Meet the Head Morning Teas: the new take on school open days

From the early years of education through to A-Level study, North Bridge House stands out from the North London school archetype, swapping hothouse academia for its more nurturing approach. Now the school offers parents a new alternative to the traditional open day experience.

Happiness over Hothouse

The unique school group is a welcome alternative for children who thrive on encouragement rather than pressure, developing confident and academically successful pupils across five campuses.

For Georgina Masefield, Head of our thriving Senior School in Hampstead, the key to nurturing success during the pivotal, GCSE-defined teen years is to inspire a genuine love of learning.

Since becoming Head Teacher of North Bridge House Senior Hampstead in April 2013, Mrs Masefield has successfully established the school as a popular place of academic and pastoral excellence and wide-ranging experience. She is driven by her aim to instil the sense of wonderment in pupils that she finds essential to developing their enthusiasm for any subject. Meanwhile, she is committed to enhancing students’ employability and providing comprehensive and insightful careers advice.

Mrs Masefield says: “Here at North Bridge House we place our pupils at the heart of the school, and I am honoured and enthused to be in a position where I can guide, inspire and motivate our girls and boys.”

Morning teas prove popular and informative

Eager to share with parents exactly how the school achieves this and answer their specific queries when considering the best school for their son or daughter, Mrs Masefield hosts small ‘Meet the Head’ morning teas for prospective families.

“Last Saturday’s tea was a really lovely opportunity for parents to ask questions specifically relating to their child’s interests, and to find out more about the school’s inclusive curriculum and individualised teaching.”

Whilst the school’s larger open day events are equally as informative, the ‘Meet the Head’ mornings provide a more intimate setting for parents to chat with Mrs Masefield over tea and cake. Given the recent changes in the national grading system and the introduction of attainment 8, parents also find the teas a great chance to understand and learn more about the UK education system overall.

In her aim to develop the self-awareness, responsibility, leadership and global outlook in pupils that will serve them well in both their current academic and future careers, Mrs Masefield is committed to the school’s outstanding provision of enrichment experiences – something which parents were particularly keen to learn about.

Every term offers up to 25 weekly enrichment lesson topics – from debating and creative writing to horticulture and structural engineering – plus 25 extra-curricular after school and sports clubs. Parents have been especially surprised by the scale of the impressive Sports Hall that sits behind the main building and facilitates a whole range of games in which the school competes locally, nationally and even internationally.

All this ensures plenty of opportunity for pupils to discover and succeed in an area of interest, gaining confidence and developing a sense of identity as opposed to feeling lost in a hothouse environment. They are prepared to deal with the challenges of adult life – an important life skill that Mrs Masefield believes must be developed in our future generation – through highly rewarding initiatives such as the Duke of Edinburgh Award, for which the school now has a realistic aspirational target of 100% participation.

Book your visit

Keep an eye on our Arrange a Visit page for future open days and morning teas at North Bridge House Senior School, or simply contact our friendly admissions team on 020 7428 1520 to see the school.