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Venerable trees, an Italian garden, rumours of secret passages, mullion windows and acres of green space – Hatherop feels like the setting for the kind of storybook childhood most parents, above all urban parents, want their children to have. 

No Saturday school means everyone gets a proper weekend and weekly boarders from London can return home by train, accompanied all the way to Paddington on the Friday Cotswold Flyer (Kemble/Swindon stations are both close by), homework done and with a packed supper provided. A member of staff will meet them at Paddington on Sunday evening for the return journey. 

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What the school says...

Hatherop Castle School is a vibrant and exciting place to learn. The school produces happy, articulate and confident children who feel their efforts and achievements are valued and appreciated. Our leavers all achieve entry in to their first choice schools. In 2015 the school received the ISA awards for the top Prep school for Excellence and Innovation in Provision and the award for Excellence in the Arts. After a whole school Inspection in March 2016, including Nursery and Boarding, the school was judged to be excellent in all nine categories.

This together with fantastic academic results makes Hatherop Castle the first choice school for many parents. Numerous pupils leave the school at 13 with scholarships to their senior schools. The curriculum is complemented by a beautiful rural location, sports facilities including gym, cricket nets and outside pool and educational visits.

Prep 3 to 8 pupils take part in a well-planned programme in connection with Cumulus Outdoor Education, which engages the children in several activities whilst encouraging physical development, team building and co-operation skills.

The Nursery is a brilliant start for the very young who make a natural transition in to our busy Pre-Prep department.
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What the parents say...

From a current parent: we love this school for our son. The timetable is packed with extra-curricular stuff - leadership development days, south-west swimming trials, public speaking competitions, hosting children from a visiting inner-city school etc. The small size of the school has been irrelevant in terms of opportunities and academic standards (our son has just got accepted by Abingdon Boys - an academically selective school). It's provided him with really strong pastoral support and feels like an extended home with masses of enthusiasm and commitment from all the staff.

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Since September 2017, Nigel Reed MEd BSc PGCE (30s). Formerly deputy head of Wallhampton School, Hampshire. Educated at Trinity School and Kelly College, both in Devon, and boarded from the age of 10 (‘I loved it’). His father and grandfather were both in the navy and so, nearly, was he, but a taste of sports coaching while studying for his degree precipitated a sharp about turn into teaching. He started at Dulwich Prep in Kent where he taught PE and was a boarding house tutor, thence to Wallhampton where he was director of sport and, ultimately, deputy head.

Mr Reed met his wife, Jo, at Wallhampton – she’s a forest school leader and a qualified teacher of mindfulness and meditation to children. She is also trained as an emotional literacy...

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