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

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.

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.

Mark Beard, headteacher of University College School in Hampstead, where shadow education secretary Tristram Hunt was a pupil. Picture: Dieter Perry

Hampstead and Highgate’s private school leaders have united against Labour’s plans to revoke tax breaks for independent schools if they don’t support the state sector – after the head of the shadow education secretary’s old school accused the MP of “offensive bigotry”.

Acland Burghley executive headteacher Sue Higgins

The behaviour of pupils at a secondary school hit with a scathing Ofsted report last year has been “transformed,” according to inspectors.

UCS headteacher Mark Beard says Mr Hunt's remarks were 'offensive bigotry'. Picture: Dieter Perry

The headteacher of the shadow education secretary’s old Hampstead school has said Labour’s plans to strip private schools of tax breaks unless they do more to help the state sector is “offensive bigotry”.

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

Architects have agreed to look again at plans for a school building on the edge of Hampstead Heath after concerns were raised about its proximity to a council estate.

Gospel Oak School pupils Daniel Greene,10, and Paris Pereira, 10, with classmates dressed as superheroes. Picture: Polly Hancock

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s a group of schoolchildren, who became mini superheroes for the day to raise money for Children in Need.

Stuart Pearce, Nottingham Forest manager, leads a football coaching class at Haverstock School. Picture: Dieter Perry

The manager of a Championship football club gave students a taste of what it takes to be a professional player thanks to a donation from a school volunteer.

Franc�ois-Xavier Gabet, headteacher of the Collège Français Bilingue de Londres and its Junior Section. Picture: Polly Hancock

Two international French colleges have been listed in the Good Schools Guide for the first time.

Mark Beard, headteacher of certified 'good school' UCS, was not surprised to hear Hampstead is home to largest number of best schools. Picture: Dieter Perry

Hampstead has the largest number of “good schools” of any area north of the River Thames beating rival postcodes such as South Kensington, according to the annual Good Schools Guide.

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