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Parents from this north London/south Herts bubble are notoriously demanding in their academic expectations, but those we spoke to were drawn to Manor Lodge because, as one put it, ‘it lacks the hothouse feel of local competitors, yet gets the same results’. That said, we were firmly warned by parents that ‘If you don’t have a bright child, you will probably struggle a bit’ and ‘If you’re the kind of parent to bite your nails upon hearing that your child wasn’t sat at a desk all day, other local preps might be better – we achieve the same, just in a different way.’ Expect things to ramp up a notch in ...

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Since 2018, Alyson Lobo, previously deputy head and at the school since 2005. Prior to that she taught and was deputy head at a local infant school. BEd from Leicester – an easy degree decision, having had her eye firmly on teaching since 14-years-old. Partly in the blood (her father was a teacher), she also recalls being ‘completely shy when I was younger, yet I seemed to come alive in front of the class’. Still grabs opportunities to teach now – both reception and year 6 when we visited.

‘Confident but not gregarious,’ as one parent puts it, Mrs Lobo’s mantra is to ‘give children their childhood back’ and anyone who suspects it’s mere marketing spiel should try quizzing her on the subject (just make sure you have a spare...

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