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Pastoral care has always been a plus point. ‘Yes, it’s academic, but we chose it because it’s so nurturing – you can tell from the children coming out of the gates how happy they are,’ said a parent. The seamless move up to the high achieving senior school takes the pressure off at 11+. Families travel up to 10 miles; more than ever come from Watford. Many are first-time buyers of independent education and majority are professionals (mostly dual income). Not much by way of a parent community but… ​

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Head of junior school since 2020, Emma Maitland-Gray BA MA FCCT (40s). Roald Dahl’s Miss Honey is responsible – ‘I think I am one of the rare folks who knew she wanted to be a teacher from about five.’ Teacher training took her about as far from home as humanly possible – to the University of Notre Dame in Western Australia – with a hint of an Aussie accent still detectable. But after a few years down under, London called her back – for good, it turned out, when she met her future husband at Hornsby House (he later became head). Thence to Knightsbridge School, where she had ‘a great few years building up the school from its inception,’ starting as head of juniors and leaving as director of studies. Next stop York House,...

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