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‘Don’t change the culture!’ was the cry from existing parents, and head is at pains to build on, rather than change, the school ethos. The core values are ‘Be kind' and 'Aim high,' and these are unequivocally in evidence. A residential Bear Grylls-type trip to Scotland is hugely popular. Held at the beginning of September to allow life skills to be put into practice during the final year, year 8 pupils climb mountains, build fires and forage, before spending a night ‘on their own’ (presumably with staff camouflaged behind hedges). Sports department wants for....

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Since 2019, Christian Saenger (30s), previously deputy head (academic) at York House School in Herts. Studied English at UCL and enrolled on TeachFirst programme. First assignment was to a challenging London secondary school before falling into the prep sector ‘by accident.’ He was hooked within days. ‘Children at this age are a joy.’ Sees the influence that school can have in the first years of a child’s life as both ‘a privilege and a responsibility.’ Still dips his toe in the teaching pool via year 8 English lessons.

Taking the helm months before the pandemic struck proved interesting. Although conceding it to be one of the most challenging periods of his life (particularly as a sleep deprived father of a new-born child), it was a baptism by fire and helped accelerate...

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