AN OUTSTANDING SCHOOL & NEWLY DESIGNATED TEACHING SCHOOL
St Bonaventure’s is a boys’ Voluntary Aided school maintained and supported by the Diocese of Brentwood and the London Borough of Newham.
St Bonaventure’s is a Roman Catholic comprehensive providing an education for boys from the age of 11 to 16. In collaboration with St Angela’s Ursuline school we also provide education for 16 to 18 year olds. The school is named after St Bonaventure, a friar in the Order of St Francis and a Doctor of The Church.
Personalised Learning is at the heart of our curriculum content and structure. Our curriculum provision enables boys to study a balanced challenging programme of study which ensures they achieve their full potential.
We have three specialisms (Applied Learning, Language and Technology). We believe that these specialisms significantly enhance the learning experiences of our boys and the community.
We have been recognised as Outstanding (OFSTED 2009) in relation to our curriculum, teaching and learning, and care guidance and support. We continually strive to improve our service to the boys through regular self-evaluation.
The school has a wide variety of facilities for use by our students including 7 computer suites and approximately 380 computers, although this number is constantly increasing. The school also has Technology and Art areas furnished to provide the best possible provision for our students.
Sport is catered for in the fully equipped Sports Hall, and school teams compete in National competitions in basketball, football and athletics. In 2008, the school was English National Basketball champions.
The school also boasts a Music Technology suite, as well as practice rooms and a recording area. Many of our pupils use these facilities to learn a musical instrument and the school boasts a nationally recognised choir. This year a group of forty students from all Year Groups toured Germany on a music excursion of the Moselle and Rhineland areas. They performed in three picturesque venues in Bern, Kastel Kues and Bad Muenster.
All facilities are used extensively throughout the day during school hours. This is supplemented by clubs and classes before school, during lunchtimes and after school.
For many PE lessons we also use the excellent facilities available in West Ham Park, which is right on the doorstep of our school. We also use our three minibuses to help us with lessons on Wanstead Flats, “The Field Of Dreams”.
The School Day
The School day begins with each year group lining up in the playground at 8.45 am. Pupils are escorted by their form tutors to their registration room and they are registered for the morning session.
09:05 Period 1
10:05 Period 2
11:05 Morning break
11:25 Period 3
12:25 Period 4
14:15 Period 5 (and afternoon registration)
15:25 End Of Day
Some older pupils are taught in twilight lessons (after 15:25) and all have a minimum of 25 hours teacher contact excluding assemblies, registration lunch breaks and other breaks.