There was never anything 'wrong' with state schools until people starting thinking choice had to be taken at every turn.

Arabella Weir's picture
Both my kids are now at Highgate Wood School in Crouch End. This is a proper community school representing the area's demographic well - it has neither been colonised by over anxious middle class parents wishing they could 'do better' nor large groups of kids from unsupported backgrounds. The head, Patrick Cozier, is a well liked, very committed teacher (who still teaches Maths there) who is very focused on driving up standards for all.
The school suffers a bit from being very close geographically to a higher performing, exams wise, school Fortismere which is unfair since Highgate Wood has a much more eclectic intake. Highgate Wood is a good school with an even better future firmly within its grasp.
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