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The learning support system gathered lavish praise from just about every parent, not just for its effectiveness but the discreet way it is handled, the lack of stigma and its acceptance as the norm. One parent spoke of her son who was not that academic and benefited from a lot of extra support, saying it meant he still loved learning. Interesting speakers (life beyond the annual school visit by a firefighter), with children’s writers and a couple of magistrates thrown in the mix. One parent spoke candidly about ‘a bit of fall out’ between a bunch of girls in one year group which she said was immediately picked up on. This is a very wealthy pocket of Trafford and as always follows, the parents are very involved...

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Since 1980, John Connor (head and also proprietor; he set up the school), who exudes twinkly-eyed warmth and northern good humour from the moment we meet him. Parents must love him. He says he and his staff share a sense of humour and it really shows, laughter reverberates around the building and, by osmosis, seems to pass to the children, who were all impeccably behaved and irrepressibly cheerful.

Beneath John Connor’s good humour, however, lies a very serious educational vision which he grittily pursued back in 1980 when he bought a Victorian house, created and opened his own school. Keen to implement what he felt was the right road to go down in education, he wanted to do this without governors or an accountant breathing down his neck. His was one...

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