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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
Queen's Gate Junior School , London

Open event - 12 November 2021

Take a walk through Kensington on a sunny morning and you may well bump into a flurry of girls sporting straw boaters with a blue silk ribbon, chatting and laughing on their way to the V&A, the Science Museum or Hyde Park. You may think that you’ve been momentarily transported back to Edwardian London, but you haven’t. In fact, what you’re seeing are the pupils of the charming and proudly traditional Queen’s Gate Junior.
Queen's Gate Junior School
Senior Schools
Queen's Gate School, London

Open event - 03 November 2021

Spread across five higgledy-piggledy Victorian buildings in Queen’s Gate, South Kensington, this understated all-girls day school has a south-west London pupil body that perfectly reflects the diverse cultural melting pot that is the capital. It’s relatively small with just over 500 girls in total; the 350 in the senior school are easily identified as they can wear their own clothes – subject to a dress code – rather than a uniform (younger ones wear blazers and boater hats). 
Queen's Gate School

South East England

Prep Schools
Bedales Nursery & Pre-Prep - Dunannie, Petersfield

Virtual Open Afternoon (2pm) - 02 December 2021
Virtual Open Evening (7.30pm) - 02 December 2021
Christmas Open Day (10.30am-1pm) - 10 December 2021
Open Morning (10am) - 01 February 2022
Open Morning (10am) - 15 March 2022

Bedales Nursery & Pre-Prep - Dunannie
Bedales Prep - Dunhurst, Petersfield

Open Morning (10am) - 05 March 2022
Open Morning (10am) - 14 May 2022

This fabulous prep is grounded in the same concepts of individuality, freedom and variety of opportunities as Bedales – with which it shares a 120-acre site just outside Petersfield – and head Colin Baty is leading it to great places. Being allowed to wear their own clothes lets pupils express their individuality, and the first-names policy for everyone creates an atmosphere of mutual respect and trust. This is a wholesome school that prepares children well for entry to Bedales, while retaining enough structure to allow them to transition to a more traditional school at 13, which a small minority do.
Bedales Prep - Dunhurst
Eagle House School, Sandhurst

Open Morning - 12 March 2022
Open Morning - 23 April 2022

Celebrating its 200th birthday, 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 day - 26 November 2021

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

Open Morning - 06 November 2021

A Swallows and Amazons nirvana (without the boats), this traditional all-boys prep is quirky and fun with an extremely kind heart. It is non-selective at intake but very strong academically: a whopping number head for Eton, Harrow and Winchester. You won’t find in-your-face grandeur here but you will find positive values, enthusiasm, humour and teaching beyond compare.
Papplewick School
The Marist School - Prep Phase, Ascot

Prep Phase Open Morning - 11 March 2022

Values at this all-through girls’ school in Sunninghill are based on Catholic traditions and the Marist Way: an interactive, investigative curriculum that links the content of lessons between subjects. Everyone – from the co-ed nursery to the sixth form – shares the same 55-acre woodland site, and facilities are excellent, especially for sports, with swimming lessons in the on-site pool and ballet classes on offer for budding dancers.
The Marist School - Prep Phase
Walhampton School, Lymington

Open Morning - 11 February 2022
Open Morning - 06 May 2022

Top marks for the sensational location of this co-ed day and boarding prep, set in 100 acres of ancient woodland on the edge of the New Forest, with views across the Solent to the Isle of Wight. Over the past eight years, recently-departed head Titus Mills has worked wonders, completely re-energising the school, raising the academic standard and introducing all kinds of brilliant new initiatives from tokens for good behaviour to outdoor lessons at the Faraway Tree in the stunning grounds.
Walhampton School
Winchester House School, Brackley

Open Morning - 19 November 2021

Led by one of our favourite heads on the prep-school circuit, this innovative co-ed does things a bit differently – in a good way – while still implementing traditional values such as good manners, kindness and leadership. We found a lovely balance between the two.
Winchester House School
Windlesham House, Pulborough

Pre-Prep Open Morning - 04 November 2021

Windlesham House is one of those schools that evokes an incredible emotional response, with many parents themselves having spent Elysian childhoods here. In the heart of rural West Sussex, this is the oldest prep in the country yet has a very international outlook, offering day and boarding education to 320 boys and girls from 25 countries.
Windlesham House
Senior Schools
Bedales School, Petersfield

Senior Open Morning - 27 November 2021
Senior Open Morning - 05 February 2022
Senior Open Morning - 23 April 2022

There is no ‘similar experience at another school’, we were told as we arrived at Bedales – and on first impressions, you can believe it. This is a place where they have chosen to eschew the traditional: there’s no uniform, a less rigid timetable and even its own ‘Bedales Assessed Courses’, or BACs, with the aim of providing a better, more rounded and fluent pathway to A-level. Bedales is a breath of fresh air in idyllic grounds, with passionate and inspirational staff who clearly fully believe in the collaborative, close-knit and deeply pastoral philosophy of the school.
Bedales School
Benenden School, Cranbrook

Open Morning - 04 November 2021
Open Morning - 13 November 2021
Open Morning - 26 November 2021

Why do we love Benenden so much? Because it does exactly what it says on the tin: traditional, all-girls full boarding brought bang up to date. For the academically competent all-rounder who is happy to live in a lovely rural bubble, this is a reassuringly solid choice – and a school that’s firing on all cylinders.
Benenden School
Downe House, Thatcham

Open Morning - 13 November 2021
Open Morning - 15 January 2022
Open Morning - 19 March 2022
Open Morning - 23 April 2022
Open Morning - 11 June 2022

A slick, well-run school with a refreshing balance of work and play. Girls get punchy results and are encouraged to develop character and charm. They head off to top universities with invaluable grounding and a solid group of friends for life.
Downe House
Farlington School – Senior School & Sixth Form , Horsham

Open Evening - 09 November 2021

There’s quite a buzz about this pocket-rocket, all-through Sussex school, which is currently celebrating its 125-year milestone. Formerly all-girls, it began welcoming boys in 2018, and will be taking them into each year group in September – making it the only all-through (ages four to 18) co-ed day and boarding school in the Horsham area. Crucially, it is also small, with a caring, family-like atmosphere, which means that teachers know pupils very well and everyone has room to thrive.
Farlington School – Senior School & Sixth Form
Lancing College, Lancing

Group Visit (Year 9) - 06 November 2021

Revitalised, forward-looking and full of energy – welcome to Lancing College in 2021. There's an impressive equestrian centre with stabling for 20 horses, a dedicated sixth-form medical programme for future medics and, with academic results on the up, Lancing is a flexi boarding school to put firmly on your list. 
Lancing College
Mayfield School, Mayfield

Open Morning - 09 November 2021
Open Morning - 27 November 2021

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
Queen Anne's School, Caversham, Reading

Open Day - 19 November 2021

There’s a wonderfully unconventional buzz about Queen Anne’s, a smashing little school that has a forward-thinking head and is leading the way when it comes to innovative learning. Girls here don’t need to be top of the class – just happy to step out of their comfort zone and throw themselves into the endless opportunities that come their way.
Queen Anne's School, Caversham
Stowe School, Buckingham

Open Morning - 15 January 2022
Open Morning - 05 March 2022
Open Morning - 23 March 2022
Open Morning - 14 May 2022

No longer seen as a soft option, Stowe 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
The King's School Canterbury, Canterbury

13+ Entry Virtual Open Morning - 05 March 2022
13+ Entry Virtual Open Morning - 11 June 2022
Sixth Form Entry Virtual Open Morning - 18 June 2022
Sixth Form Entry Virtual Open Morning - 17 September 2022

Thought to be the oldest school in the UK (it’s been around since 597AD, when St Augustine arrived to evangelise England, and was rebranded by Henry VIII in 1541 as his own school – hence the name), King’s Canterbury is also one of the longest-established co-eds. It comes with an extraordinary history-steeped setting, heaps of tradition and a thrilling musical legacy (the cathedral doubles up as the school chapel). Results are superb, but there’s a much bigger point here: pupils are allowed to excel in any field they choose. 
The King's School Canterbury
The Marist School, Ascot

Senior Phase Open Morning - 18 February 2022

The Marist School
Wellington College, Crowthorne

Visitors Day - 20 November 2021

A progressive school at the forefront of educational innovation, Wellington was transformed by visionary head Sir Anthony Seldon and is soaring once again following the appointment of James Dahl.
Wellington College

South West England

Prep Schools
Badminton Junior School, Westbury-on-Trym

Nursery & Junior School Open Morning - 09 February 2022

As a small school, Badminton offers an incredible level of support from the get-go, with all girls well known individually and allowed to grow at their own pace. That’s not to say the junior school doesn’t have academic clout – it does. All subjects are taught by specialists and there’s a taster programme for languages (French in Year 3, followed by Latin, German and Spanish in successive years) run by teachers from the senior school. There’s lots of cross-subject creativity too, such as poems in geography or music in maths.
Badminton Junior School
Hatherop Castle, Cirencester

Open day - 14 May 2022

A small co-ed, countryside prep where every child has the chance to shine, Hatherop Castle has come on leaps and bounds under likeable head Nigel Reed. Numbers are up and there’s a real buzz about the place: the pupils we met were a cheery, positive bunch who told us that the best thing about coming here is the friendliness. 
Hatherop Castle
Hazlegrove Preparatory School, Yeovil

Open day - 06 November 2021

With its grand gateposts and neatly tended front lawns, this glorious Somerset prep has a film-set elegance to it. Rosy-cheeked children belt around its 200 acres on bicycles and scooters and clomp through forests in brightly coloured wellies (they were seemingly oblivious to the freezing sheet of fog that cloaked the school on the day we visited). But don’t be fooled by the idyllic country setting: this place is bursting with creativity and innovation.
Hazlegrove Preparatory School
Sandroyd School, Salisbury

Virtual Open Event - 02 December 2021

Deliberately small and deliciously rural, Sandroyd attracts outdoorsy types looking for the full traditional-prep-school experience. Hold the glitz; here, it’s all about fresh air, building dens, riding ponies and producing happy, spirited children. The academics aren’t half bad either.
Sandroyd School
Westonbirt Prep School, Tetbury

Open Door Morning - 03 December 2021

An academically inclusive prep that shares 210 acres (featuring a lake, amphitheatre and Italianate gardens) with Westonbirt Senior, this is a place where personal and social development are key. At the end of Year 6, pupils are awarded the Westonbirt Diploma at prize-giving – a holistic celebration of all they have achieved across the board, with creative arts, cooking and first aid counting for as much as the core subjects.
Westonbirt Prep School
Senior Schools
Badminton School, Bristol

Senior and Sixth Form Open Morning - 04 March 2022
Whole school open day - 02 May 2022

A small, all-girls, all-through day and boarding school from three to 18, where strong relationships are forged and a real culture of tolerance and respect is fostered. Badminton girls are, in the words of head Rebecca Tear, ‘not in a rush to grow up’, but at the same time ‘empowered, passionate and independent’ – a winning combination, we’d say. This is a hugely democratic sort of place, where girls are encouraged to be proactive – and it has an air of intellectual rigour to boot.
Badminton School
Cheltenham College, Cheltenham

Open Morning and Open House - 02 November 2021

Cheltenham College is the go-to school in these parts: smart but not too flash, academic without being a pressure cooker, fully co-ed and a solid day-, flexi- and full-boarding option, pitched at a broadly local contingent from the neighbouring shires. Cheltenham as a town is fab: stunning Regency architecture; charming little boutique shops and buzzy bars and restaurants. This is a relatively big school (710 pupils on the main site, plus another 400 or so at the prep, just across the road), but we love the strong family feel – and the fact the town setting makes Cheltenham College feel like a huge part of the local community.
Cheltenham College
Dauntsey's , Devizes

Open Day - 07 May 2022

Who was it who said that learning was life’s greatest adventure? Wherever it comes from, Dauntsey’s has taken it and turned it on its head. At this co-ed day and boarding school near the Wiltshire market town of Devizes, adventure is the greatest way to learn. Pupils are encouraged to step outside the classroom and participate in a range of outdoor activities including camping, orienteering, survival skills and lifesaving.
Dauntsey's
Godolphin School, Salisbury

Open Day - 26 November 2021

This might be one of the oldest girls’ boarding schools in the country, but there’s nothing stuck-in-the-past about this Salisbury school where pupils are instantly recognisable by their signature pinny uniforms. It’s aspirational and going places, with ever-improving results – yet most definitely not a hothouse. The school motto ‘Frank and Loyal Are We’ sums up the camaraderie that the school fosters.
Godolphin School
St Mary's Calne, Calne

Open Day - 06 November 2021
Open Day - 12 February 2022
Open Day - 07 May 2022

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
Westonbirt School, Tetbury

Open Door Morning - 03 December 2021

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
Senior Schools

Midlands

Prep Schools
Bilton Grange, Rugby

Pre-Prep Open Afternoon - 26 November 2021

Warwickshire prep Bilton Grange has long been one of the main feeders to Rugby – typically about 50 per cent of pupils choose the senior stalwart 10 minutes down the road – but at the beginning of 2020 the two officially merged. With benefits to both sides (not least sharing facilities and, at BG, more opportunities for specialist teaching), we’re interested to see how it will work in practice.
Bilton Grange
Wolverhampton Grammar Junior School, Wolverhampton

Year 3 Open Day - 13 November 2021
Junior School Open Day - 23 January 2022
Infant School Open Morning - 19 March 2022
Open Evening - 16 June 2022

Wolverhampton Grammar, located in the city’s suburbs, is refreshingly down to earth. Children are supported right the way through their educational journey at this highly aspirational, friendly and well-rounded day school – and we were blown away by the charming, engaged and conscientious pupils we met during our visit. The exciting news here at the junior school is its imminent growth: in September, a shiny new infant school will open, expanding the all-through offering from Reception to Year 13.
Wolverhampton Grammar Junior School
Senior Schools
King's Worcester, Worcester

Open Morning - 15 January 2022
Open Morning - 13 November 2022

Adjacent to the cathedral, this historic school has outstanding facilities (including a boathouse and extensive playing fields across the river) and academic results to match. New head Gareth Doodes (formerly at Dover College) took over in September. The music department has strong links with Worcester Cathedral and there are more than 100 clubs and societies for pupils to choose from.
King's Worcester
Malvern St James Girls' School, Great Malvern

Open Day - 11 March 2022

For Olivera Raraty, head of Malvern St James, it’s of paramount importance that girls leave her school feeling comfortable in their own skin. Indeed, everything about this all-girls boarding school seems specifically calibrated to create the most friendly and stimulating environment possible.
Malvern St James Girls' School
Rugby School, Rugby

Open Event - 13 November 2021
Open Day (13+, boarding) - 27 November 2021

Steeped in history and heritage, Rugby has strong traditions and a big foundation – and probably best known as the birthplace of the game that shares its name. Thousands of visitors and sports fans flock here each year from all corners of the globe to nose around the school museum and the blockbuster ancient buildings. But behind all the rugby hullabaloo, you’ll find a terrifically down-to-earth, unpretentious place that’s been educating pupils since 1567 (the school went fully co-ed in 1992). It’s a friendly place, renowned for producing glittering exam results while maintaining that all-important balance for life – we’re big fans of this Midlands legend.
Rugby School
Uppingham School, Uppingham

Fourth Form entry Visiting Day - 12 March 2022
Fourth Form entry Visiting Day - 23 April 2022
Sixth Form entry Visiting Day - 30 April 2022

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
Wolverhampton Grammar School, Wolverhampton

Sixth Form Open Evening - 18 November 2021
Open Evening - 16 June 2022

Wolverhampton Grammar, located in the city’s suburbs, is refreshingly down to earth. With both a senior and junior school, pupils are supported all the way through their educational journey at this highly aspirational, friendly and well-rounded day school. During our visit, the thing that most stood out to us were the pupils, who were charming, engaged and conscientious, and the school’s enthusiastic new head, who is the driving force behind the expansion of the junior school and the retooling of the house system. This is a modern, forward-thinking and tech-savvy senior that retains its strong grounding in its identity as a city school.
Wolverhampton Grammar School

Wales

Prep Schools
Senior Schools

North of England

Prep Schools
Aysgarth School, Bedale

Pre-Prep Open Morning - 05 November 2021

‘Of Oak, Not Willow’ is Aysgarth’s motto – and it utterly befits this sturdy rural prep. Traditional in outlook, atmosphere and set-up, it is a rare find. It has everything you could possibly want from an all-boys prep school: muddy-kneed pupils with a spring in their step, masses of outdoor space and a glorious countryside setting. Boys head off to the very best public schools brimming with confidence and equipped with old-fashioned values. The secret? Proper full boarding and LOTS of fun.
Aysgarth School
Senior Schools
Stonyhurst College, Clitheroe

Open Day - 06 November 2021

We challenge you to find a more soul-stirring school setting than this one. Surrounded by scenery that inspired JRR Tolkien’s Middle Earth, Stonyhurst is the oldest Jesuit school in the world, and its Grade I-listed, part-Elizabethan, part-Victorian pile is thought to be Europe’s largest building after the Palace of Versailles. With religion forming the backbone of the school – and a high percentage of international students creating a fantastic mix of cultures and backgrounds – the result is a brilliantly inclusive, outward-looking community proud to be part of one of the country’s leading Catholic schools.
Stonyhurst College

Scotland

Prep Schools
Senior Schools