautiful grounds in the historic Cathedral Close, Salisbury Cathedral School is a thriving independent day and boarding school for around 200 boys and girls aged 3 to 13. Their Open Day is 28 Feb but you can book individual show rounds this term – contact Registrar, Philippa Ennew on 01722 555300 or email@example.com to book a place. In the meantime Muddy has got its date booked for a review, so watch this space to see what we think after a good snoop around!
Salisbury Cathedral School, 1 The Close, Salisbury, Wilts SP1 2EQ, tel: 01722 555300, salisburycathedralschool.com
Canford School, Wimborne, Sat 5 Oct
Canford School, Wimborne, Blandford, Dorset BH21 3AD, tel: 01202 841254, canford.com
Clayesmore School, Iwerne Minster, Blandford, Dorset DT11 8LL, tel: 01747 812122, clayesmore.com
Port Regis, Shaftesbury, Open Day Saturday 5 October
Whopping facilities, modern Swallows and Amazons-style schooling and loads of outdoor fun are all part of the package at this co-ed day and boarding school for ages two to 13. Be prepared to be wowed by walled gardens, forests and a golf course (yes!). We’ve been lucky enough to pin down super-Head Stephen Ilett on his thoughts on boarding for prep school-aged kids – check out our fab new feature – Could Boarding School Be The Best Thing For Your Child? Oh, and here’s the Muddy review! Open Day Saturday 5 October, 9.30-11.30am.
Port Regis, Shaftesbury, Wilts SP7 9QA. Tel: 01747 857800, portregis.com
Rendcomb College, Cirencester, Whole College Open Morning Sat 28 Sep, Sixth Form Information Evening Fri 15 Nov
Sandroyd School, Rushmore, Tollard Royal, Salisbury, Witlshire SP5 5QD. Tel 01725 516264, sandroyd.org
Hatherop Castle Prep School, Cirencester, Open Morning 11 October
Muddy loves this all-boys, full-boarding school for pupils aged 13-18, nestled in the gorgeous town of Sherborne in north Dorset and oozing with history and tradition. Founded in 1550, the main school building was a monastery in a previous life, and hushed monastic tones echo throughout the cloisters, quads and stained glass windows galore. Saying that, the school is full of life, with a real sense of community both between the boys themselves and the town they live in. Find out more by booking an individual visit this term or join their Open Days on Sat 5 Oct, Sat 12 Oct (Sixth Form), Thurs 14 Nov and Sat 7 Dec. In the meantime, read our Muddy review.
Sherborne School, Abbey Road, Sherborne DT9 3AP, tel: 01935 810403, www.sherborne.org
Westonbirt School, Tetbury, Whole School Open Morning TBC
An inspired community of boys and girls from rising threes in Nursery to aged 18, both day and boarding, Westonbirt School offers a vibrant curriculum, some seriously enviable outdoor space, an abundance of sport and a dedicated Forest School. Find out more at their Whole School Open Morning (nursery to Sixth Form) coming up. In the meantime, check out our review of the Senior School, and our review of the Prep.
Westonbirt School, Tetbury GL8 8QG, Tel: 01666 881301, www.westonbirt.org
Godolphin School, Salisbury, Senior School Open Mornings 11 and 18 Oct, 15 and 29 Nov, Prep School Open Morning 8 Nov
An inspiring day and boarding school for girls aged 3-18 with a serious ‘can-do’ attitude. Check it out for yourselves at their Senior School Snapshot Mornings on 20 and 27 Sep, 11 and 18 Oct, 15 and 29 Nov, as well as their Prep School Open Days on 13 Sep and 8 Nov – book via their website. Read our review.
Godolphin School, Milford Hill, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP1 2RA. Tel: 01722 430500. www.godolphin.org