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One classroom boasts a real ex BBC Dalek, while a wall we passed was covered with writing exercises in which some observant children had enjoyed ‘comparing father with a gorilla’ – the children’s writing was workmanlike and the gorilla had the advantage.

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Since September 2010, Adam Gibson (mid 40s). A Wellington pupil himself, he was previously head of Manor House Honiton, which closed in 2010. He is a triathlete and takes a running club at the school as well teaching some ICT and maths. Adept at analysis, having had an earlier career in information systems, he is dab hand at tracking and assessing pupils’ progress. Achievement is monitored in conjunction with their cognitive ability and quick action taken if potential is not being realised. Despite these skills, he is essentially a people person. He and his deputy meet children and parents in the playground each morning so that he can assess each child’s mood, pick up parental concerns. ‘A child should be happy, confident, prepared to experiment and think differently. Every child should be inspired every...

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