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Parent after parent told us that this isn’t a school for ‘cookie cutter’ girls and that individuality is embraced – although let there be no doubt that the common qualities of diligence and an eagerness to please are prerequisites. A thicker skin is also beneficial to protect those who may otherwise be daunted by their ‘stratospherically bright’ classmates and, as with all ‘all-through’ schools, we recommend carrying out thorough due diligence of the senior school too before...

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All-through school (for example 3-18 years). - An all-through school covers junior and senior education. It may start at 3 or 4, or later, and continue through to 16 or 18. Some all-through schools set exams at 11 or 13 that pupils must pass to move on.

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Head of junior school

Since 2003, Mrs Joanna Newman BEd (50s). Old North Londoner, thence to Homerton College Cambridge (geography and education). Began teaching career at Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ Prep before rising to deputy head of NLCS First School then on to first headship at Channing Junior School before returning – via a brief sojourn in Spain courtesy of her husband’s job – to NLCS Junior School as head. Brimming with the kind of serene confidence unique to heads secure in the knowledge that they have the cream of the crop clamouring for places at their school, yet warm, capable and hands-on – Mary Poppins meets Mary Berry. Glad recipient of hugs from pupils in all manner of locations both in and outside of the school day and described by parents as ‘involved’, ‘present’ and...

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