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Hugely well-to-do Wilmslow has a reputation for glitz, but despite Wilmslow Preparatory School’s location at the very heart of this leafy South-Mancunian suburb, there’s little of that here. Instead it’s refreshingly unpretentious, a small, happy prep of well-mannered, busy, confident, green-clad girls and boys. Dazzling wall displays suggest it is a crucible for creativity. But before we get to the learning, let’s look at the tools available because this school boasts some excellent facilities: an up-to-date…

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Headteacher

Since 2014, Helen Rigby BEd NPQH, previously of Offley Infant School. Has a natural empathy with parents whose children attend her small but perfectly formed co-educational non-selective prep school. And so she should, having started out as one. It fact, so impressed was she as a parent with this warm and welcoming school that she made a successful application to join the teaching staff in 2001.

Fast forward several years and she’s headteacher. It is seemingly impossible for parents to describe her or her school without using words like nurturing or caring because that’s what this little school – which the head says (and with good cause) punches well above its weight - is all about. That and, ahem, really top notch academic achievement which means all pupils consistently achieve entry...

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