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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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Students and staff have come up trumps this year with fantastic results at AS/A2 and GCSE. We have seen our best ever performance at AS, highest number of Oxbridge/Dental/Medical and Veterinary places at A2 and record A*-C passes at GCSE!

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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.

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      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 2014 - 2015

    Autumn Term: Monday 1st September - Friday 19th December 2014

    Half Term: Monday 27th October - Friday 31st October 2014

    Spring Term: Monday 5th January - Friday 27th March 2015

    Half Term: Monday 16th  - Friday 20th February 2015

    Summer Term: Monday 13th April - Friday 17th July 2015

    Half Term: Monday 25th  - Friday 29th May 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


    Deep learning conversations

    Wednesday 1st October 2014 ( year 7 learning conversations)

    Thursday 16th October 2014 ( year 8 learning conversations)

    Tuesday 10th March 2015 ( year 10 learning conversations)

    Friday 20th March 2015 ( year 11 learning conversations)

    Wednesday 3rd June 2015 ( year 9 learning conversations)


    Whole day closures for Staff Training

    Tuesday 2nd September 2014

    Friday 24th October 2014

    Friday 13th February 2015

    Friday 1st May 2015


    Parents’ Evenings

    Year 7 X bank (French) 21st April 2015

    Year 7 Y bank (Spanish) 5th May 2015

    Year 17th June 2015

    Year 9 9th December 2014

    Year 9 Options Fayre 10th February 2015

    Year 10 4th November 2014

    Year 11 20th January 2015

    Year 12 3rd February 2015

    Year 13 25th November 2014

    Other dates

    Year 7 Information evening 9th September 2014

    Prospective parents evening 16th September 2014

    Open afternoon 25th September 2014

    6th Form open afternoon 18th November 2014