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Lessons designed to boost thinking even from an early age, with philosophy on the menu and debating a form-based activity. Religion also part and parcel of the school day. All helps girls question everything and not be fazed if things don’t go their way to start with, developing gift of gab from the start. Ballet, compulsory in first three years, is run by legendary teacher who knows everyone – ‘Darcey Bussell comes to our performances,’ says pupil guide (not quite accurate, says school...) 

 

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Head of juniors

Since 2015, Caroline Spencer MSc (40s), who had joined the school a few months earlier as deputy head. The obvious choice (well, obvious-ish given that governors started off by recruiting externally) given previous experience, starting off in 2005 as year 2 teacher in state primary, moving to Merlin School in Putney as head of year 2 in 2007, recruiting and mentoring other staff and gaining that vital experience with high stakes entrance exams (7+ and 8+). Hopped to other side of the world in 2009, teaching top two primary years at one of the big three schools in Sydney, moving back to Merlin in 2012 and realising that was ready for leadership.

Comes from a family of teachers, father the headmaster at her comprehensive, where she had to...

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Special Education Needs

As a school we really do not cater particularly for Special Needs Children - indeed one might struggle here. We have the occasional mild dyslexic but that is all but they do not get "special" treatment. I hope that is helpful.

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