Finchley Catholic High School
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This school has 4 parent reviews

Woodside Lane
N12 8TA
11 - 18
Voluntary aided school
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5+ GCSEs grade 9-4 (standard pass or above) including English and maths
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This boys’ school is larger than the average-sized secondary school. It admits girls to the sixth form. The proportion of students supported by the pupil premium (additional government funding for pupils known to be eligible for free school meals and children who are looked after by the local authority) is below average. About one in 15 pupils in Year 7 is eligible for the Year 7 catch-up premium. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs supported through school action is well below average. The proportion supported through school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is below average. A higher than average proportion of students come from a range of minority ethnic groups. Some aspects of the post-16 curriculum are taught in partnership with St Michael’s Catholic Girls’ Grammar School, Barnet. No students currently attend alternative provision. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress. Since the previous inspection, the former deputy headteacher was appointed as headteacher. A section 48 inspection of religious education took place on the two days prior to this section 5 inspection. The school is currently building a new sixth form centre, which is due to open in September 2014.

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Finchley Catholic High School Reviews

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“A school for pupils to flourish.”
"> This is an excellent school where boys (and girls in the sixth form) are encouraged to be individuals and embrace challenge. Pupils feel happy and safe in school and the pastoral care is outstanding. There is a broad curriculum and wonderful opportunities for pupils to participate in extra-curricular clubs, concerts and sports events. Homework has never been a difficulty as my son manages his time well. The school is well-led and staff are passionate about their subjects. Overall, a wonderful community for boys to flourish.
“Fantastic school, happy and well behaved boys (as well behaved as teenagers can be)”
"> I am very surprised with the negative review on this site. My two sons attended this school as did the sons of most of my local friends. I personally would rate the school as one of the best in Barnet. The Pastoral care is second to none. The teaching is excellent and the school provides a happy and safe learning envioroment. Certainly in my house my sons never suffered with too much homework. I was sad when they left.
“Poor leadership - other much better local schools”
"> The school has historically been poorly led and this lack of directional or innovative leadership shows in every facet of the school, but perhaps is most highlighted in the pastoral care which, in my opinion, doesn't allow for any boy to be an individual.
“Lack of planning”
"> Too much homework. In my experience, teachers do not communicate with each other with regards to homework. Some weeks, the children are bombarded with homework and other times not. Inconsistent.
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