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A day school channelling a boarding school, Littlegarth is far from small when it comes to the scale of its buildings and the aspirations of its young pupils. Set off a country lane a 10-minute drive from bustling Colchester, in 28 acres of glorious ‘Constable country’ on the Essex-Suffolk border, it is one of only a handful of rural prep schools in this patch of East Anglia. There is a sense of energy and interaction in the classrooms, with teachers leading the lessons by...

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Since 2003, Peter Jones BEd. Attended Ysgol Dyffryn Conwy, Llanrwst and then trained as a PE teacher at Carnegie College, Leeds. Began his career at Holmwood House School, a boarding prep in nearby Colchester, rising to deputy head and has taught in the area for, he says, ‘donkeys years’, with the consequence that he now teaches his former pupils’ children. ‘When I arrived at Littlegarth in September 2003 it had been open at its new site for just eight years, having moved from its original home in Dedham. The school had a strong academic and pastoral reputation but needed lots of structures to be put in place,’ he says. He re-named the departments according to the established prep school model, further increased the level of specialist teaching, put a rocket behind sport and generally...

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