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  • St Michael's Catholic Grammar School
    Nether Street
    London
    N12 7NJ
  • Head: Mr Julian Ward
  • T 020 8446 2256
  • F 020 8343 9598
  • E office@st-michaels.barnet.sch.uk
  • W www.st-michael….barnet.sch.uk
  • A mainstream state school for girls aged from 11 to 18
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Barnet
  • Pupils: 755
  • Religion: Roman Catholic
  • 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 Outstanding 1
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Outstanding 1
    • 1 Full inspection 13th February 2008
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

 Attractive gardens, once the convent orchard, are graced by a monkey puzzle tree, large redwood and shrine to the Virgin Mary. Girls put their faith into practice with charity work, helping in the community and giving food to homeless. Generally, the atmosphere is kind, warm and supportive. ‘Academically, they push them to their limits, but they do look after them,’ said one parent.‘There’s a very nice feeling to the school.’ ‘No one gets lost,’ said another.‘It feels very safe.’  ‘There’s no talk of drugs,’ said one mother. ‘They do go to parties, but there’s no big modern teenage culture'...

 

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What the school says...

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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