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  • St John Fisher Catholic High School
    Hookstone Drive
    HG2 8PT
  • Head: Mr P Brockwell
  • T 01423 887254
  • F 01423 881056
  • E [email protected]
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  • A state school for boys and girls aged from 11 to 18.
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: North Yorkshire
  • Pupils: 1,427; sixth formers: 1,073 (combined with St Aidan's C of E High School); 400 at St John Fisher
  • Religion: Roman Catholic
  • Open days: October (main school); February (sixth form)
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Outstanding 1
      • 16-19 study programmes Outstanding 1
      • Outcomes for children and learners Good 1
      • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment Good 1
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Outstanding 1
    • 1 Full inspection 17th October 2006
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

A parent described the teaching as 'dynamic' - 'The children have a lot of fun along with learning'. The traditional chapel plays a central part in the school's spiritual life: one chapel assembly a week for separate year groups, to which various teachers contribute - the one we visited was lively and the students seemed engaged. Big focus on the performing arts: has Artsmark Gold and a modern performing arts area; plays tend to be musicals, eg Phantom of the Opera…

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What the school says...

St. John Fisher is a Catholic School in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Leeds. The school seeks to be both a true community of faith and a place of learning, where each and every individual is valued. The school is a high-achieving school, with a strong Christian ethos and excellent levels of pastoral care and support, graded outstanding by OFSTED. ...Read more

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2015 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Excellent performance by Boys taking French at an English Comprehensive School (GCSE)
  • Excellent performance by Boys taking Music at an English Comprehensive School (GCSE)

What The Good Schools Guide says


Since September 2018, Paul Brockwell, previously head of Graham School in Scarborough. Also runs PBR Education, which provides 'one stop education support to academy trusts and standalone schools'. BEd in French and German from Sunderland; has also been head of MFL at Oxclose School and deputy head of Consett Community Sports College.

Academic matters

Has humanities and performing arts specialist status, so these subjects are especially carefully monitored and the latter used to develop creativity across the curriculum. Constantly striving to improve its very good results by systematic target setting and use of data. Calm, purposeful atmosphere in classrooms. Lots of computers regularly upgraded; all classes have electronic whiteboards and all teachers laptops. Pupils and parents see the teachers as helpful and generous with their support at exam time. A parent described the teaching as 'dynamic'...

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Independent schools frequently offer IGCSEs or other qualifications alongside or as an alternative to GCSE. The DfE does not record performance data for these exams so independent school GCSE data is frequently misleading; parents should check the results with the schools.

Who came from where

Who goes where

Special Education Needs

As a school that serves the local Catholic community, St John Fisher provides an education that meets the needs of all pupils that would benefit from a mainstream education. We seek to provide an inclusive education that provides appropriate support in a variety of contexts, depending on the needs of the individual. St John Fisher is proud of its ongoing commitment to support all children under our care, whatever their aptitude or ability. The school supports the spiritual, academic, social, physical and behavioural development of all pupils, with an emphasis on increased levels of assistance for those vulnerable children with the greatest need. We have an SEN quality mark from the Local Authority. The school has achieved accreditation as a "Healthy School". Nov 09.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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Interpreting catchment maps

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Where the map is not coloured we have no record in the previous three years of any pupils being admitted from that location based on the options chosen.

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If there are more applicants to a school than it has places for, who gets in is determined by which applicants best fulfil the admissions criteria.

Admissions criteria are often complicated, and may change from year to year. The best source of information is usually the relevant local authority website, but once you have set your sights on a school it is a good idea to ask them how they see things panning out for the year that you are interested in.

Many schools admit children based on distance from the school or a fixed catchment area. For such schools, the cut-off distance will vary from year to year, especially if the school give priority to siblings, and the pattern will be of a central core with outliers (who will mostly be siblings). Schools that admit on the basis of academic or religious selection will have a much more scattered pattern.

*The coloured areas outlined in black are Census Output Areas. These are made up of a group of neighbouring postcodes, which accounts for their odd shapes. These provide an indication, but not a precise map, of the school’s catchment: always refer to local authority and school websites for precise information.

The 'hotter' the colour the more children have been admitted.

Children get into the school from here:

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