Camden School for Girls
|Motto||Onwards and Upwards|
|Chair of Governors||Janet Pope|
|Founder||Frances Mary Buss|
|DfE URN||100054 Tables|
|Gender||Girls; coeducational sixth form|
Camden green White
|Publication||Friday News, Sixth Sense|
The Camden School for Girls (CSG) is a comprehensive secondary school for girls, with a co-educational sixth form, in the London Borough of Camden in North London. It has about one thousand students of ages eleven to eighteen, and specialist-school status as a Music College. The school has long been associated with the advancement of women's education.
Founded in 1871 by the suffragist Frances Mary Buss, who also founded North London Collegiate School, the Camden School for Girls was one of the first girls' schools in England. A grammar school for much of the 20th century, it became comprehensive in 1976, although only year by year. It was not fully comprehensive until 1981. The school was damaged in the war but rebuilt in 1957, the architect being John Eastwick-Field OBE.
A 1999 Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted) report called it "a unique and very effective school in many ways." Another, written in March 2005, said it was an "outstanding school with excellent features," and the most recent report said that it "rightly deserves the outstanding reputation it has among parents and in the community." Its GCSE results are excellent, and its A-level results are the best in the Camden LEA outside the private sector.
Notable former pupils
The following people were educated at the Camden School for Girls. Some of them only attended the sixth form.
- Sally Beamish (born 1956), composer
- Sarah Brown (born 1963), PR consultant, wife of Gordon Brown
- Dame Julia Cleverdon (born 1950), charity worker
- Charlotte Coleman (1968–2001), actress, Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit, expelled at age 16
- Prof Athene Donald (born 1953), Professor of Experimental Physics at the University of Cambridge
- Lily Donaldson (born 1987), model
- Tamsin Greig (born 1967), actress
- Geri Halliwell (born 1972), singer, former Spice Girl (Ginger Spice).
- Kate Kellaway (born 1957), journalist for The Observer
- Lucy Kellaway (born 1959), writer and journalist for The Financial Times
- Lilian Lindsay (1871–1960), the first woman with a British qualification in dentistry, having graduated from the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh on 3 May 1895
- Jodhi May (born 1975), actress
- Anna Shaffer (born 1992), actress, Romilda Vane in Harry Potter Series and Ruby Button in Hollyoaks.
- Marianne Stone (1922–2009), actress, notably in Carry On films
- E. G. R. Taylor (1871–1966), geographer and historian
- Emma Thompson (born 1959), actress.
- Arabella Weir (born 1957), actress, comedian and author.
- Prudence Harbinger, fictional character in The Sunday Telegraph, created by Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran
Notable former teachers
- Sara Burstall - educationalist and headteacher in Manchester
- Margot Heinemann - English teacher and active member of the Communist Party of Great Britain.[unreliable source?]
- Doris Burchell, Miss Buss' Second School, 1971.
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