The Campion School aims to be an outstanding Roman Catholic school with a strong and united community in which everyone contributes to the school’s religious and educational objectives. The school was established by the Society of Jesus in 1962 and it bears the name of one of the most famous English Jesuits who was martyred for the Faith in 1581, Edmund Campion, S.J.
The school has developed its own distinctive Catholic ethos and traditions, building on those first endowed upon it by the Jesuits. It seeks to draw on the long-established Jesuit educational ideals of a Catholic community in which endeavour and opportunity lead students to the highest levels of achievement. The most recent Diocesan and Ofsted inspections described the school as an ‘outstanding Catholic school’ and a ‘good school with many outstanding features’. We are proud of our successes and have ambitious plans to develop and improve the school further. “Success and personal endeavour are encouraged, rewarded and celebrated. There is a strong ethos of not only wanting to do well but about being proud of doing so.”
We have a long-standing tradition of providing a rich and varied curriculum to stimulate and interest students. Each individual is given the appropriate support to achieve their full potential. For example, students who are particularly gifted or talented may be offered courses operated by the London Borough of Havering and during lessons they are often given extension work to stretch and challenge. In 2017, our Year 11 students achieved excellent GCSE results, with 86% achieving grade 4 and above in English and mathematics. The numbers achieving two good grades in science and at least one good grade in a modern foreign language are also very high by local and national comparisons.
Our Aims and Ethos
The Campion School has three main aims:
- To lead young people to faith in Christ and to mature understanding of the Catholic faith
- To develop in its pupils inquiring minds through the study of a broad range of subjects and through the encouragement of self-discipline and hard work in the pursuit of excellence
- To encourage young people to fully develop themselves intellectually, socially, emotionally, physically and spiritually through academic study and through participation in extra-curricular activities.
The school ethos is Christian. It is a Christian community and worships God daily and practises the faith through its communal work. Religious assemblies are held each week and prayers are offered daily. Mass is celebrated for the whole school at key points in the liturgical and academic calendar. Year and Tutor Group masses are celebrated throughout the year by the chaplains. The school undertakes considerable community service and charitable work, most notably through its links: with the Society of St Vincent de Paul, where it works with a local school and home for the disabled; with the Jesuit and Kenya Missions, which have been regularly visited and supported by Campion Sixth Formers; with Crisis at Christmas and other charities such as CAFOD and the Brentwood Catholic Children's Society; and with many local schools, hospitals and charities.
Beyond the Classroom
We recognise the importance of extra-curricular activities and offer a wide range of religious, sporting and musical opportunities. All Year 7 and 8 students participate in a retreat to reflect on their role and ambitions in our Catholic community and throughout their school life, students have many opportunities to travel abroad, including trips to Italy, France and as far afield as Kenya, Canada and Australia. Music is a strength of school life. Our choirs, orchestra, jazz band and windband perform regularly and to a very high standard. Individual instrumental lessons are available, and in recent years our musicians and singers have performed in Westminster Cathedral and in Rome, Paris, Aachen and at the Menim Gate, Ypres.
The Campion School has established a national reputation for sporting excellence. We have impressive sporting facilities including sixteen acres of grass fields and hard play area, an all-weather, floodlit surface, a gymnasium, an indoor swimming pool, a multi-purpose indoor sports hall and a community fitness gym. The school has a number of representative team sports: rugby, soccer, cross-country, basketball, athletics and cricket. Other sports to which boys have access include swimming, golf and badminton. We are very proud of our many sporting achievements. Most notably in Rugby, our 1st XV squad won the National Cup at Twickenham in 2001 and lost a close final in 2002. Many year groups reach county finals and the 1st XV finished 18th in the national league this year.
The Sixth Form is an integral part of the school and is a thriving learning environment with exceptional specialist facilities. As well as studying A-level and BTEC courses, students participate in many extra-curricular activities, especially sport, music, community service, public speaking and charitable work. Many take up positions of leadership, such as prefects and school officials, as coaches and mentors of younger pupils, or in leading liturgy and charitable work. These opportunities contribute to their development into well-rounded young adults. The majority of students in the Sixth Form previously studied in the Main School (approximately 110 out of 150 per year), whilst the remainder join us from other schools in the local area and beyond. Our Sixth Form is co-ed, and we welcome students from a wide range of backgrounds.
At the end of Year 13 the majority of students go to university. In 2017, 118 students took up university places, whist others gained employment or places on apprenticeship schemes.