Newington Green has a long history, and a rich history in terms of schooling and education. Mary Wollstonecraft, the thinker, early feminist and author of the philosophical treatise, A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, opened a boarding school for girls in Newington Green in 1784. Her 1792 treatise focused on the argument that women should receive a proper education to allow them to contribute fully to society.

Wollstonecraft’s lasting influence on women’s education, and on Newington Green in general, a place where she lived and worked for a time, makes it a somehow more special place in which to go to school.

If you’re based in or around the Newington Green area, or are moving further out from Newington Green to be near to good secondary schools, then read on. We’ve pulled together a list of six of the best secondary schools within a 10 mile radius of Newington Green:

Stormont House School

This special needs school has consistently been rated Outstanding by Ofsted. Stormont’s mantra is ‘achievement for all’, while its ethos is centred around creating a nurturing learning community in which all pupils, regardless of what learning difficulties they struggle with, can thrive. The classes are small, with 10 pupils in each.

Mossbourne Community Academy

Located near to the A10 and right next to Hackney Downs, this school is a co-ed secondary school which runs to sixth form. A top-performing school, it has been used as an example of how the academy model can succeed. Ofsted said of the school: it is ‘outstanding, but even within that category it is exceptional.’

Clapton Girls’ Academy

Located in Lower Clapton, this is a secondary school with academy status. It’s a large, diverse school, with around 900 pupils. In 2013, an Ofsted inspection reported that the school was outstanding in all areas, and in the same year, 71% of its pupils achieved A*- C. It continues to perform well, and follows the belief that ‘learning improves lives’.

The Garden School

Judged as outstanding by Ofsted, it achieved Grade 1 status in all areas in a 2014 report. The school also supports children with autism and other learning disabilities, and there is emphasis placed on the importance of finding enjoyment in learning. The school is located close to Stoke Newington, and admits children aged 4-16.

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Highbury Grove School

Is your child especially musical? Highbury is a comprehensive secondary school specialising in music. The latest A-Level pass rates achieved by the school peaked at 99.2%, while 75% achieved A*- C.  Though the school specialises in music, it is also strong in the other key areas of academia, sport and the arts.

North Bridge House Senior School & Sixth Form

An independent senior school and sixth form in Canonbury, North Bridge House takes children aged 13-18. Though academically successful, exam results are not the only focus. Pupils are encouraged to get involved in extracurricular activities, as this ensures that each pupil’s education is as well-rounded and enriching as possible.