Finham Park School
|Headteacher||Mr Mark Bailie|
|Local authority||Coventry City Council|
|DfE URN||136963 Tables|
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. 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 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 only pay by having their thumbprint scanned into a system. Students can top up their account by putting money into an instant top up machine, or if they have a cheque they can give it to the Admin staff and they will add it manually; a downside being that it can take up to one hour to add the money onto a student's account.
Originally the school was divided into eight Houses - Stretton, Leasowes, Manor, Ryton, Styvechale, Waverley, Kingswood, and Cryfield.
The school now has four colleges:
These school houses were previously split up into Newton, Ada, Whittle and Galileo, but then in the new term of 2008 the houses were changed as above. Each pupil belongs to one of the houses and participates in competitions to earn points for their house.
From the 2008 school year, the house system changed along with a new vertical tutoring system.
- 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 - 6th Form Centre, Canteen and Music
- H Block - Information Technology, Business Studies, Textiles, Art and Food Technology
- J Block - Maths and Science
- K Block - Art and Design Technology
- L Block - Science
- M Block - English and Canteen
- N Block - First Aid, Reprographics, Finance Offices
- P Block - WRL,Conextions and Careers
- R Block - Site Service Offices
- S Block - Personalised Learning Centre (PLC)
"Behaviour for learning" system (BFL)
Finham Park School has a consequence system for bad behaviour and a reward system for good progress and work in class.