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This is a selective school that suits those at the higher academic end – ‘We look for similar potential as St Paul’s, Latymer, King’s and Westminster,’ says head. Big emphasis on tracking, though much of it takes place behind the scenes via discussion among colleagues so as not to excessively assess pupils. Subject list doesn’t bulge with the outré or unusual – French is only language taught, for example – but concentrates on core range done well, and given more time. Love of books reinforced all the way through – school will set reading as only holiday homework, for example. Exam pressure – which pupils agreed could be tough – similarly well handled, focus on…

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Since 2015, Tim Smith BA MBA. Previously deputy head academic at The Hall School Hampstead for five years, having joined in 1994 as games and French teacher, becoming head of learning support and then head of middle school. Also deputy chair of governors for Camden state primary, governor at a large Surrey prep, founding fellow of the Chartered College of Teaching and runs the training for new heads and sits on the finance committee for IAPS (Independent Association of Prep Schools). (‘God, I sound like a ghastly show off!’)

Full of the joys of spring. Actually, make that all seasons. A linguist, he’s arty (a regular at the Barbican; partner is director of exhibitions at the Royal Academy) but has only ever wanted to teach (and still does, currently French...

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