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This is a distinctive, remarkable school which is unashamedly academic. Parents who would prefer something more modern and spacious, where boys can let off steam at break times kicking a ball, should look elsewhere. Creativity abounds and is an intrinsic part of life at Sussex House along with its nurturing approach, and why many parents choose it over other top prep schools. The boys themselves are a superb advertisement for the school: intelligent, polite, lively…

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Since 1994, the engaging, cultured Nicholas Kaye MA ACP, Cambridge English graduate followed by music research (60s). Whilst deputy head here, following a brief spell at Asra Hawariat School in Addis Ababa, of which he is a trustee and fundraiser, the opportunity arose to acquire the school from the Vernon Trust, which he seized with typical energy, creating an independent charitable trust. Sussex House has never looked back, going from strength to strength, achieving the recent accolade of Best Prep School award. Parents admire this ‘erudite man’ and the boys sum him up as ‘diverse, really talented, passionate about music, poetry, architecture, and a playwright’. His study/Victorian parlour is crammed with book shelves containing leather-bound volumes and novels by past Old Cadogans, an ornamental pianoforte (‘The best pianoforte is the concert Steinway in the...

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