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Junior school located in its own well-kept period building (now refurbished with air-conditioning and new flooring), with a self-contained, green (Astroturf) and pleasant playground. Large, light library equipped with bean bags. Girls are keen readers, of fiction and non. (‘Not everyone enjoys Harry Potter,’ said one emphatically. ‘I prefer books about mythical creatures, such as mermaids.’)  Girls are polite – one said ‘Good morning’ unprompted as we passed – self-possessed and articulate. Loads of outings, from a hands-on pizza-making seminar at Pizza Express, to a ‘bushcraft trip’...

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Headmistress

Since 2013, Mrs Silvana Silva, BEd (50s), who arrived at the school in 1989 as a classroom teacher and has stayed ever since (‘I absolutely love working here’). Prior to her present elevation, she spent 11 years as deputy head, so has overseen a relatively seamless transition. A north Londoner by background, she attended St Michael’s Catholic Grammar, before taking a degree in education at Roehampton University (‘I always knew I wanted to be a teacher’). A positive, energetic and sympathetic force, much liked by parents and pupils, she’s a great believer in the GDST (Girls’ Day School Trust) ethos: ‘I want girls to believe in themselves, be resilient, show integrity and have creativity embedded in whatever they do.’ Married with one adult son.

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At 4, 100 try for two reception classes of 20. At...

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