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Parents appreciate this attention to the individual. ‘No aspect of any child is ignored for the sake of academic success or league table positions,’ said one. Pupils we met were sparky, courteous and keen to be on their way to the next exciting lesson or activity. Two classes per year group, but often split to allow for the teaching of advanced techniques in practical subjects. Parents say they are ‘impressed by the breadth and depth of the teaching quality in every area of the curriculum’. Completely differentiated lessons in…

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Since September 2017, Nicola Mitchell, previously deputy head and before that 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.

Has boundless energy, a keen eye for detail and is committed to the idea of providing high quality opportunities for all her pupils. ‘Exams are the key in the door to the next step,’ she says, ‘but that’s no good if our pupils don’t know how to work with other people, understand their strengths and the areas they need to work on, and have an effervescence for life. We are not teaching them what they’ll need when they’re 30 but we’re trying to equip them with as many skills...

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