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5 Prep School Open Days Taking Place this October

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Several of the independent schools around Tunbridge Wells are hosting open days this October which you can find out more about below. This is a great opportunity to get a better insight into the schools while adhering to social distancing guidelines. 

Marlborough House School Open Morning

♥  Marlborough House School Open Morning – Friday 9th October

You are invited to the Marlborough House School Open Morning on Friday 9th October, from 9am – 1pm.

Please do join us for our next Open Morning on Friday 9th October from 9.00am – 1.00pm, where you will have the opportunity to see the school in action, meet our new Head, Eddy Newton and see for yourself what makes Marlborough House so special. Please note, to enable us to safely run our Open Morning, we will be asking those who register to book a preferred time slot of 9.00am or 11.00am for their school visit.


Gender/ Ages: Boys and Girls, rising 3 – 13 years

Type: Day and Flexi Boarding

2020 Results: 100% Common Entrance Pass Rate, 100% Cranbrook Exam Pass Rate


When: Friday 9th October, 9am – 1pm
Where: Marlborough House, Hawkhurst, Kent, TN18 4PY
Booking details: Contact the Registrar, Mrs Emma Houchin to book your place: registrar@marlboroughhouseschool.co.uk or make your booking online HERE.

Further information: Visit Marlborough House School online

Set in acres of beautiful countryside, on the border of Kent and East Sussex, Marlborough House is a traditional, country Prep School with a distinctly family feel; small enough for everyone to be known and cared for whilst still embracing the future that our children will be part of.

Marlborough House is a school where every child is encouraged and supported to excel and reach their goals through nurture and challenge. We pride ourselves on our strong pastoral support and recognise that only a happy child can truly become a confident and independent learner.

As we approach our 150th Anniversary, Marlborough House School continues to prepare pupils through an exciting and engaging curriculum.  Values and Character Education are actively taught alongside the Academic, Creative and Sporting Curriculum to ensure our children are ready for their next steps.

Our children are our best ambassadors and we warmly invite you to come and meet them at our Open Morning, and find out what makes Marlborough House so special.

Address: Marlborough House School, High Street, Hawkhurst, Cranbrook TN18 4PY

The New Beacon Open Day_October 2019

♥    The New Beacon Open Day – Friday 9th October

The New Beacon is a place of energy and success, for individual boys and for the entire school community. We know what makes boys tick – from the sensitive to the ebullient – and I have no doubt they achieve more here than in any school I have led.  A clear mission, high expectations and excellent teaching lead to achievement: they can all be found in this Prep School. Our recent school inspection stated, “The School is highly accomplished in meeting its aim to ensure that the pupils leave as problem solvers, who can take responsibility for their work, and their lives”. Mike Piercy, Headmaster.

In the classroom, on the sports field, in the music room, the art, design and technology departments, or even in the way members of the school community support each other, New Beacon boys strive for personal excellence.

The School provides a broad, balanced, intellectual, creative and spiritual education with academic achievement at its heart. Our boys are challenged and encouraged, with equal opportunity for all. It is our aim that boys achieve their best through high expectation, excellent teaching and nurtured confidence. The school inspectors said, “the quality of pupils’ academic and other achievements is excellent”.

All who work at The New Beacon strive for the highest possible standards in every aspect of the school community and education for the boys. Teachers are specialists in their field, highly professional, dedicated and ambitious for their charges. We believe each boy is an individual and our pastoral care is tailored to help him achieve his best. Respect underpins every strand of school life: respect for the school, its values and traditions; respect for each other – adult and pupil alike; respect for self.

Respect for ‘difference’, regardless of background, culture, belief, opinion, ability or character. We believe in ‘acceptance’ rather than ‘tolerance’. We wish to engender in boys the value of ‘community’, family, school, local and global, through which they have a growing understanding of the world and their place in it.

We ask each boy to strive for personal excellence, aiming to be the best he can be, making the most of every opportunity and possibility. We aim to develop initiative and responsible independence; realistic and respectful ambition.

Many people who meet Beacon Boys remark on the qualities which we endorse: good manners and courtesy; sporting etiquette; confidence (but not arrogance); intellectual curiosity, creativity and innovation.

Do contact us to book a place at one of our Open Days which will give you the opportunity to meet the staff, see the school and be hosted by the boys! Come and find out what makes The New Beacon such a wonderful place for boys on Friday 9th October from 9am to 12 noon. You will also be able to ask any questions that you may have regarding your son’s education.

We are also excited to show you our beautiful new nursery which opened last September. This is for girls and boys rising three years old.

Address: The New Beacon, Brittains Lane, Sevenoaks, Kent, TN13 2PB

Somerhill Open Day October

♥  The Schools at Somerhill – Saturday 10th October

Rated “excellent” by the Independent Schools Inspectorate Nov 2019


Saturday October 10th

Book your personal tour ONLINE

Somerhill is a wonderfully happy learning environment. Set in 150 acres of glorious parkland, we offer a wealth of opportunities in a wide range of pursuits and have a strong record of academic success placing children in both grammar and independent schools at 11/13+.

Somerhill Pre-Prep is for boys and girls (aged 3-7), Derwent Lodge is for girls (aged 7-11) and Yardley Court for boys (aged 7-13).

At the heart of our curriculum is enquiry-based learning which puts emphasis on the building of skills, investigation and self-reflection. At Somerhill we believe in a healthy balance of the digital domain and the natural world, and learning takes place both indoors and outdoors. We believe in the power of discovery, inspiration from the natural environment as well as providing excellent thought provoking and stimulating classrooms and facilities. We are one of the only Prep Schools in the UK to include Engineering in its curriculum.

Join us at our Open Day on Saturday October 10th, 9.30am onwards, where you will have the opportunity to visit us on site and take a personal tour of the school and its extensive facilities. All tours will be booked individually with time slots available throughout the day.

If you are looking for a school where your child can thrive, in a small class, and with an overall education focused around their individual needs, then please visit us.

To book a tour please book online via our website: Somerhill

Address: The Schools at Somerhill, Somerhill, Tonbridge, Kent TN11 0NJ

Holmewood House Opening Morning March

♥ Holmewood House Autumn Term ‘Open Week’ – Monday 12th to Friday 16th October

Holmewood House is a co-educational, non-selective school for boys and girls aged 3-13 years, situated in 30 acres of glorious grounds in Tunbridge Wells. Holmewood provides a broad, well-balanced curriculum with outstanding teachers in what is very much a family school, where the positive relationships between the teachers and pupils allows staff to get to know and understand the individual needs of each and every child. They foster their talents and nurture their growth through a broad, balanced, challenging and exciting curriculum.

The school wholeheartedly believes that emotional and social well-being, self-esteem, happiness and confidence are of prime importance and are in themselves inextricably linked to academic progress. Staff are excited by the curiosity and thirst for learning that each child, regardless of their ability, naturally displays. They work hard to allow each child to ask why, to query and to have the time to develop their thoughts into fresh discoveries and innovations and, in doing so, overcome the challenges faced. The end result is the celebration of learning – a reward in its own right!

The wonderful environment and outstanding facilities provide a strong framework upon which the ethos of ‘allowing children to be children’ can be achieved. Childhood is full of exciting new experiences which, parents and teachers relive, through the eyes and laughter of the children.

The relationship between home and school is of fundamental importance in ensuring every child is surrounded by the love, care and guidance which they require as they make their way through their educational journey. In short, the partnership allows the children to enjoy the most important journey of all; childhood.

As our Open Mornings often plays host to a large number of families, we are currently unable to host these events due to COVID-19 restrictions.  In place of this we are delighted to announce the dates for our Autumn Term ‘Open Week’ for the week commencing 12th October 2020.

During your visit with us, you will receive a bespoke 1:1 socially distanced tour of our exceptional facilities as well as being offered the opportunity to meet with the Headmaster and other members of staff.

Due to restrictions, only pre-registered visitors are permitted to attend and the number of tours available each day is limited. We would kindly ask that families declare themselves well prior to their visit with us and that face coverings are used. Reserve your place at the Open Week HERE.

Address: Holmewood House School, Langton Green, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN3 0EB

new Headmaster at Skippers Hill

♥  Skippers Hill Manor Preparatory School – October Open Week from Monday 12th to Friday 16th October  

Skippers Hill is a non-selective independent Prep school for boys and girls aged two to thirteen, set in 22 acres of Wealden countryside in the village of Five Ashes, Mayfield.

At the heart of everything we do at Skippers lies a deep care of each child’s wellbeing and our warm and harmonious family atmosphere allows every child to thrive.

We offer a broad and deep education, where innovation is welcome and children are taught by specialists in art, computing, design technology, languages, music, performing arts, science and sport.

Skippers’ children are encouraged by our enthusiastic, highly qualified staff to flourish in every respect; talents and personalities are cherished and ‘outcomes for all of our children are excellent’ (ISI Inspection 2019).

Our aim is to help children develop into becoming great learners and thinkers who will enter our complex and ever-changing world with confidence and the skills they need to make a positive difference.

If you’re looking for a school with an excellent reputation and a welcoming atmosphere, then ‘Jump Right In’ by coming along to our October Open Week from 12-16 October 2020 where you will be shown around our school, speak with current pupils and find out all about life at Skippers. You will also meet some of the Skipper’s team and as well as our new Headmaster Mr Makhouli.

Booking an appointment at our Open Week is essential. We aim to accommodate tours around our school timetable to ensure the safety of our children during the current Coronavirus pandemic.

Get in touch with our School Office on 01825 830 234 or go to the Skippers Hill website to register your interest and organise a pre-booked time slot.

Address: Skippers Hill, Five Ashes, Mayfield, East Sussex, TN20 6HR