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Reception's ‘messy Monday’ involves a great deal of puddle jumping, as well as collecting leaves and sticks to analyse (and paint) later. Children are taught ‘not to fear failure.’ Pupils we saw and spoke to were confident, articulate and very keen to answer questions. Parents say, ‘The school is adept at identifying strengths...'

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The primary aim of the School is to prepare children for the next step of their education at the age of 11, ensuring that they are articulate and have taken full advantage of an education designed to stimulate the development of each child both intellectually and socially. We have two libraries, an ICT suite, a well-equipped laboratory, art room, music room and a Sports Hall which blends a state-of-the-art school with beautiful historic buildings. There are specialist teachers in Mathematics, English, Science, Information Technology, Design Technology, Geography, History, Art, Music and French. There is also a wide range of extra-curricular activities. Every effort has been made to consider the needs of modern teachers and pupils to create an environment second to none. Entry is by interview and assessment. Application forms can be obtained from the Secretary and appointments to view the school are welcome. ...Read more

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Head

Since August 2020, Jo Hayward, previously deputy head.

Entrance

Taster days include an informal assessment to ensure children are ready for school. One parent whose child started half way through a term said, ‘On her trial day, she was chaperoned by two lovely girls.’ Settling in was good too: ‘The other boys and girls in her year were kind and considerate and we were amazed at how quickly she found a genuine sense of belonging.’

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