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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 in all elements of school life.

As you can imagine, I am anything but your typical tidy, quiet librarian! But I am passionate about the written word and will happily talk to teens about books for hours on end. I can’t say my shelves *cough* were always the tidiest – and yes the LRC was often quite noisy – but let’s just say there was definitely a buzz about the place. There were tears on both sides when I left.

What I learnt during my short sojourn into schools was this – no two are the same – just like no two children are the same. In fact its amazing how very different they all are.

With the Muddy Best Schools Guide I’ll always look around partly as a journalist and partly as a Mum of two so hopefully what you’ll read has some genuine insight that helps.

The first school is about to go under the microscope in the Muddy Best Schools Guide, so watch this space, and if you would like your school featured please get in touch (

Right class, stop looking out the window and fill your ink pens, I’m about to begin today’s lesson!

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4 comments on “Muddy Best Schools – a guide you can trust”

  • nicky September 1, 2016

    Just wondering whether there will be reviews of state / non fee paying schools as well? How about giving us the lowdown on Hillview? How does an ‘arts’ school get such good GCSE results? Or perhaps High Weald School? Does a school that, this year, produced pupils with 10 A*- A’s really deserve such bad press? That would make interesting reading…

    • aliagnew September 1, 2016

      Hi Nicky
      Thanks so much for getting in touch and your brilliant suggestions. The two schools featured so far were suggestions from parents/readers. In that same vein, I will absolutely approach Hillview, as suggested, and assuming they agree I’d be very interested in going along and reviewing the school. I have already approached two other State schools and am hoping to hear back soon – so watch this space! You sound like you know what you’re talking about – all feedback very welcome! xAli

  • nicky January 6, 2017 Nice review of local Kent school in Tatler!

    • aliagnew January 6, 2017

      Thanks for this Nicky – Hillview are definitely on my radar and a school I’d like to review – so watch this space! Keep the top tips coming! xA


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