About us

I am delighted to welcome you to Northwood College for Girls.

Our aim is to empower each and every one of our students with the knowledge, insight and motivation to enter adult-hood as ambitious, confident, conscientious and happy members of society. 

Our young women leave school as true global citizens, armed not just with outstanding academic credentials, but also prepared to turn challenge into opportunity, to embrace change and innovation, to maintain a lifelong love of learning and to succeed on a path that is most suited to their individual talents. 

Ready to take their place in a world of opportunity, Northwood girls are equipped with the proficiencies and dispositions to excel in the workplace and are fully cognisant of their own strengths.

5-star review rating

— Good Schools Guide, 2019

I am honoured to lead a team of inspirational, forward-thinking and fiercely dedicated educators, all of whom work hard to provide a centre of excellence every day by bringing energy, passion and innovation into the classrooms. 

We care deeply about the girls that we have the privilege of guiding into young adulthood. We know each girl, her strengths, talents, dreams and areas for development, and we make sure that each lesson and extra-curricular activity is designed to inspire and develop her. 

Academic Approach

We are unashamedly ambitious for our girls. Our rich academic curriculum and culture of scholarship ignites curiosity and imagination; it encourages our young women to embrace knowledge and unlocks an insatiable curiosity and thirst to discover. 

Our pupils exceed academic expectations. We achieve this by consistently tracking, assessing, supporting and challenging each girl. Our individualised learning programmes, and innovative pedagogical techniques, equip them with the most effective learning systems. We teach our young women how to think effectively: to think smart, think independently, think analytically, think creatively and to ultimately become a master in agile and critical thinking. My commitment to parents is that no student will fly under the radar – there are no limits placed on our girls’ achievements.

Coaching School

We believe that success and purpose stem from feeling valued and creating impact. Our outstanding pastoral guidance ensures that each girl feels resilient and supported as she takes on the challenges faced by young people today.

To really excel in our rapidly changing world, young women need more than examination results alone and we want our girls to leave school with healthy minds and emotional resilience. We teach the tools and techniques that enable each pupil to act confidently, courageously, ambitiously and authentically, always with optimism and conviction. Proven emotional resilience programmes encourage the girls out of their comfort zone and equip them with the necessary skills to face any future challenges.

Fostering Joy

At NWC we foster joy in all that we do because we truly believe that a happy girl will excel. We relish the fact that she will go on to enjoy friendships for life, which were formed in a school where she felt secure, valued and respected every day. 

We are proud of our supportive, vibrant and warm community where the girls and staff look after one another and rejoice in one another’s success; we are confident that our girls leave school with the skills to continue to build meaningful relationships throughout their lives. 

As a community, rather than just a collection of individuals, we are greater than the sum of our parts.

Moral Compass

We encourage our young women to act with compassion and integrity, with respect for other people and the environment. Our girls are thoughtful about different approaches to social and spiritual issues and we wholeheartedly celebrate our diversity of faith, heritage, culture and language.

Being a GDST Girl

We are part of the Girls’ Day School Trust network of twenty-five schools and we firmly endorse and believe in the GDST’s core values: to always put the girls first; to be fearless and act and speak with conviction; to be forward-thinking, embrace change and fully prepare our girls for the future; and to reap the rewards of being part of a true ‘family’ of schools. With an outstanding track record in educational innovation and academic excellence, the GDST is the UK’s largest education charity and guarantees that girls have the opportunity to participate in a wide range of scholarships, competitions, awards and prizes, as well as, benefit from a spectrum of GDST learning initiatives, training, seminars and workshops. Equally, our teachers benefit from the most up to date educational resources, training and support network.

Our pupils are GDST ‘girls for life’, providing them with access to over 70,000 alumni and insight into an all-encompassing range of industries. We are dedicated to providing unparalleled further education and careers advice, guidance, support and experiences which focus on ensuring that our girls go on to study the most competitive courses at the most prestigious universities and ultimately follow the most beneficial career paths.

Parent Partnership

In always putting our girls first, we share the values and vision of our parents and we believe that a strong school/parent partnership is vitally important. Regular family workshops, ensuring that each phone call is treated with the importance it deserves and an open door policy all work together to assure that NWC parents know that they are a valued part of our team.

Clever balance of nurture and academic rigour

— Good Schools Guide, 2019

We were delighted to achieve ‘Excellent’ in every category in our last Education Inspection report and a 5-star review rating from schoolguide.co.uk.

Please do visit us and let us show you around our wonderful school, meet our brilliant girls and be inspired by our exceptional staff. We all look forward to welcoming you.

Mrs Brown, Head

ISI Educational Quality Inspection Report, November 2021