Coming in to land: boarding schools within an hour of Heathrow

We scope out UK boarding schools accessible from overseas  (image credit: Unsplash)

We scope out UK boarding schools accessible from overseas  (image credit: Unsplash)

Whether you are looking for a UK boarding school for your children, whilst the family remains overseas or simply need to be within easy striking distance of Heathrow, this list might be just the ticket - a handy round up of just a few of our suggestions within the magic 60 minutes, traffic prevailing, with details of when to visit this Autumn and beyond. 

Don't forget to check details with individual schools - some need booking, all will arrange a tour to suit you if you are coming from overseas.

Those residing overseas will have a variety of additional hoops to jump through all of which require careful planning in advance. Some schools offer limited 'overseas' places and testing is likely to be rigorous. 

To find out more or find a speedy solution, do get in touch: jessica@schoolhunters.co.uk

Co-ed Prep Schools

Moulsford Prep School, Wallingford:
next dates in the Spring

Dragon School, Oxford:
Saturday, 8th October 2016 (day or boarding)
Saturday, 25th February 2017 (TBC)
Saturday, 13th May 2017 (day or boarding)

Eagle House School, Sandhurst (in the grounds of Wellington College):
Saturday 1st October 2016, 10am

Lambrook School, Ascot:
Saturday 1st October 2016, 9.30am

Beachborough School, Brackley:
Friday 7th October 2016, 9.30am

St Andrew’s School, Pangbourne:
Friday 7th October 2016, 9.15am

The Oratory Preparatory School, Reading (boarding from year 6):
Saturday 8th October 2016

Winchester House School, Brackley:
Saturday 8th October 2016, 10.30am

Hurst Lodge School, Ascot (from year 5):
Open day passed, contact school for tour

Brockhurst and Marlston House Schools – see single sex preps

St George’s School, Windsor:
Contact the school to arrange a visit

Co-ed Prep to 18

LVS Ascot, Berkshire (boarding from 7):
Wednesday 12th October 2016
Wednesday 8th February 2017
Tuesday 9th May 2017

Co-ed Senior Schools

Pangbourne College, Reading:
Saturday 8th October 2016, 9am (sixth form)
Saturday 5th November 2016, 9.30am (junior house, years 7 & 8)

St Edward's School, Oxford:
Saturday 13th May 2016 (13+ entry)

Leighton Park School, Reading:
Saturday 1st October 2016, 9.30am

d'Overbroeck's, Oxford:
Saturday 8th October 2016, 10am

Reddam House, Wokingham:
Saturday 8th October 2016

Luckley House School, Wokingham:
Saturday 8th October 2016, 9am

Padworth College, Berkshire:
Tuesday 18th October 2016, 1pm

Wellington College, Sandhurst:
Autumn dates fully booked, contact school to book for the spring.
Saturday 14th January 2017, 10.30am
Saturday 25th February 2017, 10.30am

Bradfield College, Berkshire:
Contact the school to arrange a visit

Boys’ Prep Schools

Summer Fields School, Oxford:
Saturday 8th October 2016

Christ Church Cathedral School, Oxford:
Saturday 1st October 2016, 9.30am

Brockhurst School, Newbury (boarding from 9 years):
Saturday 15th October, 10.30am

Elstree School, Reading:
Saturday 15th October 2016, 10am
Saturday 4th March 2017, 10am
Saturday 13th May 2017, 10am

Papplewick School, Ascot:
Saturday 5th November 2016, 9am

Caldicot Preparatory School, Buckinghamshire:
Not yet announced

Cothill House, Abingdon:
Spring open day

Ludgrove School, Wokingham:
Register your interest to be invited to an open event.

Sunningdale School, Berkshire:
No open days – contact the school to arrange a visit

Boys’ Senior Schools

Abingdon School:
Saturday 1st October 2016, 9.30am

Shiplake College, Henley-on-Thames (girls in VIth form):
Saturday 8th October 2016 2016, 9.30am
Saturday 18th March 2017, 9.30am

Eton College, Windsor:
No open days, contact the school to arrange a visit.

The Oratory School, Reading:
The autumn open day has passed, but there will be another in the spring. A show round can be booked with the Head’s PA.

Radley College, Abingdon:
No open days, but get in touch to arrange a visit.

Charterhouse, Godalming: (with co-ed sixth form)
Open mornings for sixth form girls, otherwise afternoon visits instead. Email: visits@charterhouse.org.uk for more details

Harrow School, London:
next opening morning: Saturday 21st January 2017, 9.30am

Girls’ Prep Schools

Godstowe School, High Wycombe:
Saturday 8th October 2016, 10am

Marlston House School, Newbury (boarding from 9 years):
Saturday 15th October, 10.30am

Girls’ Schools 8 to 18

Rye St Antony, Oxford:
Autumn open day has passed but the school welcomes visitors on any day.

Girls’ Senior Schools

Headington School, Oxford:
Thursday 29th September 2016, 10am

St George’s Ascot, Berkshire:
Saturday 8th October 2016, 10.30am

Heathfield School, Ascot:
Saturday 15th October 2016, 10am
Saturday 4th March 2017, 10am
Saturday 20th May 2017, 10am

Wycombe Abbey School, Buckinghamshire:
Saturday 15th October
Saturday 4th March
Saturday 10th June

Queen Anne’s, Caversham:
Friday 18 November 2016 at 9.30am
Friday 10 March 2017 at 9.30am
Saturday 6 May 2017 at 9.30am

St Mary’s School Ascot, Berkshire:
Saturday 19th November 2016
Saturday 18th March 2017
Saturday 13th May 2017

Downe House, Thatcham, Berkshire:
Contact the registrar for invitation to open morning. Michaelmas dates are full – register now for the new year.
Saturday 21 January 2017, 9.30am
Saturday 18 March 2017, 9.30am
Saturday 22 April 2017, 9.30am
Saturday 17 June 2017, 9.30am

Wychwood School, Oxford:
No open days – contact the school to arrange a visit.