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Forest school sessions are given weekly to all children in pre-reception and above in the school’s own rather magical woodland area at the back of the school. ‘I’m an outdoors girl myself,’ explained the head, ‘and the learning you do outdoors is so important.’ Yoga is taught twice a term - ‘the breathing exercises help get rid of the butterflies,’ said a young performer we met before the dress rehearsal...

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Since 2016, Ngaire Telford (pronounced Nyree), 50s, a lady who radiates positivity and affection. She originally trained and taught at secondary school level in New Zealand, but fell in love with early years teaching after coming to the UK and being posted to a primary school in the Old Kent Road as a supply teacher - a baptism that might have frightened off a lesser soul. Took a 10-year career break to have four children of her own, all of whom went to Herne Hill School, thereby introducing her to the place. After teaching reception here part time, she became head of early years in 2009, then deputy head, and took on the headship in September 2016. ‘It really is a dream job for me, because this is such a lovely place to work.’...

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