North London Collegiate School

Overview of North London Collegiate School and 11 Plus information

Address: North London Collegiate School, Canons, Edgware, Middlesex, HA8 7RU



Boys – No

Girls – Yes

School Size – c. 1000 – 1100

North London Collegiate School Scholarships and bursaries available – Yes

North London Collegiate School 11 Plus Exam – English and mathematics


North London Collegiate School – Overview

North London Collegiate School is a day school for girls aged from 4 to 18. The school aims to provide an ambitious academic education and to enable each girl to make the most of her gifts within an environment where the whole personality can grow and good relationships are fostered.  The ethos of the school is intended to enable all pupils to recognise academic excellence, while encouraging them to try themselves out in a number of ways, and to foster tolerance and service to others.  The school is vested in a company limited by guarantee which is also a registered charity known as the North London Collegiate School Foundation of Frances Mary Buss.  The governors of the school are also the directors of the company.  The work of the governing body is supported by sub-committees concerned with academic matters, personnel, governance, finance and estates, investment and nominations.

The school was founded in 1850 by Frances Mary Buss in the family home of Camden Town. The school acquired the current site in Canons in Edgware in 1929, relocating fully in 1940.  At its heart is a country house built by William Hallett, an eighteenth century cabinet maker, on the site of a former palace owned by the Duke of Chandos.  The Early Years Foundations Stage (EYFS) comprises two Reception classes of twenty children each.  In 2011 a franchise school was established in South Korea.

The pupils come from a wide variety of areas in and around London, Hertfordshire and Middlesex, and form professional backgrounds. Around a fifth of the pupils are nationals from overseas.

The ability profile of the junior school is above the national average, with a round a fifth of pupils demonstrating well above average ability, and very few of below average ability. The ability profile of the senior school is well above the national average, with fewer than a tenth of the pupils having less than well above average ability and very few pupils of below average ability.  The ability profile of the sixth form is above the national average, with around a third of pupils having well above average ability, and very few having below average ability.

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