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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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International Baccalaureate: diploma - the diploma is the familiar A-level equivalent.

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Since January 2018, Sarah Clark MA (40s), previously head of The Queen's School, Chester. Read history and classics at Newnham College, Cambridge. Has also been deputy head at Wellingborough School in Northamptonshire. Married to a history lecturer, with two teenage children. Avid supporter of Chelsea FC and loves to cycle, paint and write fiction. Active and breezy, she speaks exuberantly about working in single sex education. ‘Girls can really be who they want to be. They don’t hold back because they don’t feel they need to be cool in the same way they would if there were boys around.’ We hear she has been extremely hands on and immersed in school life from day one.

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North London provides an unashamedly ambitious, academic education, consistently sitting in the top five schools nationally in terms of...

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Independent schools frequently offer IGCSEs or other qualifications alongside or as an alternative to GCSE. The DfE does not record performance data for these exams so independent school GCSE data is frequently misleading; parents should check the results with the schools.

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