We like Pembridge Hall’s Head Henry Keighley-Elstub enormously, as do his pupils. ‘He’s supportive and helpful – my daughters love him and I have a lot of respect for him,’ a mother tells us. And there’s no question that his school is as popular as ever. Send in your application form from the delivery suite: places are allocated by calendar month. Some girls hop off to Bute House at 7+ but most stay on until 11+. They’ve seen a marked increase in girls opting to go on to boarding schools in recent years, and their senior-school fair, in association with the GSA, was one of the best we’ve attended. Girls are encouraged to get stuck in on the cricket pitch and football field as well as the netball court.