The journey begins before your child reaches Year 7. Walking straight into a new school on the first day of Year 7 can be a challenging and exciting experience. Making the choice of secondary school is a major decision for children and parents. It is of paramount importance that your child feels safe and secure with the choice they have made.
On arrival there will be many new experiences and a wealth of opportunities. The new faces and names to remember, the layout of the building, which lesson comes next, what homework is due tomorrow. We have put in place a comprehensive package which eases the transition and provides appropriate support.
St John Fisher School has a strong sense of pastoral care within the ethos of a Catholic school. Each form has a tutor, who is the day to day contact for parents.
Students are expected to provide all the correct equipment for themselves and are given a hardback diary to organise themselves throughout the year. There are spaces to record homework, merits awarded and plenty of information about the staff, prayers, timings of the school day and the school’s expectation for how students should conduct themselves in and out of school.
Each year group has a Year Manager who will also know your child well and ensure they are supported to do well, but discipline and good order is important to a successful school. SJF deals quickly and appropriately when behaviour is not of the highest standard. This ensures all children can thrive in our community.
Students of all ages and abilities are given opportunities for leadership. From Year 7 they can join the peer-mediator or peer-mentor schemes.
"the sense of community that runs through this ethically diverse school presents a very positive model to students of what multicultural Britain can be."
OFSTED, July 2011