Saturday, January 24, 2015

Nearly half of Barnet’s schools have more pupils than places according to figures released last week.

Archivist Julia Hudson making final adjustments to an exhibit at the opening of Highgate School's museum. Picture: Nigel Sutton

One of the capital’s most prestigious schools has opened a public museum displaying never-before-seen items from its rich 450-year history - including a charter signed by Elizabeth I and shrapnel from a World War Two bomb.

Schools minister Nick Gibb MP with pupils Zen, Jamie, and Ortanse, all 7,  and headteacher Simon Atkinson. Picture: Polly Hancock

Schools minister Nick Gibb visited a Hampstead primary school to offer his congratulations after it was ranked among the top schools in the country for government reading test results.

Schools minister Nick Gibb MP with pupils Zen, Jamie, and Ortanse, all 7,  and headteacher Simon Atkinson. Picture: Polly Hancock

Schools reform minister Nick Gibb praised pupils during a visit to a Hampstead Parochial School this morning, after nearly all passed a government reading test.

Novika, 12, and Alyssa, 12, with from left Anastassia, 14, Sonal, 14, Mrs Dydymska, Deyja, 12, and Olamide, 14, who all performed at the fundraising concert. Picture: Polly Hancock

Hearty congratulations are in order to a group of schoolchildren who have raised a staggering amount of money for a cause close to many hearts in Hampstead.

An artist's impression of how the new Parliament Hill School building will look. Picture: ASTUDIO Ltd

Hampstead Heath will be a “nightmare” for three years when hundreds of lorries descend as part of construction works for a £22million schools redevelopment and the controversial dams project, a conservationist has warned.

Maria Fidelis School in North Gower Street

A Catholic secondary school is to get a new building to minimise the impact of the High Speed (HS2) rail project on children’s education.

Denton Estate resident Eileen Bromwich, 77, and pupils Louise Warman, 13, Kayshen Azevedo, 13, and Adam O'Leary, 13. Picture: Polly Hancock

Teenagers delivered hampers full of food to elderly residents in a gesture of festive generosity to make sure they do not miss out on Christmas treats.

Pupils dress up for Highgate Primary School's nativity play. Picture: Nigel Sutton

A primary school put its own spin on a traditional nativity play by recruiting three Marys, three Josephs and a talking donkey.

La Sainte Union pupils sing Christmas carols. Picture: Dieter Perry

Schoolgirls raised their voices in song to treat a church congregation to Christmas carols at a festive concert.

Camden families have been defying new government rules and taking their children on holidays during school term time. Picture: PA File.

Dozens of Camden families have defied new government rules banning pupils from going on holiday during school term time, new figures reveal.

Headteacher Geraldine Davies with students at UCL Academy, which received a 'requires improvement' rating this year. Picture: Polly Hancock

Camden’s teachers’ union has criticised a “broken” Ofsted for not painting a fair picture of the borough’s schools – after an annual report revealed a chasm between the quality of its primaries and secondaries.

From left Chadni, nine, Holly, 10, Erion, nine, Efaz, 10, with teaching assistant Melanie Hall. Picture: Polly Hancock

The sounds of gunfire and trench warfare exploded in the ears of visitors to a primary school’s immersive exhibition on the First World War.

Highgate Primary School pupils design a Christmas window display for Langford Chase estate agents. Picture: Nigel Sutton

Primary school pupils have brightened up an estate agent’s window with hand-drawn festive pictures of stockings, baubles and a smiley snowman.

Author Robert Muchamore visits William Ellis School where he took questions and signed books with pupils. Picture: Polly Hancock

Avid readers at a secondary school had the chance to quiz best-selling children’s author Robert Muchamore when he returned to his former school.

Pupils at Christ Church Primary School. Picture: Nigel Sutton

Camden’s primary schools are among the best in the country for teaching children reading, writing and mathematics, according to figures released today.

Camden pupils perform at the Camden Music Festival, run by the Camden Music Service. Picture: Polly Hancock

Council-run music lessons for children in Camden are to become more expensive to help keep a much-loved music service in place.

Young journalists from Highgate Primary School's newspaper club review The Duke's Head in Highgate . Pictured with co- owner Martin Aberdeen . Picture: Nigel Sutton

Primary school pupils plan to give the Ham&High a run for its money by launching their own newspaper for the community - filled with reports on parents’ parking rows, a dangerous school crossing and reviews of local eateries.

UCL Academy in Swiss Cottage. Picture: Nigel Sutton

University students are to act as role models for Camden pupils as part of a mentoring scheme.

Jessica Learmond-Criqui is leading the campaign. Picture: Dieter Perry

A lawyer is calling for schools across Camden to raise money as part of global efforts to rid west Africa of Ebola.

William Ellis School headteacher Sam White with students on GCSE results day in August. Picture: Polly Hancock

Headteachers at Camden state schools have praised the support offered to them by local independent schools in the wake of damning criticism of the independent sector from the shadow education secretary.

Tristram Hunt. Picture: PA/Yui Mok.

Last week, shadow education secretary Tristram Hunt announced Labour’s plans to strip independent schools of their current tax breaks if they do not sufficiently support state schools. Writing exclusively in the Ham&High today, Mr Hunt praises local independent schools and hits back at criticism from his old Hampstead school.

Comedian David Baddiel reads from and talks about his new book The Parent Agency with host David Schneider at the Camden School for Girls book fair. Picture: Polly Hancock

Comedians have helped a secondary school to raise thousands of pounds at its annual book fair.

Pupils from Haverstock School with the Mayor of Camden at the Jack Petchey Awards

The positive contribution young people from Camden make to society has been recognised at the prestigious Jack Petchey Foundation (JPF) Achievement Awards.

Sophia Parvizi Wayne and Amber Van Dam campaign for mental health classes to be made compulsory in all schools. Picture: Polly Hancock

Two schoolgirls fighting to have mental health taught as part of the national curriculum have succeeded in their campaign.

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