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One of the lessons we learn from sport, they say, is humility. That’s so Prior Park. No, it’s emphatically not a philosophy of loser takes all - they love to win. Sizeable contingent of parents are dahn-from-Londoners, who have colonised Bath in recent years - yes, even raggle-taggle Walcot Street has capitulated to the hipsters. Monocultural tendency is mitigated by ... 

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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, James Murphy-O'Connor MA (Oxon) PGCE (40s). Historian, married to Ali with whom he has four children, all former or current students. 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 so, his father, Jim, was educated here along with all four uncles. Jim’s younger brother Cardinal Cormac is the retired Archbishop of Westminster and still engages with the religious life of the school. JMO’C is a fan of F Scott Fitzgerald and Thomas Hardy, plus Picasso's 1920s art. Passionate Tottenham Hotspur and Ireland rugby fan. Enjoys retreating to the mountains and wild Atlantic beaches of his beloved County Mayo...

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