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.

If you’d like a quick snapshot of the latest news from the leading independent schools in Oxfordshire and Berkshire, we have a handy guide that’s updated on a regular basis.

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The Abbey

  • Thursday 20 September – Senior School Open Evening
  • Friday 5 October – Junior School Open Morning
  • Thursday 11 October – Sixth Form Open Evening
  • Friday 12 October – Senior School Open Morning

Abingdon Prep

The next Open Morning is on Saturday 6 October from 10am-12pm.

Abingdon School

The next whole school Open Day will be on Saturday 29 September 2018. This is the main open day of the year.

Bloxham School

The next Whole School Opening Morning is Saturday 6th October 2018.

Carrdus School

Carrdus School is a non-selective, independent day prep school taking boys aged 3-8 and girls aged 3-11, on the borders of Oxfordshire, Northamptonshire and Warwickshire.

The next Open Mornings will take place on Friday 28th September 2018 from 10am-12noon. This  is a chance for parents to have a tour of the school and to meet our Headmaster, Mr Edward Way, other members of staff and children.

Carrdus School also hold regular ‘Come and Play’ mornings in their Nursery for prospective parents and pupils. These are a chance for parents to bring their children along for a play in the Nursery and gardens and to meet Headmaster, Mr Edward Way, other members of staff and children.

The next ‘Come and Play’ will be on Wednesday 3rd October 2018 from 10am – 11am.

Chandlings Prep School

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As a leading Independent day school, Chandlings Prep School educate boys and girls aged 2-11 within their 60 acres of beautiful grounds; located in idyllic Oxfordshire countryside, yet just five miles from Oxford itself, near Boars Hill.

Alongside such an enviable location, they pride themselves on exceptional academic achievement, genuine pastoral care and empathy, and superb facilities. These include bright modern classrooms as well as state-of-the-art rooms for Science, Art, Music, Design and Food Technology. Not forgetting their impressive sports facilities and extensive private rural surroundings that include a low-ropes course in the bluebell wood.

Chandlings would like to invite prospective and current parents to join their Open Morning on Saturday 22 September from 10.00am to 12.00pm and explore Chandlings. Click here to go straight to their booking form to attend an open event or arrange a visit.

Christchurch Cathedral School

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Claires Court

There is no need to book for Claires Court Open Events, but to save time on the day please pre-register.

  • All school open morning – Friday 28 September 2018 9.30am – 11.30am
  • Senior Girls open afternoon – Thursday 11 October 2018 2.30pm – 4.00pm
  • All school open morning – Tuesday 6 November 2018 9.30am – 11.30am
  • Senior boys open evening – Thursday 8 November 2018 6.30pm – 8.30pm
  • Sixth form open evening – Tuesday 20 November 2018
  • Nursery open morning – Tuesday 4 December 2018



Cokethorpe School

The next Open Day will be held during Michaelmas Term, on Saturday 22 September 2018 from 9.30am to 12.00pm.

Cranford House

  • Reception Taster Day – Wednesday 26 September 2018, 9.30-11.30am
  • Whole School Open Morning – Saturday 6 October 2018, 9.30am-12 noon

Downe House

Forthcoming Open Days

  • Saturday 24 November 2018
  • Saturday 19 January 2019
  • Saturday 23 March 2019
  • Saturday 15 June 2019

 Dragon School

  • Saturday, 12th May 2018 – day and boarding children
  • Saturday, 22nd September 2018 – day children
  • Saturday, 13th October 2018 – boarding children
  • Friday, 16th November 2018 – Pre-Prep

D’Overbroeck’s

Saturday, 6 October 2018 10am-1pm

Ask any of the D’Overbroeck’s 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.

Godstowe

  • Saturday 6th October 2018, 10am – 1pm

Hazel Grove

  • Saturday 6 October
  • Friday 12 October 2018

Headington  School

Whole school open morning 6th October 2018

Magdalen College School

  • Saturday 15 September 2018: Whole School Open Morning, 9.30 am–12 noon (no need to book)
  • Tuesday 25 September 2018: Sixth Form Open Evening 5.30–7.00 pm
  • Thursday 11 October 2018: Junior School Open Morning, 9.15 am
  • Thursday 11 October 2018: Senior School Open Afternoon, 2.30 pm
  • Friday 9th November 2018: Junior School Open Morning, 9.15-11.00am

The Manor Preparatory School

  • Saturday 6 October 2018, 10am – 12.30pm
  • Friday 16 November 2018, 9.30am-11.30am

Moulsford Prep School

  • Friday 21st September 2018, from 10am – 12pm or 1pm –  3pm
  • Saturday 22nd September 2018, from 9am – 12pm

New College School, Oxford

The next NCS open morning is on Saturday 29th September 2018, 10.00-12.00

Oratory Prep School

Saturday 29 September 2018 from 10.00am – 12.30am.

Our Lady’s Abingdon

Our Lady’s Abingdon is a thriving independent day school for boys and girls aged 3-18 years set in beautiful grounds near the centre of Abingdon.  A Catholic school, they warmly welcome children of all faiths and none, encouraging all to benefit from their inclusive, nurturing ethos.

For over 150 years OLA has had a reputation for high academic standards and excellent pastoral care.  Our Lady’s Abingdon are proud of their distinctive family atmosphere, which fosters a real sense of community and happy relationships between staff and pupils.

OLA are always pleased to arrange visits for prospective parents and pupils. You may wish to book an individual visit to have a look around, or to come along to an Open Day.  All are welcome at their open events and there is no need to book.

  • Open Morning Senior School – Saturday 22nd September 2018
  • Open Morning Junior School – Saturday 29th September 2018

Oxford High School

  • Tuesday 11th September – Senior School – Meet the Headmaster – 9.30am -11.30am
  • Wednesday 12th September – Sixth Form Open Evening – 6.30pm -9.00pm
  • Tuesday 18th September – Junior School Admissions Day
  • Monday 24th September – Junior School Open Morning – 9.30am -11am
  • Wednesday 26th September – Senior School – Meet the Headmaster – 9.30am -11.30am
  • Tuesday 2nd October – Junior School Stay and Play
  • Friday 5th October – Senior School Annual Open Evening
  • Wednesday 17th October – Senior School – Meet the Headmaster – 9.30am -11.30am
  • Monday 5th November – Junior School Open Morning – 9.30am -11am

Rye St Anthony

Saturday 29 September 2018 at 10.00am – 12.30pm.

Shiplake College

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The next open morning will take place on:

  • Whole School (Years 7 and 9 Entry) Saturday 22 September 2018 9.15am – 12.00noon
  • Sixth Form Only Saturday 6 October 2018 9.15am – 12.00noon
  • Whole School (Years 7 and 9 Entry) Saturday 23 March 2019 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

  • Junior School open morning Saturday 22 September 2018 10.30am ~ 12noon
  • Whole School open morning Friday 5 October 2018 from 9.45am
  • Sixth form open evening Tuesday 16 October 2018 6.30pm ~ 8.30pm
  • Whole school open morning Friday 16 November 2018 from 9.45am
  • Junior school open morning Friday 1 February 2019 9.45am ~ 12noon
  • Whole school open  morning Friday 1 March 2019 from 9.45am
  • Junior school open morning Saturday 23 March 2019 10.30am ~ 12noon

St Edwards Prep

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St Edwards Prep hold Open Days every term to showcase this exciting and engaging school, where boys are supported and challenged to learn, grow and take risks in a warm and nurturing environment. From their Little Griffins Pre-Reception Class, for pre-school children who are ready for new adventures, right up to our Year 6 boys, taking their 11+ examinations in their stride,  happy children discover a love of learning and the confidence to fulfil their full potential.

The next Open Day will be in early October. There will be more details here nearer the time. In the meantime, you are welcome to make an appointment to visit, to discover more about the vibrant and friendly school. Headmaster, Stuart Morgan-Nash, would love to give you a guided tour to show you innovative and inspirational learning in practice.

St Helen & St Katharine

Headmistress’ Breakfast

– Tuesday 11 December 2018

– Thursday 14 February 2019

– Monday 11 March 2019

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

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Summer Fields  hold several Open Mornings each year, to which all prospective parents and their families are warmly invited.  The day starts with coffee with the Headmaster and other members of staff.  You will then enjoy a tour of the school in the company of one or two of our Year 7 tour guides.  These boys will tell you everything there is to know about the school, and are enthusiastic and honest founts of wisdom.  They do not prime the boys or staff to do anything out of the ordinary during the morning, so it is your chance to see Summer Fields running as it always does.

  • Pre-Prep School (Reception – Year 3) –  Saturday 13 October 2018
  • Prep School (Years 4 – 8) – Saturday 6 October 2018

The Unicorn School

Tuesday 2nd October 2018
Thursday 22nd November 2018
Tuesday 5th February 2019
Wednesday 8th May 2019

Wellington College

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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.

  • Saturday 15th September (16+ 2019 Only)
  • Saturday 6th October – FULL
  • Saturday 17th November
  • Saturday 19th January 2019

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