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Unusually wide range of extracurricular activities for a pre-prep. Around a third of the children learn the violin at school – ‘it gives them zillions of study skills, such as concentration and perseverance, and those who keep it up tend to do exceptionally well academically’. Everyone does dance and drama, gym and swimming, French and computing, and a very active and serious co-ed football team. ‘When the children leave...

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Since 1993, Ms Geraldine Maidment (50s), previously head of Hilltop Nursery in Hampstead. First teaching experience was as an English teaching assistant in Vienna, during her University College London year abroad, whilst studying German and history of art. Worked at Sotheby’s before teaching at Basset House School. A widely travelled linguist (she speaks five languages), she has visited and attended schools in many different countries. During a two-year sabbatical in Colorado, she did a masters in child and family studies at Denver University and joined a school board concerned with social and emotional issues of school age children. Has also been on UK local government committees related to early years and works as an educational consultant for pupils who need schooling advice at any stage.

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