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As one parent remarked, ‘The Merlin is aspirational and taps into each individual child’. Another added, ‘they give pupils lots of confidence, spotting opportunities and putting them their way’. The first head chose the school name with its distinctive wizard hat logo prior to tales of Harry Potter. Over the years this has become more embedded and developed and there is a sense of magic about the school and what it achieves...

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Headmistress

Since 2003, Kate Prest BA Music/Ed PGCE (Oxford Brookes), formerly head of pre- prep at The Harrodian. Welcoming, personable, caring, with tremendous enthusiasm, Mrs Prest (late 40s) teaches music to all and knows every child by name. She champions creative thinking and teamwork in a school, which parents agree is ‘like a big family, where all are made to feel welcome and are well looked after’. Apart from the head, her PA and a long-serving member, staff are known by Christian names. Mrs Prest is proud of the Merlin spirit of ‘have a go’, which underpins confidence-building, and parents agree confidence is a hallmark of Merlin pupils. Mother of three, children attended the school, with husband in the City and no plans to move on, Mrs Prest thoroughly understands London pressures, the intense competition...

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