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Things here are orderly, but it’s not an institutional tidiness: there’s a feeling of a home, where places for things arise organically and become established through habit. Home to 150 pupils (‘beautifully small’, said a mum). A parent described his son, who had fallen out of a tree, limping towards his wife on the last exeat – ‘he’s having a childhood and that’s wonderful.’ Broad church here – which means chapel isn’t optional. Cultural Christianity, whose values…

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Headmaster

Since 2008, Tom Rogerson, married to Lottie, with two small sons, Wilf and Bear. Cottesmore runs in the family (grandad and dad were heads before him) – ‘I’ve been quietly planning to take over since I was 17’, said the head. Routed via other schools (Ludgrove, Eaton House and Broomwood); his dad wouldn’t let him take the headship too early. Quite right, dad.

Articulate and thoughtful, focuses on each pupil and knows them all – they chatter away happily with him. A strong team with Lottie, who provides ballast for the head’s lively energy.

Parents like him – ‘He’s a warm guy, easy to talk to, and always there when I pick up and drop off from exeats’. Another: ‘A school derives its culture from the head –...

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