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The Janet Stuart Programme

"Cultivate the wish to learn, rather than the wish to be taught. Be determined to "pick up" and do not wait for the Professor and the pedagogical devices of his or her craft...Do not think that lessons will do it, if you wait for lessons you will wait a life-time...If we wait to be taught, we shall never learn."

The Janet Stuart Programme

Janet Erskine Stuart (1857-1914) was a Religious of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (RSCJ) who was led to the Catholic Church and to her religious vocation through her intellectual curiosity.  As a child she learnt fluent French and German, studied philosophy, maths and literature, and developed an interest in theology.


The Janet Stuart Programme aims to prepare students who have the potential to achieve at least 3 A grades at A-level for making applications to Oxford and Cambridge or other highly competitive universities. The programme runs during PSHE lessons from March to December in Y12-13 and involves study and discussion of theories of knowledge, critical thinking, and current affairs as well as university interview preparation.


Students are selected for the programme on the basis of their GCSE average points score (APS), on which their A-level minimum target grades (MTG) are based, or through nomination by a Sixth form tutor, Head of Department or Sixth form subject teacher.