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It retains the founders’ values of liberalism, democracy and religious tolerance. There’s no prize-giving, for example, and the most valued award is a Conabor Badge, bestowed on ‘girls of good character’ (or, as one recipient phrased it, ‘for being good’). ‘Girls really aspire to be awarded a badge,’ says the head. ‘That’s what most embodies the spirit of the school.’ Art and music both unusually strong. Art (‘absolutely amazing,’ said one pupil) is housed in roof-top studios with stunning views across London. Strong emphasis on…

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Channing School is a centre of academic excellence in North London where we ensure that every girl feels empowered, valued and supported. We provide a stimulating and vibrant educational experience that nurtures and sustains independent thinking, confidence and creativity. We uphold our Unitarian heritage in encouraging girls to develop respect, tolerance and understanding of all faiths as well as individual and social responsibility. ...Read more

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All-through school (for example 3-18 years). - An all-through school covers junior and senior education. It may start at 3 or 4, or later, and continue through to 16 or 18. Some all-through schools set exams at 11 or 13 that pupils must pass to move on.

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Headmistress

Since 2005, Barbara Elliott, MA PGCE (60s). Mrs Elliott attended a girls’ grammar school in Lancashire, then read French and Spanish at New Hall, Cambridge. Taught in both the independent and state sectors before arriving at Channing. Much liked by pupils and parents. Gets to know pupils well at the outset by inviting year 7s in for a chat. With experience of all-boys, all-girls and mixed schools, she remains a firm advocate of girls-only education. ‘I’ve seen girls in co-educational schools sitting silently for years. Girls here are not without an interesting social life, but here they have the freedom to be themselves and try new things.’ Like her pupils, there’s nothing of the wallflower about Mrs Elliott, whose fashionable glasses and stripy tights signal her buoyant and breezy personality. Pomp and distance play...

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Independent schools frequently offer IGCSEs or other qualifications alongside or as an alternative to GCSE. The DfE does not record performance data for these exams so independent school GCSE data is frequently misleading; parents should check the results with the schools.

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