Welcome New Year 7 Students 2020
Congratulations on securing a place at Bishop Justus Church of England School. Here you can find our Key Stage 3 Offer, timeline of documentation and some additional information from the borough.
We are really looking forward to working with you whilst your child is studying at Bishop Justus. We will ensure that transition into secondary school is as smooth as possible and will be doing the following to support the transition: we visit primary schools to meet students and class teachers, invite students in for a morning if they are the only students attending from their primary schools, we arrange an evening to meet their form group and students attend a taster day one day in July. We also run the Aquinas Summer Project for a week in August. I am sure that your child is excited by the new opportunities that they are about to embark on and ready for the new challenges ahead of them. Staff here at Bishop Justus are ready to support and develop your child through faith, love and learning.
Ms Hill - Year 7 Learning Director
Timeline of Offer Documentation
End of March
|Parent Contact Forms and other forms sent home, return date in June.|
|Beginning of May||Letter sent to parents regarding the Parent Information Evening in June. Details also given regarding the student Taster Day in July, a Parent Questionnaire and Letter to Students form.|
|Mid May||Letter will be sent to parents of selected students who have been invited to a Taster Morning in June.|
|June||Parents will be given further information at our Information Evening in June which will include: a Welcome Pack, uniform lists, Friends of Bishop Justus information and an invite to our Cheese and Wine Evening.|
Welcome to Parents and Students coming in September 2020
Nadia: Hi, my name is Nadia, and I am currently the Head Girl here at Bishop Justus; I transitioned from another school in 2018. I would like to take a moment to welcome you in coming here in September. I know you will experience a transition as smooth as mine from the moment you walk through the gates. All the teachers will contribute to the amazing journey that you embark on during your time here at Bishop Justus. This school caters to more than just your academic needs, it also cares for you on a deeper, more personal level. The teachers are dedicated to empowering you to achieve your full potential and the school acknowledges the importance of each student’s effort, understanding the importance of this in your future success. I would like to say to the parents that there is no need to worry, your child is in the safest of hands, and they will undoubtedly enjoy the journey ahead!
Leslie: I’m sure you are feeling a mixture of emotions with preparing to start here at Bishop Justus School; probably a combination of trepidation and excitement! However, this is completely normal and expected, and many of you will be on the same page when you arrive here, which will help you meet new people and make new friends. In addition to this, there will be plenty of staff, teachers, other students, and Sixth Form students who will be around to help make the transition as smooth and comfortable as possible. For the parents, I would like to take a moment to say that as a student who joined here in 2012, I can testify that there will be someone there for every step of your child’s educational journey throughout their time here, and everyone will be dedicated to helping them to succeed to their fullest potential.
We hope you enjoy your time here at Bishop Justus as much as we have and wish you all the success you deserve. Good luck!
From Nadia Bromwell and Leslie Rundle
(Head Girl and Head Boy)
Chaplaincy and worship at Bishop Justus
Bishop Justus is a Church of England School and so we not only think of our community as being part of the Church family, but also we are a worshipping school family. The spiritual well-being of students is important to us as part of the school’s commitment to whole person care and education.
It is very important to us that our school day begins with worship. This happens in individual tutor groups and once a week, each year group meets for collective worship in the school hall. Each day's worship has a Bible reading, a topic to discuss and a prayer, led by tutors, senior members of staff and students. This is a real opportunity for students to discuss various issues as well as the big questions in life. Once a week the morning worship gives space for silent reflection. We also have regular Eucharist services, where students are welcome to receive Holy Communion, or a blessing from our School Chaplain, Reverend Carol. Our school is in the parish of Holy Trinity Church, Bromley Common, and early in the Autumn term, all year 7 students will visit the church for a special welcome service. We also have a Year 7 carol service in the church towards the end of the Advent Term.
We are blessed to have our very own school chapel. Located on the first floor overlooking the school entrance, this is a very special space where students are welcome to spend quiet time praying or being still, join in a lunchtime club and of course worship. We are available to meet with and support students through life’s most difficult challenges. Through the Chaplaincy at Bishop Justus we are also proud to raise funds for various charities, in our local community, nationally and overseas. Our work in the chaplaincy is centred around our six school virtues: faith, hope, love, wisdom, courage and kindness, all helping us to live out our school motto: Success through faith, love and learning.
Life at Bishop Justus
Aquinas Summer Project
All students who have secured a place at Bishop Justus are invited to attend our Aquinas Summer Project where they can get acquainted with some of the staff and the school building. Students take part in a range of fun activities and it is a great opportunity to make friends before you attend the school officially.
St. Justus Day
St. Justus Day, 10th November, is a day of celebration at Bishop Justus. All students gather together to celebrate the achievements of their peers and watch a ceremony of music, speeches and prize giving.
The Bishop Justus Freshers’ Fair is an annual fixture in our calendar for our new year 7 students to have a close look at all the clubs and societies that are on offer here. We are proud of the great range that we offer, from Cooking Club and Textiles to Writers’ Workshop and Debating; from Music Tech and Italian Clubs to Garden Club and Young Entrepreneurs, plus the huge range of bands and choirs and sport clubs, Football, Cricket, Netball, Rugby… the list goes on and on. Our colleagues and senior students look forward to sharing their co-curricular passions with year 7, who in time will themselves take on leadership roles in our clubs and societies, preparing them to contribute at university, and to clubs in the wider community. Our commitment to our co-curricular programme at Bishop Justus is a sign that we see it as a crucial part of a full and rounded education.
From our current Year 7 Students
"There is a wide range of extra-curricular activities which could appeal to everybody’s liking. I attend football and Music Tech. I am in the school football team and I feel proud of myself. Even though we may be at different levels in sport, everyone is included."
"The teaching is very good here. I was in a lower set but the teachers helped me and I am now in a higher set. I am quite proud of myself."
"PE is very good because we learn a lot about sport and exercise. When you cannot do something, the teachers encourage you to try and try."
"I really like the SEN room because the staff are really nice and really good at their job."
"The virtues are so good because they set an example of how we should act here."
"I have settled in well. The teachers are good and have helped me."
"In class, teachers will always help if you get stuck."
Missed out on a place?
Advice and Guidance on the Offer Process
Please click the link below for Advice and Guidance paperwork sent from the borough regarding the offer process, including waiting lists.