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Parents say teaching and learning has ‘pace and drive’. ‘It can be quite a shock if you’re coming from a state school.’ Still, many do, and find they soon catch up. Staff get special training in metacognitive skills and the children too are taught the language of ‘thinking about thinking’ – planning, mental scripting, self-monitoring etc. Children are proud of their nurture room where sand, art and talking therapies are available. ‘It’s where you go with your worries,’ summed up our guides, who added that, ‘It’s also easy to talk to your class teachers.’ Music takes place in senior school. Here, there’s an instrument-packed classroom where our guides told us they’d been learning about...

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Since 2022, Warren Honey, who has been teaching in the Midlands for over 30 years, starting as a biology teacher and housemaster at Bromsgrove School before moving to King Henry VIII School (part of the same foundation as Bablake) as head of biology. During his 17 years there, he moved up to deputy head before gaining his first headship at Hydesville Tower School in Walsall, which ‘opened my eyes to the joys of leading a school with younger children’.

His ‘nomadic’ childhood meant he attended schools in Maidenhead, Peterston-super-Ely and Wargrave, completing his secondary education at Judd School in Tonbridge, Kent. Studied molecular biology and biochemistry at Durham, where he also gained his PGCE. MEd (leadership and management) from the Open University. Still remembers the moment he fell in love with...

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