Welcome to the CJM Research School
Our school is focused on improving student outcomes and as such we believe in adopting teaching methods and practices that are firmly rooted in research.
Our staff put evidence-based educational research into practice in our classrooms; and our students are encouraged to adopt the key principles of good research practice when approaching any analytical task. They therefore develop a firm framework on which to build as they continue to advance in education.
Student research associates from all year groups meet regularly to work on research projects and to share ideas and resources. In addition, all our year 12 students complete an Extended Project Qualification using their research skills.
Our designation as a Research School is supported by St Mary’s University, Twickenham, London, with whom we have a working partnership linked to research and development in education. Further details on our research school and its ethos are published in Networking: Catholic Education Today. A further article (Network in Catholic Education – May 2020) published in Networking focuses on the school’s participation in the Westminster Diocese’ annual pilgrimage to Lourdes.
Research associates from the school have recently presented papers at conferences in Dublin and Birmingham under the auspices of the Networking Catholic Education Trust and the Network For Researchers in Catholic Education.
In March 2020 we hosted a conference in conjunction with the Network for Catholic Researchers on the subject of Social Justice & Catholic Education.
Our keynote speakers were Professors Gerald Grace and Stephen McKinney. In addition, we welcomed delegates from across the UK and further afield; one visitor came with a colleague from the Catholic University of Eastern Africa in Kenya and has been inspired to initiate a research school in her own diocese in Nairobi. She was in London as a Visiting Scholar working with St. Mary’s University.
Future projects will include a colloquium on Female Voices in Catholic Education and participation in a number of national research projects focused on the impact of Covid 19 on our young people. Finally, until March of this year, we had been involved in a research project into pedagogical practices at GCSE in history, which will commence once the school reopens fully.
We invite requests from academics interested in conducting research at our school. Please contact the school by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.