Schools in Barnet were featured in an "industry best practice" guide, written by MPs and experts.

The Parliamentary Review made mention to Copthall School, Hasmonean School, JCoSS and Hendon School in the borough as examples of industry best practice in secondary education.

Attending the event to celebrate the publishing of the newest review, which is formulated by MPs, industry experts and journalists, were Copthall School headteacher Evelyn Forde and chair of governors Julia Blackman, who is also an alumna.

Ms Forde said: "Since I took up post there is a much greater emphasis on aspirations as we instil in our girls a sense of a ‘can do’ attitude.

"Our partnership work with The Brilliant Club and Franklin Scholars as well as our celebration of International Women’s Day which saw a plethora of inspirational women from a range of industries come in to deliver motivational talks has gone a long way to embed the aspirational vision we have at the school."

She, along with Ms Forde, plan to review and evaluate before continuing to embed the good practices they have already begun.

They said: "Changing the culture and ethos of a school takes a clear vision and a single minded determination not to let anything get in the way."

Compering the event was BBC Radio DJ and Eggheads host Jeremy Vine.