Welcome to Bishop Justus Church of England School. My name is Michelle Ferguson and it is a privilege to be Headteacher here at our thriving school during this academic year whilst Ms Samantha Thompson is away on maternity leave.
Our motto at Bishop Justus is Success through Faith, Love and Learning and this underpins all of the work we do with our young people from year 6 transition to sending students onto further education, apprenticeships and the world of work.
We nurture all of our students to know their identity is rooted in the love that God has for them. They are encouraged to have faith and hope in themselves and the others in our community.
We pride ourselves in the active, intentional and ongoing engagement with differences in a purposeful manner. The success in society as a rounded individual is based on the love that we demonstrate when we work closely together.
At our school, we value the ways in which pedagogy, curricula and assessment are designed and delivered to engage students in learning that is meaningful, relevant and accessible to all. It embraces a view of the individual and individual difference as the source of diversity that can enrich the lives and learning of others.
We have the ability to function with awareness, knowledge and interpersonal skills when engaging people of different backgrounds, assumptions, beliefs, values and behaviours. The students’ learning surpasses just the knowledge acquisition, which is invaluable, but also extends to the value we place on those who have contributed to that knowledge development.
Ofsted 2020 verifies our success with learning this, with comments such as:
“School leaders have put building students’ knowledge at the centre of their curriculum plans.”
“Subject leaders organise lessons in sequences so that it is clear how students build their knowledge and skills across the year groups, including the sixth form. Leaders ensure that students revisit previous learning through quizzes and tests.”
Proverbs 18:15 best sums up how we aspire for our students to approach their studies.
An intelligent heart acquires knowledge, and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge.
Ms Michelle Ferguson