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Back at base camp, we found pupils engaged in a wide range of learning styles – everything from lively discussions about wind pollination (with pictures they’d taken of wind pollinated flowers on iPads) to older girls giving eloquent speeches in preparation for the compulsory English Speaking Board exams (which all pupils do). When quizzed by us on their favourite aspects of each topic, we wondered if they might actually jump out of their seats, such was their enthusiasm to reel off example upon example...

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Rupert House has a long and distinguished record of preparatory education for children. Starting with the creation of a strong sense of belonging within the school, we deliver a journey of academic, social and sporting discovery that inspires children to learn, grow and achieve individual success. We believe that happy children develop confidence and discover their full potential. ...Read more

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Since 2013, Clare Lynas MA PGCE NPQH (50s). Previously deputy head at Thorngrove, Newbury. Before that, taught at assorted independent preps across London, Berkshire and Hampshire. Studied English at St Andrews, then did primary level PGCE at Edinburgh, initially with the aim of becoming an educational psychologist, ‘but I fell in love with the teaching,’ which – true to her word – she says she still does. ‘It’s essential to teach because part of caring for children is knowing and understanding them.’ Later did a masters in child development and a secondary level PGCE.

No-nonsense, candid and big-hearted, she strives for a non-hierarchical atmosphere – ‘We’re a small school so all staff get stuck into duties that need doing, including wiping tables, and I’d like to think I’m part of...

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