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Welcome to St Ignatius College

Welcome to St Ignatius College.   

As Headteacher of St Ignatius College, it gives me great pleasure to welcome you to our website which I hope you will find informative and give you a flavour of life at the College.   

We are a very distinctive community with a rich heritage and tradition of providing a Jesuit education for boys in north London for over 100 years yet focused on equipping our students for the demands of the twenty first century.   Care for the whole person, in Jesuit terms, cura personalis, is at the heart of our educational  philosophy.  We recognise each person's individual qualities and needs; our job as a school is to educate the whole child, academically, emotionally, spiritually, and to help unlock each child's potential so that they will grow to be responsible, fulfilled adults working to make the world a better place. 

We want all in our community to be happy, feel valued and to thrive.  In order to do so, they must be safe, respected as the individual God made them to be and challenged academically.  We aim for our students to be men and women of competence, compassion and conscience. All in our community walk alongside our students on their faith and academic journey to ensure that when they leave us, they have the academic qualifications, confidence, principles, compassion and faith to make a significant contribution to society and be a force for good in the world. Our aim is to be men and women for others, living our faith and finding God in all we do.  

We do not work in isolation.  Our partnership with our parents who entrust their children to us is key.   We foster open, honest supportive relationships and welcome parents to be involved in all aspects of school life.  

As a school, we are on an exciting journey.  In recent years, we have undergone significant changes to leadership, curriculum, teaching and to the physical environment.  Our recent Ofsted report recognised the hard work and dedication of all at the College to provide an excellent education.  We are incredibly fortunate, especially in such difficult times of funding for schools, to have the financial support of our Trustees, the Society of Jesus.  We are in the middle of a £7 million building project to transform our learning environment. Our science laboratories have all been refurbished and currently, we are developing our external areas to ensure our site is attractive and secure.  

We are a happy, caring, welcoming, Catholic community.  Our social, economic and cultural diversity is a real strength of the College. I have worked at the College since September 2015 and feel so very proud and privileged to be part of it.  I  warmly invite you to visit and witness for yourselves life at St Ignatius College.  

Mary O'Keeffe 

About us

Our Sixth Form has over two hundred students actively pursuing the highest standards of academic attainment. In recent years the results have been exemplary and this has allowed many of the students to go on to study at further education institutions all over the UK. Ofsted have recognised just how successful the Head of Sixth Form has been in raising standards and attainment.

Happy, secure and challenged students are the keys to academic success. Our excellent reputation is built on high standards of achievement, work, commitment, good behaviour, dress, attendance and involvement in school life. Our outstanding ethos, identified by Ofsted in 2014, is shaped by our Catholic faith. Cardinal Hume said, “A Catholic School should be a witness to society and practise what it preaches.” We endeavour to that every day.  We are proud that so many of our young men and women are acknowledged by the wider community to be upstanding citizens, exemplary in their behaviour and committed to serving others.

At St Ignatius College we aim to ensure your son or daughter will be successful, happy and fulfilled during their time in the Sixth form. We strive to provide a first class education and our pledge to you is that we will work in partnership – school, parent, your child– to make sure that it happens.

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Catholic values and beliefs underpin the distinctive ethos of St. Ignatius College and the very strong and powerful Jesuit traditions, expectations and prayer life of the school.

The College is inclusive and aims to promote equality of opportunity, excellence and the development of individual potential. We believe that all our students are of equal value and share the same educational rights - irrespective of race, gender, sexuality or disability – and are given the same opportunities to progress and fulfil their potential. The College recognises the whole person and the gifts they may possess. The College’s SEND policy will have full regard to the requirements of the Disability Discrimination Act 2005.

All students are entitled to and should have the opportunity to develop a wide range of learning and life skills. We believe that this entitlement should be delivered through a balanced and broad curriculum. We hope that all our students will develop the knowledge, skills and critical reasoning to function autonomously throughout life.

The Learning Development Department is led by Mrs Flynn, Assistant Headteacher & SENDCo, and Mrs Di Pierro, Learning Mentor. The school has a team of Learning Support Assistants with training and experience of supporting students with a variety of needs such as Autism, Speech, Language and Communication Difficulties and literacy difficulties.

How to apply

If you want to apply for courses, you will need to contact St Ignatius College directly.

Last updated date: 21 March 2017
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