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We encountered some really high-octane teaching right up to the lesson before lunch and very much wanted wanted to sit out a particularly gripping history class. As well as getting to grips with the ins and outs of the natural world, children light fires and whittle wood with sharp knives. The brightest and best are coached, do team sports and play to win. Those for whom this would be wretched tyranny learn to keep fit...

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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 2010, Adam Gibson. Took him a while to stumble on his vocation. He started as an info systems manager for the NHS. Struck by the realisation that he’s not a back office kind of guy, he was on the point of switching to frontline medicine when, by chance, he spent a day in a school. That’s when the lightbulb above his head lit up and that’s where it blazes undimmed today. Taught for 10 years in state schools in the Midlands, then headed a prep school in Devon before returning to his alma mater. Has a more than ordinarily strong affection for Wellington, a characteristic, we discovered, of all its alumni. ‘When I appoint new colleagues, I look for them to have the capacity to love the school.’ Teaches some ICT and maths....

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