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Tucked away behind possibly the most tangled roundabout system on the Surrey/ Berkshire border, Hall Grove emerges like an emerald oasis. Parents tell of ‘minds made up’ the minute they pull up. ‘It holds old fashioned values but isn’t stuffy,’ says one. Playing fields meld into the manicured greens of adjoining Windlesham Golf Club, while an outdoor pool, Astro courts, Forest School, low ropes course, mountain bike track and pony stables tick the outdoor pursuits boxes nicely.  ‘What a...


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Since September 2021, Neil Tomlin OBE. Degree in geography and PE and master’s in international relations. Fresh from the British Army, he has swapped a battalion of 750 soldiers for a troop of 400 children at Hall Grove and so far it is ‘living up to all expectations’. But, following in the footsteps of the 30+ year tenure of the previous head (now principal), is he? Parents – ‘a difficult crowd to please’ – are positive about the mostly ‘spit and polish’ changes he’s implemented so far. One mother commended his regular presence on the sidelines of their children’s non-school-related sports fixtures at weekends – ‘He seems to turn up everywhere,’ she marvelled. As for the parent who queried his lack of experience in the education sector, he's unfazed, insisting that the role of...

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