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Make no mistake, these girls work hard. Expectations are universally agreed as being higher than in the past and the Oxbridge whip is cracked harder than it was. But the broad-ish church intake and continuing pastoral emphasis means that academic superstars coexist happily alongside their more pedestrian peers. Parents describe music as ‘amazing’ – for all tastes and levels – from a 50 strong orchestra that plays everything from classical to pop, to jazz bands and chamber choir. ‘My husband isn’t musical at all, but I dragged him along to the latest concert, in which the head of music did an incredible version of Bohemian Rhapsody with the girls, and he absolutely loved it'...

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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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Since 2021, Rebecca Brown. Joined the school in 2014 as director of sixth form, later becoming deputy head (academic). Before that, was head of history and politics and assistant head of middle school at North London Collegiate. Did both her undergraduate and master’s degrees at Oxford, specialising in culture, religion and gender in late medieval and early modern Europe, after which she worked at the Museum of London and Tower of London in their education departments before moving into teaching. Works from a striking office, flooded with light, with soft and contemporary greys, stunning pupil artwork and a large conference table instead of a desk.


Girls joining senior school from other prep or junior schools take the London 11+ Consortium cognitive ability test, with great emphasis on the interview. ‘But don’t worry if your daughter...

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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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