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Open Days
Open-day season is here: a chance for parents to hear the head, see the dorms, meet the pupils and generally get a sense of whether a school might suit their child. Keep scrolling for our handy list of all upcoming open days in each area of the country, and get booking – spots fill up fast...

And remember: if you can’t snag a place at any of these open events, don’t panic. Schools will always be as accommodating as possible to prospective parents, so our advice is to pick up the phone and contact the school to arrange a visit.

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London

Prep Schools
Kensington Wade , London

Open Morning & Lantern Making 9.30-11am - 28 January 2023

Opened in 2017, Kensington Wade is the first prep in the UK to offer a dual-language English-Chinese education. Inspired by the belief that future generations should be immersed in Mandarin from an early age and have a bilingual mindset that enables them to transfer easily between two cultures, the school combines the thorough Chinese approach to teaching with a warm, nurturing environment.
Kensington Wade
Queen's College Preparatory School, London

Open Event - 28 April 2023
Open Event - 12 May 2023

With its central London location, this precursor to Queen’s College is a bustling hub of energetic, exuberant and purposeful pupils exuding a friendly, charming vibe.
Queen's College Preparatory School
Senior Schools
Wetherby Senior School, London

Visitor Morning - 07 December 2022
Visitor Morning 10.45am (please visit website to book) - 08 February 2023
Visitor Morning 10.45am - 01 March 2023
Visitor Morning 10.45am - 15 March 2023
Open Evening 4.30pm - 03 May 2023

The final step in a sterling all-through education that begins for some lucky boys in one of the pre-preps and continues all the way to 18. Wetherby Senior is still a relatively new school – but with numbers going from strength to strength, its success is already abundantly clear.
Wetherby Senior School

South East England

Prep Schools
Caterham Prep School, Caterham

Performing Arts Morning - 11 March 2023

This is a prep that feels like a true extension of Caterham School – and not only because it shares its lovely 200-acre campus in Harestone Valley, in the Surrey Hills. There is the same down-to-earth, unstuffy vibe and the same award-winning, wellbeing-first ethos throughout.
Caterham Prep School
Cranleigh Preparatory School, Cranleigh

Open Day - 25 February 2023
Open Day - 10 June 2023

A country prep an hour’s drive from Wimbledon that has 40 acres for pupils to run free in and an all-round education delivered with a relaxed, but focused attitude – it’s no wonder more London parents are eschewing the fevered competition in the capital for Cranleigh Prep.
Cranleigh Preparatory School
Eagle House School, Sandhurst

Open Morning 10:00 - 25 February 2023

Founded in 1820, Eagle House is one of the oldest prep schools in the UK and it’s not hard to see why it survives and thrives today. Set in 30 pretty acres surrounding a grand Victorian former hunting lodge, it is a forward-thinking, unpretentious place, holistic in approach, allowing plenty of tree climbing and outdoor exploring while maintaining an excellent academic record.
Eagle House School
Edgeborough, Farnham

Open Morning - 10 March 2023
Open Morning - 08 June 2023

Easily commutable, yet leaps and bounds less pressured than London schools, this laidback, co-ed prep brims with green space and traditional values.
Edgeborough
Elstree School, Reading

Open Morning - 04 March 2023

Stunning grounds, fabulous facilities and a classic, traditional experience underpin life at this real gem of a prep school. Loved for its family values, Elstree boosted its already significant appeal by opening its doors to girls in September 2020 – a brilliantly planned and executed move.
Elstree School
Great Ballard Prep, Chichester

Open Morning - 28 January 2023
Open Morning - 20 May 2023
Open Morning - 30 September 2023

Set just outside Chichester, this pocket-sized co-ed prep boasts a pretty bucolic location ringed by the South Downs National Park. Pupils get outside whenever they can, getting muddy at forest school, mountain biking across the Downs or camping out in the grounds; in the classroom, they follow a forward-thinking curriculum packed with leadership, problem-solving and entrepreneurial skills.
Great Ballard Prep
Highfield and Brookham , Liphook

Open Morning - 28 January 2023
Open Morning - 10 March 2023

  Highfield and Brookham is flourishing – it’s got a gloriously family-friendly, homely feel, academics are top notch, and childhood is really valued. All of this helps shape the schools into one of the South East’s top non-selective preps.
Highfield and Brookham
Junior King's, Canterbury, Canterbury

Virtual Open Morning - 18 March 2023

An exciting, vibrant prep school – academically sound, creatively inspirational, a healthy, happy environment to grow up in. Popular with Londoners looking to escape the pressure cooker of the capital and with pupils offered direct entry into older sibling The King’s School, Canterbury, it sits high on aspirational parents’ lists.
Junior King's, Canterbury
Marlborough House School, Hawkhurst

Open Day - 12 May 2023

A proper country prep set on the edge of the pretty Kent village of Hawkhurst, Marlborough House School is a place where childhood is valued just as much as academic success.
Marlborough House School
Rose Hill School, Tunbridge Wells

Open Day - 17 March 2023
Open Day - 20 May 2023

Delightfully small class sizes, more than 70 envy-inducing extracurricular clubs and a cohesive pastoral care scheme that includes informal drop-in sessions and an annual Wellness Week make this standalone Tunbridge Wells co-ed prep a serious Kent contender.
Rose Hill School
Somerhill, Tonbridge

Saturday Open Morning - 25 February 2023
Friday Open Morning - 19 May 2023

A school that offers the best of both worlds, Somerhill mixes co-ed and single-sex education under one (rather splendid) Jacobean roof. It is divided into three: Somerhill Pre-Prep for pre-school to Year 2, Yardley Court for boys from Years 3 to 8 and Derwent Lodge for girls from Years 3 to 6 – it sounds complicated at first, but once you wrap your head around it, the genius of the set-up is revealed.
Somerhill
Swanbourne House, Milton Keynes

Open Day - 24 June 2023

There’s a lot to celebrate at this innovative co-ed full-boarding prep. Rather than being ultra-polished, it’s a comfortable, unpretentious school that keeps quietly producing independent, capable and inquisitive pupils. Swanbourne isn’t overly selective academically as their aim is to help every child unlock their ‘individual greatness’ – two simple words which speak volumes. Who wouldn’t want that for their child?
Swanbourne House
Thorngrove School, Newbury

Open Morning - 03 March 2023
Open Morning - 13 May 2023

This is a school that seems to grow and flourish alongside your child. It has a cosy, unassuming, nurturing feel and, with nothing obviously fancy or shiny on show, gets down to its core business calmly, without fuss or distraction. Remaining a small prep school with no boarding adds to its unique personality and is all the more remarkable for being only an hour and 20 minutes’ drive from London (or 45 minutes by train from Paddington).
Thorngrove School
Thornton College Prep, Milton Keynes

Whole School Open Morning - 04 March 2023

Very much an all-through school, Thornton College is one family on one site with a focus on inclusive values. Girls we met were confident, chatty and exceptionally well behaved – and nurture is well and truly baked in.
Thornton College Prep
Senior Schools
Bloxham School, Bloxham

Whole School Open Morning - 11 March 2023

An excellent all-rounder, this small, unpretentious school has big ambitions – and not just in the classroom. It stands out for its innovative academic approach and supportive environment that’s ideal for those pupils who need a more intimate place to shine.
Bloxham School
Great Ballard, Chichester

Open Morning - 28 January 2023
Open Morning - 20 May 2023
Open Morning - 30 September 2023

Set just outside Chichester, this relatively new senior is the result of the organic growth of Great Ballard prep. Clever marketing, happy prep-school parents and word of mouth have resulted in a real buzz and demand for the senior school, which will grow to encompass GCSEs by 2024 (the school currently caters for Years 7, 8 and 9).
Great Ballard
Lancing College, Lancing

Year 9 Entry Group Visits - 03 December 2022

Revitalised, forward-looking and full of energy, Lancing is a flexi boarding school to put firmly on your list. This isn’t an exclusive old-fashioned place oozing with entitlement and privilege – instead, tradition bends for independence, initiative and inspiration, while comparatively small pupil numbers make for a hugely welcoming atmosphere and a solid sense of family and community.
Lancing College
Marymount International School London, Kingston Upon Thames

Open Morning - 22 April 2023

The first all-girls school in the UK to adopt the IB curriculum – both the Middle Years and Diploma programmes – Marymount International School offers a broad-horizon education from its leafy setting in Kingston upon Thames.
Marymount International School London
Mayfield School, Mayfield

Open Morning - 06 December 2022

A happy, successful, all-girls Catholic boarding school set in beautiful Sussex countryside, Mayfield draws families of all faiths looking for a rounded, grounded education – underpinned by strong moral values too.
Mayfield School
Stowe School, Buckingham

Third Form Open Morning - 14 January 2023
Third Form Open Morning - 04 March 2023
Sixth Form Open Morning - 22 April 2023
Third Form Open Morning - 13 May 2023

No longer seen as a soft option, Stowe senior school has undergone a renaissance over the past two decades under the leadership of maverick head Dr Anthony Wallersteiner. It’s a place where individualism is encouraged, talent nurtured and eccentricity celebrated – and it all happens in one of the grandest and most beautiful school settings in the country. An education here is a huge privilege and reassuringly liberal. There’s a new breed flocking to Stowe – and it’s certainly not short of academic ambition.
Stowe School
Thornton College, Milton Keynes

Whole School Open Morning - 04 March 2023

Very much an all-through school, Thornton College is one family on one site with a focus on inclusive Christian values. Girls we met were confident, chatty and exceptionally well behaved – and nurture is well and truly baked in.
Thornton College

South West England

Prep Schools
Bryanston Prep, Blandford Forum

Open Morning - 03 February 2023
Open Morning - 05 May 2023

It’s been a time of change for this bucolic prep school in rural Dorset: it’s returned to its 1950s co-ed roots (day boys were welcomed in 2020, and now make up 20 per cent of pupils); it’s been brought into the fold of big sibling Bryanston; and it’s got a new head all fired up with ambitious plans that the merger has made possible.
Bryanston Prep
Stonar Prep School, Atworth

Equestrian Open Morning - 08 March 2023

Once seen as the first choice for the horsey set thanks to its phenomenal equestrian centre, this all-through co-ed day and boarding school in rural Wiltshire now has a reputation for being academically ambitious, too.
Stonar Prep School
Westonbirt Prep School, Tetbury

Nursery Open Session - 13 January 2023
Prep Open Morning - 17 March 2023
Prep and Senior Open Morning - 05 May 2023

An academically inclusive prep where personal and social development are key. Westonbirt prep is known for its small class sizes, cosy family atmosphere and gentle encouragement. A rather special place – this is somewhere that focuses not just on academic achievement, but the all-round package.
Westonbirt Prep School
Senior Schools
Canford, Wimborne

Open Morning - 22 April 2023
Open Morning - 07 October 2023

It’s hard not to be blown away by the grandeur of Canford, a Sir Charles Barry-designed castle in the thick of 250 acres of Capability Brown parkland. But despite all this magnificence, both school and pupils are unstuffy and flash-free. Gearing up to celebrate its centenary in 2023, this is a brilliant all-rounder that looks outside of the bubble, aces exams and turns out wonderfully grounded young men and women with a real awareness of the world around them.
Canford
Dauntsey's , Devizes

Open Morning - 06 May 2023

Dauntsey’s is a warm and welcoming centre of learning and adventure. Pupils are taught to be courageous but humble, an ethos to be cherished in a world full of competition and entitlement; they are lucky to be here and, refreshingly, they know it.
Dauntsey's
St Mary's Calne, Calne

Open Day - 25 February 2023
Open Day - 13 May 2023

Small and nurturing, academic but not nerdy and brimming with laidback, nicely gung-ho girls, St Mary’s Calne is, says its head, ‘the best of the British boarding school tradition – with a modern twist’. Girls are equipped with firm foundations for life, leaving armed with bucketloads of confidence and self-esteem. 
St Mary's Calne
Stonar School, Atworth

Equestrian Open Morning - 08 March 2023

The freedom for pupils to be themselves is evident at this all-through, co-ed school tucked away in rural Wiltshire. Its ‘horsey’ reputation comes courtesy of a first-class equestrian centre, but in recent years it’s been shifting perceptions with increasingly impressive academic results.
Stonar School
Westonbirt School, Tetbury

Senior Open Morning - 03 March 2023
Prep and Senior Open Morning - 05 May 2023

Way back when, Westonbirt was considered more of a finishing school than the well-rounded, academically inclusive place it is today – and once you’ve busted through the myths, you’ll see what a special place this is. Known for its small class sizes, cosy family atmosphere and gentle encouragement, this is a school that doesn’t focus solely on exam success and academic achievement but the whole holistic package. 
Westonbirt School

East of England

Prep Schools
Old Buckenham Hall , Ipswich

Open Morning - 28 January 2023
Open Morning - 11 March 2023

In the heart of rural Suffolk, near Lavenham, this small, traditional co-ed school is a pinch-me-perfect place for children to grow up. Parents praise the ‘lovely ethos’ and ‘emphasis on kindness and politeness’ – something that stems from the ‘OBH Way’, a set of moral values created by the pupils. Well-regarded head David Griffiths joined from Daneshill School in 2018; since then he has made gentle changes, focused on improving the already solid academics and boosting the pastoral provision.
Old Buckenham Hall
Orwell Park School, Ipswich

Open Day 10:00am - 04 February 2023

Orwell Park is undoubtedly academic and takes sporting achievements very seriously – but at the same time, there’s also a real understanding of the need to develop independent learners with curious minds and a kind attitude.
Orwell Park School
Senior Schools
The Leys School, Cambridge

Open Morning - 04 February 2023
Open Morning - 22 April 2023

This relatively small co-ed day and boarding school makes the most of Cambridge’s academic and cultural connections. We like the way it has adapted over the years to meet the unique demands of the city it serves, and all the parents we’ve spoken to – many of whom chose it for the experience of boarding while still being close to home – tell us that their children are really happy here.
The Leys School

Midlands

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Senior Schools
King's Worcester, Worcester

Open Morning - 21 January 2023

An upbeat, modern school with a storied history reaching back to the 7th century, King’s Worcester has a uniqueness that not only stems from its historic location at the heart of the city’s cathedral, but also from the caring atmosphere shaped by centuries of Christianity, and given a fresh injection of warmth by new head Gareth Doodes.
King's Worcester
Uppingham School, Uppingham

Open Day - 11 March 2023
Open Day - 22 April 2023

We were particularly impressed by Uppingham on our visit – not just by its bricks and mortar, but its pupils too, and our guide’s enthusiasm for his school was so palpable it left us buzzing. The great educationalist Edward Thring was headmaster here in the 1850s: he believed the key to a good education was a holistic one that celebrates and nurtures pupils’ talents – and his legacy still lives on at Uppingham today. If we had to sum up its ethos in a few words, we’d go for full-boarding, properly co-ed, all-rounder and, yes, academics are superb – but there’s so much more to this super-school than sackloads of A*s. 
Uppingham School

Wales

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North of England

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Scotland

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Global Schools

The International School of Kuala Lumpur (ISKL), Ampang Hilir

School Open Day - 22 February 2023

The International School of Kuala Lumpur (ISKL)