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The duck-egg blue blazer, matching cap for boys and beret for girls, and the school emblem – a hunting horn (no evidence of its use to in the playground) and golden wings – are a nod to tradition. At break, the lower playground comes alive: children on trikes, scooters and skateboards (thank goodness for the crash barriers), would-be ballerinas practising dance routines in swirly circular character skirts, ice-cream-coloured beach huts lending a holiday feel. Children are praised for expressing their feelings. Younger children greet their teacher in the morning with a fist bump or a hug depending on how they feel, and may...

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Since 2020, Simon Gould, previously deputy head of Ravenscourt Park Prep and, before that, head of PE at Thomas’s. One member of his team describes him as ‘visionary’; the confident leadership of a PE teacher, a clear philosophy and big-picture thinking come across. He is not afraid to challenge the status quo, to try new things, and he wants the children to do the same. He feels that prep schools have too long traded on their reputation and now is the time to be agile to what’s ahead: ‘technology, political headwinds, the changing landscape of senior school and, not least, the individual child who must be given the confidence and self-efficacy to know how they learn best’.

Mr Gould is passionate about supporting teachers too. An innovative CPD programme gives teachers...

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