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Channing School

The Bank, Highgate, London, N6 5HF

While we enjoy the benefits of our location in Highgate, we are not what you might expect from a North London girls’ school. For Channing, the words ‘Girls Enjoying Success’ mean so much more than a mere strapline; they are...

Phone: 02083402328


Head: Mrs Lindsey Hughes

Registrar Details:

Rosie Gilleece
020 8340 2328

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While we enjoy the benefits of our location in Highgate, we are not what you might expect from a North London girls’ school. For Channing, the words ‘Girls Enjoying Success’ mean so much more than a mere strapline; they are the shorthand for the unique educational philosophy that we offer.

Notable Academic Facilities

Our seven purpose-built, fully equipped Science laboratories allow pupils to have first-hand, practical experience in all of their Science lessons. An engaging and informative curriculum covering the essentials of Biology, Chemistry and Physics is delivered at KS3, with all pupils going on to study the three Sciences separately at GCSE level. To complement their studies pupils engage with a range of extra-curricular opportunities including competitions, lectures and peer-led workshops.

Wellbeing & Pastoral Care

Academic success at Channing is partly achieved, we believe, when underpinned by an exceptional pastoral care framework which ensures that every student is supported and encouraged. Channing pupils enjoy a nurturing and positive environment that allows them to question, be free, think independently and gain confidence as they progress through the school. It is worthy to note that the Channing Code – The Channing Promise – was devised by pupils and this is adhered to by staff and pupils alike and forms the backbone of the school. Our pastoral system ensures that Year groups work collaboratively, creating a respectful partnership between pupils and staff. All members of the community have a shared commitment to achieve and enjoy success. Students know who they can talk to: a typical Channing day always features girls and staff chatting during break and lunchtimes and Form Tutors spending time with their Form to ensure their day is going well. Pupils are allotted a form group and form activities, registration and PSHE time are spent with this group. Each group has a Form Tutor and a Co-Tutor. Pupils also have the opportunity to mix with other year groups as part of the House system. Older pupils provide peer subject mentoring and also participate in Form Time by leading activities and discussion sessions. All new Year 7 pupils are allotted a ‘Big Sister’ in Year 8 who ensures that any issues causing concern can be raised and discussed.

Highly Regarded For

From the ages of 4 to 18, we inspire our pupils in a liberating and contemporary way, without undue pressure: · Our Unitarian values of free thinking, acceptance and inclusivity mean that every member of the school is valued and championed as part of the close and supportive Channing family community. · Through inspirational teaching methods, we encourage our pupils to become fearless and resilient learners. · We embed a ‘10% braver’ approach to life to empower girls in every endeavour. · The ‘Channing Experience’ provides a stimulating and vibrant range of academic, co-curricular and extra-curricular opportunities, designed to broaden the mind. · Our pupils (and staff) are both interesting and interested, aware of and engaged with the world around them. · Always a visionary school, we aim to be consistently relevant, outward and future-facing: our research programme means that we are able to provide the best opportunities for our pupils, preparing them to thrive in life at Channing and beyond.

Notable Points

Full time SENCO

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Sector: Independent

Day/Boarding: Day Only

Setting: City

Total Pupils: 972

Ages Covered: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18

Gender: Girls

Religious Ethos: Unitarian

Opening Date: 1/1/1912

Sibling Policy: No

Financial Assistance: Academic scholarship, Music scholarship, Arts scholarship, Bursary

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Entry Routes: 4+, 11+, 16+

Selection: Academically Selective

Languages: French, German, Spanish, Latin


  • British

Recreational Space:
Secure playground