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Amazingly posh architecture notwithstanding, the social climate here isn’t the least snooty; this is a down to earth place where ordinary people go to school, a place whose unpretentious personality answers the values of the sort of parent who celebrates ‘a school that doesn’t set itself apart from the city but participates in local events.’ Music here reaches all parts and catches up those who never knew they could. Chapel choir is 90 per cent day students who come in every Sunday to sing at mass. What does that tell you? This is not an exam factory because there is no…

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What the school says...

Prior Park College is a friendly, purposeful Christian community; Catholic in tradition and ecumenical in spirit. Praise and positive teaching encourage academic confidence and success.

Our ethos is to care for our students so they feel empowered to develop as fully as possible their academic and other talents, to ensure an education of the whole person.

An excellent enrichment programme includes music, dance, art, drama, sport, the Combined Cadet Force, our own community service programme and the Duke of Edinburgh's Award programme.

Our aim is to enable Leavers to be confident, capable compassionate and independent-minded.
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Head master

Since 2009, Mr James Murphy-O'Connor MA (Oxon) PGCE (40s). Historian. Educated at St Benedict's, Ealing. Degree at Greyfriars Hall, Oxford, PGCE at Peterhouse, Cambridge. Thence to Stamford followed by Sherborne, where he was a housemaster. First headship was the brand new Sherfield. Says ‘Prior Park is in my DNA’ and justly, for his father, Jim, was educated here along with his four brothers. Jim played rugby for Ireland, his younger brother Cardinal Cormac is the retired Archbishop of Westminster and still engages with the religious life of the school. James is married to Ali, four children, all former or current students. Keen on the arts, fan of F Scott Fitzgerald and Thomas Hardy, plus Picasso's 1920s art. Passionate Tottenham Hotspur and Ireland rugby fan. Enjoys retreating to family cottage amongst the mountains and...

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