The Urban Guide to the Countryside
Bucks & Oxon Edition

Category: School Reviews

Rupert House, Henley

23 Apr 2017

Rupert House prep school is bang in the middle of Henley, so a different proposition to the country estate-style schools that proliferate around the county. This review has been updated (April 2017) with the latest facts and figures. Interested? Read on, my friends, read on!


What? Where?

Rupert House School is an independent prep school for girls aged 3-11 and boys aged 3-7 bang smack in the middle of Henley.

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Wychwood School, Oxford

20 Mar 2017

Into the centre of Oxford we go – literally a hop and skip from St Aldates – for the latest Muddy school review.



What? Where?

Wychwood is a small day and boarding school for girls aged 11-18, now in its 120th year, with a teeny tiny 110 pupils. A mere 10 minute walk from the centre of Oxford, it’s based around two super-compact red brick mansions typical of the buildings up the Banbury Road on a 1.25 acre site.

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REVIEW: St Edward’s School, Oxford

12 Mar 2017

Oxford is blessed with a huge number of school options, and here’s another for you. St Edward’s School, nestled in the calmness of Summertown on the Woodstock Road. Fancy a look around?


What? Where?

St Edward’s School (called Teddies by locals) is a co-ed boarding and day school for 680 children (13-18 years), one of the very few city-based boarding schools in the UK.

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Muddy Best Schools: Bloxham School updated

13 Feb 2017

I visited Bloxham School back in February last year, and since then exam results have come in, kids have joined and moved on, facilities have improved and all that jazz. So here is an updated review of the school, along with details of Open Day on Sat 4 March 2017 if any of you are considering it as a possible contender for your kids. Here’s what I thought of it when I went around.

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Muddy Best Schools Guide: Ashfold School, Dorton

18 Jan 2017


Ashfold School was the first school to go under the microscope in the Muddy Best Schools Guide, and I revisited the school in December 16 to update this review with the latest facts, figures and insights to keep you in the loop in terms of developments.

What? Where? There’s no denying the beauty of Ashfold School’s setting, in a valley in Dorton, a small village on the Oxon/Bucks border, close to Thame and Princes Risborough and within easy reach (about 20 mins) of Bicester and Oxford.

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Muddy Best Schools Guide

16 Jan 2017

If you’re considering new or next schools for your kids, or thinking of moving into the area, you’ll want to know about Moulsford School. It’s fascinating to see what different schools offer their children. I always look around partly as a journalist and partly as a mother of three (with my kids having experienced state, private and grammar schools) so hopefully what you’ll read has some genuine insight that helps.

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The Muddy Best Schools Guide #5: Aylesbury Grammar School

5 Jan 2017

As a mum who has experience both sides of the academic fence – private and state – it’s fascinating to get a peak behind lots of different schools. Aylesbury Grammar School was my first Grammar School review, now updated as of Jan 2017 with the latest facts and figures.

Shall we go for a look?


What? Where?  An all-boys grammar school dating back to 1598, and a big one too, with over 1300 kids from secondary 11+ entry to sixth form.

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