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Excellent pastoral care, strong academic success Average class size of ten Happy children become successful adults A caring community, an engaging curriculum A beautiful, spacious campus within easy reach Helping busy families: early drop-off, late pick-up, flexi-boarding Bus routes from Cambridge, Newmarket and Saffron Walden
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graduates to bring greater academic depth to the sixth form, where the school has announced a £10m expansion programme. The secret is being neither too systematic nor too big. At its core, in the bigger year groups from 11 to 16, class sizes can be ten or twelve, but in the prep and sixth form they are more like tutorials. Class assistants in the Prep School often sit individually with smaller groups of children as they work on projects and presentations themed around big topics like outer space or Africa. Children who struggle a bit more with maths and English are quietly extracted from other lessons to get a bit of extra help.
recently reflected in a campaign to raise money for Australian wildlife. Just as the River Stour (pronounced ‘store’ if you’re a local) runs past its front lawn, the college’s curriculum is geared towards flowing and connecting rather than churning out test after test. The ethos is to instil a genuine love of learning – whether it’s Paradise Lost on the syllabus or the art of repairing a combustion engine. Many parents credit the school with allowing their children to escape the tyranny of top grades and SATS. Yet there is no fear of academic excellence. GCSE results are a source of pride, and the new owners have started to appoint Oxbridge
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