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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",’ insists head, 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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Executive Head

Since 2016, Matthew Judd BA PGCE. Studied geography at University of Wales and did his PGCE at Queen’s College, Cambridge. Started his career at Habs in 1993, becoming head of department and housemaster; moved in 2005 to be principal at Mander Portman Woodward College in London before rejoining Habs five years later as second master and then later head of the prep and pre-prep. Also inspects for the Independent Schools Inspectorate. Grew up in Crawley and was the first person in his family to go to university, having attended the local comp in the shadow of Gatwick airport – ‘if you were a boy, you went into baggage handling; if you were a girl, you went into duty free.’

‘I’m not here by design,’ he laughs, recalling how he...

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