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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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Since July 2020, Lindsey Hughes, previously deputy head of Lady Eleanor Holles. She has a history degree from Warwick and a PGCE from Roehampton; before joining LEH she was director of students at St Helen and St Katharine. She has a keen and active interest in politics and international relations and enjoys singing, theatre, watching sport (especially cricket) and walking her dog with her son.


At 11, 300-400 sit the London 11+ Consortium exam for around 56 places, joining the 40 or so coming up from the junior school to form four forms of 24. (‘Junior school pupils don’t have to sit 11 plus - it’s a dream ticket,’ says the head.) Exam consists of a cognitive ability test (rather than maths and English exams) with great emphasis on the interview. For sixth form entry,...

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