About Us

North London Collegiate School is a unique school, a school that combines academic excellence with a vibrant extracurricular life, an international outlook, glorious facilities and a warm community. Since its founding over 160 years ago, the School has offered girls the finest available education.

We are proud of our tradition of producing independent, often pioneering, young women with the drive and confidence to make the most of opportunities and a difference in the world. That was the vision of the founder, Frances Mary Buss, in 1850, and it remains true of the school today. The School is steeped in tradition but has always helped to pioneer women's education and constantly looks to improve the education offered. That is why we have enjoyed the accolade of being named the leading Independent Secondary School of the Year twice in the last decade.

Examination success is only part of the picture. Art, music, drama, dance, sport, community service projects and over 30 clubs and societies create a vibrant atmosphere and help girls to flourish and enjoy their time at Canons. Every girl matters and the pastoral care at the school ensures pupils feel supported and valued throughout their time here.

The best way to get to know the school is to come for a visit, experience the buzz and energy of the Old House, enjoy the stunning grounds and the Performing Arts Centre and, of course, meet the girls who make it such an exciting place to work and learn. You’ll be sure of a warm reception whether you are a prospective parent or pupil, or a former student.

Bernice McCabe, Headmistress


Founded in 1850 by Frances Mary Buss, the North London Collegiate School is a company limited by guarantee. Registered in England, number 2818422. The registered office is at Canons, Canons Drive, Edgware, Middlesex HA8 7RJ. The North London Collegiate School is a registered charity, number 1115843. 


To contact the Headmistress please call Deborah Baum, PA to the Headmistress on 020 8951 6401 or email

To contact a member of the Governing Body please call Isabel Arbisman, PA to the Chief Operating Officer on 020 8951 6443 or email



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