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Parents reject the ‘hothouse’ reputation: ‘Other schools let it be known that average will suffice and the children consequently plateau, which doesn’t help anyone – just because Habs pushes them harder doesn’t mean they don’t have fun too,’ said one parent. ‘It’s more about teaching sportsmanlike behaviour and letting the boys let off steam than “we’re in it to win",’ although they don’t do badly...

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The pre-prep is based at
Hazel Road, Park Street, St Albans. Hertfordshire.AL2 2AH

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All-through school (for example 3-18 years). - An all-through school covers junior and senior education. It may start at 3 or 4, or later, and continue through to 16 or 18. Some all-through schools set exams at 11 or 13 that pupils must pass to move on.

What The Good Schools Guide says

Executive Head

Since September 2018, Matteo Rossetti, an Oxford classics graduate and formerly head of prep at The Harrodian; he has also done consultancy work here. Most recently, he has lived in Morocco with his wife, who was deputy ambassador there, and their two young children.


Selective entry at 5+ and 7+. Pre-prep: first round of assessments in age bands; tasks aim to ‘identify potential’. Those called back for second round have individual 45-minute assessments. Parents interviewed by head, though that’s by no means a decision maker. Thirty-six places in total, with five or six chasing every place.

Prep: around 120 take reading, writing, maths and verbal reasoning tests, competing for 18 7+ places; some 48 invited back for further assessments and interview. No sibling policy as such but having a...

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