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We had a fright upon discovering a full-size coffin laid out in one room, only for the drama teacher to pop up and explain its presence as a prop for the summer performance of Oliver! ‘One of the dads is an undertaker – very handy!’ she exclaimed with glee. In the classes we visited, we didn’t see a single teacher behind a desk but instead often huddled down at eye-level with the children, friendly enthusiasm combined with focused attention. Pupils spoke enthusiastically about the annual ‘animal blessing’, where children bring their pets in to be blessed. ‘We had horses in the gym!’ shrieked one...

 

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'The staff have helped our son to become a confident and independent little boy, with a positive attitude to learning and friendships. We feel strongly that he has had the best possible start to his education, and has learnt skills and attitudes that will stay with him throughout his time at school.'

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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.

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Headteacher

Since September 2016 Ms Erika Kirwan, previously a member of the senior leadership team at St Mary’s Catholic Primary School in Hornchurch, Essex. Before this she was acting deputy head of New Hall Preparatory School in Chelmsford. She has also taught in other countries including Egypt, Poland and Portugal. Classics degree from Cambridge, PGCE in primary education and masters from the Institute of Education.

Entrance

Children are accepted into the school's nursery class at any point after the beginning of the term in which the children reach their third birthday. Flexible about entry at other stages. From years 4 and above children are given short written assessments to determine their academic ability.

Currently 50 per cent local (Abingdon), 30 per cent slightly further (Didcot, Wantage) and remainder up to 20-30 miles away.

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