The best Independent Schools in Oxfordshire & Berkshire : Open Days

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If you’re researching independent schools as a prospective parent, then Open Day events are a great way to get a much better insight than just reading the prospectus.  It’s an ideal chance to see the facilities, meet the staff and get a feel for the school culture and outlook.

Open Days are arranged at many of the best independent schools in Oxfordshire and Berkshire, usually several times a year.  We’ve rounded up the next open days scheduled.

The Abbey

Friday 2 February – Junior School Open Morning 9.15am
Friday 2 March – Senior School Open Morning 9.00am

Abingdon Prep

The next Open Morning will be on Tuesday 27 February 2018 starting at 9.30am

Abingdon School

The next event will take place on Tuesday 20 February 2018. Both parents and boys are welcome. To register your interest and/or to book a place, please send an email to

Cokethorpe School

The next Open Day will be held during Lent Term, on Saturday 17 March 2018 from 9.30am to 12.00pm.

Christchurch Cathedral School

  • Saturday 3rd February: Chorister for a Day
  • Friday 2nd March, 10.00 am – 11.30 am: Stay and Play*
  • Tuesday 13th March, 9.15 am – 11.30 am: Open Morning

All families are welcome.  To book or to find out more, please contact the Registrar, Mrs Clare James, either by email or on 01865 242561.  If these dates are not convenient, Mrs James would be delighted to arrange a private tour.


Cranford House

  • Monday 5 – Friday 9 February 2018
  • Monday 23 – Friday 27 April 2018

To register for any of  Open Events, please click here.

Dragon School

  • Saturday, 3rd March 2018 – boarding children
  • Saturday, 12th May 2018 – day and boarding children

You are very welcome to contact them by email on  or by telephone on 01865 315405 to book a place on any of the days above.

Individual family tours of the school can be arranged during term time on weekdays and Saturdays. You are welcome to come with or without your children. Parents may also like to know that while most pupils start in September, many families have appreciated the school’s ability to offer flexible starting times throughout the year.



Saturday 3rd February 10am to 1pm

Ask any of our students and parents and they will probably tell you that what makes d’Overbroeck’s so special is its environment. They will talk of it having a “friendly, encouraging, unstuffy, family atmosphere” where they are ambitious and celebrate success but want the journey to be as interesting as the destination. They focus on the things that matter and there is a real sense of mutual respect between staff and students- to a degree you won’t find in many other schools.

The best way to experience this is to go and see them. You are welcome at any time – just contact them to arrange a visit – but their Open Days provide an excellent opportunity to meet a lot of people quickly! These events are relatively informal with the focus being on you having the time to talk to students, meet staff and look around at a pace that suits you.


  • Tuesday 27th February 2018 (Years 3-8)
  • Thursday 1st March 2018 (Nursery – Year 2)

Open Mornings are held each term and give you the perfect opportunity to see the school in action, meet staff, children and parents.

Informal tours are conducted by our older girls, and the Headmaster will be delighted to meet with you over refreshments.


Hazel Grove

The next open mornings are running on

Tuesday 30 January 2018
Saturday 3 February 2018

Headington Preparatory School

Early Years Foundation Stage Coffee Mornings, Prep School Open Mornings and their new Whole School Open Mornings are great ways to get to know the School better and talk to teachers and girls, before applying.

Prep Open Morning 7th March 10:00am to 12:00pm

Early Years Foundation Stage Open Day 15th March 2018 10:00am – 11:30am


Magdalen College School

Junior School Open Afternoon

Senior School Open Afternoons

The Manor Preparatory School

Schedule of open mornings.

Wednesday 24 January 2018, 9.30am-11.30am
Thursday 15 March 2018, 9.30am-11.30am
Wednesday 9 May 2018, 9.30am-11.30am
Friday 22 June 2018, 9.30am-11.30am

Oratory Prep School

Saturday 24 February 2018 between 10.00am and 12.30pm

Our Lady’s Abingdon

  • Open Morning – Tuesday 20th June
  • Open Morning – Saturday 23rd September
  • Sixth Form Open Evening – Wednesday 11th October

All are welcome and there is no need to book.

Oxford High School


Rye St Anthony

Rye will be opening its doors to both current and prospective parents for the Open Morning on Saturday 19 May 2018 at 10.00am – 12.30pm.

Rye St Antony is a busy, happy school which achieves excellent results for its pupils, both academic and personal. Judged to be ‘Excellent’ in all areas by the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) Feb 2017. Rye pupils are enabled to reach their full academic potential by having access to first class teaching and extra-curricular opportunities that develop them as individuals.

Shiplake College

The next open morning will take place on:

  • Saturday 17 March 2018 (Whole School): 9.15am – 12.00noon
  • Saturday 22 September 2018 (Whole School): 9.15am – 12.00noon
  • Saturday 6 October 2018 (Sixth Form Only): 9.15am – 12.00noon

The best way to find out more about Shiplake College is to go and visit. Having a look around and meeting the welcoming staff will help you to decide whether Shiplake is the perfect school for you and your child.

They would be delighted to welcome you to their of their upcoming open mornings. The mornings include an address from the Headmaster, a guided tour of the College by one of our existing pupils and an opportunity to speak with senior members of staff over refreshments.  They always look forward to welcoming new families to the College, and hope visitors find the mornings interesting, informative and enjoyable.

They do request that families book their attendance in advance and please note that there is a set programme for the mornings so arrival at the published start time is required.


Sibford School

  • for pupils entering Year 7 in Sep 2018 Wednesday 24 and Thursday 25 January 2018
  • Junior School open morning Friday 2 February 2018 10.00am ~ 12noon
  • Whole school open morning Friday 2 March 2018 from 9.45am
  • Junior School open morning Saturday 17 March 2018 10.30am ~ 12noon
  • Whole school open morning Friday 4 May 2018 from 9.45am
  • Annual open day Saturday 16 June 2018


 St Helen & St Katharine

Headmistress’ Breakfast

– Tuesday 20 February 2018
– Monday 12 March 2018
– Friday 27 April 2018
– Tuesday 15 May 2018
– Wednesday 13 June 2018

To register to attend a Headmistress Breakfast, please contact their Admissions Office.

Next open day will be held on 29 September 2018.


St John’s Priory School

Their Open Mornings take place during the months of  March, June and October


Summer Fields

Our next general Open Morning will take place on: Saturday 12 May 2018


The Unicorn School

At the open mornings  you will gain an insight into their specialist approach to teaching and experience the unique character and style of the school.

Open Mornings run from  9am to 12noon and include a tour guided by older pupils, a brief presentstion by the Head Teacher and plenty of opportunities to discuss any questions or uncertainties you may have.

There is no need to book, please just come along and they will be delighted to welcome you.

They hold several Open Mornings each year, for 2017-2018 the dates are:

Tuesday 6th February 2018
Thursday 3rd May 2018

Wellington College

Visitors Days are the most popular way of visiting Wellington. These events take place on Saturday mornings, seven times a year, and provide an easy and effective way of conducting a first visit to the College. After refreshments at 10.30am, the Master addresses visitors from 11am until 12noon with help from a pupil panel and senior staff. There is then an opportunity to tour the campus with a current pupil before lunch is served in the Dining Hall at 1pm. Please click here ‘Book a Visitors Day’ to reserve a place. Upcoming Visitors Days:

  • Saturday 20th January
  • Saturday 24th February

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