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JFS has been downgraded from Ofsted 'outstanding' to 'requires improvement' (pic credit: Google Maps)

Ofsted downgrade Jewish school in Kenton following indoctrination claims

A Jewish school in Kenton has been downgraded by education watchdogs after an unannounced inspection following a claim that pupils were being taught extremist orthodox views.

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Sophia Parvizi-Wayne and Amber Van Dam. Picture: Polly Hancock

Trailblazing Highgate schoolgirls to join Emma Thompson and academics at Highgate School mental health conference

Two schoolgirls campaigning to get mental illness onto the ­national curriculum will speak alongside eminent academics and Hollywood actress Emma Thompson at a trailblazing mental health conference.

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Headteacher James Fornara. Picture: Polly Hancock

New Wac Arts free school for excluded pupils in Belsize Park will teach mathematics through baking

The country’s first free school to teach maths and English through drama and dance to pupils excluded from mainstream schools is to open its doors next week in Belsize Park.

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An artist's impression of what the new academy will look like

Admissions open for Camden’s first primary academy school in King’s Cross

Admissions for Camden’s first primary academy school at the heart of a multi-billion pound development have been opened for applications.

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Mayor of Camden Cllr Lazzaro Pietragnoli talks with students from SOAS (from left) Farisha Khan, Lateef Saka, Mohammad Mehmood, Musrat Daud, and Juhi Verma. Picture: Polly Hancock

SOAS students’ vision of alternative education to combat prejudice in Camden schools

A group of students rolling out a social action project in schools have received crucial backing from the Mayor of Camden.

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Frank Dobson unveils the winning flooring design at Eleanor Palmer School with pupils Thomas Williams, Freya Pank, and 
Josh Wellington, all aged 10, headteacher Kate Frood and Mark Findlay, managing director of Harvey Maria floors. Picture: Nigel Sutton

It’s election day at Eleanor Palmer School to vote on... well, the new floor

Democracy was alive and well at a Camden primary school as pupils took to the ballot box to decide on a flooring design for their new junior block.

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Councillor Angela Mason

Education chiefs hail “marvellous achievement” as Sats results improve across the board

Primary school pupils in Camden and Westminster climbed to the summit of the Sats league table in central London this year, while standards also rose in Haringey and Barnet.

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Hampstead School is in Westbere Road (Pic credit: Google streetview)

School in Cricklewood wins award for its international education

A secondary school in Cricklewood has been given a prestigious award in recognition of its work to bring the world into the classroom.

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Malcolm Wilson is one of many parents and family member who oppose the plans

Families brand Camden sixth form’s strict new A-level criteria as ‘madness’

Camden’s biggest sixth-form is facing a backlash over moves to bring in stricter A-level entry requirements after concerned families described the plans as “madness”.

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Pupils at Alexandra Park celebrate their GCSE results.

Haringey headteachers refuse to release results as they take a stand against GCSE league tables

The GCSE results of some of the borough’s top performing schools will remain under wraps until January – as they rail against students’ achievements being reduced to a “simple ‘league table’ approach”.

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Twins Naomi and Tara Kilcoyne from Henrietta Barnett School celebrate 21 A*s between them.

Double GCSE results joy for twins at Barnet and Haringey schools

There was double joy for several sets of twins who picked up their GCSE results at Barnet and Haringey schools this year.

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Channing School pupil Dalia Blass nearly missed one of her exams after she got stuck in traffic following a road traffic collision in Highgate. Luckily, she got there with two minutes to spare and today has achieved 11 A*s

Channing School student ran one mile to make exam in time after Highgate road crash

A road crash in Highgate led a Channing schoolgirl to come within minutes of missing a crucial exam - but she triumphed last week with 11 A* GCSEs.

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Parliament Hill School pupil Idhil Jama scooped an outstanding 16 A*s and As at GCSE after taking several of them aged just 13. Picture: Polly Hancock

Parliament Hill pupil scoops 16 GCSEs after sitting exams three years early

A Parliament Hill School pupil scooped an impressive 16 A*s and As in her GCSEs last week after sitting several of them aged just 13.

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Ellie Pollard and Sinead Odie open ther results at Parliament Hill School. Picture: Polly Hancock

Video: Significant rise in GCSE grades at Camden, Barnet and Haringey schools

Camden, Barnet and Haringey schools have celebrated a significant rise in “good” GCSE grades this year - in line with the first nationwide increase for three years.

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UCS student Danny Wittenberg celebrated with an astonishing 11 A* GCSEs. Picture: Polly Hancock.

Ham&High Young Readers’ editor and UCS student celebrates with 11 A* GCSEs

The Ham&High celebrated its own GCSE success yesterday as the editor of its latest Young Readers’ Edition was awarded an astonishing 11 A*s.

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North Bridge House pupils Florence Shaul and Brendan Comyn celebrate top grades. Picture: Polly Hancock.

Girl with mumps forced to sit GCSEs in quarantine celebrates results

A Hampstead Garden Suburb schoolgirl was forced to sit her GCSEs in quarantine after falling ill with a highly-contagious viral infection the night before her first exam.

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Students at Henrietta Barnett School in Barnet on GCSE results day 2013. Picture: Nigel Sutton

Live blog: GCSE results in Camden, Barnet, Haringey and Westminster

Thousands of anxious teenagers across Camden, Barnet, Haringey and Westminster will pick up their GCSE results today.

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Haverstock School student Joyce Chukwuma jumps for joy after finding out that she achieved  two As, three Bs, and three Cs. Picture: Camden Council

Photo gallery: Pupils celebrate GCSE results in Camden, Barnet, Haringey and Westminster

Schools were filled with excited shrieks today as nervous pupils opened their GCSE results.

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Headteacher Sam White says 'gold standard' A-levels may not be the best path for all pupils. Picture: Nigel Sutton

Only best pupils will get places at top Camden sixth form as tough new A-level criteria introduced

This year’s “toughest ever” A-level exams have forced Camden’s largest sixth form to tighten entry requirements and only accept the brightest students in the wake of a controversial government shake-up.

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The Ham&High wants to see your Tweets and pictures on GCSE results day tomorrow. Picture: Niall Carson

Send us your tweets and photos on GCSE results day

The wait is finally over for thousands of nervous teenagers across Camden, Barnet, Haringey and Westminster who pick up their GCSE results tomorrow.

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Education See all

JFS has been downgraded from Ofsted 'outstanding' to 'requires improvement' (pic credit: Google Maps)

Ofsted downgrade Jewish school in Kenton following indoctrination claims

A Jewish school in Kenton has been downgraded by education watchdogs after an unannounced inspection following a claim that pupils were being taught extremist orthodox views.

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High Speed 2 See all

War correspondent Oggy Boytchev was the producer for BBC World Affairs editor John Simpson

MY BELSIZE PARK: War correspondent producer Oggy Boytchev says Belsize keeps him calm

Oggy Boytchev, 59, has enjoyed a long career as a producer working with BBC war correspondent John Simpson. He is now a freelance journalist and TV producer.

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Obituaries See all

Human rights campaigner Helen Bamber who has died aged 89. Picture: Nigel Sutton

Obituary: Emma Thompson and Colin Firth lead tributes to pioneering human rights activist Helen Bamber

A trailblazing human rights campaigner who has died aged 89 has been remembered as a “beacon of hope for humanity” by family, celebrity figures, charities and Jewish organisations.

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