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Bellerive FCJ Catholic College

Bellerive FCJ Catholic College liverpool
Motto Suaviter in modo fortiter in re (Latin)
Gentle in manner resolute in execution
Established 1844
Type Voluntary aided academy
Religion Roman Catholic
Headteacher Sister Brigid Halligan
Chair Mrs Pamela Thornton
Founder Faithful Companions of Jesus

Windermere Terrace
L8 3SB
England England Coordinates: 53°23′13″N 2°56′58″W / 53.386967°N 2.949564°W / 53.386967; -2.949564

Local authority Liverpool
DfE URN Ofsted Reports
Students 898
Gender Girls
Ages 11–18
Diocese Liverpool
Former name Bellerive Girls' School

Bellerive FCJ Catholic College is a voluntary aided all-girls secondary school and a coeducational sixth form located on Windermere Terrace in Liverpool.[1] It is a Roman Catholic school, and has academy status.


It is a catholic girls' school. It is situated at the junction of the two sections of the A5089, on the Trans Pennine Trail.


The school opened in 1844 as a boarding school on Great George's Square, offering instruction in Geography, use of globes, Botany, History, Writing, Arithmetic, French and Italian languages. After 52 years the school was moved to Princes Park[2] in 1887.

Direct grant grammar school

Like several single-sex catholic secondary schools in Liverpool it was a direct grant grammar school, the Bellerive Girls' School, commonly known as Bellerive Convent Grammar School, from 1946.[3] The Belvedere Academy, another girls' school, is on the opposite side of Princes Park, and is also a former direct grant grammar school known as the Belvedere School for Girls. Another catholic girls' direct grant grammar school in Liverpool was the Notre Dame Collegiate School, now the Notre Dame Catholic College.

The school had boarding facilities until 1961.

In the 1970s the headteacher was Sister Mary Gabriel.


It became a comprehensive in 1983, becoming the upper school of St Mary's RC High School. The lower school was at the former St Margaret Clitherow school.

In 1997 it became known as Bellerive Convent FCJ, later Bellerive Catholic High School FCJ. It gained Science College status in 2003, and Maths and Computing College status in 2007.

Sister Brigid Halligan, the headteacher, received the OBE in the 2008 New Year Honours.


The school became an academy in August 2012, and is no longer under local authority control. However the school continues to coordinate admissions with the Liverpool local authority.

Academic performance

In 2010 it received above average GCSE results, much improved from the year before. At A level, in 2011, the school results were broadly inline with national averages post 16 and are improving.


Bellerive Girls' School

  • Rosie Cooper, Labour MP since 2005 for West Lancashire (attended 1962-9)
  • Rosemary Thomas OBE, Ambassador to Belarus (in Minsk) since 2009 (attended 1975-82)[4]

See also


External links

  • School website
  • EduBase
  • FCJ Sisters
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