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Pre-prep – which describes itself as a ‘school within a school’ – is a standalone facility with interconnecting classrooms festooned with phonics bunting, spilling onto outside learning spaces furnished with dinosaur tables and sandpits to allow free flow. ‘We’re out whatever the weather,’ said class teacher.  There’s eco teaching every week in a designated area, and yoga and mindfulness align with prep’s ‘Future Thinking’ curriculum. Pupils earn marbles for...

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Aldwickbury School is a vibrant and dynamic community, linking consistency and tradition with all that is best about modern educational practice. We understand how boys think, grow and learn, eventually becoming fine young men displaying a confident approach toward all that life may hold and a determination to carve out their own future.

The curriculum at Aldwickbury equips the boys with skills to succeed in future schooling and beyond. As a Christian school we pay due regard to the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of the boys. There is a daily programme of physical education and games, making full use of the extensive grounds surrounding the school.

The Pre-Prep Department is a happy, purposeful and friendly place where boys experience the joy of learning. Self expression linked to self discipline is encouraged, as well as a caring attitude and respect for others.

Our boys are polite, caring young men who enjoy being free to be boys. We are serious about the boys' academic progress and they leave us able to be independent learners. From Year 6 flexible boarding is available, providing a happy and safe environment in which boarders are well cared for.
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Since 2021, Paul Symes. Educated at East Bergholt High School, Colchester Sixth Form College and Brunel University (QTS, PE and geography). Cut teeth in state-maintained sector at Isleworth and Syon Boys’ School then on to Chantry High School in Ipswich. This, he says, ‘shaped his journey’ and he moved into the independent sector determined to ‘burst the bubble’ and help pupils become aware of their privilege. First private school role was at Belmont Mill Hill Prep as head of boys’ games, where he stayed for 11 years, progressing to senior deputy head with responsibility for safeguarding and pastoral.

Self-effacing, likeable and cast from a lower-ego mould than many prep heads, although with his sharp suit, relaxed composure and direct communication style, could pass for management consultant. His modern outlook is...

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