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St Michaels Catholic Grammar School

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Attractive gardens, once the convent orchard, are graced by a monkey puzzle tree, large redwood and shrine to the Virgin Mary. Girls put their faith into practice with charity work, helping in the community and giving food to homeless. Generally, the atmosphere is kind, warm and supportive. ‘Academically, they push them to their limits, but they do look after them,’ said one parent.‘There’s a very nice feeling to the school.’ ‘No one gets lost,’ said another.‘It feels very safe.’  ‘There’s no talk of drugs,’ said one mother. ‘They do go to parties, but there’s no big modern teenage culture'...


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  • St Michael's Catholic Grammar School
    Nether Street
    North Finchley
    N12 7NJ
  • Head: Michael Stimpson
  • T 020 8446 2256
  • F 020 8343 9598
  • E [email protected]
  • W…
  • St Michael's Catholic Grammar School is a state school for girls aged from 11 to 18. Interested in reading more? Read our unbiased St Michael's Catholic Grammar School review.
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Barnet
  • Pupils: 900; sixth formers: 260 (42 boys)
  • Religion: Catholic
  • Open days: Held at the end of June each year - details on website
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Outstanding 1
      • 16-19 study programmes Outstanding 1
      • Outcomes for children and learners Outstanding 1
      • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment Outstanding 1
      • Personal development, behaviour and welfare Outstanding 1
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Outstanding 1
    • 1 Full inspection 9th November 2022
  • Previous Ofsted grade: Outstanding on 13th February 2008
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

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Entrance criteria as follows: Catholic Girls with Certificate of Catholic Practice and First Holy Communion. Entrance tests inn Maths, English, Verbal Reasoning & Non-Verbal Reasoning.

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Since 2017, Michael Stimpson BSc MSc MA MA PGCE NPQH, previously head of St Bernard’s Catholic Grammar in Berkshire. Degree in natural science and teaching certificate from Durham; went straight into teaching physics and much later completed his master’s in astrophysics part-time through Queen Mary, University of London. He also holds two master’s degrees in educational management (one in Catholic school leadership). Has spent most of his time in selective and Catholic schools, including a spell as head of sixth form at St Michael's. Keen on the role of extracurricular education - and of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award in particular, for which he has given up many weekends. He is married with three children and enjoys literature, walks in the wild bits of Britain and listening to the music of Westminster Cathedral Choir. He is a fellow of the...

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