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We enjoyed a dissection session with year 6, inflating pigs’ lungs and scrutinising lambs’ hearts. Excellent teaching explained the anatomical mechanisms at work in an age-appropriate way – engaged pupils with no squeamish reactions. At the end of the school day a welcome awaits boarders around the large table in the kitchen – a nice touch. Communal areas include a fox-themed snug with games and toys...

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Head of Preparatory School

Since 2015 Laura Turner BA MEd (late 30s), who joined the school as reception teacher then became director of studies and head of pre-prep. BA in education from Northumbria University and an MA in early education and leadership from Teesside University. Some years spent at former independent Polam Hall Darlington, with responsibilities for mathematics, art and computing.

Says ‘this is the children’s school and all that we do is driven by them’. Believes that happiness and confidence lie at the heart of learning, and hopes that leavers are all-rounders who ‘want to have a go at anything’. Understands that parents want the best for their children and works in partnership with them to achieve that. Held in very high esteem by those we spoke to: one family told...

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