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Main building is Tudor, lots of oak panelling, flagged floors, and even rumours of a ghost. Pupils about the school are courteous, open doors and smile, but are intent on their own ploys...

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Head of The Abbey and Queen's House

Since September 2015, John Brett, previously head of Old Buckenham Hall for five years and, before that, head of St Mary's School, Melrose from 1998 to 2010. He was director of music at Thomas's Battersea between 1993 and 1998 and held the same role at King's Hall School, starting his teaching career in 1985. He and his wife Clare have two children.

Leaving in July 2017.


About half of year 3 is made up from pupils progressing up from the pre-prep department, Queen’s House, at 7; others join via test and interview from other local schools. Selective, but with scope for quite a range of ability; ‘we are looking for those who can explore all that’s on offer’. Places occasionally available in higher forms - always...

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