It’s hard to believe that the school’s 110 acres of parkland are just a speedy 25-minute journey from London Victoria – hop off at East Croydon and a tram will drop you right at the gates. There’s an overarching sense of space on the university-style campus, with an impressive mix of 19th-/20th-century and contemporary architecture, and masses of woodland that is home to friendly families of deer. Leafy surroundings like these undoubtedly have a hugely positive impact on pupils’ learning experience – and, most importantly, their mental health.
Chris Hutchinson has been here for just over a decade. Easygoing, incredibly warm and a great leader, he is, according to one parent, ‘one of the loveliest people I’ve met’ – and he’s almost always trailed by his beautifully behaved cocker spaniel, Scrumpy. His impressive CV includes stints at Clifton College as head of physics, several years as a housemaster at Wellington and a headship at Newcastle School for Boys. His wife, Alex, is head of James Allen’s Girls’ School in Dulwich and chair of the GSA.
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