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Largely made up of medics, university lecturers and business owners, parents are an aspirational bunch. But what they also told us they want out of the junior school – and indeed what they get – is a nurturing start. As in infants, junior activities are hands-on where possible – making volcanos, measuring shadows etc. And while the academic rigour (and homework) picks up pace in juniors, parents tell us that ‘the school is clever in how they do it – nobody feels it’s suddenly masses of work or pressurised.’ Reading is central to everything – helped by...

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Since February 2024, Angharad Simpson, acting head. Educated at Christ College, Brecon, Bristol (modern languages), Aberystwyth (PGCE) and Nottingham (master’s in education). Joined Nottingham High School in 2018, having previously worked in two independent boarding schools in Surrey.

Since joining, she has reformed the school’s quality assurance and appraisal systems and been in charge of NQTs and their induction. She has also been involved in the school’s financial planning, including working to establish a Nottingham High School overseas.

She has two young daughters who keep her busy and she is a longstanding supporter of the performing arts.


The school is selective all the way through, though focus is on spotting potential. Main entry points are reception and year 3, and there’s growing interest in years 5 and 6 (note,...

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