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If you want to experience the culture of King’s St Alban’s in a nutshell, just talk to the receptionist. ‘She’ll find a solution to every problem, she’s ultra-friendly and kindness rules – and that pretty much sums up the school,’ said a parent. While the parental perception is that Hawford is the sportier of the two King's preps, the aim to have everyone at St Alban’s involved in sport clearly works. ‘They’ve done wonders for my sporty child – he plays cricket for county now and the school really helped with that – and they’ve also exposed my less sporty child to a range of sports and really given him a chance too,’ one parent told us. Lots of parent involvement, though most are grateful that...

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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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Since January 2016, Richard Chapman (40s). Previously senior deputy at King’s. Educated in the Midlands (Solihull School, where he was head boy) and read economics at Bristol. Worked briefly as a trainee manager at Marks and Spencer and even when the teaching bug eventually took hold, he kept fingers in other pies, balancing his early teaching posts with a stint as a semi-professional rugby player. Was head of sixth form and coach of the 1st XV at Warwick School before joining the King’s Foundation in Worcester as second deputy in 2007.

A fast talker and smooth operator, he’s spirited and bursting with ideas. There’s something of a competitive edge too, which parents say helps keep the school on its toes. ‘He’s the third and by far the best head of...

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