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As a teenager, headteacher Del Cooke travelled two hours across the capital to attend music classes at one of the country’s top-performing secondary schools.

Flynne Ewart-Biggs, 15. Picture: Polly Hancock

The gruelling Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) awards pose a challenge to even the toughest teenagers.

Joao Cordeiro, 15. Picture: Polly Hancock

Joao Cordeiro, 15, arrived in the country from Portugal in 2011 virtually unable to speak any English.

Bluebelle Carroll, 13. Picture: Polly Hancock

Like many 13-year-olds, Bluebelle Carroll keeps a pen pal – but that is where the similarities end.

Ezat Gulzaman, 19. Picture: Polly Hancock

A student who fled persecution in war-torn Afghanistan to study in Camden is one of a handful of exceptional young people who have been honoured for outstanding achievements.

David Baddiel talking to pupils of Highgate Junior School and St Michaels Primary School about his book The Parent Agency. Picture: Nigel Sutton

Children got the chance to meet one of their favourite authors when comedian David Baddiel visited a primary school.

Sanjay Sood-Smith speaks to pupils for LGBT history month. Picture: Polly Hancock

A semi-finalist from hit TV reality show The Apprentice has opened up to schoolgirls about the challenges he has faced as a gay man.

Anita Lancet, 83, dances with Haverstock pupil Jordan Peterson, 18. Picture: Polly Hancock

Youngsters and local pensioners danced the afternoon away at a Valentine’s Day tea dance at a Camden school.

Pupils wear the colours of the Sierra Leone flag to raise money for an Ebola appeal. Picture: Nigel Sutton

Children dressed in the colours of the Sierra Leone flag to raise £800 to help fight Ebola in west Africa.

Nicholas John has been appointed as Acland Burghley's new headteacher

A deputy headteacher who helped a failing school become “outstanding” has been appointed as the new leader of Acland Burghley School.

BMX Champion Mike Mullen with pupils and headteacher Geraldine Gallagher. Picture: Polly Hancock

A BMX champion has launched a programme designed to inspire children to chase after their dreams at a primary school.

Jonathan Tang with his date Milli Lagache Gonzalez. Picture: Nigel Sutton

Sixth form girls tried their best to capture the hearts of some lucky boys last Thursday lunchtime (January 29), as University College School, Hampstead, held its own version of popular ITV dating show Take Me Out.

Guest speakers Simon Cowell and Sir Philip Green with Highgate School headmaster Adam Pettitt (centre). Picture: Polly Hancock

The sound of squealing pupils filled Highgate School as music mogul Simon Cowell helped to launch a prestigious work experience scheme for teenagers at schools in Camden, Haringey and Barnet.

Highgate School. Picture: Polly Hancock

Security patrols and CCTV cameras could soon guard a hidden basement full of guns and ammunition under plans for an armoury at a prestigious school.

Maximilian Kindersley, 17, at the exhibition. Picture: John MacDonald-Fulton

Pupils have vowed to go ahead with an art exhibition inspired by a trip to Paris in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo massacre.

Aneeta Prem (front) with Year 11 pupils who put on a short play dealing with some of the issues raised in the book. Picture: Polly Hancock

A human rights campaigner told pupils how to watch out for signs that their friends are being forced into marriage at a talk last week.

Actress and former pupil Helena Bonham Carter with headteacher Helen Pike. Picture: Polly Hancock

Actress Helena Bonham Carter returned to her old school to officially open its new building and reminisce about her time as a pupil.

A Haverstock School pupil celebrates her GCSE results last summer. Picture: Camden Council

Camden, Barnet and Haringey schools have smashed national benchmark rates for “good” GCSE results, according to official government figures released yesterday.

Pupils at Highgate School celebrate their A-level results last year. Picture: Polly Hancock

A handful of Camden, Barnet and Haringey schools are ranked among the best 100 schools in the country for 2014 A-level results.

A Haverstock School pupil celebrates her GCSE results last summer. Picture: Camden Council

A prestigious grammar school has ranked in the top ten schools in the country for its 2014 GCSE results.

Sophie Leigh, Tara Skok and Molly Townshend, all 17, with Marjorie Wallace, headteacher Barbara Elliot and artist Richard Crawford. Picture: Polly Hancock

Pupils have handed over a cheque for more than £500 to the founder of a mental health charity.

Tutor Terri Murray, with former students Kain Egan and Mabel Evans at Hampstead Fine Arts College. Picture: Polly Hancock

Two former Belsize Park pupils are set to launch the UK’s first billboard advertising campaign against female genital mutilation (FGM).

Chief crown prosecutor for London Baljit Ubhey with competition winners Oliver Barun,Tomas Pickles,Tier Kuyok, Ethan Correa, Acevedo and Paddy Cunningham from St. Aloysius College. Picture: Nigel Sutton

London’s chief crown prosecutor has visited a Highgate school 
to congratulate its pupils on 
winning a capital-wide competition.

Andrew Dismore. Picture: Polly Hancock

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.

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