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The art studio, which doubles up as the DT classroom, is nice and bright, and includes a kiln for ceramics. Music is also valued – two-thirds of children learn an instrument and there are several choirs and an orchestra, plus termly recitals and an annual house music festival. All pupils take English Speaking Board exams from year 3. ‘It gives them amazing confidence, we see it when they’re going for interviews,' says the head. We saw it paying off too - the children we met were...

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Since 2020, Bradley Lavagna-Slater. Grew up and educated in South Africa, studied psychology and education at the University of the Witswatersrand, Johannesburg. Taught for 10 years in SA before moving to the UK, building up nearly two decades’ of experience in preps including as deputy head at St Ambrose Prep and nine years as head at Runnymede St Edward’s Prep.

Has always worked in small schools, which he sees as offering a 'bespoke education' and where there’s 'no place for pupils to hide'. Being a teaching head has always mattered too – currently maths to years 5 and 6, allowing him to get to know the children 'inside and out’. Sees his role as an authority figure that children are happy to go to speak about any issue: 'I want them...

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