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Do parents worry that their bright child will be held back by such an inclusive culture? Apparently not. Pupils at the top of the academic tree ‘continuously stretched’, say parents, with extension activities such as maths trips to try coding at Bletchley Park and workshops with published authors, from which ‘they come back buzzing.’ Years 5 and 6 housed in a separate (although equally beauteous) house just across the garden, although visit main school building for some lessons – ‘they love the…

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Since September 2021 Mr G Griffiths, previously head and executive head of Bayards Hill Primary and Barton Park Primary and before that head of Lace Hill Academy.


Into reception, not oversubscribed but ‘competition from good village schools is fierce’, says school. Children spend a morning in reception with their peer group and are observed in play. Older applicants come for a taster day (two if either party isn’t sure) and are assessed in reading and maths, spending time with the SENCo if necessary. ‘The idea is that they have a nice day.’ Stresses that she likes parents to be honest about any difficulties their child may have and that only those who it is felt genuinely won’t thrive or whose needs can’t be met that would not be accepted.

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