Newington Green has an interesting place in the history of education.

Mary Wollstonecraft, the thinker, early feminist and mother to Frankenstein-author, Mary Shelley lived in the area in the 1780s. Wollstonecraft opened a school for girls in Newington Green in 1784, a practical act in support of her ground-breaking book, A Vindication of the Rights of Woman. In it she argued that women deserved a proper education to enable them to contribute fully to society – a radical idea in the 18th century.

If you’re a parent of primary school-aged children, whether girls or boys, the secondaries near Newington Green are definitely worth a look. It may have nothing to do with Wollstonecraft’s legacy, but Newington Green is close to a number of outstanding state schools, including some excellent provision for children with special educational needs.

Whether you’re already based in Newington Green, or you’re considering a house move, read on for a selection of secondary schools you might want to explore:

Highbury Fields School

Highbury Fields School is a girls-only community school with a specialism in maths and science, along with a good track record in art, drama, music and technology. It was rated outstanding by Ofsted in 2016. Last year 89% of students gained GCSE grade 4 or above in English and 80% achieved grade 4 or above in maths, significantly above national averages.

Clapton Girls’ Academy

Clapton Girls’ Academy encourages its students to appreciate learning as a route to achieving their life aspirations, claiming to offer outstanding teaching and extensive opportunities. Based in Lower Clapton, it’s a secondary school with academy status. A large, diverse school, its most-recent Ofsted inspection, from 2013, described it as outstanding in all areas. In 2018, 78% of students achieved grade 4 or above in GCSE English and maths.

Mossbourne Community Academy

Ofsted describes Mossbourne Community Academy as not only “outstanding” but “exceptional”. Located next to Hackney Downs, this co-ed secondary school, with its own sixth form, achieves consistently high GCSE and A Level results, placing it in the top 1% of the country. Read more about the academy’s admission arrangements here.

Stoke Newington School & Sixth Form

Stoke Newington School is a local authority community school with a strong focus on creativity in the classroom. An Ofsted report from March 2017 rated the school as good, mentioning its overall progress at GCSE and A level. In 2018, 79% of students achieved grades 4 to 9 in the core subjects at GCSE.

The Petchey Academy

The Petchey Academy was established in 2006 by Sir Jack Petchey CBE and specialises in health care, medical sciences and STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) – there are links with major teaching hospitals such as Kings College. The school was rated good by Ofsted in 2018.

City of London Academy Highbury Grove

Part of the City of London Academy trust, this non-selective, co-educational academy, has a music specialism. Previously known as Highbury Grove School, it joined the academy trust in 2017 after an Ofsted inspection judged it inadequate. According to the executive principal, the school is now making good progress towards as vision of becoming an outstanding academy. In 2018, 69% of students achieved English and Maths GCSE at grade 4 or above.

North Bridge House Senior School and Sixth Form

An independent senior school and sixth form in Canonbury, North Bridge House takes children aged 11 to 18. The school was judged outstanding by Ofsted in 2015. In 2018, 90% of students achieved grade 5 to 9 in maths at GCSE and 84% in English. A well-rounded extra-curricular programme is available to enrich students’ experience. Entry to the school in year 7 is by test and interview – read more here.

The Garden School

With an ethos of nurturing every child, the Garden School is on a mission to transform special education in Hackney and is rated outstanding by Ofsted. The school offers highly-specialised education to children with autism aged four to 16. It aims to provide a bespoke, child-centred curriculum from a safe and inclusive environment.

Stormont House School

Stormont House is an Ofsted-rated outstanding school aimed at children with complex special educational needs. Stormont’s mantra is ‘achievement for all’, and its ethos is around creating a nurturing learning community in which all pupils can thrive. Classes are small, with 10 pupils in each.

If you are looking at schools near Newington Green, and considering a house move at the same time, contact us for advice and to find out more about the properties we have available.