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Schools’ Open Days Round-Up

It's October and we are in the thick of Schools Open Days. Good job we have got our nose to the ground - here is your round-up of everything you need to know for the term ahead. Get that diary out now!

Sherborne School, Sherborne, individual school visits Sep-Dec


Muddy loves this all boys, full-boarding school for pupils aged 13-18, with a real sense of community, in a unique setting. Find out more by booking an individual visit this term and in the meantime, watch this space as Muddy has just been in for a review.


Sherborne School, Abbey Road, Sherborne DT9 3AP, tel: 01935 810403,


Badminton School, Bristol, Whole School Open Morning 6 Oct


A dynamic day and boarding school for girls aged 3-18, Badminton School’s careful balance of intellectual firepower with common courtesy and support stands its girls out from the crowd. With excellent facilities and some of the best boarding and pastoral care provision we have seen, it’s worth a look. Find out more at their Whole School Open Morning on 6 Oct. Big ticks from us include their popular on-site Nursery Forest School, new Sports Centre and an impressive curriculum. We have just had a snoop around so watch this space for our Muddy review!


Badminton School, Westbury Road, Westbury-on-Trym, Bristol BS9 3BA, tel: 0117 905 5200,


Warminster Prep and Warminster Senior School, Warminster, 6 Oct


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. And when you are done reading, go and see for yourself at their whole school open day on Sat 6 Oct, 10am-1pm.


Warminster Prep School, 11 Vicarage Street, Warminster, Wiltshire BA12 8JG, tel: 01985 224800,


Salisbury Cathedral School, Salisbury, call for an appointment


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. You’ve just missed their open day this month but do contact Registrar, Philippa Ennew on 01722 555300 or to talk further. 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,


Heywood Prep, Corsham, Whole School Open Day Sat 20 Oct, Early Years Open Morning Wed 14 Nov


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) at their whole school open day on Saturday 20 October, 9.30 – 11.30am. The theme is ‘Just Imagine’ and there are lots of activities that little visitors can get involved in. They are also holding an Early Years Open morning on Wednesday 14 November, 9.30 – 11.30am. Want to know more? Read the Muddy review. We were impressed!


Heywood Prep, The Priory, Priory Street, Corsham, Wiltshire SN13 0AP, Tel: 01249 713379,

Westonbirt School, Tetbury, Open Morning Sat 6 Oct, Sixth Form Open Evening Thurs 11 Oct


An inspired community of children 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. The Prep School is co-ed and while currently it is girls only from 11-18, the school is now preparing to make the radical move of welcoming day boys into Year 7 from Sept 2019. Find out more at their Open Morning on Sat 6 Oct 9am-12pm and Sixth Form Open Evening on Thurs 11 Oct at 5.45pm. Plus there are Taster Days for Y7 on Sat 13 Oct 9am-3pm, Y9 on Thurs 8 Nov 9am-4pm, and Y12 on Tues 20 and Wed 21 Nov with Entry Tests, Scholarships and Interviews. Watch out for our Muddy review, coming soon!


Westonbirt School, Tetbury GL8 8QG, Tel: 01666 881301,


Canford School, Wimborne, Sat 6 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. Check it out for yourself at their open day on Sat 6 Oct 9.30am-1pm, and while you’re waiting, read our review.

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


Chafyn Grove, Salisbury, Autumn Open Days Fri 5 Oct and Sat 6 Oct

A co-ed, non-selective day and boarding school for ages four 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. Their next Open Mornings are Fri 5 October and Sat 6 Oct at 10am-12.30pm but no need to wait – you can read the Muddy review here!

Chafyn Grove, 33 Bourne Avenue, Salisbury, Wiltshire SP1 1LR. Tel: 01722 333423,

Clayesmore School, Iwerne Minster, Sixth Form Information Evening Fri 5 Oct

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 Sixth Form Information Evening on Fri 5 Oct at 7pm. We’ve just been in for a proper snoop around, so keep a look out for our Muddy reviews of both the Prep and the Senior School.

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


Knighton House School, Blandford, Sat 6 Oct


Rising proud above the river Stour and the gorgeous village of Durweston, Knighton House is a haven for girls aged 7-13 (day and boarding) with a Pre-Prep for boys and girls aged 3-7. On our recent visit we clocked its wonderfully cosy feel, while reaching for the stars – check it out for yourself at their open day on Sat 6 Oct, and read our review here. Progressive Knighton House is also leading the way in consigning CE to the annals of history and introducing an exciting new two-year programme to Years 7 & 8. Find out more here!

Knighton House School, Durweston, Blandford, Dorset DT11 0PY, tel: 01258 452065,


Leehurst Swan School, Salisbury, Tues 2 Oct

boys playing cricket with Salisbury Cathedral in background

Hot off the press is the news that this co-ed day school for pupils aged four to 16 is getting a new Head! Look up Stuart Morgan-Nash on social media and it says ‘two-time ACSMC Hill climb Champion, Dad and Headmaster…not necessarily in that order!’ – giving us the best indication about the man chosen to become the new leader of Leehurst Swan this September. Passionate about motorsport, classic cars and swimming, we hear, there are clearly many interests outside of school that fire his imagination. He comes to Leehurst Swan from three successful years as Headmaster of St Edward’s Prep School, Reading, and before that Deputy Head at Warminster School. We at Muddy have been lucky enough to interview the main main – watch this space for our feature. But for now, read the Muddy review here and then sign up for their Open Day on 2 October.

Leehurst Swan School, 19 Campbell Rd, Salisbury SP1 3BQ. Tel: 01722 333094,


Port Regis, Shaftesbury, Dorset, Sat 6 Oct

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!). Their next Open Day is Sat 6 October at 9.30-11.30am. We’ve also 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!

Port Regis, Shaftesbury, Dorset SP7 9QA. Tel: 01747 857800,


Rendcomb College, Cirencester, Sixth Form Information Evening 9 Nov, Junior School and Nursery Open Morning 1 March, Senior School Open Morning 9 March

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 Sixth Form Information Evening for families in Year 10 and 11 on 9 Nov. Following that, their Junior School and Nursery Open Morning is on 1 March, and the Senior School Open Morning is on 9 March. All can be booked at or by contacting the Admissions Team on 01285 832306 /
Rendcomb College, Cirencester, Gloucestershire  GL7 7HA, Tel: 01285 831213,

Sandroyd, Salisbury, Open Day 17 Nov


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 Day is on 17 November.


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


Wycliffe College, Stonehouse, Open Morning for Prep and Senior School Sat 9 March
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 Open Morning for Prep and Senior School on Sat 9 March, 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,
Hatherop Castle Prep School, Cirencester, Flight Open Morning Sat 13 Oct
Hatherop Castle, a co-ed day and boarding prep school near Cirencester, likes to do things differently, including its Open Days, which on this occasion is inspired by Jules Verne’s Philleas Fogg. A super happy school for ages two to 13 with impressive results and Hogwarts-style looks, you can expect an imaginative, cultural globetrotting tour. Find out for yourself at their Flight Open Morning on Saturday 13 October. In the meantime, read our review here.
Hatherop Castle, Cirencester, Glos GL7 3NB. Tel: 01285 750206,

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