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Open days are an excellent way to assess a school, so make sure to take the opportunit­y to see behind the scenes at these leading independen­t schools

Founded in 1977, Brackenfie­ld has been Harrogate’s prep school for more than 40 years and is now welcoming parents who were once pupils themselves.

Founding head Margie Sutcliffe establishe­d a family ethos that lives on in perpetuity, meaning more than anything else that children are happy and cared for.

Curriculum and learning, activities, outdoor learning and community are four areas of a mission to focus children’s achievemen­ts, underpinne­d by the core values of kindness, honesty, respect, confidence, initiative and perseveran­ce.

As a result, children are not only academical­ly able, they are also confident and caring individual­s who become proud ambassador­s for school and community.

A flexible approach supports both pupils and parents, with wraparound care including before and after-school provision to assist busy families with their work and careers secure in the knowledge children are happy and busy too. Holiday clubs offer enriching activities, too.

Cundall Manor School blends the best traditions of honour, integrity and courtesy with up-to-the-minute teaching facilities and approaches.

It ensures every child feels happy, safe, supported and celebrated so they can engage fully with the educationa­l challenges and risks which maximise learning and achievemen­t.

While many pupils achieve top standards and awards across academia, sports and music, its aim is to ensure everyone can participat­e in a full range of activities, whatever their ability.

At Queen Mary’s School, girls join a big family which cares deeply about them and their future, be they day pupils or boarders. A tailored approach produces confident pupils with excellent academic

A tailored approach produces confident pupils with excellent academic results…

results who move on to respected sixth form and university destinatio­ns.

Alongside the successful pursuit of academic achievemen­ts, pupils are nurtured in order to flourish as individual­s and to discover who they truly are.

A leading Catholic school for more than 175 years, Mount St Mary’s and its prep school Barlboroug­h Hall arerootedi­na Jesuit mission dating back 400 years.

These co-educationa­l schools, where pupils of all faiths and background­s are welcome, produce grateful and generous, learned and wise young men and women of conscience, compassion and competence.

‘Be the best version of yourself ’ is the motto of Ashville College, reflecting its culture of high expectatio­ns, ambition and staying true to the Methodist foundation­s on which it was establishe­d in 1877.

It promotes a love of all-round learning for its own sake, not just as a means to an end, by providing a wide range of opportunit­ies for intellectu­al, physical and personal interest and developmen­t.

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 ?? ?? OPPORTUNIT­IES: Get a taste of what these schools have to offer on forthcomin­g open days at, among others, Brackenfie­ld, left, Cundall Manor, top, and Queen Mary’s, above.
OPPORTUNIT­IES: Get a taste of what these schools have to offer on forthcomin­g open days at, among others, Brackenfie­ld, left, Cundall Manor, top, and Queen Mary’s, above.
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