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  • Brentwood School exterior

    BRENTWOOD SCHOOL, BRENTWOOD

    Striking an unusual balance between co-ed and single-sex learning, this successful independent delivers history and heart alongside its stellar academic record

  • How to manage back-to-school anxiety

    With the nation’s schoolchildren poised to go back to school, it’s a tense time for everyone. So, how, as parents, should we control our fears? Muddy finds out.

  • exam results Essex

    The parent’s guide to surviving exam results…

    ...because it's not just the kids who will be bricking it on the GCSE and A level results days this year, right?

  • Kitesurfing

    Where to get your water sports fix this summer

    Nothing beats that first sun-kissed wash of water hitting your toes, but the Big Blue is more than just a holiday fling. From windsurfing and wakeboarding to SUP yoga and wild swimming, these Essex waterways are making a splash in the world of fitness, too

  • Ipswich School

    Ipswich School

    This city-based, selective co-ed school for ages 11-18 pulls off the near impossible: amazing results across the board while retaining a happy, creative environment

  • Children's books

    10 books for younger kids

    Kids have had a lot on their plates: no school, no play dates, and slim chance of a summer of fun in the sun. Here's 10 great book for ages 5-8 to create a fictional escape route from the madness.

  • Ipswich Prep School

    Ipswich Prep School

    This selective co-ed day school (for ages 3 - 11) in Ipswich strikes the perfect balance between impressive academics and a pastorally strong, nurturing vibe

  • Audley End House

    The hottest haunts to hit post-lockdown

    As some of the county’s coolest stores, cultural must-sees and family-friendly parks tentatively start to reopen their doors and gates to the public again, we’ve got the lowdown on where to head for your social(ly distanced) fix right now

  • Is it time to try an online school?

    With many children struggling to study at home and doubts over September start dates, specialist ‘virtual’ schools are gaining huge traction - but what do they offer that’s different?

  • Parent ‘Lockdown learning’ survey – the results

    Earlier this month we commissioned our own comprehensive survey amongst Muddy readers into Lockdown Learning – and we’ve been blown away by the response! Thank you to the 1200 of you who expressed how you felt about virtual-schooling, the difficulties you and your children were facing, as well as revealing surprise success stories and offering […]

  • 18 new-season buys for kids for under £25

    Don't let your kids' sartorial standards slip as much as yours have this spring with our edit of corona cash friendly buys for little ones

  • Living in lockdown with teens – eek!

    Here are 20 things to do that might encourage your teenagers to get out of bed by midday – or at the very least by least by nightfall (fingers crossed).

  • 10 best subscription boxes for kids

    Running on empty when it comes to entertaining the kids? Royal Mail comes up trumps with these brilliant subscription boxes – time to sit with a gin and wait for the postman.

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