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Instead of the bog-standard year 8 battlefields trip, pupils spend time researching Arnold House Old Boys killed in WW1 before visiting France and finding their graves in the war cemeteries to pay their respects. An inspired way to bring history off the page. No need to feign enthusiasm when pupils arrive home clutching yet another art project. We saw wonderful Cubist self-portraits from year 3 and some very accomplished papier-mâché shells that any parent would be proud to put on display... 

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What the school says...

Arnold House School values a supportive family ethos and operates in a relaxed and kindly way within a defined code of conduct. Individuals are cherished and rewards far outweigh sanctions. Arnold House takes a long view of a boy's education; academic breadth, a balance between study, sport, music, the arts and activities together with excellent pastoral care constitute the foundations of the school's philosophy and success.

We are caring, academically strong but not overly competitive and broad in our outlook. A healthy balance is achieved and maintained between matters academic, artistic, pastoral, spiritual and sporting. We are traditional in our approach: in curriculum, in structure, in uniform and in a degree of formality.

Boys transfer to their chosen independent senior schools at the age of 13. Senior schools see Arnold House as developing bright, well-mannered, motivated, articulate and well-rounded pupils. Our contact with leading day and boarding schools is strong. The school community, and the parent body in particular, has embraced the bursary scheme: £750,000 has been donated since its inception in 2009.
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Headmaster

Since 2006, Vivian Thomas (50s). A user-friendly, down-to-earth chap with an easy warmth and an unscholarly taste in garish ties (red flowers and giant yellow fish on the day we visited). Makes a point of being accessible on school gate duty at least twice a week and is generally popular with parents. ‘Relaxed, confident, intelligent, and understands how parents feel about their children,’ said one. Educated at University College School, Hampstead, followed by St Luke’s College, Exeter, where he studied PE and history. Had a trial for QPR aged 17 and dreamt of becoming a professional sportsman but, after failing to make the grade (at football, tennis and rugby), he turned his talents to education. Taught PE and maths at UCS, followed by a spell at an international school in Venezuela. He returned to...

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