From September 2014, Heathfield School for Girls will be merging with Northwood College to form a leading independent girls’ school in North West London. The merged school will be part of the Girls’ Day School Trust (GDST), which is delighted to welcome Northwood College to its UK-wide network of independent girls’ schools.
The merger will build upon the excellent academic and pastoral traditions of both schools to create one of the best independent girls’ schools in the area. All girls at both schools will be entitled to a place at the merged school.
Both Heathfield School and Northwood College share an educational vision based on raising girls’ aspirations, and an academic curriculum based on GCSE/IGCSE and A Levels, enhanced and extended by complementary programmes for breadth, and thinking skills for depth. Northwood College's Thinking Skills programme will remain embedded in the culture of the merged school, as will its strategy of developing Emotional Resilience. Both features underpin its commitment to managing individual learning through its unique pastoral system. Heathfield will contribute its deep knowledge and experience of teaching and learning modern languages, particularly Mandarin; the innovative uses of digital technology; its newly-launched enrichment programme; and outdoor learning in the Junior School. On top of this, both schools already offer excellent standards of pastoral care, with the welfare of each individual pupil at its core. This will be maintained and strengthened in the merged school. Going forward, Northwood College will offer pupils of both schools a broader, deeper curriculum and a stronger Sixth Form.
The school will be located on the current site of Northwood College, and the GDST will be investing to ensure the school provides the best environment for girls’ education.
The two existing schools will operate in parallel for the 2013-14 academic year, fully merging in September 2014.