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The primary aim here is the formation of responsible and committed Catholic citizens. ‘We try and create a relaxed and happy atmosphere,’ says the head, ‘but we expect high standards of behaviour, self-discipline and responsibility.’ Those from bohemian families are advised to think carefully...

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Entrance criteria as follows: Roman Catholic Children with Certificates of Baptism and First Holy Communion. 11+ Maths, English, Verbal Reasoning & Non-Verbal Reasoning test.

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2015 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Boys taking Physics at an English Grammar School (GCE A level)
  • Best performance by Girls taking Spanish at an English Grammar School (GCE A level)
  • Best performance by Girls taking Spanish at an English Grammar School (GCE AS level)

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Headmaster

Since 2012, Julian Ward BA PGCE MBA (60s). Born in Lancashire and educated at the Pilgrim School, Bedford, and Manchester University, where he read modern history and economics. Then went on to study for an MBA at Bradford, before deciding that ‘business was not my cup of tea’ and training to be a teacher at Christ’s College, Liverpool. (‘I enjoyed every minute.’) Has spent his entire professional career in London, where he started out teaching economics in ‘front-line’ local authority schools (Bishop Challoner in Tower Hamlets, John Paul II in Wandsworth, Sir John Cass’s Foundation and Redcoat in Stepney), before moving to St Michael’s in 1988.

Became sole deputy head in 1995, and his close working relationship with his predecessor, Ursula Morrisey, means he sees his current role more as...

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