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On being shown round Prestfelde many years ago as prospective parents, our first impression was one of strikingly open and unaffected children with delightful manners. Years on, this first impression has been entirely validated, (indeed, I still struggle on a daily basis to persuade a Prestfeldian to enter a doorway first!) During our time here we have witnessed hugely committed teachers and high academic standards help all of the children (including our own) enter whichever school they choose at 13, giving them the advantage of being ‘ahead of the game’ when they get there. A most well deserved ‘Excellent’ report from their recent ISI inspection, supports this wholeheartedly. If it’s strength and depth you’re after, then look no further than the scholars’ honours board here. Sport, music, drama, art, DT and academic scholarships, all feature on this most impressive and ever growing role of honour. Most seem to head to Shrewsbury, Wrekin, Moreton Hall and Concorde, with a small annual cohort heading further afield to the likes of Cheltenham Ladies, Oundle and Malvern. And what of the fluffy stuff? Well, Prestfelde is a much loved school, by both parents and pupils alike. As parents we think it strikes a good balance between creating a wholesome, happy and nurturing environment whilst at the same time, encouraging our children to fulfil their potential through hard work and effort, with huge emphasis on building confidence. Whether cheering on your house cross country team, lending your friend your only pair of goggles when you need them too or simply enjoying dressing up in tudor costume together on History Day, the children here support each other and are supported. There’s always a smiling member of the common room to make sure that each and every pupil feels their value. There’s even a welcoming matron on site, with a cosy sofa, an encouraging word (and a biscuit or two!) when they need it. Along with this sense of warmth and good values Prestfelde has maintained the best of their traditions (long live T & B’s) whilst teaching methods are continually updated to enhance the children’s learning. We’ve recently had a new head too. As a parent you get the distinct impression that Mrs Orchard is there to make a real difference to these childrens’ lives. This lady, supported by an extremely capable management team, (lead by Mr Haswell), has substance. She is tireless in her efforts and brings renewed vigour for the school to be the best it can be, (no matter how good it is already), which no doubt heralds successful times ahead.

Commented on 23rd Nov 2016

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