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Any school in the shadow of a cathedral has a very special feel about it. The children have Monday assemblies in the cathedral and use it for other special occasions. For a small, non-academically selective school, the standard is unusually high. The choristers have a demanding timetable and wonderful musical opportunity. Parents like the fact that the school does encourage pupils to resolve minor difficulties themselves, so they grow up feeling empowered and confident without always having to run to an adult.  There is no longer boarding so…

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All-through school (for example 3-18 years). - An all-through school covers junior and senior education. It may start at 3 or 4, or later, and continue through to 16 or 18. Some all-through schools set exams at 11 or 13 that pupils must pass to move on.

Choir school - substantial scholarships and bursaries usually available for choristers.

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Since 2015, Sue Hannam. She already knew the school well, having arrived as deputy in 2009 and doing two stints as acting head before she finally took over. Sue studied at Innsbruck University and the College of Law and, following a degree in English language and literature at Birmingham, she taught in state schools and also qualified and worked as a solicitor, so LCS has gained a wealth of educational and wider experience. She probably needs this experience, being the fourth head at LCS in five years.

Sue used to lecture in law at Reed College whilst in legal practice, and that legal ability to get quickly to the heart of a problem and sort it out has come in useful, with parents saying that over the last year...

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