The Urban Guide to the Countryside
Kent Edition

Category: School Reviews

Muddy Best Schools

13 Mar 2017

HILLVIEW SCHOOL FOR GIRLS, TONBRIDGE

What? Where?

Hillview School for Girls is an all-ability secondary school (aged 11-18 years) with academy status in Tonbridge. It’s girls-only (there’s 1, 200 of them) up until Sixth Form where it is mixed (34 boys in Y12 & Y13). The school is found down a surprisingly suburban street, surrounded by houses, and is made up of a collection of modern red brick buildings and a funky new science block. 

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Muddy Best Schools

8 Feb 2017

SUTTON VALENCE PREP SCHOOL, NR MAIDSTONE

What? Where?

Sutton Valence Prep School is a co-educational day prep school in Chart Sutton, just south of Maidstone, in a wonderful countryside setting, not far from the Senior School of the same name. The original building, above, is a grand red brick mansion and the rest of the school is housed in sympathetic modern buildings. There’s around 320 boys and girls (split pretty evenly around half of each) aged 3-11 years roaming in rural playing fields and woodland.

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Muddy Best Schools Guide: Bethany School

1 Jan 2017

BETHANY SCHOOL, GOUDHURST

What? Where? Bethany school is a wonderfully rural, independent secondary school for pupils aged 11 – 18 in Goudhurst, near Cranbrook, in the picturesque Weald of Kent. A non-selective school, which is big on pastoral care and space and small on class sizes. It’s a co-educational school with 345 kids (242 boys, 103 girls – used to be a boys school but number of girls is increasing), in a very sizeable and stunning 60 acres of grounds.

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Is single school education best? (discuss)

27 Sep 2016

The single sex versus co-ed school debate. People feel strongly about it don’t they?!

As someone with an older brother and therefore constantly around boys as a tween, I loved the escape of my all girl’s school, where I could parade my dodgy hair and spots in peace. But I know even from my own friends that many of them are vehemently against single sex schools, thinking them an anacronism, a throwback to the Fifties, a bit weird.

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Muddy Best Schools Guide: Kent College, Pembury

2 Sep 2016

KENT COLLEGE SENIOR SCHOOL FOR GIRLS, PEMBURY

So this is my first all girls’ secondary review on the Muddy Best Schools Guide. And I’m going to come clean from the start here. Kent College was my old school – yup I’m a K.C. girl – Respice Finem and all that. When I started the school, age 11, my father was in the United Nations, peace keeping in a country where there was no local Secondary School to go to, so I had to board too.

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Muddy Best Schools Guide: Saint Ronan’s School

31 Aug 2016

SAINT RONAN’S SCHOOL, HAWKHURST

What? Where? Saint Ronan’s is a bucolic prep school, set in a stonking 249 (frankly gorgeous) acres of Tongswood Estate, in Hawkhurst and perfectly positioned for Cranbrook, Goudhurst and just over the border in East Sussex (or further afield if you don’t mind the drive or live in one of the villages served by the useful school minibus service).

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Muddy Best Schools Guide: Dulwich Prep, Cranbrook

29 Apr 2016

Welcome to the Muddy Best School Guide, the massively popular review section, which is now launching in Kent.

When a school goes under the Muddy microscope I spend a day there nosing around, meeting staff, chatting to the kids and generally doing a bit of Muddy journo ‘digging’. So class, listen up, and no talking at the back please!

DULWICH PREP SCHOOL, CRANBROOK

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Muddy Best Schools – a guide you can trust

24 Apr 2016

I’ve been a lifestyle journo for over fifteen years working on national glossy magazines but somehow, along the way, I also managed to squeeze in two years running the Learning Resource Centre (posh word for library) in two Secondary schools. Most recently I worked full time in a Kent grammar school where I took Y7 lessons, ran clubs, and was integrated in all elements of school life.

As you can imagine, I am anything but your typical tidy, quiet librarian!

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