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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.

St Michael’s, Sevenoaks

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! There’s a Virtual Open Morning on Weds 5 May, 9:30-10:30am. Meet Head Nik Pears, hear from pupils and enjoy a music performance by their spectacular musicians. Click here for all the info.

Kent College, Pembury

Read our updated review of this all-girls Senior School that boasts impressive ‘Value Added’ academic success, plus a strong extra-curricular and pastoral offering – while achieving excellent academic results too. Have a look for yourself! Join them on Zoom for a Virtual Open Morning on Thurs 6 May or Thurs 10 June. Book your place here.

Marlborough House School, Hawkhurst

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 Thurs 6 and Fri 7 May, see the school in action, meet their new Head and see what makes Marlborough House so special. Fill out the registration form here.

Wellesley House, Broadstairs

Small, perfectly-placed prep school by-the-sea with an ideal mix of modern, relaxed teaching alongside traditional, old-school standards. It’s also one of the most genuinely ‘family-run’ schools I have visited. Take a look and you’ll see what I mean! Here’s the Muddy Review and don’t forget to watch one of their Virtual Tours or book your own Private Tour. Or you can attend their Nursery & Pre-Prep Open Afternoons running from 7 May until 11 June, email to register your interest.

Wally Hall, Sevenoaks

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 is holding a Virtual Open Event for their Senior School on Sat 8 May with tours from Mon 21 June, register your place here.

Kent College, Canterbury

Steeped in history yet with a very modern and innovative attitude to education, Kent College in Canterbury is a strong contender for the next generation, read our review here. Don’t take our word for it! Attend their Boarding Virtual Open Morning on 8 May or arrange your own personal visit, where you’ll be taken on a tour of the school by a pupil and get to meet the Headmaster and one of the Admissions staff.

St Edmund’s, Canterbury

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 Nursery Open House on Sat 8 May, Senior School Virtual Open Evening on Thurs 13 May or why not Meet The Heads on Sat 12 June?

If you have little ones aged 2-4 with interest in joining their Pre-Prep join their Pre-Prep Teddy Bear’s Picnic on Sat 19 June. For all the info, click here.

Spring Grove, Wye

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. Go on, see it for yourself and book your Personal Tour of the school. Don’t forget to read our review and see the Virtual Tour before you go.

Junior King’s, Canterbury

A well-established day and boarding prep school for boys and girls. Rich in history yet awash with up-to-date facilities and innovative teaching. Get up to speed with the Muddy Review and make sure you see for yourself on their Virtual Open Day on Sat 15 May at 10am.

If you’ve got older kids, attend King’s Canterbury Virtual Open Morning for years 13+ on Sat 12 June or Sat 9 Oct at 10am. Or their Sixth Form Virtual Open Morning is Sat 19 June or Sat 18 Sept at 10am. Click here for more info.

Dulwich Prep, Cranbrook

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 17 – Fri 21 Mayregister your interest here.

The New Beacon, Sevenoaks

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 Open Day on 21 May, 9am – 12 noon, book your slot here. Or if you’d rather have a private tour of the school with the Headmaster on a Saturday morning, email the Registrar, Alison Harrison, here.

Somerhill, Tonbridge

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 22 May at 9:30am. Book your time slot here.

Fosse Bank, Hildenborough

Small, hidden-gem of an independent prep school for boys and girls, sitting on the edge of Hildenborough. With only 100 pupils and 28 acres of gorgeous grounds, it has probably the best ratio of facility per child. You can read the Muddy Review – but this is one school you just have to go see for yourself! Attend their Open Morning on Sat 12 June or If you can’t make that, Open Week begins Mon 14 til Fri 18 June. Book your place with Mrs Catherine Martin here.

The Granville School, Sevenoaks

An exceptional school which combines the best of Prep school tradition with a vibrant, forward-looking environment for girls aged 3-11 and boys aged 3-4. Look for yourself on Fri 25 June at their Open Day, watch their Virtual Tour and then book your place by emailing:

Babington House, Chislehurst

This independent, co-ed, day school in Chislehurst – for pupils from 3 to 18 years – is a rising star. Ranked Top Small Independent School in the UK, for A Level results – the academics here are strong – and the size means everyone gets their chance to shine. Read what we thought but don’t take our word for it! See for yourself and watch their Virtual Open Morning. Or their next on-site Open Day will be Sat 9 Oct from 9am, register your interest now. You’ll be taken on a tour by one of the Babington pupils and you’ll meet Headmaster, Mr Lello.

Rose Hill, Tunbridge Wells

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! See for yourself at your own personal tour of the school, email the Admissions Department here to set your appointment.

Ashford School, Ashford

Those looking for endless space and opportunities, and a large emphasis on mental health and wellbeing, Ashford School in the rural village of Great Chart should be on your list – see the Muddy review of the Prep school here. Don’t just take our word for it attend their Virtual Open Week from Mon 24 – Fri 28 May at 4:30pm or book an individual visit to their Senior School, Prep School and Nurseries here.

Dover College, Dover

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 take the Virtual Tour. Email the Admissions team or call them on 01304 244522 to book your visit.

Holmewood House, Langton Green

A co-educational, non-selective school for boys and girls aged 3-13 years, of just under 500 pupils, situated in 30 acres of glorious grounds in Langton Green just outside of Tunbridge Wells. See for yourself on your own bespoke tour. Make sure to read the Muddy Review before you go!

Hilden Grange School, Tonbridge

Want the convenience of a town-based school, but without compromising on the sports and facilities? You’ll like this friendly, co-educational prep school for children aged between 3 – 13 years old on the northern fringe of Tonbridge. Read our review of the school or better yet, see for yourself! Book your own individual tour, to arrange complete this enquiry form or call the school office on: 01732 351169.

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