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An atmosphere of learning is taken for granted. The seeming youthfulness of many staff struck us, as did their wit - even algebra on a Wednesday afternoon had its light moments. Daily assemblies in the cathedral's nave are seen as a privilege. Pupils themseves are easy, cheerful, engaging and look you in the eye when they speak, 'if anyone does have too good an opinion of themselves, we put them straight!' 'All my children have enjoyed taking part in concerts, singing in choirs and so on, even though they are definitely not prodigies,’ said a parent and this was echoed by...

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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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Since 2011, Steffan Griffiths (50s). Read classics at Oxford and has taught at Tonbridge, Eton and Magdalen College School, Oxford where he was Usher (principal deputy). He also has an OU degree in English. Has the fit, lithe appearance of the sportsman that he is (four hockey blues at Oxford, played for England’s under 18s and 21s, a former rugby and cricket coach and keen golfer). Quick-witted, extremely approachable and respected by parents, ‘He knows the school and pupils really well and I think understands the questions we all face with our children.’ ‘Straightforward, with no hidden agendas up his sleeve!’ ‘He understands the changing world’.

He has presided over the successful introduction of pre-prep (now infants) department and believes the strong numbers continuing to apply all through the...

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