Headteacher’s Welcome Message
We are a thriving secondary school in East Finchley, determined to achieve the best for the students in our charge. We have high expectations of achievement for all. As a Catholic community, we strive to uphold strong spiritual and moral values, both in and outside the classroom. Our philosophy is inclusive; we stretch our most able and support those with special and additional needs. We want to ensure that all have the opportunities they need to fulfil their potential.
In 2016 we celebrated a record breaking year with our "best ever" set of GCSE results. 81% of pupils secured an A*-C in English and Maths and an impressive 48% achieved A*-A in RE. Our Progress 8 scores taking into account best entry are amongst the highest in the country. Our A level results place us in the top 20% of schools in the country.
On 1st September Bishop Douglass became a constituent member of the Cardinal Hume Academies Trust. Director of Education for the Diocese of Westminster, JP Morrison said, “The Diocese is delighted and encouraged by the outstanding level of progress in academic performance achieved by Bishop Douglass Catholic School. This is testament to the hard work of the staff and students of the school. The move to academy status will benefit the community as will the other schools within the Cardinal Hume Trust by having it join them. This is a community that the whole of Barnet should be proud of. The diocesan family of schools certainly are.”
By choosing Bishop Douglass School, your son or daughter will be enrolled in a school with a tradition and embedded practice which has recently produced improved results year on year. We offer a clear progression pathway from 11 to 19 years and the vast majority of leavers progress to a top University.
We are delighted with the judgements of the 2013 Ofsted inspectorate: "Bishop Douglass is a good school", "The leadership and management of the school are outstanding. There have been significant improvements since the last inspection”, "Teaching is good and continually improving because teachers are committed to working together to provide the best possible learning for their students." We are proud of the inspectors' findings exemplified in the following quotes from the report which reflect the atmosphere that is evident in our school: "Relationships between students and between students and teachers are very good so that classrooms have a positive atmosphere in which students work well together and can share their learning with each other", "The school is calm and orderly. Students enjoy coming to school, and show high levels of courtesy and respect to each other and to their teachers". One of our parents told Ofsted: “I would recommend this school to every parent. It was the best choice I ever made for my daughter".
The most recent Westminster Diocese inspection of March 2016 states that " The overall effectiveness of religious education in developing the students’ religious literacy is outstanding” and “The school’s overall effectiveness in developing students’ experience of Catholic life and belief is outstanding”. We are proud of our Catholic ethos which ensures that every young person is valued as a unique individual. We have a strong pastoral system as well as a full programme of enrichment activities after school. We provide subsidised musical tuition to all students in year 7. We also run after-school Saturday classes and holiday programmes to provide additional tuition or revision as appropriate. The Governors have granted community places to meet the demand from our local community.
We offer excellent facilities for all our students, including a state of the art Science Block, Sports Hall and Fitness Centre, Dance Hall, Drama Studio, Music Technology and Art specialist rooms as well as over 800 computers just for student use. We continue to move forward at Bishop Douglass, through adopting and incorporating new practices such as e-learning in every classroom, as well as 24 hour access to the curriculum through a well used Virtual Learning Environment.
Come and visit the school in action to judge for yourself. Telephone the school to book a tour and a meeting.
Martin Tissot, MA, MBA
"Bishop Douglass is a good school" Ofsted
"The leadership and management of the school are outstaning. There have been significant improvements since the last inspection” Ofsted
"Teaching is good and continually improving because teachers are committed to working together to provide the best possible learning for their students." Ofsted