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 ‘We’re very keen to retain diversity,’ says the head, ‘but we also want pupils to leave with the best possible grades.’ (Some parents feel the shift is entirely positive, ‘She’s really pushing the school in the right direction’; others are less convinced, ‘I preferred it when it was a bit quirkier.’) Always a creative place, particularly in the visual arts and drama, the new building has extended the range, with well-designed, dedicated space for textiles, ceramics and DT, as well as a new media suite. Perhaps the most popular innovation is the enrichment programme, a weekly 50-minute slot embedding in the timetable activities generally considered add-ons...

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Since 2013, Georgina Masefield BA MA PGCE (40s). Australian by birth, Mrs Masefield grew up in north London, where she attended Channing School. Then to UCL to do a BA in English literature and linguistics, followed by an MA in medieval literature. She also holds a PGCE and a masters of education from Buckingham University (where she has worked as a mentor and tutor). Started at North Bridge in 1998 as a supply teacher, moving quickly up the ranks from form teacher and head of art to head of English in the senior school. ‘She’s a fantastic teacher,’ said one former pupil. ‘Everyone she taught used to get A*.’ In 2010, she left (temporarily) to become an adviser and then education officer for the school’s owners, Cognita, helping to develop curriculum and standards across...

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