Welcome to Bishop Thomas Grant Catholic Secondary School
At Bishop Thomas Grant, we have a long standing tradition of being a fully inclusive Catholic school. We expect all our students to make exceptional academic progress and to be fully supported in their individual journeys of faith. We inculcate in our students the importance of hard work, good manners, smart appearance, courtesy, co-operation and service to others at all times. We ensure a curriculum fit for the 21st Century that is personalised to meet and challenge the needs of individual students.
We are a school with traditional values and high aspirations. At Bishop Thomas Grant School, we expect and encourage each student to fulfil their potential, and we enable them to continue to grow in their faith and mature into fine young people. In this ever-changing world, the school continues to evolve and adapt, ensuring that our students develop the skills required to move on to higher education and employment, and to confidently take their place in society.
As Headteacher, I am committed to developing our links with parishes and to work closely with them, as our school motto states, ‘To unite all things in Christ’. The ethos and high aspirational culture of our school is rooted in Gospel values; to quote the Diocesan Vision for Education, “We stand on holy ground. Every child, every young person, every adult is a unique image of God.”
Parents are the first educators of their child and at Bishop Thomas Grant School we communicate regularly with parents and families. We continue to set challenging targets to make certain that the school builds on its current academic success. This, along with our enrichment programme and extra-curricular activities, serves to ensure that our students receive a broad and balanced education and are able to succeed in life as confident, resilient and well-rounded individuals.
Bishop Thomas Grant School has a fine tradition of academic success, outstanding care, guidance and support. Our excellent provision will ensure that students become successful, responsible, principled and compassionate citizens, whose skills and talents, being fully developed, will not only prove beneficial to themselves, but also to all those whom they come into contact with throughout their lives.
We place strong emphasis on academic achievement and expect maximum effort from all of our students. This must be the main priority of all students, but we hope that they will also find time to involve themselves in other activities, so that their time in the Sixth Form will be challenging, enjoyable and productive in all ways.
Our Sixth Form curriculum is broad and balanced to ensure that it provides opportunities for memorable experiences and high quality learning. The students in the Sixth Form achieve well and make good progress due to provision that is well matched to the needs of our learners.
Students in the sixth form benefit from a £1.4 million purpose built Sixth Form Centre which is used exclusively by Sixth Formers. Students benefit from 3 computer rooms with state of the art computers and a private study area which enable them to study in a quiet, comfortable environment. This area is also used for research activities and assemblies. The building has 3 additional classrooms, separate sixth form toilet facilities and one of the two sixth form common rooms with catering facilities. An adjacent Sixth Form canteen and common room serve hot and cold refreshments throughout the day at subsidised prices.
Every subject at Bishop Thomas Grant School has specialist departmental suites fully equipped with ICT equipment to the highest technical specification. Sport facilities also include 2 gymnasia, a sports hall and a fitness suite.
The Learning Resource Centre in the main building is also available for private study throughout the day where students can access a wide range of learning materials for Sixth Form study.
At Bishop Thomas Grant we make no distinction between the academic, pastoral or spiritual development of our students. Our aim is to see the total person and provide a strong, invisible, yet tangible network of support and guidance. We recognise that a well-founded pastoral system provides a solid framework where students feel safe and able to learn. Our pastoral system encourages self-discipline, high expectations, respect for self and for others.
There are four principles that should govern a student's experience at Bishop Thomas Grant School. These are to:
- Be happy
- Be safe
- Grow in the love of Christ and your faith
Without the first two, optimum learning and achievement cannot take place, while the fourth means that the strong ethos of the school creates an environment which is conducive to effective learning, and each individual's potential being realised.
We are committed to supporting our sixth form students in their preparation for Higher Education by offering a carousel of activities designed to enhance transferable skills. The programme incorporates debating, public speaking and university challenge activities, which are further enhanced through our Da Vinci lectures delivered by university lecturers, extra-curricular clubs and preparation for university entry tests and interviews. Regular meetings with the Gifted & Talented Coordinator and the Head of Sixth Form ensure that students make the right choices and are given the best possible guidance to make informed choices.
Students applying for Oxbridge, Medicine and Veterinary Medicine receive additional personalised support beginning in Year 12 to guide applicants through the application process and to prepare them for interviews. An important part of this is in ensuring that students have opportunities outside school to gain work experience in their field.
How to apply
If you want to apply for courses, you will need to contact Bishop Thomas Grant Catholic Secondary School directly.