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Outside space is ‘magical’ and imaginative, with a series of exciting play areas as well as both a teepee and a marquee which may sound incongruous but were somehow just perfect. The general approach to teaching and learning is that there must always be an element of fun (‘we use hooks and tricks to inspire children’). One parent told us, ‘every day our experience has surpassed expectations’. while another said that after her child had been at the school for a term, she turned to her husband and asked, ‘Did we win the lottery here?’ The only... 

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Head, since 2021, Lizzie Spratt. A ‘Jersey bean’ (born and raised in the Channel Islands), she moved to the mainland for A levels at Malvern Girls’ College and then a degree (music) at Royal Holloway. PGCE at Kingston. Music remains ‘a passion, a hobby’ (along with cooking and travel) but her career is firmly in teaching (‘it was always going to be children…’). Reception class teacher at Fernhill in Kingston, two years at Rokeby (reception and first move into middle management), then to The Rowans (class and early years lead) in 2011. The role evolved; new opportunities presented themselves. Deputy head and then head. ‘The school is a part of me’.

On her office wall, two Charlie Mackesy prints, ‘bought and framed as a present to myself when I got the...

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