Welcome to Finchley Catholic High School
Our mission is to ensure that every student who leaves FCHS is given every opportunity to develop spiritually, academically and personally, and is inspired to make the most of these opportunities.
Our aims can be summarised as follows:
- To deepen and enhance the student’s knowledge and understanding of the Catholic faith, by teaching and example, so as to enable them to become true followers of Jesus Christ;
- To develop a culture of high achievement to enable students of all abilities to give their best in pursuit of the highest standards of which they are capable;
- To create an atmosphere of openness and trust between staff and students based on mutual honesty, confidence and respect;
- To encourage all students to participate in the broader life of the school by developing their sporting, artistic and musical talents and by becoming active and responsible citizens;
- To value all students as individuals of equal worth and develop within them a sense of responsibility and respect towards each other, the community and the environment in which they live; and
- To help all students to grow into independent, self-disciplined and responsible adults, able to participate fully in society and respect others they meet irrespective of race, colour or creed.
Sixth Formers are very important members of the school community and help to set the tone for the whole school. We therefore expect high standards of behaviour and a real sense of responsibility.
We also expect our students to contribute to the overall school community, and there are many opportunities for them to do this, from representing the school in our thriving sport teams and serving on the Student Executive Committee to pursuing the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme or teaching in local primary schools as part of our Enterprise and Financial Literacy in the Primaries programmes.
The majority of our students are boys who are staying on at the school following their GCSEs, including some students following a one-year Level 2 BTEC programme. However, we have a number of places available to external applicants, and since 2007, we have been pleased to welcome female students onto our roll. Our well established collaboration with St Michael’s Grammar School allows students from both schools their optimum choice of subjects, each taught to the same high quality standards.
Our Sixth Form provides a friendly, welcoming environment for new students at the school, with a dedicated Common Room as a social centre and an area for quiet study during lesson times, and a modern Performing Arts centre where Sixth Form students are active in music, drama and dance.
We have recently received planning permission for a brand new £2 million Sixth Form centre within the school grounds. This will be a state of the art, fully computerised facility which will act as the hub for Sixth Form studies and social activities.
To be successful at this new stage in their education, students need to be conscientious, hard-working and willing to act on the advice and guidance offered by their teachers. If they do so, recent experience shows that they can expect to perform strongly in their examinations and achieve the University places and careers to which they aspire. Our exam performance has been consistently strong over recent years. In 2009, our pass rate at A2 was 99 per cent and almost 50 per cent of entries were graded ‘A’ or ‘B’.
How to apply
If you want to apply for courses, you will need to contact Finchley Catholic High School directly.