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Recent tightening up of academics has led to a greater emphasis on individual targets, active learning and classroom interventions across all abilities. ‘The days of anyone being able to coast are long gone,’ confirmed a parent. Classes (max size 23) we saw were fully engaged, with inquisitive, fearless learners. ‘Can you explain it another way?’, ‘Is this a good answer?’ and ‘Can I draw it instead of write it?’ asked the pluckier ones. ‘Good question, take a house point,’ respond the teachers, keen to encourage this two-way learning. STEM is a big deal. Pupils told us of a recent model bridge building project which brought together DT, IT, engineering, science and maths. Reading also a focus – pupils are rightly proud of their...

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Aldenham Prep School is set in the same glorious site of over 110 acres of Hertfordshire countryside on which the senior school was established in 1597, Aldenham Prep School is dedicated to ensuring the flexibility for each boy and girl to develop their own individual abilities, whether they are academic, creative or sporting. An excellent all round education is available offering exceptional opportunities in outstanding facilities from enthusiastic, motivated and caring staff. ...Read more

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Since 2023, Sarah Galpin, previously acting head and deputy head. Grew up in Watford, where her father was a college principal and her mother a teacher, then headteacher. The mere sight of ‘all those exercise books and registers with all those lovely ticks’ was enough to lure her to follow in their footsteps, she says. And so, following her own education at Rickmansworth School, she did a BEd (history) at the University of Hertfordshire, then worked in three primary schools – Harvey Road (Croxley Green), Newberries (Radlett) then Bromet (Watford) where she became assistant head – before switching sectors ‘to broaden my experience’, joining Aldenham Prep as a class teacher in 2014. It’s clear she still relishes the cheerful sounds of ‘Hello, Miss’ from her earlier charges, now in upper sixth or beyond. <br...

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Aldenham Prep School provides a broad and balanced curriculum for all children. When planning, teachers set suitable learning challenges and respond to children's diverse learning needs. Teachers take account of requirements and make provision, where necessary, to support individuals or groups of children and thus enable them to participate effectively in curriculum and assessment activities. Nov 09.

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