Not so good for: Rebels, party animals, intellectual slowcoaches.
STATE CAMDEN SCHOOL FOR GIRLS (020 7485 3414; org.uk)Founded in the 19th century by Frances Mary Buss, the grande dame of girls' education, Camden School is now a voluntary-aided comprehensive and, in that category, about as good as it gets.
Redbrick, with umpteen later additions, the premises are not specially palatial.
Admission policy: Catchment-area based, with periodic tinkering with boundaries. What they think of South Hampstead High School: They are inclined to decry their rival as a bastion of middle-class privilege.