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Autumn School Open Days

Looking ahead? There's no time like the present to book in those school Open Days for the autumn...Don't sweat it, Muddy's got it covered

Stonar, Atworth, Open Day 21 September

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 Open Day on 21 September. The Open Day will give families an opportunity to meet the new Head, Mr Matt Way, currently Deputy Head at Milton Abbey, plus the school will be hosting the National Schools Equestrian Association’s One Day Event Championships on the same day, so you can also have the opportunity to attend this prestigious inter-schools riding event. Register at

Stonar School, Cottles Park, Atworth, Wiltshire, SN12 8NT, Tel:01225 701740,


Bredon School, nr Tewkesbury, Open Mornings Sat 5 October and 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 Mornings on Sat 5 October and Wed 20 November. Oh, and watch this space for our review.

Bredon School, Pull Court Bushley, Tewkesbury, Glos GL20 6AH, Tel:01684 293156,

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 or 01793 782208. Plus, read our Muddy review.

Pinewood School, Bourton, Shrivenham, Wiltshire SN6 8HZ, Tel: 01793 782205,


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 admissions@hanford.dorset. 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,


St David’s College, Llandudno, Open day 7 Oct and 18 Nov

St David’s College, a co-ed day and boarding school for ages 9-19 set in the beautiful surroundings of Llandudno. The school is a breath of fresh air – far from trumpeting exam results, this is a magical place where community is of the essence. The school places huge value on supporting each other, sport, art and (how cool is this?) 4×4 off road driving in a spectacularly battered old Land Rover. Find out for yourself at their Open Days on Mondays 7 Oct and 18 Nov, from 10am. Sign up here for your place
St David’s College, Gloddaeth Hall, Llandudno LL30 1RD, Tel: 01492 875974,

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,


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.

Dumpton School, Deans Grove House, Wimborne, Dorset BH21 7AF, Tel: 01202


Cricklade Manor Prep, Cricklade, Open Day 19 October

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 19 October, or watch this space for our review.

Cricklade Manor Prep, The Manor House, Calcutt Street, Cricklade, Swindon SN6 6BB, Tel: 01793 750275,


Wycliffe College, Stonehouse, Prep School and Senior School Open Mornings Sat 5 Oct, Sixth Form Open Evening Wed 25 Sep

Set in 60 beautiful acres, Wycliffe College on the outskirts of Stonehouse is a day and boarding, co-educational prep and senior school , catering for children aged two (there’s also a nursery) to 18. “Pupils are unassumingly confident, self-aware and emotionally mature,” says their most recent Independent Schools Inspectorate and the school is proud of its pastoral care shaping ‘bold and loyal’ young people. Find out more at their Prep School (10am-12pm) and Senior School (9am-12pm) Open Mornings on Sat 5 Oct, as well as their Sixth Form Open Evening on Wed 25 Sep, 5.30-7.30pm, but you’d better read our Muddy reviews of the Prep School and Senior School first!
Thought of going to uni in the States? Let me start again…Is your teen thinking of university in the States and you’re falling off your chair in a panic over the fees? We’ve picked the brains of Laurence Goodwin, International Universities Coordinator at Wycliffe College, to see just how feasible college on the other side of the pond can be.
Wycliffe College, Ryeford Hall, Ebley Road, Stonehouse, Gloucestershire  GL10 2LD, Tel: 01453 820470,
Chafyn Grove, Salisbury, Open Mornings 4 and 5 October

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,


Warminster Prep and Senior School, Warminster, Open Day 5 October

boys roasting marshmallows over an open fire in the woods

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,



Salisbury Cathedral School, Salisbury, Open Day 21 Sep


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 21 September – contact Registrar, Philippa Ennew on 01722 555300 or 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,



Canford School, Wimborne, Sat 5 Oct


For co-ed boarding age 13-18, Canford is seriously impressive. Set in a gorgeous castle designed by Charles Barry, enveloped in acres and acres of immaculate parkland, the River Stour at your doorstep…and the education is pretty affecting too. Oh, and you might want to know that Canford has been selected as Independent Boarding School of the Year 2018 by leading independent schools publication Independent School Parent. The award was given for the school which most clearly demonstrated a vibrant and life-enhancing experience for boarding pupils, and judges commented on the high quality of Canford’s boarding school experience, the full boarding ethos and the breadth and depth of what the school offers. Get that! Check it out for yourself at their open day on Sat 5 Oct 9.30am-1pm, and while you’re waiting, read our review.

Canford School, Wimborne, Blandford, Dorset BH21 3AD, tel: 01202 841254,


Clayesmore School, Iwerne Minster, Open Day Sat 21 Sep
Nursery, Pre-Prep, Prep, Senior School – at Clayesmore their philosophy takes into account the long game. Co-ed, ages 3-18 in the most to-die-for surroundings, Clayesmore is a school with a real family feel. No wonder it is so popular! Sign up now for their Open Day on Sat 21 Sep. We’ve just been in for a proper snoop around and loved it, so take a look at our Muddy reviews of both the Prep and the Senior School.

Clayesmore School, Iwerne Minster, Blandford, Dorset DT11 8LL, tel: 01747 812122,


Leehurst Swan School, Salisbury, Open Day Fri 4 Oct
Located in a quiet residential neighbourhood overlooking Salisbury with eye-catching views of the cathedral, Leehurst Swan is an all-through, co-ed day school for Reception children to Year 11 which, with its original Victorian family home main building plus fresh and modern new builds, combines a homely atmosphere with a shipshape sense of purposeful activity. Read the Muddy review here and book in for their Open Day on Fri 4 Oct.

Leehurst Swan School, 19 Campbell Rd, Salisbury SP1 3BQ. Tel: 01722 333094, Watch their fab new video!



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,


Rendcomb College, Cirencester, Whole College Open Morning Sat 28 Sep, Sixth Form Information Evening Fri 15 Nov

pupils sitting on lawns, Rendcomb main building in background, sunny day trees

Rendcomb College has a gorgeously small and outdoorsy prep, followed by a whoppingly impressive Senior School. Read our reviews of the Junior School and Senior School first and then find out for yourself at their Whole College Open Morning Sat 28 Sep 9.15am-12noon, sign up here. Their Sixth Form Information Evening takes place on Friday, 15 November, 6.30pm to 8pm, and is open to students and families in Year 10 and 11. There will be a subject exhibition for each of their A Level/BTEC subjects, and speeches from the Head of College, Mr Rob Jones, and the Head Boy and Girl. Book here.
Hot off the Press: construction has started on a new, co-ed day and boarding house for Year 7 to 9, set to open this September. Think fabulous study areas, a games room and a giant central common room. Lucky kids!
Rendcomb College, Cirencester, Gloucestershire  GL7 7HA, Tel: 01285 831213,
Sandroyd, Salisbury, Open Days 28 September and 16 November
A traditional prep school for ages two to 13, with acres of bucolic grounds, impressive results and lots of old-fashioned fun, Sandroyd sits in the grounds of the Rushmore Estate, a super-sized playground for day pupils and borders. Read the Muddy review here, then go wander and wonder. Open Days 28 September and 16 November.

Sandroyd School, Rushmore, Tollard Royal, Salisbury, Witlshire SP5 5QD. Tel 01725 516264,



Hatherop Castle Prep School, Cirencester, Open Morning 11 October


Hatherop Castle, a co-ed day and boarding prep school near Cirencester, is a super happy school for ages two to 13 with impressive results and Hogwarts-style looks. Find out for yourself by reading our review here. You can arrange a visit at any time, but the next Open Morning is Sat 11 October. They do Open Days brilliantly here – think themes such as A Voyage of Historical Discovery where prospective pupils go on a journey through Hatherop Castle’s early monastic days, through Tudor plotting and onto its time as a Second World War training camp for the Danish resistance. You get to play Cluedo in French, join the Danish resistance and become WWII code breakers, discover what life was like for monks when the Castle was a monastery, and sample Indian delights.
Hatherop Castle, Cirencester, Glos GL7 3NB. Tel: 01285 750206,
Heywood Prep, Corsham, Whole School Open Day Sat 12 Oct
A gorgeously caring, friendly community school in which happy children discover a love of learning and the confidence to fulfil their potential. That’s what Heywood Prep says on its website and boy, do we agree. Take a look at this independent prep school and nursery, for boys and girls aged two to eleven, located in the heart of Corsham (with two acres of beautiful gardens, no less). Want to know more? Read the Muddy review. We were impressed! Their open day is Sat 12 Oct 9.30-11am.


Heywood Prep, The Priory, Priory Street, Corsham, Wiltshire SN13 0AP, Tel: 01249 713379,
Sherborne School, Sherborne, Open Days Sat 5 Oct, Sat 12 Oct (Sixth Form), Thurs 14 Nov and Sat 7 Dec

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,


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,


Godolphin School, Salisbury, Senior School Open Mornings 20 and 27 Sep, 11 and 18 Oct, 15 and 29 Nov, Prep School Open Mornings 13 Sep and 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 websiteRead our review.

Godolphin School, Milford Hill, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP1 2RA. Tel: 01722 430500.

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