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Though the school is academic and fast-paced, it’s not pushy. There are no academic rankings or prizes below the sixth form, for example. That said, a girl who doesn’t tick along at the same speed could be less content. ‘The academic stuff is just baseline,’ said one parent. ‘They’re expected to get involved in clubs, societies, music, sport and community service.’ Actors to the Edinburgh Fringe, musical groups to Tuscany, and eager proto-journalists produced enough journals and publications (50 this year) to stock a newsagent, on topics as diverse as economics to Ebola - not to forget the cutting edge Wintour...

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North London Collegiate School is recognised as one of the highest achieving schools in the country. This success can be attributed to our commitment to attaining the highest standards for all and the confidence and self belief we aim to nurture in each girl in a caring, inclusive and dynamic environment.
We are one of the historic schools of England. Founded by the great Victorian education pioneer, Frances Mary Buss, the school has provided an exceptional education for girls for over 150 years.
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2015 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Girls taking Biology at an English Independent School (IBO Standard level component)
  • Best performance by Girls taking Music at an English Independent School (Cambridge International Certificate Level 1/Level 2)


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Since 1997, Bernice McCabe BA MBA FRSA (60s). Mrs McCabe grew up in Bristol, where she was educated at Clifton High School (‘What I loved about my school was that it showed me the possibility I could do anything; it was very much modelled on North London') and Bristol University, where she studied English. Taught at a number of co-ed comprehensives in Bristol and London, including The Heathland School in Hounslow, before becoming head of high-flying girls’ grammar Chelmsford County High. While here, she took an MBA because she found ‘the broader aspects of education leadership’ appealing. Her priority, however, now as always, is the quality of teaching. ‘The children here are passionate about their subjects because the teachers are also passionate.’ She herself continues to take all year 7 for English (‘It gives...

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