Maria Fidelis Catholic School FCJ
Camden, United Kingdom
About Maria Fidelis Catholic School FCJ
Maria Fidelis Catholic School FCJ is an established and successful secondary school based in Camden, in the heart of London. We take pride in our friendly school community and are committed to our pupils reaching their full potential. Our core principles of courage, confidence and dignity guide us in our daily practice. In 2018 we moved into a brand new, state of the art building which fully enhances the experience of both students and staff.
Maria Fidelis is a welcoming and supportive community. We value the professional autonomy of high-performing staff and understand the different approaches different departments may need to take. We make managing workload a high priority. All meetings, Parents’ and Open Events happen on a Thursday and staff are free to leave the site earlier on all other evenings, providing standards of marking and preparation are maintained.
We are forward-looking and progressive with many opportunities for professional development and sharing practice. Maria Fidelis belongs to networks within Camden, but also in other boroughs including Westminster, Kensington and Chelsea and with other high performing Catholic Schools in the Westminster Diocese.
Maria Fidelis is situated in a fantastic location between Euston and Kings Cross Station, which makes it very easy to reach. The British Library, Francis Crick Institute, Wellcome Trust, UCL, SOAS, LSE and Central St. Martin’s School of Art are all within a five-minute walk of the school site; the school therefore enjoys extracurricular links with several institutions, many of which offer exciting opportunities not only for our pupils, but also professional development activities for our teachers. Partnerships with City firms such as Deloitte enrich the curriculum and also allow our staff to keep ’in touch’ with the world outside of education.
Values and Vision
Maria Fidelis is focused on its Roman Catholic faith but we are also a diverse school community in terms of both staff and pupils and therefore welcome applications from anyone who supports our ethos. The school first started in 1830 serving the local Catholic community under the founder of the Faithful Companions of Jesus (FCJ), sisters who continue to work with the school to this day. Much like other schools associated with the FCJ, Maria Fidelis is a school that promises academic excellence. The hope and expectation of the school is that students grow into the best people they can, using their talents to help others.
“The school is an inclusive environment where pupils are well cared for and diversity is celebrated…The governing body knows the school extremely well. The quality of information the governors receive, discuss and consider in their decision making is robust. They meet leaders at all levels regularly to review the impact of teaching. For example, they have recently met the head of humanities to discuss pupils’ outcomes and what the next steps are to securing improvement. Governors pay particular regard to the safeguarding of pupils, including the most vulnerable pupils that attend the school.”