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Head maintains, ‘Proof of the pudding is that the less academically able boys still get into public schools’. Parents like the fact that it doesn’t feel like a ‘feeder’ but still gets great results. Discipline maintained by healthy competition and withdrawing privileges rather than anything more grueling. Boys emerge from lessons brightly but quietly. They are articulate and confident, although suspiciously neat and clean in brightly coloured shirts and sweaters. Parental niggle that boys were ‘a bit too…

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Since 2010, Mr David Faber MA Oxon (50s); came to Summer Fields as old boy; former parent and governor, as well as grandson of illustrious alumnus, Harold Macmillan PM. After Eton and Balliol, became a Conservative MP from 1992-2001, including Opposition spokesman foreign affairs (recently secured schools minister as a speaker for a meeting of prep and public school heads). A keen cricketer (sits on MCC committee) and has introduced new cricket nets to the fields; also referees boys’ football matches.

Interesting appointment as not originally from a teaching background. Urbane and reserved in manner until on the subject of the boys’ achievements – fond collector of past medals; ‘sporting caps’ and historical mementoes of the school. Uses his experience as a historian and author (two books on modern history)...

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