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  • Akeley Wood School, Nr Buckingham

    Muddy says: A friendly, inclusive non-selective three-site nursery, junior and senior day school close to Milton Keynes, taking boys and girls from age 1-18 in an attractive rural setting.

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    Sixth form swappers

    If your teen might benefit from a new academic start for A levels, here's the lowdown on what you should consider.

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    Find your ideal job (no degree required)

    There's more to life than a college education, doncha know. (and who looks good in a mortar board anyway?) Muddy investigates some excellent alternatives to the trad undergrad degree.

  • 7 things to ask at school Open Days

    Been to look around a school for your child and felt none-the-wiser about whether it will suit them? We've nobbled Rachel Dent, the head of top girl's school The Abbey, to help make Open Days work for you.

  • Star Turn

    Thinking of a career in celeb land? No need to head to London, see the recent alumni at Tring Park School of the Performing Arts!

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    Is your child superhuman?

    Prestigious Head of The Abbey Junior School gives her thoughts on extra-curricular activities and the ever-increasing pressures on children.

  • Wouldn’t you though?

    Well this was fun! A fab idea for kids for Xmas, or even as a monthly prod to pause the gaming and do something practical and different, this is The Curiosity Box...

  • Sunningdale School, Ascot, Berks

    Muddy says: A tiny, idyllic, non-selective family-run boarding boys' prep school in leafy Ascot. Quirky and traditional in equal measure, I've never reviewed anywhere like it!

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    How to help your kids feel happy

    Who'd be a child these days? Three children in every classroom have a diagnosed mental illness, and hospitalisations from self-harm have doubled in the last three years. We say enough! Muddy talks to a top head teacher about practical ways we can help our kids find happiness.

  • Is single school education best? (Discuss)

    The single sex versus co-ed school debate. People feel strongly about it don’t they?! As someone with an older brother and therefore constantly around boys as a tween, I loved the escape of my all girl’s school, where I could parade my braces and spots in peace. But I know even from my own friends […]

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