Talk Education:

Of the two prep schools that are part of the King’s Worcester Foundation, co-ed King’s Hawford is the more rural, set on a large site on the banks of the Droitwich Canal, which means outdoor learning is integral to the way of life here. In kindergarten (from age 2) and Reception, every pupil gets a weekly forest-school session in woodland with space to plant trees, build shelters and learn about wildlife. These outdoor activities give boys and girls the self-confidence and independence of mind that fosters achievement in the mainstream curriculum.

Read the full report on the Talk Education website.

Muddy Stilettos:

Put it top of the list if you have an outdoorsy, sporty or dance and drama-loving child. Little go-getters will excel here, but it’s also great for the quieter type who need bringing out of their shell slightly. A fiercely outdoorsy school, wherever you look you’ll find children up trees, paddling on the canal, sketching on the ‘mound’ or bush crafting in the grounds.

Read the full report on the Muddy Stilettos Website.

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Described as ‘An outdoorsy prep with a warm, fun, family feel and happy, open and engaged children’. The whole place has the feel of a children’s village, with the original higgledy-piggledy Georgian house home to some classrooms and a dining hall, while the rest of the buildings – including converted stables and newer build low-rises – are well spread out, giving plenty of space for children to run around and climb trees (yes, they still do that here). ‘The only children it wouldn’t suit are those that don’t like getting muddy,’ reckoned a parent.

Read the full report on The Good Schools Guide Website.