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  • Yarrells Prep School & Nursery, Upton, nr Poole

    Muddy says: A happy, family-orientated school providing the ideal foundation for moving onto state grammars or the independent sector. So the best of both worlds, really.

  • Leweston School, nr Sherborne

    An unpretentious, friendly school offering great all-round education with outstanding music and sports, where girls and boys can learn together – and apart – allowing them to realise their potential in every subject.

  • Is it time to try an online school?

    With many children struggling to study at home and doubts over September start dates, specialist ‘virtual’ schools are gaining huge traction - but what do they offer that’s different?

  • Parent ‘Lockdown learning’ survey – the results

    Earlier this month we commissioned our own comprehensive survey amongst Muddy readers into Lockdown Learning – and we’ve been blown away by the response! Thank you to the 1200 of you who expressed how you felt about virtual-schooling, the difficulties you and your children were facing, as well as revealing surprise success stories and offering […]

  • 10 best books for primary school kids

    Reading can be soothing, uplifting, informative, entertaining - and a great way to connect with your child during lockdown. So put away their streaming devices and cosy up together with one of these 10 great books for kids aged 5-8.

  • Kids driving you nuts? The best parenting books

    And we all thought parenting was hard BEFORE lockdown. Jeez! We've got five brilliant new books that promise to help.

  • Get beach smart: Top tips for beach safety

    The glorious weather, the kids still off school for at least another week and the welcome news we can all drive a little to exercise mean that we are all heading to our local beaches, obvs. At the risk of sounding like your mother (sorry, not sorry), don’t get too complacent. Aside from all the […]

  • Sherborne Prep School

    Muddy says: Non-pushy yet achieves academically, strong on music and art and with an innovative approach to sport and fitness.

  • Living in lockdown with teens – eek!

    Here are 20 things to do that might encourage your teenagers to get out of bed by midday – or at the very least by nightfall (fingers crossed).

  • Get creative! 5 fun at-home classes for kids

    Stuck indoors? Internet to the rescue! We've rounded up some of the best digital classes to boost your kids' creativity and keep them engaged.

  • 12 Top Tips to Home Schooling

    Where to start? Here are our top tips from creating the right environment to useful resources for home schooling. Good luck!

  • Bruton School for Girls, Bruton

    Muddy says: A progressive outlook combined with core values of co-operation and kindness, allows girls to reach their potential without ruthless competition or pushing

  • 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

  • 5 things I’ve learned about motherhood

    Acclaimed author (and Muddy favourite) Clover Stroud is in the midst of raising her 5 children. Miraculously she's found time to write a book about it all. Here's a taster.

  • 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!

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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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