NACE Challenge Award

In 2012 JFS was awarded ‘The Challenge Award’ by The National Association for Able Children in Education, (NACE), one of only 60 secondary schools in the country to have received the accolade. Three NACE assessors spent a day at JFS observing lessons, and meeting students, parents, governors and teachers.

They reported that “The philosophy, culture and ethos of JFS are extremely aspirational…both within and beyond the curriculum”. They were deeply impressed by the pride the students have for their school, their “evident recognition and appreciation of staff commitment” and of the “exceptionally strong ethos of inclusive aspiration”. They also commented on the fact that at JFS “enrichment provision is extensive” with “a plethora” of extra- curricular activities allowing all students the opportunity to “shine through”.

In relation to lessons and the formal curriculum, the assessors’ judgment was that at JFS there is “outstanding teaching and learning”.

These are activities that take place beyond ordinary classroom lessons. We run programmes that develop students’ wide academic interest. It is a core part of what forms the vibrant learning community at JFS.

Model UN

At Model UN participants assume the role of national ambassadors or representatives to debate and seek to solve global issues.

Open to Years 8-10. This day takes place for around 100 students during the Summer Term.


Launching JFS’s first journal of student research.
Students from Years 8-11 are trained as researchers. They complete an investigation on any topic of their choice with guidance from Sixth Form mentors. Their article is published in a magazine.


Why do we dream?


What will happen to Britain after Brexit?


What is the future of climate change for Africa? 


Who are the Aztec people?


Why do we always use the number 10?

Student Journalists

JFS has its own school journalists across all year groups who present on school events. They contribute to the website and JFS Magazines.

Socratic Society

Student led philosophy society in Years 10 and 11, for students to develop Cultural Capital through engaging with wider reading material. Facilitators use the Socratic method of asking critical questions to facilitate discussion.  Students suggest keynote termly speakers and arrange TED style afternoons.



These popular lunch classes are designed for students keen to push themselves to a new world of learning. Open for Years 8-11. Past Masterclasses have included Philosophy, Latin, Law, Medicine, Japanese and Korean.  Up this year – Cryogenics, Politics, and Digital Photography.