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‘Almost too much sport,’ one parent said, ‘except that it seems to embrace all pupils, and so the effect is everyone of them feels involved and wanted’. The school has a huge local reputation – arguably one of the few fixed points in that restless rootless world of Knightsbridge. It embraces the local community in the fullest sense, inviting local societies and residents’ associations to concerts and plays and festivals. There is more art, music and drama than one can imagine...

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Choir school - substantial scholarships and bursaries usually available for choristers.

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Since 2002, Richard Townend (early 70s) – organist, scholar, and son of the founder. The present head is calm, shrewd, gently impassioned by the vision of the school which he runs – and a wonderful foil for an egotistical and anxious world. The running of Hill House, while ultimately in his hands, is shared among his wife and two sons. His beliefs are refreshing simple: ‘bring children up with plenty of love and affection, and an example which allows them to understand the boundaries by which we must all live’. To that, and an inspiring academic education, add lots of fresh air, games, skiing and mountaineering, swimming and music. The morning of our visit, he was taking a vast choir practice of over 90 children, preparatory to a school assembly held at St Columba’s...

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