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  • La Sainte Union
    Highgate Road
    NW5 1RP
  • Head: Sophie Fegan
  • T 020 7428 4600
  • F 020 7267 7647
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  • A state school for girls aged from 11 to 18.
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Camden
  • Pupils: 1,137 ; sixth formers: 240 (25 boys); part of LaSWAP consortium
  • Religion: Roman Catholic
  • Open days: September
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Good 1
      • 16-19 study programmes Good 2
      • Outcomes for children and learners Outstanding 2
      • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment Good 2
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Outstanding 2
    • 1 Short inspection 25th February 2016
    • 2 Full inspection 5th November 2010

    Short inspection reports only give an overall grade; you have to read the report itself to gauge whether the detailed grading from the earlier full inspection still stands.

  • Previous Ofsted grade: Good on 18th October 2007
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report
  • Linked schools: LaSWAP Sixth Form Consortium

What says..

Located in the heart of affluent Dartmouth Park directly opposite Hampstead Heath, its convent background has left it with gracious period buildings and spacious grounds, including a beautiful, peaceful garden (plus orchard), hidden behind its elegant 19th-century frontage. Progress, as the head notes, is 'phenomenal' (significantly above the national average). Those requiring additional assistance are quickly identified. Girls compete regularly in Camden competitions (rounders, athletics, basketball), frequently emerging triumphant...

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What The Good Schools Guide says


Since September 2017, Mrs Sophie Fegan, 40s. Frenchwoman Mrs Fegan (who retains a slight accent) began at the school teaching French in 2008. Since then, she’s moved up the ranks from (popular) teacher, to head of year, then deputy head, so no radical changes expected now she’s in the top spot. (Though consultations are taking place with girls on ways to improve the school – and tartan trousers could, one day, be an option.) Smartly suited, earnest, evidently devout, she sees the school’s mission as promoting ‘gospel values so that girls can go on to lead good Christian lives.’

Academic matters

The head is emphatic that this is a ‘traditional school offering a traditional curriculum with “no short cuts”’: ‘We aim to nurture a love of learning, engaging with difficult things and exposing learners to high...

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Special Education Needs

School's description of their SEN provision:

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class Y
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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