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Music plays a large part in this school. Sixteen of the junior boys are choristers. Huge commitment from these boys (and parents) with daily early morning practices and evensong performances several times a week; teachers keep a close eye and are flexible about homework if need be. As you walk under the arch into The Close, leaving the bustle of the centre of the city behind, all is calm. The school oozes contentment and serenity, despite plenty of pupils milling about; the ecclesiastical atmosphere seems to pervade...

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All-through school (for example 3-18 years). - An all-through school covers junior and senior education. It may start at 3 or 4, or later, and continue through to 16 or 18. Some all-through schools set exams at 11 or 13 that pupils must pass to move on.

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

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Head master

Since 2011, Steffan Griffiths (40s). Studied classics at Oxford and has an English degree from the OU. Taught at some high profile schools including Eton, Tonbridge and Magdalen College School. This is his first headship. A keen hockey player who was playing at a high level in his youth. From a family of teachers, the third generation, ‘so it was a given, really.’ Parents like him. ‘He’s very professional and high profile around the school.’ Parents said he knew their child and was ‘very approachable.’ ‘He’s on the ball with regards to the children, and can communicate well with them at their level.’ Smartly turned out, welcoming and with a fabulous office with views of The Close. Has updated and modernised a number of classrooms, overseen major refurbishment projects and is currently development...

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