An Introduction to the John Fisher School

The John Fisher School is a growing voluntary aided, all-ability, Catholic school for students. Students are nurtured by staff to become 'Young Catholic Gentlemen' and to aspire for 'Academic, Sporting and Cultural excellence' through their studies and co-curricular opportunities.

The John Fisher School was rated as 'Outstanding' for behaviour and attitudes' and 'Outstanding' for its Sixth Form (Ofsted, January 2018) with A-level performance judged to be in the top 15% of schools in the country over the last 3 years (ALPs - August 2019). The school is a community of learning and worship, with love and support central to all our activities and experiences.  We believe as well that all aspects of the life of the School should be lived in a spirit of justice and charity and that Christian selflessness should be part of all our dealings with one another. This was highlighted in our Denominational Inspection report (for Schools with a Religious character).  Our desire is that students leave us as mature, independent learners who are ready to take responsibility for their own progress beyond school and are able to make valuable contributions to the wider community for years to come.

Students, supported by their parents/carers, are encouraged to take advantage of the wonderful opportunities for personal development outside the traditional classroom environment. In Sport, opportunities exist across the full range of sports for students to participate at the very highest levels. We currently have student international representation in Rugby, Cross Country and Athletics.  In Rugby, The John Fisher School has been recognised as one of the foremost state schools in the UK and has enjoyed considerable success in this game at the highest level (named 'National Rugby School of the Year' in 2017).  In Cross Country, we are rated as the highest ranked state school nationally (2019), competing with the best independent schools such as Eton College, Radley College and Abingdon. The school also has an excellent reputation in cricket and athletics (Sutton LA Athletics champions 2018 & 2019)​. We believe that the school is one part of a community, and as such, share our expertise and facilities with local schools and the community to promote participation in sport at all levels.​ In Music, the award winning Chapel Choir offers students an unrivalled opportunity to participate at the very highest level in national and international festivals and competitions. In addition to sports and music, students participate in activities such as drama, debating, chess and various House Competitions.

The School is forward thinking and forward looking, taking advantage of the very latest technologies to enhance learning and teaching across the curriculum. Working in partnership with parents/carers and Governors, our highly skilled and caring staff is dedicated to ensuring each student achieves his full potential regardless of ability or aptitude through excellent and varied learning experiences.  As part of the broader curriculum experience students have access to a full range of trips and visits.  Students have an opportunity to participate in our varied Retreat programme in each Key stage which is organised by our School Chaplain.  Recent trips abroad include: Choir trips to France and Belgium, Rugby tours to South Africa, History visits to Berlin as well as the First World War Battlefields, Ski trips to the USA and Austria. We have also had recent trips to Rome, New York and Borneo.  Closer to home all subject departments take advantage of the opportunity to visit museums, galleries and theatres in and around London.

Students in all year groups are proud of the rich traditions of The John Fisher School and are encouraged to wear their uniform with pride.  The first twenty students who joined the school in 1929 may not recognise much of today’s modern teaching terminology and technology. However, what they would recognise in John Fisher students today are the timeless values of courteousness, honesty and consideration for others. ​