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A few parents feel the school may not be right for the super-bright, ‘but that’s not to say the boys don’t do really well,’ said one. Boys have a lot to fit in their day, with a pacey 10 lessons a day timetable – each lesson a short sharp 35 minutes to keep boys focused and ensure the school day is not too long. We usually ask the pupils we talk to what they would change if they were headteacher for the day and we got the best answer ever from this school – ‘We do get to be headteacher for the day!’ Indeed, one… 

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Parkside is a thriving preparatory school for boys aged from four to 13, with an onsite co-educational nursery. Set in over 45 acres of beautiful grounds on the outskirts of Cobham, and just a few minutes from the A3, the School provides a stimulating environment in which boys can learn, grow and develop. We focus on providing an education that allows the boys to make the most of their abilities, interests and talents so that they will progress to senior schools as confident and independent individuals, with a joy of learning. ...Read more

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Head master

Since September 2014, Mark Beach (50s), previously head of the junior school at City of London Freemen's School. He has also been head of Longacre Prep in Shamley Green. History degree from the University College of Wales and MA in education, management and leadership from the Open University.

Easy-going, cheerful and good-humoured, but as efficient as they come, with parents and staff enthusing about how he’s turned the school around with his ‘businesslike approach’ – staff now have their own budgets; there are more action plans; staff are regularly appraised etc. Teaches PSHE and boys say ‘he shakes every single boy’s hand on the way into assembly.’ Embraces the traditions of the school, but is also forward-looking. ‘This generation will have to jump through more hoops than we did for...

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