Islington: schools guide

Primary and secondary schools in Islington are judged either “good” or “outstanding” by Ofsted.
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With two exceptions, Islington’s primary schools are all judged to be “good” by the government’s education watchdog Ofsted with Thornhill in Thornhill Road and Canonbury in Canonbury Road getting particulary good results at Key Stage 2 age 11. The following do even better and are judged to be “outstanding”: William Tyndale in Upper Street and St John Evangelist RC in Duncan Street.  

At secondary school level, the once notorious Highbury Grove (co-ed, ages 11 to 18) in Highbury Grove is now judged “outstanding” as is Elizabeth Garrett Anderson (girls, ages 11 to 16) in Donegal Street. St Mary Magdalene Academy (ages four to 18) is an all-through state academy and Highbury Fields (girls, ages 11 to 18) in Highbury Hill are both judged to be “good”. STEM academy Tech City on City Road is a new state sixth form college that opened in September. It specialises in science, technology, engineering and maths. 

Private schools are: St Paul’s Steiner (co-ed, ages two to 14); the Gower School (co-ed, ages 0 to 11) in Cynthia Street has a Montessori nursery and primary school; and Rosemary Works School (co-ed, ages three to 11) in Branch Place.

Many parents drive or bus their children to the private schools in Hampstead, Highgate and the City of London, so may be pleased to hear that North Bridge House a prep school in Camden is opening a senior school (co-ed, ages 13 to 18) in Canonbury in September 2014. 

More on Islington

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  • New homes: There are a range of new developments in Islington including areas along the canal and the redevelopment of a large Edwardian Post Office sorting site.
  • Renting guide: New flats along the canal in Islington are popular with young professionals looking to rent one-bedroom flats. 

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