North London Collegiate School

North London Collegiate School is a top independent day school for girls aged 4-18.

Since its founding in 1850, generations of girls have received an ambitious academic education and formed a bond with NLCS, which lasts forever. We provide a carefully judged blend of support and challenge, a friendly and warm atmosphere, glorious facilities and extensive extra-curricular activities.
We are proud of our tradition of producing independent-minded young women with the drive to make the most of opportunities and a difference in the world. That was the Frances Mary Buss, in 1850, and it remains at the heart of the School’s aims today.

We have a strong track record of enabling girls to gain entry to their first choice university, but examination success is only part of the picture and passionate teachers inspire pupils with a love of their subject which goes beyond the examination syllabus.

NLCS celebrates the individual and creative spirit of the girls. We provide the springboard for our pupils to find their place in a world which will require not only technical skills but also creative and communication skills to thrive. This is why we continue to invest in and enhance our music and arts provision and offer a wealth of sporting opportunities. Over 50 clubs and societies create a vibrant atmosphere which helps girls to develop a relaxed self-confidence and enjoy their time at Canons. To find their niche, to develop confidence and to succeed in whichever area they choose.

Every girl matters, the pastoral care at the school ensures students feel supported and valued throughout their time here. We encourage girls to be resilient and bounce back when faced with challenges or disappointments.
NLCS has a global perspective that is unique amongst London day schools. In the Sixth Form, students can study the International Baccalaureate Diploma – a highly regarded qualification that is particularly prized by Ivy League, Russell Group and European universities. In addition to this, the opening of our sister schools in Jeju and Dubai benefits our students through exchange and collaboration opportunities.

The best way to get to know the school is to come for a visit, experience the buzz and energy of the corridors, 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, pupil, teacher or a former student.


  • Head Mrs Sarah Clark
  • Mrs Sarah Clark
  • Age range 4 - 18
  • Day / Boarding Day
  • Religious affiliation Non-denominational (Christian Foundation)
  • Exams
  • 14+ IGCSE
  • 16+ A Level, International Baccalaureate (IB)
  • Fees (per term) September 2020 - July 2021
  • Prep/Junior School
    • £5,754
  • Senior School
    • £6,810
  • Sixth Form
    • £6,810
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Bursaries & Scholarships

Since its foundation in 1850, North London Collegiate School has provided financial support to girls who we know will thrive at NLCS but whose families cannot afford our fees. We offer this in the form of bursaries to girls joining the Senior School at 11+ or 16+.

Bursaries exist to ensure that children who would benefit from attending NLCS are not prevented from doing so because of the costs. A bursary can cover any proportion of the total costs of fees including 100% fees, lunches, uniform, mandatory curriculum equipment, exam fees and compulsory trips for those who are eligible.

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Scholarships & Bursaries offered
  • Bursaries for new entrants
  • Hardship awards for existing pupils
  • Music scholarships


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