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Care of the children is at the heart of such a cheery school. All new pupils and parents are allocated ‘buddy families’ to support a smooth transition and the warm and welcoming feel is noted by joiners of all ages, but particularly those who fill the odd space above the reception main entry point. The arts and culture thrive here. Music is very much encouraged – free small group strings tuition for pupils in year 3, many of whom…

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Since September 2017, Nicola Mitchell, previously deputy head and head of pre-prep at Orley Farm. Has also taught at Edge Grove where she was – variously – head of geography, head of girls' games and director of studies. Three children, who have all joined the prep or Woodbridge School; she is keen on horse riding, swimming, skiing, cycling and exploring the beautiful Suffolk countryside with her family and dog.

Has boundless energy, a keen eye for detail and is totally insistent on providing high quality opportunities for all of her pupils. Parents describe her as ‘calm, authoritative and decisive’ and ‘particularly good at handling parents’; treads the fine line between friendly and authoritative ‘unerringly well’. Leads from the front and is not afraid to throw herself in (spent four hours...

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