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Class sizes are small at no more than 16 – one reason parents cite for choosing the school – so that no-one is overlooked and children benefit from specialist teachers right through the prep school. Much is made of sport at Heywood. For a small school on a small site, the breadth and depth of sport on offer is remarkable. Undaunted by its own unavoidable space constraints, the school begs, borrows (but probably doesn’t steal) local facilities….

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Since 2017, Rebecca Mitchell MA (Cantab) PGCE (late 30s). A Bath girl by education and upbringing, Mrs Mitchell has returned to her home turf (ish) for her career to date, with spells at two Gloucestershire prep schools including what has now become Westonbirt Prep, before arriving at Heywood initially as head of the pre-prep, then deputy head from 2014. She used this time to ignite the curriculum quite literally: a cross-curricular study of the great fire of London entailed setting fire to a mock-up of Pudding Lane in the quad. (It’s now a much loved annual fixture). Thematic learning continues to be the watchword at Heywood - 'but I don’t expect our children to fit the curriculum,’ she told us. 'Making them fit a system judged purely on outputs is the greatest challenge facing...

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