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Welcome to Fortismere School, a high achieving and dynamic mixed Foundation school, highly regarded by the local Muswell Hill community that it serves.  We have a strong focus on outstanding attainment and progress for all of our students as well as diverse cultural enrichment.  Fortismere has featured as one of the Top 20 comprehensives in the country in a Times newspaper article and is heavily over-subscribed in all years.

Fortismere wins hearts and minds through adding value to its students and staff, playing a key role in its wider community and leading innovative practice that impacts nationally and internationally. All staff from both teaching and non-teaching teams share this vision and are committed to contributing to a dynamic environment which results in significant and measurable year on year improvement in all key stages. Fortismere has an active mind, a finger on the pulse and a big heart.

Helen Anthony

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      Autumn Term Information

      Monday 1st September: 6th Form Enrolment – Year 12 only

      Wednesday 3rd September: 8.35am – Year 7 arrives (go to NW Hall)

                        8.35am – Year 11 arrives (go to Tutor Rooms)

                        9.00am – Year 13 arrives (go to assembly SW Hall)

                                                     9.40am – Years 8, 9 and 10 arrive (go to Tutor Rooms)

                                                     10.20am – Normal timetable begins for years 7,8,9,10,11 and 13

      Thursday 4th September: 8.35am – Year 12 assembly in South Wing Hall. Tutorials will follow this assembly and all Year 12 students will start lessons from Period 2.

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      Cheryl Moskowitz, Poet and Author gives a Creative Masterclass

      Year 9Y2 were treated to a creative writing masterclass with the poet and novelist Cheryl Moskowitz on Friday 11th July.  We have made a book of their extraordinary cinquains written during the afternoon which will be available for everyone to read now and in the future! 

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      Fortismere Summer Schools and Workshops 2014

      Following the success of our Fortismere Music Centre (FMC) summer school last year, we are pleased to announce the launch of our summer schools and workshops for 2014:

      • Summer Sports Camp: Monday, 11 to Friday, 15 August
      • Chefs Adopt a School Workshop: Monday, 4 August
      • Harrison Survival Guide Workshop: Tuesday, 5 August
      • Fortismere Music Centre Summer School: Monday, 4 to Friday, 8 August

      The details are on the attached leaflet(s). Spaces are limited so early booking is recommended to avoid disappointment. The closing date for applications is Wednesday, 23 July.

      Please click ...Read More for attached leaflets.

    • 09

      Film Maker/Author/Adventurer Matt Dickinson visits Fortismere

      It was an honour to have Matt Dickinson in school on Friday 4th July.  Matt is a film director who specialises in adventure documentaries for the Discovery Channel, National Geographic, Channel 4 and the BBC.   He climbed the North Face of Mount Everest (only the fifth Briton to do so) and was the first British film maker to film on the summit and return alive.

      Matt has crossed the Sahara, rowed down the Amazon, walked the Namib Desert and taken Brian Blessed up Everest!  He is also an author – we have his Mortal Chaos series in the library, and signed copies of “The Everest Files” are still available for £6.  Matt talked to at least 700 Fortismere students and staff members in South Wing Hall and kept them spellbound during the four one hour sessions that the library organised, initially for the geography and English classes who had lessons on Friday, but also to other groups who had heard of the talks during the day and just turned up! 

      The great thing about Matt was that he didn’t just talk about where he’d been and what he’d done, but also about the human body and what it can endure, about crumple zones, about teamwork (only people who work well with others survive Everest), about jobs in the media…in fact, everything he talked about touched each student in different ways.  A truly inspirational visit from an incredible and quite charming man.

      There are some photos of Matt’s visit in the School Gallery.

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    Term Dates

    Term Dates 2013 - 2014

    Autumn Term: Wednesday 4th September - Friday 20th December 2013

    Half Term: Monday 28th October - Friday 1st November 2013

    Spring Term: Monday 6th January - Friday 4th April 2014

    Half Term: Monday 17th  - Friday 21st February 2014

    Summer Term: Tuesday 22nd April - Tuesday 22nd July 2014

    Half Term: Monday 26th  - Friday 30th May 2014

    Year 11 -  Last day of compulsory attendance : Friday 9th May

    Term Dates 2014 - 2015

    Autumn Term 2014/2015

    Staff inset and 6th Form enrolment 1st september 2014

    Staff CPD 2nd September 2014

    All Students Return to School : Wednesday 3rd September 2014

    School will finish on the 17th July 2015


    Early closures 2013 -2014

    Students will be dismissed at 12.25pm on the following dates;

    Thursday 26th September 2013 (Open Afternoon for year 6 students)

    Friday 20th December 2013 (end of Autumn Term)

    Friday 4th April 2014 (end of Spring Term)

    Wednesday 2nd July 2014 (Tutor meetings with year 6 students)

    Tuesday 22nd July 2014 (end of Summer Term)


    Late starts to allow time for learning conversations

    Students should arrive at school ready to start lesson 2 at 10.20am on the following dates;

    Wednesday 2nd October 2013 (for year 8 learning conversations)

    Wednesday 16th October 2013 (for year 7 learning conversations)

    Thursday 7th November 2013 (for year 10 learning conversations)

    Tuesday 18th March 2014 (for year 11 learning conversations)

    Wednesday 4th June 2014 (for year 9 learning conversations)


    Whole day closures for Staff Training

    Friday 27th September 2013

    Friday 25th October 2013

    Friday 14th February 2014

    Friday 2nd May 2014

    Parents’ Evenings

    Year 7 X bank (French) 22nd April 2014

    Year 7 Y bank (Spanish) 13th May 2014

    Year 8 X bank (French) 25th June 2014

    Year 8 Y bank (Spanish) 8th July 2014

    Year 9 14th January 2014

    Year 10 10th June 2014

    Year 11 21st January 2014

    Year 12 4th February 2014

    Year 13 26th November 2013

    Key Stage 4 Evening 11th February 2014