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  • P-p-p-pick up a pumpkin!

    C'mon, it's time to prep for Halloween! Make the kids put the legwork in at one of these local farms and pumpkin patches before they can start carving. Bonus brownie points for zero food miles.

  • Firework spectaculars

    Where to go in Somerset and Dorset to get the best bangs for your bucks

  • Halloween and Half Term in Somerset & Dorset

    20 things for kids of all ages to do over October Half Term, from tackling high ropes by torchlight to winning a Halloween afternoon tea

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    All Hallows Prep School, Cranmore

    Muddy says: Small co-ed prep school with a family feel, very good results, Famous Five forest school and a cutting edge design studio

  • Millfield Prep School, Glastonbury

    Muddy says: This famously sporty school isn't only for future Olympians, it's focused on finding brilliance in every child, whatever that might be. The opportunities are there for the taking.

  • Taunton School, Taunton

    A school for the 21st century, that wears its 150-year history lightly, embraces difference, and excels in involving all its students in a whole-person educational experience

  • Clayesmore Senior School, near Blandford Forum

    Set in the most bucolic countryside and with a main building that is oh-so-pleasing to the eye, there's a lot more to Clayesmore than its setting – including its innovative LEX programme

  • 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

  • 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

  • Royal High School Bath, GDST

    Inclusive, girl-centered education, strong on science, maths and languages, with chic facilities – and the only school in Bath offering the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

  • Does the world need another online school?

    Pearson Online Academy UK Global thinks so! With the launch of the educational behemoth's founding school in September, Muddy gets the lowdown from Principal Jo Vigneron

  • Their words: what kids really think of online school

    What if you're too scared to put your hand up in class, too exhausted to get out of bed, struggle with SEN, or too busy playing golf? Four kids explain why they made the switch and what they think of life at InterHigh, an online school.

  • May’s top releases for Children’s Book Week

    It's Children's Book Week! Need some new reading material for your little bookbugs? These seven new releases should have them captivated (and quiet).

  • The 7 questions everyone asks about online schools

    Where does the social side, sport and extra-curricular come in to virtual education, and what about a timetable and exams? We tackle the big questions about online schools

  • No Easter childcare? We’ve got it sorted

    Can’t bear to have kids lolling around the house over the Easter hols? No fear: help is at hand with the return of Ultimate Activity Camps across the Muddy counties.

  • Half-term hack: the best online courses for kids

    Run out of ways to entertain the kiddos? Check out Muddy's list of the best online classes and workshops that you can do from anywhere across the country, just in time for half-term.

  • Harrow School online – your prayers answered?

    Combining Harrow's heritage with leading online tech, Harrow School Online offers co-ed learning for ages 16-18. We spoke to the new head for the full lowdown.

  • FREE specialist fitness class for tweens and teens

    The brilliant online FitLife Academy focuses on fun classes for 10-15 year olds. Try for free and, if they like it, use our Muddy exclusive deal to keep them active (and out of your hair) all month!

  • Stop fussing! And other lockdown lessons

    Parenting can be a little fraught when you're essentially under siege in your own house. So we decided to talk to our young people to find out what they think we could be doing better.

  • 6 reasons to consider InterHigh

    If you're one of the many parents considering an alternative to mainstream education right now, virtual school InterHigh could be the answer to your prayers.

  • How to manage back-to-school anxiety

    With the nation’s schoolchildren poised to go back to school, it’s a tense time for everyone. So, how, as parents, should we control our fears? Muddy finds out.

  • 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 […]

  • 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.

  • 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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