Christ's College (Finchley)

Christ's College (Finchley)

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Christ's College is a state comprehensive secondary school in East Finchley, London, United Kingdom. It falls under the London Borough of Barnet Local Education Authority. It is a boys' school up to and including Year 11, and the sixth form is mixed, admitting up to 25% girls. The school presently has 967 students. The school is specialized in Maths and IT.

Motto and Badge

The school badge since 1906 has been a combination of the three scimitars of the old county of Middlesex and a finch over an oak tree, the old unofficial arms of the Urban District of Finchley. The Motto, since March 1906, is Usque Proficiens meaning "advance all the way".


The history of the contemporary Christ’s College has its roots in two different schools:
  • Chapel Street School, founded by Rev Watson in 1842, later Alder School
  • Finchley Hall School, founded by Rev Thomas Reader White in 1857, later Christ’s College.

Alder School, Long Lane

A British School in Chapel Street East Finchley was opened by local Congregationalists in 1842, but in 1876 fire destroyed the original building, and the new building became Finchley’s first Board School in 1881. East Finchley grew rapidly in the 1880s, and the Finchley School Board decided to build a new building in Long Lane which was opened in 1884, with the staff and pupils moving to the new premises at the end of that year.

In 1931, the school opened a secondary wing and was renamed Alder School, after a chairman of Finchley’s...
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