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 And what could make spelling tests any sweeter than taking them in a 20 acre meadow? Huge sports hall dwarfed the tiny tots we saw rehearsing their show and a new reception classroom block (2015) is the cherry on top of this idyllic setting. Things step up in the prep school with a well-structured timetable and parents praising the fact that ‘it suits all academic abilities – those who aren’t super bright don’t get lost,’ and reporting that children are generally pushed to reach their potential and are ‘well prepared’ for examinations... 

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The successful mix of single-sex teaching and co-education, together with flexible boarding arrangements, suits the needs of modern families.

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Since 2013, Jamie Hornshaw BEd, NPQH (40s). Recently completed MEd in educational leadership at Buckingham. Educated at Borden Grammar in Sittingbourne and Plymouth University, where he took his primary teaching degree. Intent that Berkhamsted prep no longer seen as an easy shoo-in to the increasingly competitive senior school, entry to which he wants to be ‘seen as a bonus.’ Investing heavily in freshening up both the site and the staff room – ‘lots of rolling up sleeves and getting back to basics.’

Formerly head of the British School of Paris Junior School. Cut teeth as year 3 teacher at St Peter’s Prep in Devon, followed by Hazelwood School in Surrey, teaching years 3 and 4 as well as running sports teams and directing plays. Joined Grove Place Prep in Hampshire...

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