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‘There’s loads to do here,’ said one boy. ‘You never get bored.’ Youngsters are encouraged to come up with their own ideas – an enterprising group of year 8s had just set up their own rock band and were rehearsing R U Mine by the Arctic Monkeys at top volume in the historic Great Room. Similarly, a year 11 pupil organised a space design team to compete in a global challenge and had been selected to compete at NASA. ‘Can I come in your suitcase?’ quipped a younger boy...


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Claremont Fan Court School is a thriving co-educational independent school for children aged 2½ to 18 set within 100 acres of beautiful grounds in Esher.

Our wonderful nursery with forest school feeds into the outstanding Pre-Prep and Prep School. The Senior School has recently seen a 40% surge in applications, most notably amongst girls and the school’s newly opened cutting-edge science and technology building has allowed for the school to increase its capacity whilst maintaining excellent teaching and learning without increasing class sizes. The new sixth form centre at the heart of the Senior School gives A level students a vibrant and inspirational sixth form experience.

Claremont focuses on the individual. Our strong results demonstrate that a school can be nurturing and kind but also challenging and effective in the delivery of excellent outcomes; empowering children to thrive by being themselves.
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Since 2021, William Brierly BSc PGCE, previously head of the senior school for three years and before that senior deputy head of King’s College School, Wimbledon, where he himself was educated. Read politics and economics at the University of Southampton, then joined the Boots graduate trainee scheme. After two years he had a rethink and decided to become a teacher. He planned to teach early years children but opted for a PGCE in secondary education at UCL Institute of Education. ‘It’s funny to think that now I’m a whole school head, responsible for children aged 2 to 18,’ he says. ‘I’ve gone full circle.’

After teaching experience at Coombe Girls’ School in New Malden during his PGCE, his first job was at Whitgift School, where he taught economics and business and...

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