The Urban Guide to the Countryside
Bucks & Oxon Edition

Category: Schools

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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Thorpe House School

6 Mar 2017

This time last year I put my journo hat and headed off to Thorpe House School on the border of Gerrard’s Cross and Chalfont St Giles I’ve now updated the review all the latest facts and figures. There’s an Open Day on Fri 10 March if you’re in the area and want to have a snoop around in person, but in the meantime, here’s my verdict on the school…

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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: Aylesbury Grammar School Sixth Form

25 Jan 2017

It has slowly dawned on me, as my own oldest child heads towards GSCEs *gulp* that he has choices – not just in terms of what subjects to take now (my tip: the ones with the least revision), but where he can head afterwards. In my day, back when mullets were the vogue and Simon Le Bon was plastered across the common room, it was rare to move schools for Sixth Form – it was never offered as an option to me.

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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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