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Dining hall in basement, and our young guides said the food, on the whole, is excellent. Sensibly, there isn’t a great deal of choice. ‘We have to try everything, but if we really, really don’t like it we are allowed to scrape it into a bowl,’ they said. All cooked in-house, with nutritionist’s supervision.

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Since 2003, Mrs Kate Prest BA Music/Ed PGCE (40s). Studied at Oxford Brookes. Formerly head of pre-prep at The Harrodian, and before that, teacher and music specialist at Oratory Primary, Chelsea. Welcoming, lively and overflowing with enthusiasm, she treasures the school’s unique, homely feel. ‘We work very much as a team, which extends through staff, pupils, parents and even grandparents,’ she told us.

Believes in the importance of communication and keeping children aware of the world they live in. Operates a complete open door policy, which parents told us works a treat. Prefers verbal communication. Always there to help and advise parents on the next stage. Lives locally and is married with three children, all of whom have attended the Merlin. Husband works in the City, so has no plans...

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