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Open Day round-up!

School searching? We've done a round-up of some of the best local schools we have reviewed so far on Muddy. Single line please...

Clockwise, from top left: Somerhill School (Tonbridge), The New Beacon (Sevenoaks), Kent College (Pembury), Dulwich Prep Cranbrook, Spring Grove School (Wye), Walthamstow Hall (Sevenoaks)

It’s a busy time of year for looking around potential schools for your child. Here’s our round up of some of the best local schools we have reviewed so far on Muddy.

Wally Hall

Walthamstow Hall (or Wally Hall as it is most often referred to) is one of the oldest girls’ schools in the country – read the Muddy review here. This well-established school with its successfully academic reputation held a virtual open morning which has been and gone BUT they are hoping to offer individual tours later this year. So watch this space.

Dover College

A small, nurturing school rich in tradition but with modern ambitions and currently undergoing a huge investment in facilities and teaching. We think Dover College is definitely one to watch! For a behind-the-scenes look, read the review here. Better yet, every day is an open day at Dover College so book a private visit on any weekday or you visit virtually. Just email the Admissions team or call them on 01304 244522 to book your visit.

Rose Hill

Bang in the centre of T.Wells, it’s got great outdoor facilities, the green spaces of a country school! It’s perfect if you are commuting into London or if you already live in Tunbridge Wells. If you’re looking for a small, good all-round, centrally located school with decent academic results – read our review and take a look! Did you miss their Virtual Open Morning? Don’t worry, arrange a personal appointment on a date of your choosing! Email the Admissions Secretary here.

St Edmund’s

If you are looking for a co-educational school with the prestigious wow factor, then St. Edmund’s School is possibly the one for you. St. Edmund’s is well-known for its Performing Arts reputation, not least helped by the fact that Orlando Bloom was a former pupil here, and the rumour goes that it has the biggest non-professional stage in Kent. Read our review of the school or better yet, see for yourself! Attend their Virtual Open Morning on Sat 3 Oct, fill out the form here. Can’t make it? Book. an individual on-site visit with the Head from 11am. Email to secure your spot:

Ashford Prep School

Those looking for endless space and opportunities, and a large emphasis on mental health and wellbeing, Ashford Prep School in the rural village of Great Chart should be on your list – see the Muddy review here. Don’t just take our word for it, go and see for yourself at their Virtual Open Morning, just fill in this form and you’ll be sent a link to watch it. Or book an individual visit to their Senior School, Prep School and Nurseries here.

Kent College Pembury

Read our updated review of this all-girls Senior School that boasts an impressive ‘Value Added’, extra-curricular and pastoral offering – while achieving excellent academic results too. Have a look for yourself! Take an individual Prep and Senior School Tour on Weekdays at 9am, 11am, 2pm and 3pm until Fri 16 Oct. By appointment only and Covid guidelines will apply. To book email admissions, here.

Or join them on Zoom for a Virtual Opening Morning every Thurs until Oct 15. Book here.

Interested in Kent College’s Sixth Form? Join them on Zoom to meet the Headmistress, Head of Sixth Form and Heads of Department on Thurs 8 Oct, 6-7 pm. Book here.

St Michael’s

Set in a stunning 90 acre site of woodland this idyllic co-ed prep school is a really strong all-rounder. I was really impressed with what I found – a truly impressive school. Fancy a look around? Don’t take our word for it! Virtual Open Morning on Mon 5 Oct, 9:30 – 10:30am. Hear from their Acting Headteacher and children, ask questions to the Head of Pre-Prep, Deputy Head and Head of Years 7 & 8 and Head of Exams. Book your spot here.

Dulwich Prep

Three years after my first visit this popular rural prep goes back under the Muddy microscope… So what did I find? Dulwich Prep Cranbrook is a rural prep school located in (you guessed it) Cranbrook. The school sits in 50 acres of beautiful Kent countryside and it’s been cleverly designed to actually function as three smaller schools in one, allowing each child to be known and looked after individually. Go see for yourself at their Open Morning Week from Mon 5 – Fri 9 Oct, register your interest here. Or if you’d like an Individual Tour, email Registrar Georgie Labram.

Marlborough House School

An exceptional all-round prep school in Hawkhurst, where the focus is on nurture and a high standard of teaching – oh and they’re developing their facilities too! Sounds like a recipe for happy boys and girls, read more of the Muddy review here. Attend their Open Morning on Fri 9 Oct from 9am – 1pm. See the school in action, meet their new Head and see what makes Marlborough House so special. Click here to book your time slot.

The New Beacon

A strong offering for anyone interested in a single-sex education for their son(s), great grounds and facilities all tucked away in the leafy suburbs of Sevenoaks. Want to know more? Read the Muddy Review or better yet, see for yourself and attend their Virtual Open Day on Fri 9 Oct, 9am – 12 noon, book your slot here. Or if you’d prefer an individual tour and to meet the Headmaster, email Registrar Mrs Harrison.

Spring Grove

An independent school looking after children from 2- 11, positioned just outside the pretty village of Wye. This is a school that is very proud of its ‘family’ atmosphere with an emphasis on the importance of trying and a very inclusive nature when it comes to sport, music and drama. To get more of a feel before you see it for yourself, read our review then take a virtual tour or attend their Open Morning on Sat 10 Oct, 9:30am – 12 noon. Register here.


Want the best of both worlds? Co-education and single-sex schooling meets in harmony here under one community. Somerhill has been under the Muddy microscope, read the review here. Want to see for yourself? Take a Virtual Tour of the school or have your own individual tour of the school on their Open Day on Sat 10 Oct. Meet the Principal of Somerhill and the Senior Leadsherip Team. To book your time slot, email Admissions.

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