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There’s no uniform or dress code, and the teachers are just as likely as pupils to be wearing a hoody. Everyone goes by their first name. So far so hippy – until you walk around the building during lessons. Hush has descended, and opening a classroom door reveals silent pupils, and desks in rows. There’s a rich cultural programme – a drama theatre hosts visiting theatre companies and art shows, and the school’s on-site cinema regularly hosts the National Schools’ Film week. An igloo-like structure in the garden is used as…

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What the school says...

The College offers a fresh alternative to traditional independent education, accepting day students from the age of 11 and boarding students from 15. All have the opportunity to thrive in a happily distinctive atmosphere. Our only entrance qualification is an honest determination to work hard. Our students enjoy being here and are treated as young adults. We have high expectations and are small enough to get to know everyone well. There is no uniform and students and staff are on first name terms. ...Read more

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2015 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Boys taking Film Studies at an English Independent School (GCE A level)

2016 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Boys taking Film Studies at an English Independent School (GCSE Full Course)
  • Best performance by Girls taking Film Studies at an English Independent School (GCSE Full Course)

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There are three co-principals: Brian (Pain), Alistair (Brownlow), and Pauline (Bailey) – it’s all first names here. The three heads say they work in a collegiate way, sharing responsibilities. The kids tell you Brian is the big chief, and the one they’re a bit scared of. Brian is as far from a typical public school head as you can imagine. He has a passion for sailing barges, and he walks into the meeting as if he has just stepped off one – clad in a T-shirt, hair looking like it’s been in a force eight, and hands he needs to wash before shaking as he’s just been scrubbing blackboards. He tells it like it is, including telling kids who aren’t putting in any effort that they are not staying to waste their parents’ money....

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