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A school with the modest aim of transforming lives. Games and sport rule, and no excuses. Games and PE three or four times a week in the younger years (less after year 9). Prefers to offer a traditional, fairly narrow, Ebacc-centred, academic curriculum rather than to faff about on frippery. No IB, Pre-Us, IGCSEs or BTecs. Offers Latin, but no...

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Since 2019, Ben NcCarey BA (York) PGCE (Oxford). Has been involved with Holyport College since its foundation starting as deputy headmaster in 2014 followed by two years as acting head.

Founding head teacher since the school’s foundation in 2014, Walter Boyle MEd NPQH, previously deputy principal at Wymondham College, England’s largest state boarding school. Raised in Belfast, Mr Boyle initially failed the 11+ but was later admitted to Grosvenor Grammar School in Belfast thanks to the intervention of a sharp-eyed teacher. Read French at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow then, after teacher training at Queen’s Belfast, taught for 11 years in Northern Ireland including at Strangford College, a school set up to educate Protestant and RC youth together. Assistant head of Prince Rupert School for Forces families in Germany...

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