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  • Parliament Hill School
    Highgate Road
    NW5 1RL
  • Head: Ms Sarah Creasey
  • T 020 7485 7077
  • E enquiries@parliam…
  • W www.parliament…
  • A state school for girls aged from 11 to 18.
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Camden
  • Pupils: 892; sixth formers: 358 (296 girls; 62 boys); part of LaSWAP sixth form consortium
  • Religion: Non-denominational
  • Open days: September/October - see school's website for details
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Good 1
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Outstanding 2
    • 1 Short inspection 9th February 2023
    • 2 Full inspection 19th November 2013

    Short inspection reports only give an overall grade; you have to read the report itself to gauge whether the detailed grading from the earlier full inspection still stands.

  • Previous Ofsted grade: Outstanding on 4th November 2010
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report
  • Linked schools: LaSWAP Sixth Form Consortium

What says..

Parli’s’ strength undoubtedly lies in its GCSE years, where it takes in a broad range of girls and delivers success for all, achieving results that put it in the top ten per cent of non-selective schools nationally, top five in many subjects. Parents are positive about the package. ‘Parli has a lovely buzzy, creative atmosphere,’ said one. ‘It’s a mixed intake and you have to have a degree of self- motivation, but it’s always true to the ethos of a liberal comprehensive education.’ Parli has limited...

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What the school says...

Parliament Hill is an exceptional, vibrant and exciting learning community where all girls are enabled to grow and succeed. Located on a beautiful site on the edge of Hampstead Heath, we provide a peaceful and secure environment for rich and stimulating learning experiences. Proud of our distinctive character as a diverse and fully comprehensive girls' school, we value individuality and celebrate the relationships that make us a uniquely positive and supportive school community. We have an unswerving commitment to our inclusive culture and a well-established reputation for providing an education of the highest academic quality for girls.

Our motto, which runs as a golden thread through everything we do, captures our essential ethos: we are a High Achieving and Happy school. At Parliament Hill, we understand the opportunities and challenges of being a young woman in today's changing world. Building on our strong history, we empower our students to take advantage of every opportunity to enhance their lives. Our Feminist Orchard symbolises our deep-rooted commitment to growth and success.

Aiming to be a world class centre for excellence and innovation for girls' education, our academic and creative curriculum is distinctive and tailored to our context. We are extremely proud of our very strong track record of student achievement and stellar examination results. Highly successful in developing confident, articulate and independent learners, Parliament Hill students are motivated to achieve now and in the future.

Parliament Hill is part of LaSWAP, a long established and very successful sixth form consortium which enables our students to access a wide range of subject expertise. A high number of students gain places at Russell Group universities, including Oxbridge, and students benefit from excellent preparation and guidance on applying to the universities of their choice.

Our extensive enrichment programme acknowledges the importance of a wider education, giving students valuable opportunities to grow and discover their passions and interests. Striving to develop future leaders, Parliament Hill has a long tradition of helping others in our school, our local community and around the world. We expect everybody to participate actively, to show kindness and to be considerate towards others and our environment.

Our Mission
Our feminist mission is to enable every student to forge a strong identity, empowered to make their mark in the world.
We are proud to be a centre of excellence and innovation for girls' education.
We nurture aspirations and support each student to discover their dreams and ambitions. We empower girls to take risks and to develop the confidence, leadership attributes, and cooperative relationships that enable them to flourish academically, socially and personally.
Students are educated to be inclusive global citizens, enabled to speak out, and make a positive difference to the world now and in the future.
We believe that achievement and happiness are inextricably linked and we are committed to enabling both.
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What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2017, Sarah Creasey BA PGCE, NPQH. Spent 25 years working in London secondary schools, starting out in a single-sex school in Wimbledon, followed by a decade at Preston Manor, a mixed all-through school in Brent, where she headed the English department and rose to assistant head.

Arrived at Parliament Hill in 2012 to become part of a tight-knit senior leadership team, first as deputy, then as associate head. Her mission is clear: to deliver on the school’s motto, ‘happiness and high achievement for all’, and she addresses the complex requirements of the school’s broad-ranging community with calm dedication. Girls warm to her: ‘She’s very nice and understanding,’ said one; parents consider her relatable and down to earth: ‘I was surprised on parents’ evening to find her sitting in front of...

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Who came from where

Who goes where

Special Education Needs

Our inclusion team is skilled, experienced and dedicated to securing the best outcomes and opportunities for students who have additional learning needs. All year 7 students are assessed using Cognitive Abilities Tests plus a reading and spelling test to help us ensure appropriate support from the start of their time with us. We invite all parents whose daughters have a SEND profile to meet with a member of the inclusion team at parents' evenings and offer further contact throughout the year. Every student with a SEND profile has a personalised plan outlining their strengths, needs and strategies for support.

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

Interpreting catchment maps

The maps show in colour where the pupils at a school came from*. Red = most pupils to Blue = fewest.

Where the map is not coloured we have no record in the previous three years of any pupils being admitted from that location based on the options chosen.

For help and explanation of our catchment maps see: Catchment maps explained

Further reading

If there are more applicants to a school than it has places for, who gets in is determined by which applicants best fulfil the admissions criteria.

Admissions criteria are often complicated, and may change from year to year. The best source of information is usually the relevant local authority website, but once you have set your sights on a school it is a good idea to ask them how they see things panning out for the year that you are interested in.

Many schools admit children based on distance from the school or a fixed catchment area. For such schools, the cut-off distance will vary from year to year, especially if the school give priority to siblings, and the pattern will be of a central core with outliers (who will mostly be siblings). Schools that admit on the basis of academic or religious selection will have a much more scattered pattern.

*The coloured areas outlined in black are Census Output Areas. These are made up of a group of neighbouring postcodes, which accounts for their odd shapes. These provide an indication, but not a precise map, of the school’s catchment: always refer to local authority and school websites for precise information.

The 'hotter' the colour the more children have been admitted.

Children get into the school from here:

most years
quite often
sometimes, but not in this year

Who came from where

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