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Bishop Douglass Catholic School

Bishop Douglass Catholic School

In Pursuit Of Excellence

Headteacher’s Welcome Message

We are a thriving and high-achieving secondary school in East Finchley, determined to achieve the best for the students in our care.  As a constituent member of the Cardinal Hume Academies Trust, we work in collaboration with our partner schools in London to provide a quality education that is broad and enriching.   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.

By choosing Bishop Douglass School, your son or daughter will benefit from a school with a tradition of excellence, a coherent curriculum and embedded practice which has recently produced results putting the school in the top ten schools in the country for progress.  We offer a clear progression pathway from 11 to 19 years (most of our Year 11 students return to the Sixth Form) and the vast majority of our final-year students progress to a top University.

We are delighted with the analysis of the 2018 Ofsted inspectorate which means the school will now be inspected imminently to see if it meets outstanding criteria. 

Parents, carers, pupils and staff are happy with and in the school. Pupils are polite, diligent and display a work ethic which shows how highly they value their education and how much they enjoy their learning experience. The use of literacy strategies is a strength of the school.

The most recent Westminster Diocese inspection 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.  Please take up the invitation and 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 outstanding. 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