Convent of Jesus and Mary Language College
An Outstanding Catholic School


Research School



The Convent of Jesus and Mary is now a

Centre for Research in Catholic Education (CRiCE)



o    The Director of CRiCE is Mr C Doel, Assistant Headteacher (

o    A partnership has been developed between the Convent of Jesus and Mary with St Mary’s University, Twickenham; specifically linked to research and development in education.

o    CRiCE, through strong links with St Mary’s University, Twickenham and the Diocese of Westminster Academy Trust (DOWAT), aims to be a centre for excellence in research and development.

o    CRiCE leads the way in the use of evidence-based practice to improve standards across the school.

o    Through a developmental and evolutionary network, CRiCE will share research findings, and support other schools in the local area and wider afield, to make better use of evidence to inform pedagogy.

o    Research is carried out by staff and students (see research areas below).

o    Those staff and students that conduct research at the school become Research Associates.

o    There is a staff academic book club and a student academic book club for the upper school (sixth form) and lower school (years 7 to 11).

o    There is also the opportunity for staff to complete a Master’s degree and further research degrees hosted by St Mary’s University, Twickenham.


Research associates (student):

We have fourteen research associates in the student body, ranging from Year 9 to Year 13.

The Research Associates are led by the Head Girl at the school who is supported by two students from Year 12.

A list of current research topics for the academic year 2018-19 follows:

1.    Space origins

2.    Medicine

3.    Natural alternatives to medicine

4.    Volcanoes and earthquakes

5.    Distribution of populations

6.    Animal psychology

7.    The heart and lungs

8.    Climate change and its effects

9.    Obesity and the effects on society and its people

10.  Family and environment and the effects on the future

11.  The origins of ballet.

12.  Why are cancer rates rising?


Research associates (staff):

1.    Supporting students with Dyscalculia

2.    Attainment at Level 3

3.    E-Safety

4.    Effects of Social Media on teenage mental health / attainment

5.    Vocational education versus A Level

6.    Trends, studies, causes of trends, of results, statistical analysis

7.    How to engage students in learning / emotional intelligence – link to engagement.

8.    ECRS – teaching of RE in schools.

9.    Powerful Knowledge

10. The inception of the research school

11. Leadership

12. Role models for students in school; ethnic groups i.e. role of black women as leaders in state schools and pupil perception

13. Attainment of black Caribbean students

14. Development of student support services

15. Developing pedagogy to raise achievement

16. Behaviour for learning

17. Students new to English and their inclusion into mainstream education

18. Student attitudes towards learning.


Centre for Research in catholic Education: Activity 2018-18


Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) 6th Form visit to St Mary’s University, Twickenham – July 2018.

Attended the conference for Researchers in Catholic Education at Birmingham Newman University September 2018.

Headmistress due to speak at an education conference at Canterbury Christ Church University February 2019.

The Convent of Jesus and Mary to host the Historical Society Teacher Fellowship conference in April and July 2019 – on behalf of the Institute of Education, University College London.

The Headmistress and Director of CRiCE due to write for the Parliamentary Review publication, the Impact publication and other academic and education journals.





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