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A small school, which hovers at around 200 boys in all, so class size is reflectively intimate, ranging from 12-15 in two parallel forms. Enthusiastic teaching and boy-friendly approach – 'We try to make it very hands on,' said one teacher. 'We make models and castles.' The mood is friendly and safe: ‘If you’re stuck on something,’ said one boy, 'there’s always a teacher to help you,’ and the atmosphere is orderly and quiet, with bright…

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Since 2006, Mr Jed McCarthy (50s). Studied maths and management at Queen Elizabeth College, London, PGCE at the Institute of Education, then worked in state schools in Brent. Left the profession to spend five years in industry, but realised he ‘really missed teaching’ and returned to Orley Farm, where he remained for 16 years (as head of maths, director of studies and deputy head). A quietly-spoken enthusiast, Mr McCarthy has worked determinedly to build up the esprit de corps of pupils and parents and undoubtedly succeeded. Parents are lavish in their praise. ‘He’s always waiting at the gate and has a genuine interest in each boy,’ said one mother. ‘He’s a very caring, very nurturing gentleman,’ said another. Parents are also grateful for his availability and effectiveness. ‘He’s always ready to hear you out...

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