North London Collegiate School
North London Collegiate School is an independent educational institution with a day school for girls in England. Founded in Camden Town, it is now located in Edgware, in the London Borough of Harrow. Two sister schools were opened - one in South Korea, on Jeju Island, and one in Dubai, both are coeducational day and boarding schools offering the British curriculum. It is a member of the Girls' Schools Association.
|North London Collegiate School|
|Type||Independent institution with day school for girls in London and coeducational boarding school in South Korea|
|Motto||in spe laboramus|
|Founder||Frances Mary Buss|
|Chairman of the Governors||Tim Suter|
|Gender||Girls (UK), girls and boys (South Korea)|
|Age||4 to 18|
|Houses||Angus, Lindsay, Gibbons, Collet, Aitken|
|Former pupils||Old North Londoners (ONLs)|
The North London Collegiate School was founded by Frances Buss, a pioneer in girls' education. She was listed by The Times as one of the top ten greatest women of all time. It is generally recognised as the first girls' school in the United Kingdom to offer girls the same educational opportunities as boys, and Miss Buss was the first person to use the term 'Headmistress'.
The small school opened in 1850 at No.46 (later renumbered No.12) Camden Street, London. She believed in the importance of home life and it remained a day school.
In 1929, the school bought Canons, a modest villa built by William Hallett Esq, on the site of a palatial residence originally built in the early 18th century by the Duke of Chandos, and relocated to the property (designed by Sir Albert Richardson) in 1940.
George Bernard Shaw's mother was a director of music at the school, followed in 1908 by J.B. Manson's wife, Lilian, whose ambitious revival of Purcell's Dido and Aeneas in 1910 gained coverage in The Times.
Today the school caters to girls from ages 4 to 18. It comprises a Junior School (Reception to Year 6) and Senior School (Year 7–13). Former pupils are known as ONLs, short for Old North Londoners.
The school also introduced a house system in 2014, with the houses being named after noted past pupils. The houses have colours, and each house has two house captains amongst the pupils (a year 9 and a year 11), and a staff head of house.
The uniform of North London Collegiate School is light blue and dark brown in colour, however uniform is not compulsory in sixth form.
The co-ed boarding North London Collegiate School Jeju opened in Seogwipo, South Korea in 2011.
North London Collegiate is one of the most academically successful schools in England, having been placed in the top two in the Daily Telegraph exam league tables every year for over a decade. It has been an International Baccalaureate World School since October 2003 . Girls may choose to take the traditional A Levels or the Pre-U or the IB curriculum.
The girls are also encouraged to participate in non-academic pursuits. The Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme is available similarly to all independent schools. They may also take part in activities such as World Challenge Expeditions, Young Enterprise, Model United Nations and various community service projects.
- Frances Mary Buss (1850 – December 1894)
- Sophie Bryant (1895–1918)
- Isabella Drummond (1918–1940, previously Head of Camden School)
- Eileen Harold (1941–1944)
- Dame Kitty Anderson DBE (1945–1965)
- Madeline McLauchlan (1965 – December 1985, previously at Henrietta Barnett School)
- Joan Clanchy (1986–1997)
- Bernice McCabe OBE (1997–2017, previously at Chelmsford County High School)
- Sarah Clark (2018–, previously at Queen's School, Chester)
Notable former pupils
- Roma Agrawal (engineer)
- Barbara Amiel (journalist)
- Peggy Angus
- Agnes Arber [née Robertson] (1879–1960) (botanist)
- Virginia Astley (musician)
- Alice Beer (TV presenter)
- Alison Britton (ceramicist)
- Eleanor Bron (actress)
- Sara Burstall (teacher, headmistress) (headmistress of Manchester High School for Girls)
- Tanya Byron (psychologist)
- Jo Coburn BBC political broadcaster
- Clara Collet (civil servant and promoter of women's education and employment)
- Gillian Cross (children's writer)
- Anne Digby (novelist)
- Jo Dunkley (Professor of Physics at Princeton University)
- Fenella Fielding (actress)
- Margaret Fingerhut (pianist)
- Lindsey Fraser (Olympic athlete, Team GB diving coach)
- Caroline Sylvia Gabriel (artist)
- Dame Helen Gardner (academic/writer)
- Stella Gibbons (1902–1989) (novelist)
- Margaret Gilmore (former BBC correspondent)
- Eleanor Graham (1896–1984) (publisher and children's writer)
- Noreena Hertz (b. 1967) (academic)
- Caroline S. Hill (b. 1961) (scientist)
- Gabrielle Howard (1876–1930) (plant physiologist)
- Mary Vivian "Molly" Hughes (1866–1956) (writer, educator)
- Margaret Calkin James (1895–1985) (graphic designer and artist)
- Lilian Lindsay [née Murray] (1871–1960) (first female dentist)
- Ishbel MacDonald
- Anna Madeley (actress)
- Judy Mallaber (MP)
- Jane March (actress)
- Jan Marsh (expert on pre-Raphaelites)
- Katharine McMahon (author)
- Valerie Mendes (author)
- Margaret Theodora Meyer (1862–1924) (mathematician)
- Jessie Millward (music hall artist)
- Susie Orbach (psychologist/journalist)
- Kate O'Toole (actress)
- Ruth Padel (poet)
- Pat Phillips (diplomat, ambassador)
- Myfanwy Piper [née Evans](1911–1997) (librettist)
- Jessie Pope (1868–1941)(poet)
- Anna Popplewell (actress)
- Catherine Alice Raisin (1855–1945) (geologist and educationist)
- Louie Ramsay (actress)
- Esther Rantzen (television personality)
- Ethel Sargant (1863–1918) (botanist)
- Victoria Sharp (High Court Judge)
- Stevie Smith (1902–1971) (poet)
- Marie Stopes (1880–1958)(palaeobotanist,birth control advocate)
- Netta Syrett (1865–1943) (novelist and playwright)
- Eva Germaine Rimington Taylor (1879–1966) (geographer and historian of science)
- Gillian Tett (journalist)
- Natasha Walter (writer)
- Olivia Wayne (news presenter)
- Judith Weir (composer)
- Rachel Weisz (actress)
- Anna Wintour (fashion journalist; editor of Vogue.)
- Frances Wood (historian)
Notable former staff
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