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Pre-prep and prep blend so well that the transition is ‘hardly noticed,’ parents say, ‘they just skip on to the next year with little fuss’. In a year 4 English lesson, pupils were checking out the performance poet James Carter – there was a relaxed but industrious vibe, with even a bit of beat boxing thrown in. Sport packs a punch, thanks to the teaching team’s expertise and pupils’ ‘can-do’ attitude. There’s a clear pathway starting in pre-prep where uni-hock, tag rugby and tiny kickers prepare for big team sports later in football, netball, hockey, cricket, and rugby. A short minibus drive away, in a ‘secret location,’ is the Forest School...

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Spring Grove in Wye, Kent, is an independent nursery and prep school for children aged 2-11, widely known for its family ethos. It is located between Ashford and Canterbury, close to the high-speed link to London. Spring Grove offers a first-class education, preparing children for both grammar and independent school entry and scholarships. With extensive grounds and an award-winning forest school, the outdoors is part of everyday life. Spring Grove is a Green Flag School and has also achieved Artsmark Gold. ...Read more

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Since September 2020, Therésa Jaggard, previously deputy head and acting head of Leybourne St Peter and St Paul for seven years. Educated in Surrey where, having enjoyed success with music, she faced a dilemma: to study law or music– the latter won, and she completed a joint degree in music and educational psychology with a certificate in education at The University of Kent at Canterbury and Canterbury Christ Church College. Cut her teeth in West Kent, starting as a class teacher and music specialist in Sevenoaks Primary School, followed by Sutton Valence Prep and St Michael’s Prep. Later, continued her studies at the Institute of Education at UCL, where she gained her NPQH, which ‘sowed a seed for my vision for a research-led school’. Her experience in both the state and independent sector is...

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