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  Leaving at 11 rather than 13
Lyonsdown School, Hertfordshire, has appointed Christopher
Hammond as Headmaster.
Christopher holds a degree in History from the University of York and a PGCE from the University of Bristol.
He went to Lyonsdown following three years as Deputy Head (Academic) at Maltman’s Green,
Park School, Hertfordshire, has announced the appointment of
Mrs Susan Martindale as Head of Pre-Prep. Susan joins following
13 years at Windermere Primary School in St Albans as leader of EYFS, (Early Years Foundation Stage) teaching both KS1 and KS2 pupils.
Buckinghamshire. Prior to this role, Christopher was Deputy Head at Hereward House, London. During his career he has led a variety of departments including Games, Computing and History and has also been Director of Studies.
Christopher is a keen sportsman, coaching both football and hockey, as well as playing hockey himself and running. He lives in North London with his partner, Sharita, who is also a teacher.
Born in South Africa, Mrs Martindale spent her formative years in Bangor, Northern Ireland before moving across to England, achieving her BEd (Hons) at
the University of Hertfordshire. Mrs Martindale enjoys the great outdoors, tackling assault courses and long distance running, as
well as being a mum to her young daughter.
  Lanesborough School, Surrey, has announced that from September 2019, it will move from being
a school for boys aged 3-13 to become a school for boys aged 3-11.
At the same time, it plans to increase the number of places available for boys joining the school aged 7.
The plan recognises that for pupils in the local area, the trend to move to a senior school (whether a state or independent school) at age 11 has strengthened over recent
years and the demand for senior school places at age 11 looks set to increase further in the future.
This means that Year 7 is likely to become the main entry point for independent senior schools in the region. For boys at Lanesborough, the School believes the time has come to focus on 11 as the age of transfer to senior schools.
The School plans to retain its current size and enable more boys to experience a Lanesborough education, by moving from three form entry to four form entry in Year 3. Lanesborough already has means-tested bursaries available to pupils and this remains an important part of its future admissions.
Last year, Lanesborough opened its new £3m purpose-built Sports Hall complex and this September, boys were able to perform in the recently refurbished Performance Hall for the  rst time.
Clare Turnbull, Head, said “We wish to ensure we retain our position as the leading boys’ only prep school in the area. We pride ourselves
on offering all our boys a broad and challenging curriculum, which stretches, excites and fosters their love of learning.”
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Wellington School, Somerset, welcomed Arthur Charles
Valerian Wellesley, 9th Duke of Wellington, OBE, DL when he came to Wellington to view the National Trust owned Wellington Monument, which was designed
to commemorate the 1st Duke of Wellington’s victory at the Battle of Waterloo.
The Duke toured the School with Headmaster Henry Price and
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discussed the upgrade of the School’s Duke’s Building, which was opened by his father, the 8th Duke in 1982.
The building will be completely re-developed to provide additional library facilities, study spaces and increased social areas for pupils and will add to the ongoing site development programme.
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