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Variety of opportunities to accrue merits, certificates or stickers for application, good behaviour, academic work or sporting prowess – ‘everyone gets the chance to shine’. Rewards too – from getting to sit next to a friend to whole class picnics. Yellow and red card system for varying levels of misdemeanours, but sanctions rarely instigated. In the science lab, our guides pointed out several bony onlookers. ‘Don’t worry, the skeletons aren’t real!’ they assured us. A game volunteer stood to explain friction, word perfect. A Microsoft Showcase School, it’s no surprise there’s a well-stocked ICT suite and iPads for use in all classrooms. Exams twice a year so that ‘little academic hurdles become a normality’. We asked year 6 guides about impending senior exams...

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Executive head: Since 2023, Charles Fillingham, previously head at Francis Holland School, Regents Park, London. Whilst a pupil at Nailsea School in Somerset, he was initially dead set on becoming Prime Minister but later settled on the rather more modest ambition of teaching. Studied French at the University of Wales, then a PGCE with French and German at Bristol University. Accrued a master’s from both King’s College London (education management) and Jesus College, Oxford (learning and teaching), as well as an NPQH (national professional qualification for headship) from UCL. Taught across the state and independent sectors and in both co-ed and single sex schools including Langley Park School for Boys, Grey Coat Hospital (head of languages), Archbishop Tenison’s CofE (director of studies) and City of London School (deputy head).

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