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Autumn School Open Days

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

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,


Abberley Hall School, Open Day 5 October

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 Day on Sat 5 October.

Abberley Hall School, Worcester WR6 6DD, Tel: 01299 896275,


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,


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. Read our review here.

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


The Elms, Malvern, Open Day Thurs 26 Sep

A co-ed day and boarding school for ages 2-13 – a small-ish prep in the stunning setting of the Malvern Hills with a true family atmosphere; a school that celebrates diversity and where the wellbeing of the child is central to everything they do. ‘Character is forged in the furnace of failure’, they say – children are not afraid of trying anything and everything, and of course they learn the most when things go wrong! We love the school farm and equine centre, but find out for yourself at their Open Day on Thurs 26 September 10am-12pm, and then stay on to experience The Elms School Show. To register your interest fill in the form on their website For further information contact Jess Hattam on or phone 01684 540344.

The Elms School, Colwall, Malvern WR13 6EF, Tel: 01684 540344 ,



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 September 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,


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,

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,


 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,

Hatherop Castle Prep School, Cirencester, Open Morning Friday 11 Oct 


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. 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,

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,



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