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Virtual School Open Days

Looking for a school in these strange times? These prep and senior schools have arranged spectacular virtual open days for the coming weeks. Sit on your sofa and surf your perfect choie!

Looking for a school? In some ways, a virtual experience can tell you every bit as much as a physical visit – you just have to be alert to what information is being delivered. Make notes, check your gut response and follow up with the right questions. A virtual experience provides you with quite literally a bird’s eye overview of a school. Book yours now!

St Margaret’s Prep School, Calne, Virtual Open Event 29th April

St Margaret’s Prep is a thriving independent day school for boys and girls aged 3-11, sharing a 28-acre campus in the heart of Wiltshire with St Mary’s Calne. A happy and vibrant school of around 180 pupils, it offers a holistic and balanced education, with strong values at its heart. Their aim of ‘Inspiring Excellence’ is central to their commitment to ensure that each pupil aspires to fulfil his or her potential.  Fulfilment at St Margaret’s is not just about academic rigour, it’s also about respect and understanding for each other and giving their pupils the tools to understand themselves. 

Watch this space for our review – coming soon! In the meantime, book now for their next Virtual Open Event is on Thursday 29th April at 4.30pm.  Details are at https://www.stmargaretsprep.org.uk/Admissions/Open-Events-Visits

Also, do take a look at their virtual tour: https://www.stmargaretsprep.org.uk/About-Us/Virtual-Tour

St Margaret’s Prep, Curzon Street, Calne, Wiltshire SN11 0DF, tel: 01249 857379, www.stmargaretsprep.org.uk

Salisbury Cathedral School, Salisbury

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. For information on virtual open days, email Registrar Jojo Orange, orange.j@salisburycathedralschool.com or telephone 01794 340692.

Salisbury Cathedral School, 1 The Close, Salisbury, Wilts SP1 2EQ, tel: 01722 555300, salisburycathedralschool.com

Stonar, Atworth, Equestrian Open Morning 9.30am 10 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. In addition to their virtual open days their Admissions team and academic staff are also available on the phone and for virtual meetings via Zoom and Skype. 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

Pinewood School, Shrivenham

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 get in touch with Emily Miller, Registrar on EmilyMiller@pinewoodschool.co.uk or 01793 782208. Plus, read our Muddy review.

Pinewood School are delighted to be hosting a “Virtual Open Day” which offers prospective parents the chance to view welcome speeches from the Headmaster, hear the views of current pupils and enjoy a variety of other videos and messages all designed to provide a real insight into life at Pinewood.  Take a look! Also, the Headmaster is available to meet virtually with any parents who may be considered Pinewood for their child / children.  Virtual meetings can be arranged via the Registrar, Emily Miller by emailing emilymiller@pinewoodschool.co.uk

Pinewood School, Bourton, Shrivenham, Wiltshire SN6 8HZ, Tel: 01793 782205, www.pinewoodschool.co.uk

Leehurst Swan School, Salisbury, Virtual Tour, and open evening 29th April

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.

Their physical doors may be closed to visitors during lockdown, but their virtual doors are very much open.  If you would like to know more about the school and the wonderful opportunities it offers to pupils, please contact Beverley Smith registrar@leehurstswan.org.uk to organise an online meeting with Headmaster, Terence Ayres.  In the meantime, you can get a flavour of this fun and vibrant school by taking a virtual tour.

Book now for their Open Evening on Thursday 29th April, 4.30-7pm, where they will be running socially-distanced tours.

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

Godolphin School, Salisbury

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, as well as their Prep School Open Days – book via their websiteRead our review and take a look at their School Film, reflecting the day to day life at the school and capturing the personality and spirit of Godolphin. The school continues to offer one to one visits with the Head, Emma Hattersley and Head of Admissions, Corinna Florence in School.  Emma will also offer one-to-one Zoom calls for all prospective parents.  They offer the option for prospective parents to complete the Admissions process remotely by taking a virtual tour of the School, followed by a one-to-one Zoom Call with the Head, Emma Hattersley.

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

Dauntsey’s School, West Lavington, virtual tour

Dauntsey’s School, May 2012

A co-ed day and boarding school for ages 11-18, with great academics and a truly fantastic extra- and co-curricular programme. Despite not being a heavily selective school, it punches with the heavyweights when it comes to results. A local school with an international flavour, it is friendly and outdoorsy. Oh, and sport is huge! Read our review. Take a look around their Virtual Tour now.

Dauntsey’s School, High Street, West Lavington, Devizes SN10 4HE, Tel: 01380 814500dauntseys.org

Sandroyd, Salisbury

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. 

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

Warminster Prep and Senior School, Warminster, 8 May 2021

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 8 May 2021

Warminster hopes to be able to open their doors in May, but fear not – as one of the first schools in the South West to get to grips with virtual open days and parent meetings, you will be in safe hands! Register online www.warminsterschool.org.uk

Warminster Prep School, 11 Vicarage Street, Warminster, Wiltshire BA12 8JG, tel: 01985 224800, warminsterschool.org.uk

Chafyn Grove, Salisbury

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, and you can read the Muddy review here! 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.

If you would like to arrange a tour and a talk please do get in touch with Claire. Email Office@chafyngrove.co.uk or call 01722 333423.

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

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