Canons, Canons Drive, Edgware, Middlesex HA8 7RJ
Profile: North London Collegiate School is an independent girls’ school located in Edgware, Middlesex in the North of London. I am including it on the londonpreprep site for two reasons: it is one of the top independent girls’ schools in the UK, and it operated a school bus service to North London neighbourhoods such as St. John’s Wood, Golder’s Green, Hampstead and Finchley, so it is a very popular choice for North London parents seeking a top academic education for their daughters.
NLCS is one of the most successful schools in the UK at the GCSE and A-Level, and is the top IB school worldwide, just ahead of Sevenoaks school and King’s College Wimbledon. It is unusual in the it has a Junior School that admits girls at Reception age, who then continue on to the Senior School and Sixth Form. NLCS is therefore not a preparatory school in the strict sense (see this blog post for the distinction between independent schools and prep schools), girls who gain admission to the school at the 4+ stage are lucky to be able to continue up to the Sixth Form level.
NLCS has a long list of illustrious alumnae called Old North Londoners that include actress Rachel Weisz, the editor of the American Vogue Anna Wintour, Olympic diver Lindsey Fraser and many more. It goes to show how much more there is to the school than mere top academics. All extra-curriculars including music, drama and sports are carried out with passion and excellence.
Not surprisingly, the latest ISI inspection has rated the school as outstanding in all areas.
Admissions: NLCS admits 40 girls to their Reception class each year via assessment.
“Our assessment process is in two stages and takes place in January. We are looking for what the girls can do and not what they cannot. We do not expect a candidate to be able to read or write. The assessment comprises:
Part 1 – “Play” activities lasting about an hour in groups of about 10 children.
Part 2 – A smaller group of girls are recalled for the second round which includes a one-to-one assessment of each girl.”
Priority is given to siblings, and daughters of Old North Londoners are viewed favourably.
Exit Results: NLCS is not a preparatory school and girls are expected to continue at NLCS until the A-Level/IB stage. So there are no exit results as such. You can assume that close to 100% of girls continue to the Senior School of NLCS, which is one of the top private secondary schools in the UK, sending a whopping 40% of girls to Oxbridge, which makes their “exit results” excellent in comparison.
- NLCS website www.nlcs.org.uk
- NLCS application form (pdf file)
- 2008 Inspection Report by the Independent Schools Inspectorate
- NLCS discussions in the mumsnet forum
- NLCS parent and pupil reviews on independentschools.com
- NLCS profile in the Tatler 2011 Schools guide
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