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Extracurricular – ‘the hidden curriculum’ - very much the bedrock of a North London education, whatever your age or stage, and girls here are active and energetic participants, whether in the latest theatrical production or music competition. A multitude of after-school clubs (with late transport on offer) ranges from cookery to bridge, and many take a range of three or four activities each week. Girls also make use of the large, leafy grounds, senior school’s excellent sports facilities (including pool) and dining hall...

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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, Jo Newman BEd (50s). An old girl of North London, Mrs Newman read geography and education at Homerton College, Cambridge. After leaving, she dabbled briefly with the idea of retail - ‘I love people and I think I would have been equally happy in a number of jobs’ - before starting her teaching career at Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ Prep. Deputy head of the NLCS First School, then moved briefly to Spain for her husband’s work. On her return, spent three years as head of Channing Junior School. Warm, can-do sort of person, excellent at team building (her last three directors of studies have moved on to headships elsewhere) and involving others. Cares passionately about education (part of a recent sabbatical was spent visiting schools in New York) and those...

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