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The John Fisher School, Sutton

Borough: Sutton
Address: Peaks Hill
Town: Purley
Postcode: CR8 3YP
Phone: 020 8660 4555
Fax: 020 8763 1837
Website: The John Fisher School
Nearest tube or station: train station: Purley

Funded: Voluntary Aided
Admissions: Comprehensive
Gender: Boys
Age group: 11-18
Number of Pupils: 1029
Latest Ofsted report (external)
Government Public Services Link (external)

The John Fisher School was founded by Archbishop Amigo, Archbishop of Southwark, in 1929; the original premises were at Duppas Hill in Croydon. The school moved in 1931 to Peaks Hill, Purley, and until 1977 it was a fee-paying boys Grammar School. In that year it became a four form of entry, all-ability school maintained by the London Borough of Sutton. On the 1st January 1992, it was incorporated as a Grant Maintained School. The first lay headteacher, Mr. Terence King, was appointed in 1981 and the current headteacher assumed office in January 1993. At present there are 895 students on roll, 185 of whom are Sixth Formers. In 1998 the School expanded to five forms of entry. In September 1999, it became a Voluntary-Aided school once more.

The essence of our School is crystallised in the following quotation:-

"The Church's involvement in the field of education is demonstrated especially by the Catholic school. No less than other schools does the Catholic School pursue cultural goals and the natural development of youth. But it has several distinctive purposes. It aims to create for the school community an atmosphere enlivened by the gospel spirit of freedom and charity. It aims to help the adolescent in such a way that the development of his own personality will be matched by the growth of that new creation which he became by baptism. It strives to relate all human culture eventually to the news of salvation, so that the light of faith will illumine the knowledge which students gradually gain of the world, of life, and of mankind".

Ofsted report in 2008 says

"The John Fisher School provides a good education for its students. The school's Catholic ethos and strong promotion of Christian values underpins the students' outstanding spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. It is well led by its headteacher, who values tradition but is also forward-looking and innovative. The senior leadership team is committed to creating a fully inclusive and outward-looking school that values academic success and personal development equally.

The curriculum is good and expanding to meet the needs of students. It prepares them well for their future education and careers. Students also appreciate the opportunities they have to participate in a wide range of sporting and arts-based activities, often reaching levels that are nationally and internationally recognised. The personal and social development of students is a particular strength throughout the school, especially in the sixth form where it is outstanding."



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