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A dedicated team of teaching assistants – with a mix of profiles: some are career TAs who bring a wealth of experience, others are graduates who are thinking about a career in teaching but nonetheless, says Mr Kipps, ‘are very hands on’. Music and the performing arts are a big part of the day and an important part of the curriculum, avers Mr Kipps. Free tuition is offered on keyboard, guitar, drumming (especially popular) and violin. In years 8 to 10, 25 children go away for a week to Leiston Abbey in Suffolk to put on a play...

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Since 2006, John Kipps BSc PCGE NPQH (early 50s). A local man, he grew up in Hounslow and was educated at Latymer Upper before studying for a degree in geography and biological sciences at Exeter University. He started his teaching career at St Mary’s and St Peter’s C of E Primary school in Teddington where he coordinated, at various times during his four years there, the music, art, science and technology curriculum. In his fourth year his class did an inclusion project with a group from Clarendon and, he says, he knew from that moment that this was the school he wanted to work in. He has been here ever since and his wholehearted commitment to the place seeps from every pore.

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