Education

  • Muddy Best Schools

    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 […]

  • Muddy Best Schools Guide: Bethany School

    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 […]

  • Is single school education best? (discuss)

    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 […]

  • Muddy Best Schools Guide: Saint Ronan’s School

    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 […]

  • Ask the expert: 8 great illustrated children’s books

    With a new school year on the horizon it’s the perfect time to fire up your mini muddies imaginations with this list of the best illustrated books compiled by Holly Millbank founder of Fat Fox a fab new independent book publishing company – based right here in Kent. Come now, let the wild rumpus start! Publisher, […]

  • Family fun at the Historic Dockyard, Chatham

    Crikey, the summer holidays have screamed by. Before I know it I’ll be hosing down the kiddies before waving them off at the school gates and kicking my heels in delight. But there’s a teensy bit of me that is already mourning all the many things I promised myself I’d take time off work to […]

  • Muddy Bumper Summer Survival Guide

    Why does the mind always go blank when you’re trying to plan a day out with the kids? Perhaps it’s all the gin we drink to survive… (Or, maybe that’s just me?) Anyhoo… what with August being the only month of the year when the Mini Muddies are off school every single day, we all […]

  • Medieval madness at Leeds Castle

      And I thought the biggest battle this Half Term would be between my Mudlets – over who has the master controller for the Wii computer or who was ‘breathing too loudly while eating breakfast’. But no, there’s been some proper legitimised, fighting going on over at Leeds Castle. Fully armoured knights battling it out […]

  • Muddy Best Schools Guide: Dulwich Prep, Cranbrook

    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 […]

  • Muddy Best Schools – a guide you can trust

    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 […]

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