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Addresses ability largely through ‘differentiation’. ‘We look at who will benefit from being stretched and give them the opportunities to showcase their strengths. A singer or string player may be given performance opportunities, an able writer encouraged to enter competitions or discuss what they’ve been doing.’ Highly popular violin programme, with instruments passed down via the PTA. ‘They like carrying the case; they think everyone plays,’ says the head...

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Head teacher

Since 1993, Geraldine Maidment BA MontDip. She followed a degree in German and art history from University College London with a stint at Sotheby’s. Here, she realised she preferred people to objects. ‘I’d taught children as a teenager, and loved the interaction. I realised that it was a vocation.’ Started her career at Bassett House, then, when her own two daughters were tiny, launched Hilltop Nursery in a local church hall. In 1993, she bought Annemount, winning out against considerable competition. (‘Mine wasn’t the highest offer, but they felt I would continue the style of the school.’) A two-year stint in the US with her late husband, an academic at the Open University, allowed her to take a masters in early childhood education at Denver University. A talented linguist (she speaks five languages),...

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