North Bridge House Senior Canonbury

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6-9 Canonbury Place
N1 2NQ
0207 2676266
11 - 18
Other independent school
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Ofsted report
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5+ GCSEs grade 9-4 (standard pass or above) including English and maths
GCSE Grade 5 (strong pass) or above in both English and maths
GCSE results at grade 9-7

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3 A levels at AAB or higher inc. two facilitating subjects
A level average point score
Average A level result
A level progress score
GCSE to A level
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Due to UK wide school closures in the light of the coronavirus outbreak, sadly all planned open events are cancelled until further notice.

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School Description

North Bridge House is a group of five independent co-educational day schools in North London, ranging from Nursery through to Sixth Form, ages 2 years 9 months to 18. Each school is distinctive, contemporary and high-achieving, and successfully prepares children for the next stage in their school career. Children are nurtured and progressed beyond the national average at NBH Nursery and Pre-Prep Schools, before joining NBH Prep where they are set up for outstanding outcomes. Girls are prepared for 11+ entry to the top senior schools, whilst boys join the country’s leading destinations at 13+ with first class Common Entrance results. North Bridge House offers a choice of two Senior School campuses at 11+. NBH Hampstead and NBH Canonbury both focus on growing the individual in small classes and celebrate excellent GCSE results. Students are then welcomed into Sixth Form at NBH Canonbury for outstanding, individually tailored A-Level and university preparation.

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North Bridge House Senior Canonbury Reviews

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“Excellent choice!”
My son started in year 7 in Sept 2019 (from a state primary) and is absolutely thriving. He has made some really good friends, is vey happy to go to school each day and is thoroughly enjoying all his new subjects. We were really impressed by how well the teachers knew the children at the first parents' evening last term, and also by the quality of the teaching - in French for example, it's really excellent and very stretching, even better than at my daughter's highly selective secondary school. The drama is also first rate. They really seem to celebrate individuality and we are very pleased indeed with the school.
“Great school!”
My son settled in so quickly – he is in year 9 – and he loves the school. He really likes all of his teachers, and reports that they teach very well. Also extension work is always available in class which is excellent. He's made some good friends too (which he struggled with a bit at his old school). All in all, we are very pleased indeed with the school, and appreciate the ethos which Mr Taylor promotes well - that children are individuals and need to be treated as such and nurtured.
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News & events from North Bridge House Senior Canonbury

Last update: 04 April 2020

Please find the dates and times of our upcoming open days below. If these dates are not suitable we can arrange a guided tour for you to see the school. Both open events and guided tours can be booked by completing the form via our website.

Nursery & Pre-Prep West Hampstead (ages 2-7)

Friday 5 June 2020, 3:00pm Full
Friday 12 June 2020, 3:00pm Full
Friday 19 June 2020, 3:00pm
Friday 26 June 2020, 3:00pm
Friday 3 July 2020, 3:00pm
Friday 10 July 2020, 3:00pm

Nursery Hampstead (ages 2–4)
Tuesday 5 May 2020, 9.30am
Tuesday 19 May 2020, 9.30am

Pre-Prep Hampstead (ages 5-7)

Friday 01 May 2020, 9.30am

Prep Regent’s Park (ages 7-13)

Friday 15 May 2020, 9.30am
Friday 12 June 2020, 9.30am

Senior Hampstead (ages 11-16)
Thursday 21 May 2020, 9.30am
Thursday 25 June 2020, 9.30am

Senior & Sixth Form Canonbury (ages 11-18)
Thursday 7 May 2020, 9.00am
Tuesday 23 June 2020, 9.00am

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North Bridge House Canonbury is rated ‘Outstanding’ in all areas of its Senior School and Sixth Form provision following the Ofsted inspection.

Having opened in September 2014, Ofsted’s report reflects how much the school has already achieved as Islington’s first independent senior school for 13-18 year olds, based on the longstanding success of the North Bridge House group

The Ofsted report highlights the School's nurturing yet academically rigorous ethos, to which all staff and students contribute, and the exemplary work of the Head Teacher, senior leaders and teachers, who together form an inspirational team. The school is commended for excellently preparing students ‘for the next stage of their education through effective pastoral support and guidance for academic subject choices or for university or career choices.’

Ofsted also identifies the ‘consistently outstanding support’ that students receive and the ‘highly effective teaching’, which not only motivates pupils to fulfil their potential, but encourages them to develop a self-confidence that aids their academic progress significantly.

Other key elements of Ofsted's findings were:

• ‘Sixth form provision is outstanding.’

• ‘Students make significant progress from their starting points. Results in mock examinations show that they are achieving above expected levels from their previously predicted grades and performance.’

• ‘Students who require additional help in their learning make above expected levels of progress because they are given good support in lessons to match their identified needs.’

View our Ofsted report here >>


At North Bridge House Canonbury we are dedicated to providing our students with an outstanding education and to developing happy, confident young adults with the skills to become future leaders. Thanks to our small class sizes we are able to tailor our teaching and support to meet the needs of every child.

With experts continuing to shed ever-more light on teenage learning patterns and the stages of their brain development, we believe that by effectively harnessing this research we can maximise the potential of each individual. Our work with the Teenage Sleep Foundation and Dr Paul Kelley from the University of Oxford has led us to introduce a later start time for our Sixth Formers, whilst Professor Sarah-Jayne Blakemore and Teenage Mental Health champion, Johnny Benjamin, have informed our pupil support programme and helped us, and the parent body, better understand our teens.

Our team of specialist and dedicated teachers, drawn from prestigious university backgrounds and with experience at some of the country’s leading schools, provide the inspiration our pupils need to realise their academic goals. The focus on academic excellence is complemented by first class pastoral care and attention to the learning needs of every child. Both our experienced Learning Support Co-ordinator and SENCO are members of the school’s Senior Leadership Team, thereby ensuring our commitment to an inclusive curriculum and teaching strategies attuned to the needs of the whole school community.

To broaden our pupils’ interests and help them develop new and transferable skills, we offer a diverse enrichment programme – often in conjunction with our sister schools. This summer, for example, pupils are undertaking charity work in Malawi alongside their peers from our Senior School in Hampstead. Our timetabled enrichment programme includes activities as diverse as Mandarin and Yoga, whilst almost all of our Sixth Formers undertake the EPQ. We also host regular ‘World of Work’ events whereby students get to hear from – and question – specialists from a broad range of industries. These activities are not perceived as ‘extra-curricular’, rather they constitute an integral part of the overall educational offering.

Whether your son or daughter is looking to join in Year 12 or Year 7, our provision is built upon a commitment to understanding and meeting the needs of the individual child. For a real insight into what North Bridge House Canonbury has to offer, I encourage families and friends to visit us. Our teachers are always happy to discuss our provision and identify how we can provide the very best all-round education for your son or daughter.

Brendan Pavey
Head Teacher
North Bridge House Senior Canonbury 

Find out more about Senior & Sixth Form Canonbury >>



GCSE Results 2019

Students from North Bridge House Senior Canonbury celebrated excellent GCSE results this year, with an impressive 62% achieving a Grade 7 or above (the equivalent of an ‘A’ or higher) and 22% making the top Grade 9 – compared to 4.5% nationally.

94% achieved a “strong pass” at Grade 5+ in English Language, 100% in English Literature and 87% in Maths.

While a huge 86% of students gained a Grade 7+ in Art, 84% and 75% of students achieved Grades 7-9 in Geography and Physics respectively (compared to 24.5% and 43.8% nationally) – highlighting NBH Canonbury’s academic strengths in the arts, humanities and science.

The school’s impressive number of high grades continued across the languages department, with 67% of grades at 8 or 9 in Chinese and 43% at 9 in French. Overall, in all subjects, 39% of grades were an 8 or 9, the latter being the equivalent of an A** to show exceptional performance.

Star student and local resident Michael Connelly particularly excelled, gaining eight Grade 9s and a Grade 8, plus an A* in Additional Maths. Michael is looking forward to continuing his education at North Bride House for Sixth Form and has chosen to take A Levels in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Maths, Further Maths and the Extended Project Qualification.

A Level Results 2019

North Bridge House Senior Canonbury’s best A Level results yet saw 34% of A*/A grades and 21% of all students scoring straight As or higher.

Founding members of the school, students Aleksandr Markov and Georgia Prentice achieved A*A*A and AAA respectively. Georgia will read Philosophy at Bristol and Aleksandr will read Neuroscience at Edinburgh.

Similarly, Bertie Lyhne-Gold, Jacob Honig-Rozario were also among the students who joined the school when it first opened in September 2014, and each were celebrating securing an A* and two A grades.

Top grade success was also celebrated in English Literature with 50% A*/A grades (vs 24.8% national average) and 50% A*/A grades in Biology (vs 24.4% national average).

Many North Bridge House Senior Canonbury students have gained a place to study at their first-choice university, including the University of Oxford and top Russell Group destinations, such as Bristol, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, University College London (UCL) and York.

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