Headteacher’s Welcome Message
Welcome to Bishop Douglass East Finchley.
It is our pleasure to introduce you to Bishop Douglass, the leading co-educational 11-18 Catholic school in London.
We are a comprehensive school located in East Finchley, focused on achieving the very best for our young people whatever their academic starting point. We offer a flourishing, vibrant and enriching environment where learning never stops. This is reflected by our exceptional academic success and our nurturing pastoral care. We achieved 7th in the country for progress at GCSE (DfE 2019). Each child is valued, and we take responsibility for challenging your son or daughter and helping them to fulfil their potential. Every young person is valued as a unique individual. We have an exceptional transition and induction programme for all prospective students. We expect our students to progress into our exceptional sixth form where an unprecedented number of students achieve places at Russell Group universities.
We are immensely proud to lead our school of high achievement, aspirations and expectations for all. Our success is underpinned by a close and inclusive community. This reflects our school mission ‘to be the best we can be, respecting diversity and supporting one another in our community’. The most recent Ofsted inspection states that “Pupils are given many opportunities to foster the skills required for them to take control of their own learning” and our Diocese reports that “Staff at all levels strive to ensure that students flourish and grow into responsible adults, ready to take their place in the world and confident in expressing Christian values in their daily lives.” We provide much philanthropy, volunteering and charity opportunities based on our Catholic ethos and Christian values.
We offer a broad, balanced, deep and knowledge rich curriculum that is ambitious for all our students. The curriculum is bespoke and personalised, tailored to the needs of your child. We have a comprehensive extracurricular programme that enables growth and development beyond the classroom including trips overseas and educational experiences in the UK. We take great pride in allowing our students to reach their potential in all the subjects that they study. Everything we do is set up to help children flourish in a disciplined yet caring environment. We will nurture your child to grow in all aspects and give them care and attention that will enable them to flourish into a well-rounded young person.
We provide opportunities and support your child to develop their sporting, musical, drama and other interests through a wide range of clubs and societies. We offer subsidised music lessons and creative art clubs. 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 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 our Virtual Learning Environment.
Our goal is that every pupil reflects on their time at Bishop Douglass as a happy and rewarding one providing them with the inspiration to be the best they can be. We look forward to meeting you and your child and welcoming you into our Bishop Douglass family and working together to ensure the very best in state education for your child. We are pleased to invite you to visit our school for a personal tour and to find out why we are number one in Barnet. Please contact us to make an appointment.
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