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The days are divided into three ‘chapters’: accelerated learning (academic), a creative afternoon (games or the arts), and co-curricular (clubs). Friday is ‘GREAT’ (Gifted, Really Enthusiastic and Talented), motored by specialist teaching in areas chosen by pupils, such as advanced science or music composition. Cricket and hockey high profile, with netball and football also taught to all. The inaugural girls’ football fixture has kicked interest into gear, no surprise with the nifty footwork we saw. Drama popular, although a year 6 confided that...


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What the school says...

The Garden Cottage Nursery (0-3yrs) and Prep school (3-11yrs) are based in an idyllic site, just one mile from the centre of Canterbury. This day and boarding school offers a British education, full of opportunities for children to grow and develop their skills and talents.
Children thrive in this progressive environment where the emphasis is finding the right pace of education for each individual child. ...Read more

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Since September 2020, Simon James, previously deputy and acting head for two years and before that, houseparent and head of business and economics at the senior school. Educated in Gloucestershire, followed by a business management degree at Oxford Brookes University. Ventured to South Africa to work on the Eastern Cape but the classroom drew him back, returning to teach at Horris Hill Prep, Berkshire, indulging in one of his main loves, rugby, coaching the first XV team. Completed his MBA while at the senior school. Married to Sian, a TA who provides Spanish language support alongside a Spanish club. They relish living onsite with their two children – and, yes, the pressure is now on for a dog.

You need stamina to keep up with this energetic, charismatic and –...

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