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Broad-ish church intake, coupled with ethos encouraging every girl to outperform her potential, means that academic superstars can co-exist happily alongside their more pedestrian peers, with neither group feeling undue pressure. Head more interested in ‘building a portfolio of skills relevant to each girl’ than cracking the Oxbridge whip. Plenty of opportunities for budding thespians to throw themselves into productions, most recently Narnia for the lower school, and although there’s no space for such performances to take place in a grand theatre, the assembly hall does the job. Parents describe music as ‘absolutely fantastic’...

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What the school says...

Northwood College has two very special features: a unique Thinking Skills Programme which enables girls to develop independent and creative thinking that takes them far beyond an exam curriculum and our emphasis on pastoral care which rests on the premise that a happy girl will always achieve her best. Put the two together and you have a school that buzzes with life, where pupils achieve outstanding results.

Our Thinking Skills Programme teaches the girls to understand the way they learn and gives the girls a life skill that will be as useful at university and in the workplace as it is now. Our aim is to raise young women of strong character and generous spirit, who are ready to take on the challenges of the world. We also believe that diversity enhances our school community, thats why we do not confine ourselves only to top exam achievers and offer places to those girls who show the potential to achieve well with a Northwood College education.

From November 2013, Northwood College is joining the Girls Day School Trust (GDST), and combining with Heathfield School for Girls from September 2014, to form an outstanding independent girls school in NW London.
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2015 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Girls taking Business at an English Independent School (Applied GCE A level Single Award)
  • Best performance by Girls taking ICT at an English Independent School (GCSE)

Other features

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What The Good Schools Guide says

Head mistress

Since 2009, Miss Jacqualyn Pain MA (theology and philosophy) MBA PGCE NPQH (youthful 50s). School has benefitted from the wealth of experience she brought with her, with two headships of other high flying academic establishments (Henrietta Barnett and St Albans High School), plus a stint prior to these as deputy head at Northwood, under her belt.

‘Immensely proud’ of Northwood College’s recent merger with Heathfield – both of her staff’s success in the seamless joining of two cultures (‘a lesson on how to be in change’) but also of the girls’ willingness to accept and embrace their new peers. Also highly instrumental in school becoming part of prestigious GDST group, a move which, she says, ‘has not changed the culture of the school’ but has provided ‘a plethora of...

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Special Education Needs

In the Junior school at Northwood College, 2 part time staff are employed to offer support to individual girls and to small groups, notably to girls who may be dyslexic. In the Senior school, girls have access to a special needs teacher. They have one to one lessons. This support is available to girls with learning difficulties such as dyslexia and dyspraxia. There is an extra charge for this.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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