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New generation of vibrant staff newcomers love it here. One raved about mentoring  (‘have grown as a person’). Energy exemplified by new junior school librarian who has created oasis of great charm with imaginative use of lighting - Chinese lanterns, netting studded with fairy lights, even reading by torchlight sessions. Plenty of space for traditional library and ‘practical’ block - DT room filled with sound of merry hammering as year 7s enjoy high volume metal beating.

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Royal Russell is set in 110 acres of beautiful parkland. Our girls and boys enjoy with first rate facilities supported by energetic and enthusiastic teachers.

Founded in 1853 this Independent School is proud to have Her Majesty the Queen as Patron. With a unique blend of traditional buildings and the very latest technology, our pupils excel both academically and in the host of extra-curricular opportunities on offer.

Our Junior School and Senior School are situated together on the estate providing the key benefit of educational continuity from age 3 to 18. Boarding in the Senior School adds another dimension and gives an international outlook for all students.

Our school is a delightful mix of busy, enthusiastic and ambitious young people who have a real sense of community. A visit to this vibrant school is essential.
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Since 2011, Chris Hutchinson BMet. Second headship – first was at Newcastle School for Boys, which he joined in 2007. ‘Teaching is in the blood,’ he says. Opted for metallurgy degree but decided against engineering career. Worked for family owned and run school in Wales for two years, followed by formal teacher training at Cambridge and posts in top schools, starting with Clifton in 1990 where he met wife Alex – also a scientist. (‘Some unfortunate Cliftonites were taught a lot of Hutchinson chemistry and physics.’) Left as head of physics, moving to Wellington in 2000 in same role where was also a boarding housemaster.

Had completed full cycle (years 9 to 13) at Newcastle School for Boys when post here came up. Was encouraged to apply and felt instantly...

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