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Principal is passionate believer in setting not streaming and is absolutely against public ranking of boys (‘very damaging’). Strong emphasis on broadening the spectrum to avoid one-dimensional academic output evident in areas such as drama, music and the arts. Boys keep gratitude diaries to keep their feet on the ground – ‘it reminds us what we have got, rather than what we haven’t.’ said one, and ‘it creates a "glass half full" culture,’ says principal. The word on the street is that…

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Merchant Taylors’ Prep (formerly Northwood Prep School) has a strong academic tradition. We are committed to maintaining this whilst preserving the correct balance between the academic, spiritual, emotional and physical needs of our pupils. We seek to develop character and a right sense of values. We aim not only to deliver high levels of teaching and learning, but also to cater for the needs of each pupil through an extensive range of extra-curricular and sporting activities. At the heart of an education at Merchant Taylors’ Prep is a unique blend of past tradition, present best practice and future vision, to deliver the very best of all worlds to our pupils.

Our curriculum extends National Curriculum boundaries. A great deal of emphasis is placed on core subjects English, Mathematics and Science with History, Geography, Classical and Modern Languages surrounding this core. Art, Music Drama and Physical Education are important components as well as Religious Studies, which is designed to give meaning and context to our own culture as well as the culture of others. Design Technology and Information and Communication Technology provide vital, modern skills in an age of great change. Our computer room is superbly equipped with a network of fast, multimedia machines with ISDN internet connections, complete with video-conferencing facility. The commitment to excellence is shown by our investment in the very best facilities, equipment and staff.

Our modern outlook is emphasised by the quality of relationships we foster. Merchant Taylors’ Prep has a fine reputation for the high quality of pastoral care. Class teachers in Junior School and Form Teachers in Senior School monitor social and academic progress, keeping parents and colleagues fully informed. Each child in Senior Schools belongs to one of four Houses. This helps develop a sense of team spirit as well as providing a framework for discipline. House points are awarded to reinforce good work or behaviour and minus marks for inappropriate actions. If there is a serious breach of our disciplinary code, a red card may be issued which informs parents immediately of the situation. In extreme cases, the Head reserves the right to suspend the child from attending school. Discipline is firm but consistently clear and is based on Fair Rules which have been agreed by staff, pupils and parents alike.

There are clear lines of communication between home and school. We keep parents fully informed about school news through a regular newsletter. Detailed reports enable parents to stay closely involved in their sons progress. Parents Evenings are held regularly. These helpful sessions encourage the partnership process to thrive, enabling us to work together to reward achievement and to cultivate best efforts. Celebration Afternoon is the culmination of the years accomplishments and is a tremendously enjoyable occasion. Please see our website for further information. www.northwoodprep.co.uk
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Head of school

Since September 2015, Dr Karen McNerney BSc PGCE MSc EdD; biochemistry degree from Newcastle and PGCE in primary teaching from Swansea. Also has a masters in educational leadship and doctorate in early years education. Taught in prep schools in north London and Hertfordshire before joining Northwood Prep (now Merchant Taylors' Prep) in 2001.

Principal since 1997, Dr Trevor Lee (50s). Educated at East Ham Grammar and Exeter University where he completed his BEd before cutting his teeth in the state system with a seven-year stint at Thomas Hardye School, Dorchester. Moved as housemaster to Dulwich College where he spent two of what he considers his most ‘formative years', able to break free of government bureaucracy to ‘actually teach and share one’s passions.’ Four years as deputy head at Durston...

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