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This is one of two preps that feed the senior school (all three make up the King’s Foundation), the other one being King’s Hawford. St Alban’s, traditionally more academic than Hawford (‘the pace is fast,’ confirmed a parent), also appeals to families for its location (‘both city centre and next to the senior school where many of us have older children'). The link with the senior school is a further draw. ‘There’s a culture of wanting to do well, right through the school’, we heard, though one parent...

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Education is about far more than academic learning, although that is still our primary purpose. At King's St. Alban's we aim to develop the whole child, encouraging each girl and boy to explore their capabilities, find fresh challenges and discover spheres in which they can excel.

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Headmaster

Since 2016, Richard Chapman (40s). Previously senior deputy at King’s since 2007 (the insider knowledge is not lost on parents). Educated in the Midlands (Solihull School, where he was head boy) and read economics at the University of Bristol. His mum was a headteacher, his dad a deputy head and while both warned him not to follow in their footsteps ‘mainly so I could earn more money’, the vocation took hold one Saturday afternoon when he was 22 and working as a trainee manager at M&S – ‘My manager told me I’d sold fewer apples than the week before and I realised I really didn’t care.’ Balanced early teaching posts with a stint as a semi-professional rugby player and was head of sixth form and coach of the 1st XV at Warwick School before...

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