Why Choose a Country Prep School
Mowden Hall School is located in the heart of beautiful Northumberland
While the last couple of years has undoubtedly been extremely hard, people have still been able to extract some positives from the pandemic. One of these is definitely the renewed appreciation for the great outdoors and the benefits it affords our wellbeing.
Across the nation, people have reestablished their connection with their outdoor space, and the value of access to such is at an all-time premium. Taking away our liberty to roam free, even for short periods of time, has had a profound effect.
Garden makeovers have been at the fore of many DIY projects and for those fortunate enough, have relocated in search of a more rural expanse. This trend has seeped into education, as city dwellers move out of urban schools to seek out the space that a country prep affords.
5 Benefits of a Country Prep School
“Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountain and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters, and teach of us more than we can ever learn from books.” – John Lubbock
While we aren’t able to offer up a mountain or the sea, the school is situated on over 52 acres of luscious grounds, with candid views of fields, rolling hills and friendly sheep who often show interest in the children by poking their heads over the fence.
Surrounded by historic landmarks you certainly know that you’re in the countryside. Children are allowed to roam free, build dens in the woods, climb trees, get muddy—be children. ‘Children only have one childhood’; is an ethos that sits at the core of our values. Our children have the scope to run around and play in one of the greatest assets on earth; that certainly makes for a stimulating and profitable learning environment.
“If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.” – Marcus Tullius Cicero
The school’s Eco Garden, built in memoriam of our school’s founder is a special place. The project provides an exciting gateway for the children to learn about growing their own produce and creating a more sustainable environment for themselves, as well as future generations. Any harvest is sent to the school kitchen to be made into something delicious for all the children to enjoy.
At the other end of the grounds, Woodland Classroom encourages the children to learn about the natural environment and observe wildlife. They also develop survival skills, such as building fires and orienteering. These activities help strengthen relationships with each other, improve communication skills and enjoy shared experiences that then translate into a foundation for better classroom relationships.
In a country prep school, there is a ‘come rain or shine’ mentality, from which emerges a more resilient child.
”You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.” – Buddha
The holistic approach at Mowden Hall School develops our pupils to be critical, confident and independent. With a balance between academic and pastoral, the outdoors is an outlet for children to be children; getting muddy, jumping in puddles and impromptu breaktime cricket matches.
There are also many opportunities for extracurricular activities. There is an abundance of riding schools and events in this part of the world, an array of wildlife for nature and bird watching (we have a resident Buzzard who often patrols the skies above the school), eco-initiatives and an array of sports that can be played as soon as you step outside the classroom.
“Heaven is under our feet as well as over our heads.” – Henry David Thoreau
The stunning aspect that can be enjoyed at a country prep school shouldn’t be taken for granted. When you are continually surrounded by such beauty there is a danger that you become immune to the aesthetics and your appreciation wavers.
The children are taught to appreciate the simple things that life offers and growing up in an environment such as this is a privilege, and while they should enjoy the space for adventures, it is still essential to treat the countryside with respect.
This resonates as positive, well-mannered children who recognise how fortunate they are to have such an incredible outlet to their studies.
“Love is a better teacher than duty.”– Albert Einstein
Mr Marchbank founded Mowden with the aim to run a school that would not just provide academic rigour, but a place where the school would work together like a family, encouraging freedom of thought, individual development and mutual respect and trust.
Supported by its continuing rich history as a dedicated and vibrant educational academic institution, we are proud to say that we have maintained the wonderful concepts upon which it was founded. Instilling such a deep love of children, dignity and learning which echoed throughout the ages, permeating the very school corridors and grounds.
Mr Marchbank started something so beautifully unique and special; we take pleasure in carrying forth the greatness he exemplified at Mowden Hall School. We are a Mowden family.