Maria Fidelis Catholic School FCJ

Catholic Life

The Catholic faith is at the heart of everything we do at our school.   Each day begins with time for prayer, often using the school’s online prayer resource as a source of guidance; we also have weekly assemblies and mass is celebrated throughout the year.

  • There are regular opportunities for staff and pupils to develop their faith through:
  • An annual retreat program for students in each year group
  • Annual staff retreat
  • Encouraging the enterprise of individuals and groups who want to support worthwhile charities
  • The school choir

The FCJ Tradition

Maria Fidelis Convent School has a long and interesting history. Its origin takes us back to the French Revolution when the Abbé Carron came to England to minister to the French exiles who had settled in Somers Town, North London.

He opened schools in the area and named them after St. Aloysius, the young Jesuit scholastic, who was canonized at this time and who has been declared the patron of Catholic youth. Maria Fidelis is descended from one of these schools.

The foundress of the Faithful Companions of Jesus, Marie Madeleine Victoire d’Houet, came to England from France in 1830 with a note of introduction to Father Nerinckx, the priest in charge of the schools at that time. When Marie Madeleine arrived, she had no Idea that she would return to France just two months later with her first foreign foundation well established, leaving Mother Julie Guillemet FCJ as Superior of the new community and Headteacher of the school. After preliminary talks, the girls’ school, with all its contents, was handed over to the congregation of sisters.

The FCJ Sisters have taught in the school through many changes and, in September, 1974, Maria Fidelis comprehensive School was formed by the merger of St. Aloysius Grammar School with St. Vincent’s Secondary School which was run by the Sisters of Charity.

Still under the trusteeship of the FCJ Sisters, we desire to educate all students to develop their full potential, 'realising their dependence on God and each other, and going on to become well-educated, confident and courageous Catholics who are prepared to challenge injustice and care enough to 'live life to the full'.

School Prayer Resource

Click on the link to access our school prayer resource: mariafidelischaplaincy.wordpress.com 

Charity work

Our pupils work with the following charities:

  • FairTrade
  • TRAID
  • CAFOD
  • Macmillan
  • The Passage
  • The Society of St Vincent de Paul
  • St Mungo’s

Section 48 Report

To read our latest Diocese of Westminster Inspection Report, February 210 (Section 48 Report), please click below.

Collective Worship

If you would like more information regarding Collective Worship at Maria Fidelis, please find our current policy and practice below.