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‘Boys mustn’t think they own the magnet,’ said one teacher. It was obvious they didn’t: girls as well as boys seemed deeply involved, fired with encouraged curiosity. Plenty of excitement and bubble and a sense of igniting interests and inspiring curiosity.  The overall atmosphere is warm and welcoming, and none more so than the nearby nursery, which is bright and inviting, spacious yet cosy. Real learning through real fun with, as one mum told us, ‘lovely staff.’ Hill walking and camping, trips to France, science weeks and editing the new magazine...

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Since September 2016, Mrs Hellen Dodsworth, previously co-head of Coten End Primary School. Studied music and education at Warwick; also has an NPQH. Class teacher and phase leader at Coleshill Heath School before joining Coten End as deputy head. She loves music, theatre and travel, and spends much of her spare time on the touch line, cheering on her two sons.


Any time, providing there is room. Most boys and girls enter aged 3 or 4 (now four class reception entry); girls can also join at 7: they are assessed in maths, reading and writing and are invited to bring an object which is special to them and to talk about it. They spend a whole day at the school attending some classes and fooling about in the playground with current pupils. Occasionally pupils are...

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