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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’.

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Since 2008, Mrs Clare Page BEd (50s). Educated at Ancaster House in Bexhill and Chelsea College, Eastbourne where she read PE and science. Cut teeth at Haberdashers’ Aske’s School for Girls in Elstree, joining Akeley Wood in the senior school as head of girls’ games before defecting to Beachborough School, a competing local prep. Happily returned to Akeley in 2001 as year 6 teacher and head of year 5 before being promoted into current job. Has made changes aplenty during her tenure – ‘we’ve really been on a journey of getting everything in the right place, and every gap is plugged now’. Proud of school’s ‘vast curriculum’ but mainly of the contented brood of children we watch frolicking on the lawns (again, vast) as we chat. ‘Happy children learn’, she beams. Motherly and approachable...

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