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Dame Alice Owens School

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Dame Alice Owen’s has high expectations of its pupils – and they rise to the challenge. Almost 40 per cent of youngsters are selected by academic ability or musical talent and results and facilities are more than a match for local independent schools. To this day Dame Alice Owen’s takes immense pride in its history. All year 7s receive a crown (now a £5 commemorative coin) at a ceremony at the Brewers Hall in the City of London. Older pupils receive annual…

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Converted to an academy 2011.

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Since 2016, Hannah Nemko (early 40s). MA (Nottingham) MeLtrs (Stasbourg) PGCE. Married to a teacher, with two young children, Ms Nemko was promoted to the top job from her role as senior deputy here. She joined the school in 2015 from Yavneh College, where she was deputy head and helped set up the college. Prior to that she taught for two years at the Royal Grammar School in High Wycombe and at Immanuel College for five years before that. Born and brought up in Essex, Ms Nemko was, by her own admission, dedicated to her studies and a model schoolgirl. Head girl of her High School (Beal High School), she confides that she loved playing schools as a child and was the first in her family to go to university. She recalls her father...

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