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  • aerial view of Horris Hill Prep School – a collection of large red brick houses set in 85 acres of wooded heathland

    Horris Hill Prep, Newbury

    Muddy says: A small, high-achieving rural prep with a brand new Lower School. We think you'll love the family vibe, welcome emphasis on individuality, 'joining in' and good manners.

  • Elstree School Woolhampton Berkshire boys playing in front of grade ii list red brick georgian mansion

    Elstree, Woolhampton

    Here come the girls! This stunning bucolic prep is going co-ed as of September 2020. It's big on manners, academics and life skills.

  • St Edward’s Prep, Reading

    Impressive 11+ prep and high success rate to grammar schools, St Edward's in Reading is a hidden gem amongst Berkshire's more shouty prep schools.

  • Grand brick Victorian villa Upton House School Windsor Berkshire

    Upton House School, Windsor

    Muddy says: Upton House is a nurturing school for girls and boys aged 2-11. It's got a family feel, is rated 'excellent' with a princessy past.

  • Moulsford School

    Just back from a visit to Moulsford School - a boys' prep school in South Oxon with an idyllic riverside setting and a reputation for sporting excellence. Read my review here.

  • Cothill House, Abingdon

    Homely but high-achieving, Cothill House in South Oxfordshire believes in allowing its pupils to retain a 'youthful exuberance' in a place where boys can be boys. Cue pillow fights!

  • Leighton Park School Reading Berkshire white Victorian Mansion building set in 60 acres

    Leighton Park School, Reading

    Muddy says: A progressive first-name-only Quaker school with 65 acres in the centre of Reading, with impressive results in STEM and creative subjects.

  • LVS Ascot School co ed 4-18 Ascot Berkshire aerial view

    New review: LVS Ascot

    Muddy says: A passionately non-selective, co-ed day and boarding school for children aged 4-18, that's unpretentious, thinks like a grammar school without the pressure.

  • Queen Anne's Caversham girls playing sport lacrosse

    Queen Anne’s, Caversham

    Muddy says: A dynamic girls' day and boarding school that's revolutionising the way teens are taught. Set in 34 acres it boasts 'wow' facilities, results and a cool sixth form centre.

  • Dive in… the water’s lovely

    Feeling hot hot hot? No need to become a sweaty mess, here's our pick of the best pools, river spots and watery fun to cool down this summer. Just add sun lotion.

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