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  • Fortismere School
    South Wing
    N10 1NE
  • Head: Ms Zoe Judge and Ms Jo Davey
  • T 020 8365 4400
  • F 020 8444 7822
  • E [email protected]
  • W www.fortismere…
  • A state school for boys and girls aged from 11 to 19.
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Haringey
  • Pupils: 1,771; sixth formers: 427
  • 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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What The Good Schools Guide says


Since February 2018, Zoe Judge, previously director of sixth form and Jo Davey, previously deputy head, who had been interim co-heads since September 2017.

Zoe Judge joined Fortismere in 2002 as a pastoral leader and a member of the English department, having begun her teaching career at a high-performing school in Barking and Dagenham. She was initially a head of year and has over the years taught English, media and film. In 2006 she joined the school leadership team as the assistant head with responsibility for key stage 3. In 2010 she became director of sixth form.

Jo Davey joined as a part-time consultant in 2013 while deputy head teacher at Blanche Neville School. She had previously worked in Camden schools as a history and politics teacher and...

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