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‘Senses Den’ in each classroom – very exciting. Lovely artwork – we loved the pasta palaces and the various penguin habitats. Top-notch loos with Mickey Mouse taps. Strong sense of an equitable and kind community. Around 50 applicants for 32 places at 4+ and immensely worthwhile nabbing one of them if you can. Tots come in for a morning of fun and observation in groups – heavy staff:tot ratio to allow for lots of encouragement and stimulation – and discreet assessment. They look for children who are…

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Since 2012, Miss Naomi Bartholomew MA BEd Cantab (30s) who was educated at Portsmouth High School and went on to read English and education at Homerton College, Cambridge. She spent two years in South West China with the VSO, then taught in state and independent primary schools. Five years as head of English at Yateley Manor was followed by the deputy headship at St Catherine’s in 2009. Miss Bartholomew’s appointment to the headship was as much as anything by public acclamation. ‘Some don’t know her so well yet but those of us who do value her highly,’ one mother told us. ‘She is very calm, clever and warm.’ Miss Bartholomew is plainly thrilled to be in charge and has a lovely smiley relationship with both girls and staff. Not remotely a dragon – more...

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