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Welcome to St Michael's Catholic Grammar School

St Michael’s is a lovely school. I have been at St Michael’s since 1989, first as Assistant Headteacher, then Deputy Headmaster in 1990 and from September 2012 as Headmaster. In that time the school has transformed itself into one of the best grammar schools in the country in terms of its academic performance and its reputation for the standard of its pastoral care. We are almost unique as a grammar school in that we are also a Faith school. This means that we are first and foremost a Catholic school.   I am the latest in a long line of headteachers, most of whom were Sisters following in the footsteps of their foundress, Venerable Clare Fey. Her wish was to promote a life style which she referred to as “The Practice of Walking in the Presence of God”. This is encompassed in our school’s Mission Statement quoting Jesus’ words ‘Love one another as I have loved you’.  I hope that everything we do as staff, pupils, parents, trustees and governors can be based on this premise.  This is an invitation for new stakeholders to consider how they might contribute to fulfill this challenge. It is also a constant reminder to members of our existing school community to evaluate how we are enabling the School to achieve this aim.

The best schools are communities where the school is judged, not simply in terms of economic data such as profit or loss (i.e. academic performance), but in terms of what everyone is also investing of themselves to support the central aim of the organisation. Therefore, my challenge as headmaster is to ensure that the young people who come to St. Michael’s excel  in terms of their whole identity as human beings – spiritually and morally – within a complex economic and political society. I cannot achieve this unless all members of our school community also see this as their challenge. This has to be our central purpose – or if you like, our mission.  In this sense we are all missionaries!

Julian Ward


About us

In Year 12 the normal course of study is four Advanced Subsidiary subjects and in Year 13 three subjects at A2 Level. Girls are also prepared for the Oxford and Cambridge entrance examinations.  All students in the sixth form follow a Religious Education course.  In Year 12 the girls follow a structured General Studies programme which comprises study skills, careers education and personal and social development.  European Work Experience and Community Service are also arranged for Years 12 and 13.

Boys (who meet our entrance criteria) were admitted to our 6th Form in September 2009. Applicants should have attended our 'Into the Sixth Form' evening. If you missed our Open Evening you can still download our 6th Form Information Booklet and the Application Form.

Our successful 6th Form collaboration with Finchley Catholic High School for boys enables us to offer an exceptionally high number of AS and A-level courses, many within mixed gender groups.

Additional support

The school is very well equipped with an up-to-date Maths/I.C.T. suite, including six Science Laboratories, three Technology Laboratories, a Computer Suite, a Language Laboratory, a Library, a Music Suite, a Sports Hall, a large Hall well equipped for  Drama, Art and Craft Rooms and other practical rooms.  There is a fully equipped Sixth Form Centre resourced with full Information Technology access.

How to apply

If you want to apply for courses, you will need to contact St Michael's Catholic Grammar School directly.

Last updated date: 21 March 2017
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