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All the happenings at our fave schools – new heads, Open Days, school productions and our latest reviews. Get your planners out!

Leehurst Swan School, Salisbury

older pupils at Leehurst Swan school giving younger pupils piggy backs

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.

You won’t be surprised to hear that Muddy was the first to grab a quick chat with him – watch this space for our coming feature on his passionate beliefs in the benefits of an all through education – and we are pleased to announce that he aims to build on the family-centred ethos that so defines the school. “Education for me is all about the individual,” he tells us, “and by enhancing the already brilliant broad curriculum and providing more opportunity for representation in Music and Sport, I want to help every pupil find their voice. I have established STEM programmes and enterprise awards in other schools and aim to bring these initiatives to Leehurst Swan. Schools should work in partnership with parents and I will work to ensure that this relationship brings the best possible outcomes for the children in my care. The ‘through’ school nature of Leehurst Swan means that I will have the privilege and responsibility of nurturing children from starting school to leaving for further education – I can’t wait to take part in this journey with them.” Massive handclap please!

Don’t take our word for it. Read the Muddy review here.

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


Port Regis, Shaftesbury, Dorset, Open Day Sat 5 May and Scholarship Morning Sat 19 May

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 5 May, 9.30-11.30am, followed by a Scholarship Morning on Sat 19 May for gifted children in Years 3-6. Oh, and here’s the Muddy review!

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


Knighton House School, Blandford, Open Days Wed 2 May and Wed 13 June

girls cartwheeling red dungarees, white building

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 days on 2 May and 13 June, and read our review here.

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


Chafyn Grove, Salisbury, Open Day Sat 12 May 

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 Morning is on 12 May 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,


Rendcomb College, Cirencester, Junior School Open Morning, Fri 11 May
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 Open Morning on 11 May, 10am-12pm, Nursery – Year 6. The theme is Welcome to the Jungle – these guys know how to spice up an open day! Book here. Also, prospective families are welcome to come to their theatre productions this term – choose from Pirates of the Curry Bean (Year 3-6 Prep production) on 17-18 May and/or Our Day Out (Year 7-10 production) on 28-29 June.
The latest news is that Saturday School is now optional for day pupils unless they are selected to play for a College sport team. Plus, wrap around care Monday to Friday will cost just £2.50 – bargain! – with drop off from 7.45am and pick up mid evening depending on the age of the House. Day pupils can take part in all of the boarders’ activities at no extra cost, and flexi-boarding is available on an ad-hoc basis. Check out their new timetable here.
Rendcomb College, Cirencester, Gloucestershire  GL7 7HA, Tel: 01285 831213,
Wycliffe College, Stonehouse, Sat 12 May
pupils walking in front of Wycliffe Senior School in Stonehouse, sunny day, flag flying, green grass
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 Event for children aged 4-7 on Sat 12 May, but you’d better read our Muddy review first!
Wycliffe College, Ryeford Hall, Ebley Road, Stonehouse, Gloucestershire  GL10 2LD, Tel: 01453 820470,

Clayesmore School, Iwerne Minster, Open Day Sat 12 May

kid dragon costume grass school

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 12 May, plus we’ve booked in to have a proper snoop very soon, so keep a look out for our Muddy review.

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


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