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  • Fortismere School
    South Wing
    N10 1NE
  • Head: Ms Helen Glass
  • T 020 8365 4400
  • F 020 8444 7822
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  • W www.fortismere…
  • A mainstream state school for pupils aged from 11 to 19
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Haringey
  • Pupils: 1700
  • Religion: Non-denominational
  • 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 Good 1
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Good 1
    • 1 Full inspection 18th November 2011
  • Previous Ofsted grade: Good on 18th May 2007
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

Very much a community comprehensive with a relaxed atmosphere (subject to ‘behaviour for learning’ sanctions), and pupils strolling around in jeans and tee shirts. ‘Proudly non-uniform’, though with a veto on revealing too much skin or underwear. Impressive displays of art and fabulous photography coursework around the school on our visit, plus bright papier mâché aliens and rats created by younger year groups. Photography a popular A level and one can see why. Drama also ‘massive.’ ‘We’re a very artsy school. It’s our natural default setting.’ Pupils mostly very…

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What the school says...

Fortismere is a high achieving, dynamic, mixed foundation secondary school in the heart of vibrant Muswell Hill. We have a strong focus on outstanding progress and attainment for all of our students, as well as cultural enrichment. It is our vision that the school will win hearts and minds through adding value to its students and staff. ...Read more

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2015 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Excellent performance by Boys taking English Literature at an English Comprehensive School (GCSE)
  • Excellent performance by Girls taking Business Studies at an English Comprehensive School (BTEC Certificate Level 2)
  • Excellent performance by Girls taking Biology at an English Comprehensive School (GCSE)
  • Excellent performance by Girls taking Chemistry at an English Comprehensive School (GCSE)
  • Excellent performance by Girls taking Physics at an English Comprehensive School (GCSE)
  • Excellent performance by Girls taking English Literature at an English Comprehensive School (GCSE)


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What The Good Schools Guide says

Head teacher

Since 2010, Mrs Helen Glass BA MA PGCE (40s), previously head since 2006 of Central Technology College in Gloucestershire. Studied English at Liverpool and Keele, PGCE at King’s College London. Had a number of teaching and leadership roles in London and Gloucestershire before joining Central Technology College, which was then one of the roughest boys’ schools in the country. She brought it back from the brink of closure and transformed its rating to ‘good’ (Ofsted talked of a ‘remarkable journey’).

She has imported to very middle class Fortismere some of the tactics that had wrought improvements in her previous setting, such as a hard line on punctuality, attendance and litter. She clearly has a steely determination and is evidently not a head to be trifled with, though on our...

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