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Records are broken annually at the traditional summer sports day and having a pool on site means that they usually trounce the competition at swimming galas. Chess, drama productions, musical performances, river-dipping, sleepovers, ski trips and jaunts into the Lake District and beyond are all part of school life. Head writes a weekly newsletter to parents, so plenty of useful and interesting information about school life and events available just in case your offspring is less than forthcoming in the ‘What did you do at school today?’ department. Bags of…

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Since 1999, Mr Roland Craig BEd (Leeds), youthful, energetic early 60s, formerly at King’s Tynemouth where he enjoyed a ‘meteoric rise’ from teacher to deputy head. Member of the (inappropriately named) Cross Association of representatives from independent schools; also founding chair of the charity Dyslexia North East.

Married with two children, both at RGS, he manages (enjoys even) a very long daily commute from the Cheviot Hills. A charming man who clearly enjoys his job, has an innate understanding of children, loves his sport and finds time out of school for bird-watching, wildlife photography and the odd barn conversion. At the helm of the key senior school feeder, he is ‘charged to uphold academic standards’ and does so by being highly selective on intake; fewer than half the applicants are...

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