Welcome New Year 7 Students 2021
Congratulations on securing a place at Bishop Justus Church of England School. Here you can find our Key Stage 3 Offer and some additional information from the borough.
Revised start date for new Year 7 Students - Wednesday 1st September at 08:30
We have created a website just for you with short videos, tips and some activities for you to complete in the lead up to your first day with us!
We hope you find it fun and helpful and we look forward to welcoming you in September!
Friends of Bishop Justus
Dear Bishop Justus Parent,
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. Due to the current Government restrictions, we will be doing as much as we can to support the transition. Where possible we will do the following: 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, arrange an evening to meet their form group and students attend a taster 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
Learning Director For KS3
A Welcome Message from our Head Students
Welcome to Bishop Justus Church of England School.
We are looking forward to welcoming you to Bishop Justus at the beginning of the next academic year. The transition from primary school to secondary school may seem like a massive step, but it represents the beginning of an exciting new chapter for all students. The start of this new chapter promises many enjoyable and successful school years ahead with multiple opportunities for you all to learn and grow. Throughout your school journey you will be given many opportunities to allow you to meet new people and be able to develop your confidence throughout the years. We understand that it is a huge transition from primary school, but we are here to guide you and make you feel welcomed in our school.
In our school, we work hard to ensure our community is happy and welcoming. When you join you will be taught our school virtues: faith, hope, love, wisdom, kindness and courage. Every pupil is expected to display these virtues to assure our positive community continues. As students we are encouraged to come out of our shells and be very proud of the success we achieve. All achievements are seen as important no matter how big or small, so we encourage all students to be proud of what they accomplish. At Bishop Justus, we are committed to excellence and support each other to achieve this through independent learning and using our outstanding range of wider learning opportunities.
As the two head students, we believe everyone has something special to contribute and should strive for amazing academic achievements while also taking opportunities to develop skills outside of the classroom that will help you later in life. School life at Bishop Justus is engaging, exciting and rewarding. Your experience here will set you up to go on to achieve your goals while creating great memories.
The school look forward to you joining us in the Autumn Term.
Caitlin Corrigan and Tamara Wright
Chaplaincy and Worship at Bishop Justus
Our Chaplaincy department looks after our worship and the Christian life of this Church of England school. It is led by Mr Kings, who is a teacher here as well as our Director of Chaplaincy.
Daily worship is an important part of school life at Bishop Justus, it is a time when our school family can come together and celebrate life in all its fullness.
Worship takes place every morning, mainly in tutor groups and focuses on our six Christian school virtues: faith, love, wisdom, hope, courage and kindness. We take this time not only to pray and worship, but also to discuss the big issues which are happening in the world around us and to share different opinions. Our worship also provides a chance for stillness, and creative activities.
There is also the chance for students to become involved in the student leadership of worship and in doing so, develop their own leadership skills.
We are blessed to have our own school chapel which is a sacred space used for small group worship, prayer and also lunchtime activities.
We look forward to you joining our school family and worshipping together.
Director of Chaplaincy
The Bishop Justus Family Prayer Group
We very much view our school community as a family and parents and carers of our students are part of this family. We are also a Christian worshipping community and as part of his ethos, parents and carers of all our students are invited to attend a fortnightly prayer meeting on Zoom. These are very informal prayer meetings led by me, with a brief introductory reflection on a Christian message and then the meeting is open for prayer. There is no requirement to pray out loud, you can simply be present, or if you wish say a prayer and during the 30 minutes or so that the meeting lasts, everyone is welcome to join and leave as they wish. This has been such a powerful and supportive aspect of our school family life and as parents and carers of our new year 7 students, you are very welcome to join us in September.
Meanwhile, may I leave you with our Bishop Justus school prayer, which is based on our six Christian virtues: faith, kindness, courage, wisdom, hope and love:
God of all, increase our FAITH.
Help us to extend KINDNESS,
be filled with HOPE:
and above all LOVE as we are loved.
(Grant us: 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. Dates for the 2021 Aquinas Summer School will be confirmed soon.
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.