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‘First and foremost I look at the parents,’ says the head. Yikes. No need to brush up on algebra though – she means she wants to be sure that they are buying into the school’s ethos, which is not of the all-stations-to-Oxbridge variety. Parents are overjoyed by the fact there is no homework until year 7 (even then it’s not an arduous load, with two preps of half an hour each). Up until then prep is timetabled in a daytime session. ‘This is where Belmont differs from most prep schools,’ a parent told us. ‘They…

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What the school says...

The children and adults at Belmont Preparatory School live and breathe 'Achievement through Happiness'. The school offers outstanding Early Years provision, a vibrant and excellent Lower School for Years 1 to 4 and an inspirational Upper School for Years 5 to 8 where children are prepared for Common Entrance or Scholarship through a creative and inspiring curriculum.
Having opened three new classes recently, in order to accommodate the demand for places whilst maintaining small class sizes, Belmont is an exciting place to be. We enjoy excellent facilities and a beautiful 65 acre site in the Surrey Hills yet are easily accessible from London, Horsham, Guildford, Dorking and the south coast and we run minibus services to ease the school run. Don't take our word for it - come and experience Belmont for yourself!
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Since 2006, Mrs Helen Skrine BA. Following a music degree at Exeter, she took up posts teaching music, English and Latin at Wrekin College, Greenacre School, and Chinthurst Prep and was deputy head at Highfield School, Liphook.

A sound business head comes across when she describes how she has steered the school through the challenges of the recession, but there’s also a strong maternal streak. On our tour we came across a boy with a bloodied knee being helped in by his friends. ‘Oh my darling boy,’ she exclaimed. ‘Let’s get that knee up. Matron is coming with her blue light on.’

Described by parents as ‘very hands on and responsive’ and ‘a strong but caring leader.’ Much praised for pastoral care. ‘She has even offered support...

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