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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 Good 1
      • 16-19 study programmes Good 1
      • Outcomes for children and learners Good 1
      • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment Good 1
      • Personal development, behaviour and welfare Good 1
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Good 1
    • 1 Full inspection 26th April 2022
  • Previous Ofsted grade: Outstanding on 17th November 2011
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

Dynamic arts provision extended with industry-standard opportunities, including workshops with professional artists and training by West End lighting and sound designers. The school continues to promote the comprehensive ideals of ‘non-elitism, equality and respect for diversity’, with a strong culture of supporting and celebrating diversity – it is, for example, a Stonewall School Champion. Pupil voice is heard low and clear, with peer-elected student leadership team...

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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 2018, Jo Davey and Zoe Judge.

More-or-less an old girl, Davey, formerly deputy head, attended Creighton School, a forerunner of Fortismere. Originally joined the staff as a part-time consultant in 2013, while deputy head of Blanche Nevile School for Deaf Children. Previously taught history and politics, acted as a school improvement consultant and senior secondary advisor. Continues to work as an Ofsted inspector. At Fortismere, her stated objective is to maintain the school’s ‘inclusive ethos’, while focusing on academic outcome.

Judge began her teaching career in Barking and Dagenham, before joining Fortismere in 2002 as a member of the English department. Since then, she’s taught English, media and film, served as head of year, assistant head and head of sixth form, where she helped make...

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No comment. Light firmly under bushel - but quite a bright light, in the opinion of the GSG. SEN details added by us.

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