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School not exactly known for encouraging individuality or anything remotely left of centre so we half expected a bunch of sullen-looking military-types (bearing the school crest and motto ‘serve and obey’), but we met spirited boys, all seemingly relaxed and happy and talking 10 to the dozen, although one pupil did mention that he would ‘like less homework.’ The boys are encouraged to think creatively. Stimulating lessons can involve making motorised cars in design technology, and flying hand-made helicopters from the hall balcony when learning about weight and force; younger boys design and ...

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

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Executive Head

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

Entrance

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 sibling in the boys’ or girls’ school,...

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