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The range of architectural styles allows you to channel Malory Towers, complete with enticing attic rooms one moment, up to the minute modernity the next. Fresh-looking, white-walled dining hall with jolly pictures adding a splash of colour is particularly nice. For most parents, preparatory is the key word, exam success its most obvious manifestation and a place either at the senior school or one of the local grammars the desired goal. Major focus, consequently, is on doing well. ‘It is an academic school,’ confirmed a mother...

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Head of preparatory

Since September 2015, Tim Horton, who has 23 years’ experience of teaching in the independent sector. Previously at The Hall, Hampstead but has also held posts at Abbots Bromley School and Birkdale School, Sheffield. He graduated from Jesus College Cambridge. Married with four children. Interests include cricket, reading and cooking.

Head of nursery is Miss Jacqui Hines, NNEB (40s), two teenage girls, one a gold-medal gymnast. Formal title, day care manager. Feisty, fast-talking with supportive, calm deputy – ‘I run around like a loon, she’s yin to my yang’ – and runs a tight-knit team of 35 full and part-timers. Started as second in command, promoted to current post three months in. Can’t imagine doing anything else. ‘Children are so lovely and innocent and speak their mind. Whatever...

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