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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 2019, Ben Horan, previously senior deputy head academic at Merchant Taylors' School in London. History degree from Oxford; began his teaching career at St Benedict's School, moving to Eton in 2004, where his roles included head of history and history of art, rugby coach and deputy housemaster. He has coached rugby and cricket at Merchant Taylors' as well as being a pastoral tutor.

Academic matters

No point in looking at government performance tables for raw data and comparison because this school, along with others, is boycotting them. Why? Because school feels there’s more to education than exam results and performance tables take no account of ‘creativity and inspiration’, the only true measure is how far a school raises its students. It would happily sign up for value-added league tables.


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Special Education Needs

Prior Park College provides very limited support for up to 4 children (for entry into Year 7 and a further 4 in Year 9) with very mild dyslexia. We accept up to 10 registrations for pupils who are seeking a place on our Learning Development Programme. Currently we are unable to accept any further registrations until 2011. 09-09

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