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There are two irreducibles here: the enthusiasm and hard work of the pupils, and the way they are storming every educational citadel that confronts them. Almost uniquely in our experience, Private Study Periods live up to their name – the sense is that  serious study is being undertaken in silence by everyone there. There’s also homework, of course but, as one girl suggested, ‘It’s sensible homework – it ties in what we’ve been doing, or what we’re about to do.' The school has facilitated an all-expenses paid work placement in Abu Dhabi with a leading international law firm...

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Since 2014, when the school opened, Mouhssin Ismail (late 30s), former City banking and finance lawyer at Norton Rose Fulbright and one-time Essex cricketer. Nobody can have any reason to question Mr Ismail’s deep seriousness and intensity of purpose. Very much admired and liked by all constituencies – ‘there are many explanations for the school’s success,’ said one parent, ‘but Mr Ismail is at the heart of each of them’.

Previously assistant headteacher at Seven Kings High School, with a reputation as an outstanding economics teacher (as he still is), Mr Ismail is conscious that much of his own story has resonance for his pupils: ‘I am a local boy, from an ethnic minority. My parents were devoted to my interests, but they had little formal education. But they provided me...

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