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St Michael’s Catholic School

St Michael’s Catholic Grammar School in London is an outstanding school for girls, and boys in the sixth form (16 to 18 years old), with a strong Catholic ethos and a history of academic excellence.

St Michael’s was founded in 1908 by the Sisters of Loreto, a religious order dedicated to education and social justice. The school was originally located in Hendon, but moved to its current site in North Finchley in 1978. The school celebrated its centenary in 2008 with a special Mass and a visit from Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor. The school is part of the Loreto Trust, which oversees 150 schools worldwide.

St Michael’s offers a broad and balanced curriculum that aims to develop the whole person. The school follows the National Curriculum at Key Stage 3 and offers a range of GCSE and A-level courses at Key Stage 4 and 5. The school has a reputation for high academic standards and excellent exam results. In 2022, 99% of pupils achieved grade 5 or more at GCSE, and 94.4% of pupils completed their main study programme at A-level. The school also offers opportunities for enrichment and extension through clubs, societies, trips and competitions.

St Michael’s has a modern and well-equipped campus that provides a stimulating learning environment for students. The school has recently undergone a major building programme that has added new classrooms, science labs, a library, a mezzanine level in the main hall, and a sixth form block. The school also has a chapel, a sports hall, a gymnasium, an art studio, a music room, a drama studio, and an ICT suite. The school grounds include a playground, a netball court, a football pitch, and a garden.

St Michael’s is a selective school that admits pupils based on their performance in an entrance exam (the 11 plus) and their faith commitment. The school admits 120 girls per year group from Year 7 to Year 11, and around 50 boys and girls per year group in the sixth form. The school is very popular and oversubscribed, with around 10 applications for each available place. The school gives priority to Catholic applicants who live within the designated parishes of the Barnet deanery.