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Not all teachers at Michaela have a teaching qualification, something the school is proud of as it feels they are not all moulded from the same clay, but all are graduates from top universities including Oxbridge and Russell Group. They are motivated and enthusiastic. No pupil is spared. They are told exactly where they rank among their peers, and are praised for their performance in detail about what they did right, just as they are chastised about where they have fallen short. A rhetoric programme from year 9 paves the path towards Oxbridge applications. A scholars’ programme will be run...

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Founder and head since the school started in 2014, the vibrant and dramatic Katharine Birbalsingh MA Oxon NPQH (early 40s). A graduate of New College Oxford (French and philosophy), she did her teacher training at the Institute of Education. Previously deputy head of a South London state secondary, she spent all her years since university teaching in inner London state secondary schools, working her way through the usual channels. She has come a long way since her ground-breaking speech to the Tory party conference in 2010. Condemning the state of an education system that ‘kept poor children poor’ to roaring applause, Ms Birbalsingh, in her 30s at the time, looked startled at how well her speech was being received. Naïve politically, and not even a Tory, the accolade took her by surprise but she...

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