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Not top of the highly competitive north London academic tree, but no slouch. ‘We are more interested in value added and in the girls being happy than pure results,’ says head, though all agree academics are on a steep upward trajectory, with more stretch, exploration, academic risk taking and critiquing both in prep and senior. ‘I have noticed a huge difference between my older and younger daughter in terms of academic rigour,’ was a typical parent comment. Lessons meticulously planned and executed, with everything crisper as they get older, but without – insist the girls – undue pressure. No stone unturned, it seems, from…

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Since September 2019, Alice Lucas (50s), previously vice principal at UCL Academy in Camden. She has also been head of history at St Marylebone, head of sixth form at City of London School for Girls and deputy head pastoral at South Hampstead High – a veritable feast of go-getting girls’ schools. Grew up in London and was educated at St Paul’s Girls before reading history at Bristol and later taking an MA in political thought at UCL.

Is really putting St Helen’s on the map, say parents, all the more admirable when you consider that COVID dominated the start of her reign. ‘Thank goodness we had her as she brought us on leaps and bounds with technology, which wound up making all the difference,’ said one, with audible sigh of relief....

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Special Education Needs

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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