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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 January 2024, Tim O'Connell, previously deputy head. He has over a decade of leadership experience, including as head of the prep at Saint Felix School in Suffolk, before coming here in 2018.


From the age of 2 into the nursery, from where it often seems very hard to move on to another school. Heywood is resolutely non-selective at any stage, even the commoner points of reception and year 3 - ‘we welcome children who would flourish and make the most of a Heywood education’ – but the school will want to see reports from previous schools, if applicable.

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