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Most subjects are taught by class teachers but science is led by a dynamic former research scientist from King’s College London. She teaches girls from year 1 and enthuses them about the subject from the start – everything from snail races to learning how to purify water. ‘We need to get girls passionate about science from a young age,’ she says...

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Since 2013, Silvana Silva BEd (50s). She arrived at the school as a year 4 class teacher in 1989 and has stayed ever since. Deputy head for 11 years before taking the top job. A north Londoner by background, she attended St Michael’s Catholic Grammar School in North Finchley and did her degree at Roehampton University. She always wanted to teach and previously taught at primary schools in west London. ‘But as soon as I walked in here in 1989 I thought, this is for me,’ she says. ‘Everything has always been new and exciting.’

A positive, energetic and sympathetic head, she is very proud that the school was named as the Sunday Times independent prep school of the year in 2018. Much liked by pupils and parents. ‘We offer academic...

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