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  • Michaela Community School
    North End Road
    HA9 0UU
  • Head: Ms Katharine Birbalsingh
  • T 020 8795 3183
  • E [email protected]
  • W
  • A state school for boys and girls aged from 11 to 19.
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Brent
  • Pupils: 698; sixth formers: 85
  • Religion: None
  • Open days: Sixth Form Open Event: Monday 14th November 2022
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Outstanding 1
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Outstanding 2
    • 1 Short inspection 11th May 2023
    • 2 Full inspection 23rd May 2017

    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.

  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

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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What The Good Schools Guide says


Founder and head since the school started in 2014, the vibrant and dramatic Katharine Birbalsingh MA NPQH. 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 groundbreaking 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 found herself without...

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Interpreting catchment maps

The maps show in colour where the pupils at a school came from*. Red = most pupils to Blue = fewest.

Where the map is not coloured we have no record in the previous three years of any pupils being admitted from that location based on the options chosen.

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Further reading

If there are more applicants to a school than it has places for, who gets in is determined by which applicants best fulfil the admissions criteria.

Admissions criteria are often complicated, and may change from year to year. The best source of information is usually the relevant local authority website, but once you have set your sights on a school it is a good idea to ask them how they see things panning out for the year that you are interested in.

Many schools admit children based on distance from the school or a fixed catchment area. For such schools, the cut-off distance will vary from year to year, especially if the school give priority to siblings, and the pattern will be of a central core with outliers (who will mostly be siblings). Schools that admit on the basis of academic or religious selection will have a much more scattered pattern.

*The coloured areas outlined in black are Census Output Areas. These are made up of a group of neighbouring postcodes, which accounts for their odd shapes. These provide an indication, but not a precise map, of the school’s catchment: always refer to local authority and school websites for precise information.

The 'hotter' the colour the more children have been admitted.

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