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School speaks constantly about girls ‘finding their passion’ and there’s no shortage of things for them to choose from. With around 50 activities a week on offer, students are spoilt for choice and the majority are making the most of the opportunities – sometimes to the detriment of downtime. School says it is ‘working hard to make sure students have time to breathe,’ with the introduction, for example, of relaxation club comprising nature walks, yoga, knitting and running, but industriousness is so entrenched in the school culture we wish them luck with getting the message through. Overseas trips and endless productions...

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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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Since January 2018, Sarah Clark MA PGCE (50s), formerly head of the Queen’s School, Chester. Hails from Walsall and educated at state grammar, Queen Mary’s High School, and Newnham College, Cambridge (history and classics). Believes in ‘right pegs in holes’ – as did the school’s governors when they headhunted her to the role; ‘as a historian, I just couldn’t say no to one of the oldest academic girls’ schools in the country,’ she says. We must say she looks most at home in her stylish office, once the music room of the Duke of Chandos, its walls now adorned with students’ artwork. Is steadily moving this most illustrious and high achieving of schools from a deeply entrenched culture of stand-offish perfection to ‘a bit more rough and ready – definitely no less committed to...

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