Our school began serving the local community in 1830 under the direction of Marie Madeleine D’Houet, founder of the religious order, the Faithful Companions of Jesus (FCJ). The sisters are still involved in our school today, serving on our Governing body and contributing to the spiritual life of the school.
Maria Fidelis is a Roman Catholic school for families who would like their child’s faith to be nurtured and supported. The majority of our students are from Catholic families but we welcome applications from parents who value Christian education and feel able to support the Catholic ethos of the school. We have a formal uniform and behaviour policy as we believe that children and young people flourish best in the security of clear boundaries.
It is our expectation that the majority of students will follow a traditional, academic curriculum. The most able are identified early in Year 7 and are given the opportunity to study Latin. They are also mentored by graduates from Russell Group universities, who monitor their progress and coach them for higher education. Maria Fidelis regularly exceeds national and Camden averages in progress and attainment indicators.
We are committed to providing enrichment experiences for all students and make regular use of the excellent local opportunities available to us, as well as offering national and international visits. These include:
- Mentoring from City businesses such as Deloitte;
- Opportunities to work with academics from leading scientific institutions and university departments;
- Links with schools in France, Belgium, Germany and Italy;
- Clubs ranging from debating to street dance;
- Trips to Oxford and Cambridge from Year 9.
Our house system encourages students to develop their confidence and leadership skills through organising events, taking part in a range of challenging competitions and supporting younger members of the school community.
Please come and see our school in action any Tuesday morning 9.30-10.30am at our Gower Street site. We look forward to welcoming you.