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The school is on a cleverly-designed compact site with a reasonable sized playground and bronze award eco-garden on the first-floor terrace. Lots to occupy children at playtimes: table tennis, climbing wall, giant games of Connect Four and chess, and a nature garden with a water feature for those who just want to chill. Homework is a serious matter and everybody is expected to complete it; lots of help available for anyone who is not sure what to do, along with a free after-school homework club. Music and drama well embedded...

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Headmaster

Since 2010, Jonathan Brough BEd (Cantab) NPQH (40s). Mr Brough (rhymes with ruff) was head of English at two boys' preps, deputy head of Bute House and finally head of City of London Girls' Prep before taking over at Hurlingham. Married to Harry, a leading ICT lawyer; they live in north London. Amicable, upbeat personality, he knows all the children by name and places a huge emphasis on happiness being central to everything that goes on in the school. Very popular with parents, staff and pupils, he teaches Latin and extension classes and is a much-appreciated supply teacher for all age groups when the class teachers are away.

One of those heads who takes an interest in everything going on around the school, be it new seeds for the garden or scholarship papers. He's recently enhanced house competitions with a rewards system and excellence book, and parents get sent surprise postcards informing them of their child's special achievements. An avid reader and writer since childhood, he particularly enjoys writing stories for children. He arranges for a good number of authors to visit the school, run workshops and book-themed events. Growing up in Devon, the son of two teachers, he has been surrounded by educational and literary influences all his life. When he awards himself some free time, he enjoys travelling and cooking, especially baking, which he hopes one day might make an appearance on the extracurricular calendar.

Entrance

At 4+ non-selective on a first come, first served basis, with priority to siblings and those living closest to school. Places do come up in older age groups, so always worth telephoning the school for occasional places.

Exit

Huge range including Ibstock Place, Kingston Grammar, The Hall, More House, Marymount, Emanuel, Notre Dame, Kew House, Queen's Gate, Surbiton High, Reed's, Woldingham.

Our view

Proudly mixed ability and does extremely well by its pupils. Reception class children are divided into three classes by date of birth. As children move through the school they are split into ability-related sets – maths from year 1 and English from year 5. The school is structured to ensure that everyone achieves success at their own pace to the best of their ability. Core subjects maths, English and science are all very strong and taught by subject specialists. No formal exams until they start practising for the 11+ tests. French is introduced in reception and Latin in year 4. By the age of 11 all the children take and pass an OCR 16+ entry level Latin qualification, demonstrating their skills in translating, comprehension and Latin coursework. The school is very keen to emphasise how the early Latin programme helps develop English and spelling skills. Children can try out other languages, including Greek, in after-school clubs.

EAL is available as necessary. SEN is catered for case by case depending on individual needs. There is a qualified head of learning support and three assistant teachers for small group work, one-to-one sessions and advising staff on differentiation within class. Homework is a serious matter and everybody is expected to complete it; lots of help available for anyone who is not sure what to do, along with a free after-school homework club. During year 5 parents have a meeting with the head and class teachers to discuss suitable secondary school choices.

Music and drama well embedded into the curriculum; a good variety of different types of theatre and concerts. There's a full-time dedicated music teacher and good proportion of pupils learn instruments.The corridors are well decorated with the children's art and designs; specialist art teacher from year 4 and the school boasts its own kiln. Well-planned traditional sports options, all taught by specialist coaching staff. Good choice of clubs each term, ballet in the elegant mirrored studio and karate being extremely popular. Particularly impressive karate, one of the largest school programmes to run in the UK, with about a third of the school taking part. This year they broke their own records with 100 per cent success in karate exam gradings.

Pastoral care is sensitively run; older children can become playground and reading buddies. There are five straightforward golden rules to follow and everyone knows there are consequences if they fail to stay within the boundaries. House competitions and activities enable children to mix and get to know other age groups. Lunch times look incredibly civilised for a junior school: youngsters sit in house groups, about eight children to a table, and tuck into tasty meals cooked on the premises. Tea is also provided for those who stay at school until 5:30pm.

The school is on a cleverly-designed compact site with a reasonable sized playground and bronze award eco-garden on the first-floor terrace. Lots to occupy children at playtimes: table tennis, climbing wall, giant games of Connect Four and chess, and a nature garden with a water feature for those who just want to chill. Recently graded outstanding in all areas and awarded Excellence in Education status by the ISI. Continues to go from strength to strength; parents comment that it's such a reliable school, and whatever happens your child’s welfare and education will be looked after. The energetic Mr Brough is one of the safest pairs of hands for miles.

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