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It’s cool to be clever here and there’s a buzz around learning, with consistently good results – the main reason parents choose the school. ‘I really prize hard work,’ states head. An unashamedly academic curriculum from the outset but taught creatively – in a year 7 English class, the teacher was handing out Sherlock Holmes themed images and magnifying glasses so students could look for the finer detail to inspire descriptive writing…

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Since 2016, Clare Sherwood MA (history, Cambridge), PGCE (Bristol). Previously deputy head academic at Blundell’s School and she has also been head of history and politics at Wycombe Abbey and history teacher and housemistress at Leighton Park, Reading, as well as a short stint in the state sector at Charters Comprehensive School, Berkshire. A classic case of the apple not falling far from the tree, her father was head of a cathedral school (Hereford), which she attended. ‘My three children joke, “Which one of us will it be?”’

Surely one of the sunniest heads we’ve met, her cracking laugh setting the tone at this jovial school. ‘That laugh is iconic!’ declared more than one pupil, who praise her ‘optimism’ and ‘excitability’ – ‘Literally, she’s always smiling.’ She is also described...

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