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Tucked away down a surprisingly quiet side street off the thunderous Finchley Road and in the shadow of the imposing brick and glass grandeur that is South Hampstead High School, UCS Pre-Prep is something of a hidden gem. Big and flashy it most certainly isn’t but what it lacks in architectural splendour, it gains in warmth and friendliness and – evidenced by the fact that it’s almost unheard of for these bright young sparks not to make it into the junior school – academic robustness. Parents tell us they chose it because...

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All-through school (for example 3-18 years). - An all-through school covers junior and senior education. It may start at 3 or 4, or later, and continue through to 16 or 18. Some all-through schools set exams at 11 or 13 that pupils must pass to move on.

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Since 2015, Zoe Dunn BEd PhD NPHQ (early 40s), an Eng lit specialist with an impressive pedigree, fitting for this neck of the woods. Schooled at a Kent grammar, she did her degree at Homerton, Cambridge and continued to teach reception children throughout her postgrad, admitting with a chuckle that ‘sometimes I found the 5-year-olds more mature than the undergraduates.’ After five years at The Hall, down the road, she went to the Royal School - up the hill, and now taken over by North Bridge House Senior - first as deputy head and latterly as head of its junior school. After a sabbatical travelling across Alaska, Sweden and some of the States to study how they approach social and emotional learning in schools, she founded and then led a local faith free school...

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