Finham Park School was judged as ‘Outstanding’ in 2015, for the second time. Ofsted described the school as a place where there is a strong culture of learning and a proven track record of academic success, with students consistently making above average national levels of progress in their studies in both Key Stages 4 and 5. The behaviour of the students is Outstanding.
Their eagerness for learning allows our teachers to deliver stimulating and innovative lessons that result in rapid progress. There is a clear focus on the development of teaching and learning through engagement in national research programmes with a strong structure of support at all levels. In addition, there is personalised programme of professional development and extensive opportunities for career progression.
The school is well resourced. New technologies are widely available and are helping to transform teaching and learning across a diverse range of subjects. In addition, ongoing investment has been made to the whole site - recently by upgrading science laboratories, STEM workrooms and the construction of a sixth form centre.
Finham Park School was recently named as one of the ‘Top 100’ non-selective state-funded schools in the country. It is highly over-subscribed with a growing Sixth Form of over 350 students.
Our mission statement "World Class Education" is reflected in all our work here and we constantly strive to make the learning experience at Finham the very best it can be - utilising our specialist Maths and STEM status, Leading Edge, National Support School and numerous other award initiatives to bring best practice into Coventry for the benefit of your child.
At Finham Park we are rightly proud of our reputation for supporting young people to achieve at the very highest level. Our goal is to ensure that all our students gain excellent grades, at both GCSE and Post-16 levels.
However school is also about children "having the time of their lives" - filling their days with so many happy memories that when they look back, they also inspire future generations to enjoy learning. For this reason at Finham Park we have developed a challenging programme of extra-curricular activities in a huge range of disciplines - from sport to performing arts; leadership opportunities to charity fund-raising events and Student Council.
Teaching School – The Lion Alliance
Finham Park achieved Teaching School status in 2018. We offer high quality training not only to all staff within the school, but colleagues also across the city with a variety of opportunities and courses.
As part of our role as a Teaching School we work with several local universities to provide placements for their trainee teachers. We cater for PGCE trainees and School Direct trainees; both routes complement each other and the trainees gain from this experience. We are a School Direct hub for a number of local schools and therefore we organise placements across the city. The school benefits tremendously from our work with trainees. Firstly, as a staff we are continuously developing the teaching and learning in the classrooms and secondly there are opportunities to access new staff into the profession when we have teacher vacancies.
A particular strength of the school is the comprehensive CPD programme. Finham Park believes in utilising its existing expertise from colleagues, and thus all staff are encouraged to offer CPD to the rest of the school. Therefore, weekly sessions of CPD are offered and staff sign up for their areas of interest. We have a broad induction programme for all new staff and trainees. Finham Park has also been instrumental in creating Teaching and Learning Communities as part of our CPD programme. This follows the ideas and research of Dylan Williams. Our TaLK groups meet once per half term and allow staff to undertake small research projects on a variety of issues which are linked to the school development plan and promote our main issue: teaching and learning. This has sustained a culture of curiosity and development in the classroom of which, we at Finham, are immensely proud.