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    Hazlegrove Prep School, Sparkford

    The traditional exterior belies the forward-thinking, collaborative, empathatic and vibrant education within, with great sport, arts and extra curricular

  • Kingswood Prep School and Nursery, Bath

    Muddy says: Children can be children at this co-ed prep and nursery with Scandi-style facilities and more, set in 100-acre of parklands overlooking the city

  • Downside School

    This Catholic day and boarding school with Benedictine values may be steeped in history and tradition but is keeping ahead of the game

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    Sidcot Junior School, Winscombe, nr Bristol

    Muddy says: This independent day school for boys and girls aged 3-11, founded on Quaker principles, is inclusive, unpretentious, grounded – and fun

  • Your ultimate Autumn Walks guide

    Grab your kids, your besties, your dog and anyone else who is free to join you on our first Autumn Walks initiative with Joules - and win coats and wellies for the whole family!

  • October half term and Halloween guide

    20+ things to do to keep the kids busy over October half term: from jump scares and pumpkins to changing the world

    • Monkton Combe Prep School, Bath

      Muddy says: A Prep and Pre-Prep with Nursery/Kindergarten where the teaching is ambitious within a gentle pastoral setting, they keep alpacas and design their own racing cars

    • Royal High Prep School GDST, Bath

      Muddy says: A caring, family-based all-girls prep school and nursery in Bath, with its own skills-based holistic curriculum, where every girl will find her niche

      • Wellington School, Wellington

        Muddy says: An academic curriculum, an innovative approach to sport and fitness, ace art and music – all makes for a genuine good all-rounder independent school for 3–18 year olds

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        Back-to-school essentials

        Holidays nearly over? Oh, what a *shame*! Sort your kids with our pick of everything they need for the new school term - and then it's a party round at mine.

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