School Reviews

  • Muddy Best Schools

    Sevenoaks is blessed with quite a number of good school options, and here’s a corker for you. St Michael’s Prep School nestled in the calmness of Otford down a rural lane. For some reason, even although I know this corner of Kent pretty well, I hadn’t even heard about this idyllic prep school until recently. And I was really impressed […]

  • Muddy Best Schools

    A new Muddy Guide to the Best Schools today, and it’s a goody – Kent College Prep in Pembury. I had a good look around a couple of weeks ago, part journo-nosing, part with a mum’s head on, and here’s the verdict… What? Where? An all girl prep school which takes children from rising 3-11 years in […]

  • Muddy Best Schools, Hillview School for Girls, Tonbridge

    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, […]

  • 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: Kent College, Pembury

    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, […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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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