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Teachers – including, reassuringly, plenty of male ones – have one priority above all else: to get to know these children and what makes them special (cue first of head’s straplines, ‘more than just a school’). They seem to have found the secret recipe to getting the maximum out of each child without taking the fun out of learning, and parents talk of their children being 'massively enthusiastic about going to school'. These youngsters feel right at home with the interactive learning and feel safe enough to take risks, ask and answer questions and seek out help if they need it. Young, specialist sports team runs an…

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Since September 2020, Simon Gould, previously deputy head of Ravenscourt Park Prep. State educated in Dorset, where his PE teachers were his heroes. ‘I’d see them running around in their T-shirts and shorts, teaching sport, and thought, “That’s the career for me.”’ Got head start doing football coaching in the US during the summers and this – along with his primary education and PE training at St Mary’s University College, Twickenham - landed him his first job as PE teacher at Thomas’s. Left four years later ‘to seek out head of PE role, but none were available,’ so moved into teacher recruitment, which turned out to be ‘best decision ever’ because he got to know London schools and heads so well. Another unexpected dream career move followed – this time, sports marketing (must account...

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