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Essentially a local school, with 90 per cent living within a three mile radius, so no fleets of coaches to far-flung locations. An academic school, but not one where academic achievement overrides all else. The intake here is slightly broader than at some of the local competition, and not every pupil will be cut out for straight A*/9s. ‘You don’t have to be really bright, but you do need enthusiasm,’ remarked another. Thinking outside the box is a key aspect of learning here. The school prides itself on the…

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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 September 2020, Lindsey Hughes (40s). Previously deputy head of Lady Eleanor Holles and before that, director of students at St Helen and St Katharine. A child of the 80s, she had it all sussed out as a teenager to study economics and become the next Anita Roddick. Her A level history course put a change to all that – ‘I just wanted to talk about history all day so teaching it seemed a great opportunity.’ But after her history degree at Warwick, the bright lights of PR and marketing beckoned instead, which eventually led her to The Sutton Trust where partnership work with the DfE saw her edge back towards the world of education and she eventually gave in and did her PGCE at Roehampton exactly 20 years before starting at Channing –...

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