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Despite London being just down the road, this is more Wind in the Willows than Wandsworth. It may not be the tidiest of lay-outs but the various components all appear loved and well cared for, in particular the new(ish), imaginative building for the early years. Sport is taken seriously: 'mens sana in corpore sano' definitely features amongst the head’s axioms along with 'the busier they are, the better they do'. This can result in sending them out to run through the snow if the games pitches are unplayable, a practice one parent…

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Since 1981, Alastair Graham (early 60s), son of the founder, who took over soon after his father died. He started his own education with the shortest of school runs (just down the stairs), continuing at Bradfield (the Greek theatre there may explain his enthusiasm for drama and for the classics) and then to Reading University. After obtaining a degree in estate management he set off for the great outdoors, an experience that has clearly influenced his approach to developing the Hall Grove ethos.

More country squire with Tattersall shirt and cords than gowned academic, pastoral care was always top of his agenda and he worked as a shepherd in both Scotland and New Zealand before exchanging his flock of sheep for a classroom of children. The external difference is that he...

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