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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 May 2022, Dr Hazel Bagworth-Mann. Began her career at the Historical Manuscripts Commission after completing her PhD on the development of elementary education during the 19th century. She also worked at the National Archives before joining North London Collegiate School in 2006 as a history teacher, subsequently taking on a range of senior leadership roles including deputy head of pastoral. She has had a long and keen interest in the history of girls’ education and has carried out post-doctoral research in this area.


There are 65 places at 11+ for external applicants who join around 40 moving up from the junior school. Apply by end of November the year before entry; exams in English and maths take place early January of the year of entry (school is not part of the London 11+...

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