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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 2005, Mrs Barbara Elliott, MA PGCE (50s). 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 over a decade ago. Much liked by pupils and parents (‘She brought new life into the school.’) 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 red glasses...

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