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Head maintains that his is a ‘relatively unselective’ school, but this is Oxford so the parent demographic probably ensures a ready supply of curious minds and high expectations. While boys don’t need to be musical to join NCS, the professionalism of the choristers and calibre of music teaching mean that it’s highly likely they will be by the time they leave. Even the tiny pre-preppers have two music lessons a week (one singing, one ‘formal’) and perform in their own nativity play and annual ‘showcase’, so naturally by year 3 they’re ready for Gilbert and Sullivan...

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Situated in a leafy corner of the heart of Oxford, the school has been educating boys since 1379 and supplying choristers for New College's internationally-renowned choir. With traditional academic, cultural and sporting strengths, the school prepares pupils for entry and scholarships to local independent schools and major boarding schools.

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Choir school - substantial scholarships and bursaries usually available for choristers.

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Headmaster

Since 2008, Mr Robert Gullifer MA Cantab FRSA (50s). Educated at Bristol Grammar School, choral scholarship to St Catharine’s College, Cambridge, where he studied English. Somewhat unusual in that his teaching career has encompassed both senior and prep schools. Previously head of English and under master at KCS Wimbledon, deputy head at the Dragon and deputy head at his alma mater, Bristol Grammar School. He shares his comfortable study with a baby grand, many books and a beautiful double bass on which he’s just passed his grade 3 (with distinction). He sings, plays the piano and the organ (‘a bit’), has a fondness for Chaucer and 18th century literature and loves the poetry of Carol Ann Duffy and UA Fanthorpe. So far, so donnish, and he’s unlikely to be asked for his passport in...

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