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Unique setting for a school bordering London: eight glorious acres of well-tended grounds with views out to Epsom Downs. Sister Ursula, the last remaining nun, has had a long influence on the school, teaching pottery and running the welcome room where parents and children come to drink her tasty cocoa and chat. New school council has recently evolved to give the girls a voice in the day-to-day running of the school and discuss the all-important issues of…

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Holy Cross Prep School is a thriving Catholic independent day school which welcomes children of all faiths. The School provides a broad and balanced education for girls, giving them the opportunity to acquire a love of learning and the self-discipline and confidence to become independent learners. The challenging curriculum is fully supported by excellent facilities and resources and Holy Cross Prep pupils benefit from specialist teaching in ICT, French, music, art, drama and PE. The School does not only strive for and achieve academic success; the pupils regularly win sports matches and tournaments and most pupils play at least one musical instrument.

Set in eight acres of breathtaking grounds, the school is located on a site with a fascinating history and since the time of Edward the Confessor it has been tenanted and owned by many well-known people. Within the school grounds are the remains of Coombe Conduit, built in 1515 by Cardinal Wolsey to carry water to nearby Hampton Court Palace during the reign of Henry VIII. The author, John Galsworthy, spent his childhood here and described Coombe Ridge House the main part of our school building in The Forsyte Saga and other writings. For over sixty years, the house was home to a number of eminent owners including the Governor General of the Bank of England and its last owner, Sir Frederick Pascoe Rutter. In 1971 The Sisters of the Holy Cross bought the school and the first lay Headteacher, Mrs Hayes, was appointed in 1992. She retired in August 2011 and was succeeded by the second lay Headteacher, Mrs Sarah Hair.
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Since 2011, Sarah Hair BEd (40s). Joined the school in 2004; ‘knows the school inside out,’ say parents. She has spent time as a class teacher, maths and English coordinator at a previous school then director of learning at Holy Cross. Passionate about education and IT; she was one of the first teachers in the 80s to have a computer in her classroom. Teaches year 5 computing: amongst her many interests in new technologies is how IT can be used to support education today and in the future.

Married with three teenagers, one son and two daughters, she comes from a family of educationalists, a tradition she is keen to continue. Parents say she has a lively approach to school life and learning and they all appreciate her bright and...

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