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Our tour kicked off in a reception class where it was carpet time. No sooner had the teacher posed a question than tiny hands shot up this way and that, their sky blue sweaters melding into the carpet. ‘What are you doing here?’ asked some children excitedly in a neighbouring class when they spotted our year 6 guides, which says something about the pupils’ easiness with older year groups, as well as the light-hearted sense of fun that moulds lessons here. Not that they lack focus – a quick prompt from the teacher brought them swiftly back on track to the serious matter of kicking ‘k’s. Pace picks up in prep – ‘and you get wooden desks you can open too!’ beamed a pupil proudly. Increasingly specialist teaching at this point…

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Since 2016, Hellen Dodsworth, previously co-head at Coten End Primary School, Warwick. Raised in Staffordshire, attending Lichfield Cathedral School, then boarded at Abbots Bromley on a music scholarship. When her father, a vicar, moved south of Birmingham, she settled in the area and met her husband in a choir – they live just down the road from the school with their two sons, both educated within the Warwick Foundation. In another life, she might have pursued a career in music, but shudders at the thought of all that competition. Sticks to singing for fun these days, ‘although I have been known to bring my flute into school!’

Teaching career not on her radar until she started on a music and education degree at Warwick – ‘I hadn’t realised I’d be teaching...

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