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The West Midlands’ growing reputation as a leading provider in education has been further enhanced after Norfolk House School, situated on the Calthorpe Estate in Edgbaston, gained membership to the prestigious Independent Association of Prep Schools (IAPS).

IAPS is a schools association with 700 of the world’s leading prep schools in members. Schools must reach a very high standard to be eligible for membership, with strict criteria on teaching a broad curriculum, maintaining excellent standards of pastoral care and keeping staff members’ professional development training up to date.

Led by Headmistress Susannah Palmer, the independent school was put through its paces during a rigorous selection process. Mrs Palmer’s application was supported by references from two local prep school Head Teachers, following which she was visited by a member of the IAPS committee to discuss the ethos of the school.

Some of the benefits of being a member of IAPS include, enabling the school to access a team of full time advisors and consultants, opportunities for pupils to compete in a range of sporting tournaments and competitions and professional development and networking opportunities for the staff.

Commenting on the membership, Susannah Palmer said: “At Norfolk House School, we are delighted to have achieved such high academic standards while remaining committed to our small family ethos. We continue to nurture the individual strengths of each child and adapt to their needs where required. On a personal level, being accepted as a member of IAPS is a very proud moment in my career.”

Norfolk House School joins other prestigious prep schools such as West House School, Hallfield School and The Blue Coat School as a member of IAPS, further enhancing Edgbaston’s prominence as a leading educational quarter. Located on Norfolk Road in the Calthorpe Estate, the school is just a mile from Birmingham city centre and is close to Edgbaston Village, with its vibrant leisure and lifestyle amenities.

Nicki Gibberson, Head of Marketing at Calthorpe Estates, added: “Norfolk House School has a proud history of being part of the Calthorpe Estate, and this recent achievement further cements its role as a centre of educational excellence and in helping us create thriving communities. The IAPS membership continues to demonstrate its commitment to high quality standards of education, something which Edgbaston is renowned for.”

Norfolk House School is one of the many leading educational facilities on the Calthorpe Estate, including Norfolk House Nursery, King Edward’s School, Edgbaston High School for Girls and the University of Birmingham.

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