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Finham Park School

Finham Park School
Established 1970-71
Type Academy
Headteacher Mr Mark Bailie
Location Green Lane
West Midlands
Local authority Coventry City Council
DfE URN 136963 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Students 1,500 (approx.)
Gender Coeducational
Ages 11–18
Houses      Northgate

Finham Park School is a secondary school and sixth form with academy status. It is situated on Green Lane in Finham, Coventry, England.

In September 2003, it became the first Mathematics and Computing College in Coventry. The head teacher is Mr. Mark Bailie, with Deputy Head teachers Mr. R. Plester and Mrs. V Maginnis. The previous headteacher had been Mr. Paul Logan who was head between 2002 and 2009.

The school has 1,500 students across the five mandatory years and the two optional years of the sixth form. The student intake is from the Finham, Styvechale, Cheylesmore, Green Lane, Gibbett Hill and Fenside districts of the city, plus parts of Earlsdon.


Finham Park School opened in 1970, but construction of the final school buildings was not completed until late 1971. Before Finham Park School opened, pupils in the area went to a variety of Coventry schools.

A sixth-form block was opened in 2006 and the old sixth-form block became the Personalised Learning Center (PLC), used for Supportive Studies for the main school.

In 2005, Finham Park School became the first school in Coventry to offer the IB Diploma Programme, as an alternative to A Levels. Upper sixth form students, the first to take the IB diploma from the school, sat their IB examinations in May 2007. As of 2008, Finham is still the only school in Coventry that offers the IB diploma.

In 2007, Finham Park was one of the first schools in England to test out the 'Biometric Cashless system' when buying food and drink items from school. Students have their thumbprint scan converted into an 11 digit number, and can then pay by having their thumbprint scanned into a system. Students' parents can top-up their child's account by using ParentPay - an on-line payment system allowing payments for lunches, trips, book etc.

In 2012 the main school buildings were all painted blue.

In January 2014, the school opened a fitness suite for use by students during and after the school day as well as by staff before and after school. The suite was officially opened by Coventry born athlete, David Moorcroft OBE on Friday 17 January 2014.

Bishop Ullathorne RC School is close by, towards the A45. The school gates of the two schools are between 5 to 10 munites walking distance.


The school now has four colleges:

College Colour
Northgate      Blue
Eastgate      Red
Southgate      Yellow
Westgate      Green

Each pupil belongs to one of the colleges and participates in intercollegiate events to earn points for their house.

These school houses were previously split into Newton, Ada, Whittle, and Galileo; but in 2008 the houses were changed as above along with a new vertical tutoring system. Originally the school was divided into eight Houses: Stretton, Leasowes, Manor, Ryton, Styvechale, Waverley, Kingswood, and Cryfield.

School buildings

  • A Block - Reception, Psychology, Media, Drama, Gym and Sports Hall
  • B Block - Modern Foreign Languages
  • C Block - History and Religious Education
  • D Block - Geography, Adult Education and the School Library
  • E Block - Sixth Form Centre, Canteen and Music
  • H Block - Information Technology, Business Studies, Textiles, Art and
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