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The Cavendish is a friendly, IAPS school for girls age 3 to 11. It is situated near Regents Park, in the heart of Camden Town with its excellent public transport links. We have a Christian ethos and welcome pupils of all faiths and none. The school is non-selective at entry.
With strong yet informal links between home, school and the local community we pride ourselves on the high level of our pastoral care and attention to each child's individual needs.
We maintain manageable class sizes and high teacher-pupils ratios so that the foundations of a good education and effective study habits are laid from the beginning. Through a combination of a broad and balanced curriculum, personalised learning and much specialised teaching, our pupils flourish and gain entry frequently with scholarships to top senior schools at 11+.
Our strength in Music and Art is reflected in our Artsmark Gold Award.
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What the parents say...

My daughters are at The cavendish currently and we have been very happy with the school throughout their time there from Nursery onwards. The academic teaching is rigorous and caters to all ability levels from the most academic to those needing a little additional support. The arts provision at the school is excellent with lots of school concerts, plays and musical productions. Active sports department with the girls encouraged to take part in a variety of sports during lessons and competitively in fixtures against other schools. A special mention for the parent body who are very active with lots of fun and entertaining events on the fund raising side.

Commented on 15th Jan 2017

Our two youngest daughters are currently in yr2 & yr5 at the Cavendish School in Camden and our oldest daughter left two years ago after going through from Nursery aged 3 to year 6. She started at the Cavendish in Sep 2006, us having been charmed by a little delightful Cavendish girl in our street, which in turn led us to have a tour around the school. The happy nurturing feel was apparent as soon as we walked through the School Gates. The year 5 & 6 girls showing us around were so lovely, competent and friendlily confident. If our daughter would turn out just half as well as these girls, we'd be very proud and happy parents. Everyone seemed to know everyone, listening to each other and being heard, chatting like one big happy family. We haven't looked back since and couldn't recommend the Cavendish highly enough. Our girls love their school and they are given opportunities in all areas to shine and grow. Early on through simple ‘Show ‘n tells’ later on through the ESB presentations, but throughout with nativity plays, assemblies, music performances and plays. The school has a junior and a senior choir, a junior and a senior orchestra. No one is ever turned away, resulting in one of the biggest school orchestras in England. Two years ago we went through the 11+ with our oldest daughter and were reminded time and time again of how lucky we were to be part of the Cavendish. The girls obviously had to study hard but the atmosphere amongst the girls and parents alike, remained very friendly and supportive, helping each other and making the best of the horrible 11+ process. We heard comments again and again how the positive unpressurised Cavendish atmosphere was so refreshing to see in the 11+ surroundings. We shared a lift to a consortium exam with a neighbour once, who’s child was at a different school and the mum revealed she had no idea who and if any of her daughter’s classmates were sitting that exam that day as the parents didn’t talk about the 11+ with each other and what they had applied for or not applied for. How awful I thought, we knew exactly who and how many were doing the exam, just unsure if so and so, was sitting it at City or Channing in the end, would we see them or not that day? Our reasoning was that we needed each other and saw no connections between us speaking or not speaking to each other and our girls being offered a place at a school or not. It was completely out of our hands at that stage. No white faced sleep-deprived girls from Cavendish heading for their exams, a bit nervous of course but never loosing those important smiles. Yet every year the Cavendish girls get offers from all the best Secondary Schools, which is extraordinary considering it is a non-selective and very inclusive school which manages to maintain the relaxed happy feel throughout. The parent body and parent involvement is very strong, which does help to bring the families, pupils and staff closer together, all having the same goal to make school as good, fun and educational as possible. The Christian basic values of eg ‘do to others as you want others to do to you’ are corner stones that create very sensible friendly and respectful pupils, but apart from this and that some school concerts and the end of term masses are held at the local church, there is no other religious preaching. If you want a competitive, pushy, highly pressurised school where the best pupils are singled out and the not-doing-as-well aren’t supported and have no second chances, the Cavendish is not for you. If you are after a friendly, nurturing, happy all-inclusive school for your child, where everyone has a voice and gets heard, the teachers are excellent and the pupils even more fantastic; a non-pressurised school that still gets the results but without being selective, then welcome to the Cavendish School. An oasis in the North London School madness.

Commented on 6th Jun 2016

My daughter went to this school all the way through from nursery to Year 6 and we were very happy with the whole experience. Lots of opportunities across the curriculum and the transfer process to senior schools was handled sensitively.

Commented on 17th May 2016

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