Category: School Reviews
HARRIET HOUSE SCHOOL, FRILSHAM, NR NEWBURY
What? Where? We’re really excited here at Muddy, because this is the very first nursery we have ever reviewed for the Muddy Best Schools Guide. Harriet House is set in a rural location in the village of Frilsham, West Berkshire, close to Newbury and Pangbourne. You’ll find it down a long sweeping drive (impressive, right?), with grazing sheep and cows in the surrounding fields.
ELSTREE SCHOOL, WOOLHAMPTON, NR NEWBURY
What? Where? Elstree’s location is a cracker, situated in the West Berkshire village of Woolhampton, it is close to Newbury and within easy reach of Reading (about 30mins). If you live in London, the school’s five minutes from Midgham station with a GWR route into London Paddington. The School’s focal point is a gorgeous Georgian mansion surrounded by 150 acres of parkland and playing fields.
Nicola Dick-Cleland (above), Head of The Junior School at the prestigious Abbey School in Reading is a trained psychotherapist, so who better to ask about the ever-increasing pressures on children and the gnarly subject of extra-curricular activities than her? Read her thoughts below and please feel free to comment underneath the feature – it’s a fascinating subject and I’d love to know what you think.
1. Extra curricular shouldn’t be extra
Adults tend to think about school life in two parts – academic and extra-curricular – but if you think about it in terms of developing a child’s breadth of character they’re not separate at all.
SUNNINGDALE SCHOOL, NR ASCOT
What? Where? Sunningdale is an absolutely idyllic prep boarding school for boys from 7 – 13 hidden in 25 stonkingly lovely acres near leafy Ascot. It’s a tiny school of just 110 kids, nearly all of whom board, and it’s proudly non-selective. The main building is an attractive red brick Victorian villa and has the feel of a family home for the very good reason that it is!
I reviewed Leighton Park School back in the summer and it’s well worth a read if you missed it the first time. Don’t just take my word for it though, they have plenty of open days coming up so you can check them out for yourself.
Something a bit different – my first Quaker school on the Muddy Best Schools Guide. Not what I was expecting at all!
I reviewed the Abbey School back in April and it’s well worth a read if you missed it the first time – obviously you’ll want to enjoy my Pulitzer Prize winning investigative journalism again *ahem*, but they also have plenty of open days coming up so you can check them out for yourself.
Here it is! The first of the Muddy Berkshire Best Schools Guide reviews.
Per the muddy mantra, these reviews are not fluff pieces with highlights taken from the school prospectus.