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St Bonaventure's RC School

St Bonaventure’s has a long and distinguished history. Our school has been providing the very best education for Roman Catholic boys in this area since before 1875. The school was founded on its current site in 1877 by the Franciscan Friars, making St Bonaventure’s one of the oldest Catholic boys’ schools in the country – only the London Oratory is older. We are based in East London, Newham and are very proud of our diverse student body.

Our school motto, “In Sanctitate et Doctrina” symbolises what we expect from all members of our school. We are a community, based upon faith which impacts upon every element of our academic and personal lives and we expect everyone, adult and child, to ensure that they learn something new each day.

We are a Roman Catholic school, founded on gospel values and our boys are an important and integral part of the faith community. Christian principles are at the very heart of all that we do at St Bonaventure’s. We are a Teaching School and run the Agnus Dei Teaching School Alliance where we offer the School Direct Tuition Route into teaching. Our UCAS code is 2BD and we work in partnership with St Mary's, Roehampton, UCL and UEL Universities.

We expect everyone in our school to make the most of their opportunities, to learn something new each day and to reflect upon their experiences. We expect our students to work hard and always try their very best at everything that they do. We will assist them, by providing them with the best possible learning environment and outstanding teaching, in an atmosphere of order, discipline and Christian love.

In March 2009, an inspection led by one of Her Majesty’s Inspectors of Schools, stated that: “St Bonaventure’s continues to be an outstanding school”. We are very proud of our school and our students. It is very heartening to have a professional and external organisation confirm what we already know. They were also able to support our mission statement and said: “St Bonaventure’s provides a community where each individual student can grow spiritually, academically and socially”. In July 2014 the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brentwood conducted their own Inspection of the school. They also found that we are Outstanding in all areas.

About our school experience


We are a Catholic, all boys secondary school with a mixed and multicultural 6th form. We require all School Experience candidates to have a full, enhanced DBS check that is valid and carried out within the last two years. We can arrange this for you if you do not have a DBS, the cost of which is £25.

If you already have an enhanced DBS, you will be required to provide evidence of this before your experience day by sending an email with a photograph/scan of your full DBS to You will be required to bring photographic identification (passport or driving license) along with your original DBS certificate on the day.

We offer a one day experience involving the observation of lessons which we can extend for those who are applying for our School Direct Tuition Route courses which we run with UCL, UEL, Roehampton and St Mary's Universities, our UCAS code is 2BD.

Start and finish times
9am to 3:30pm - Flexible

If you require a later start or earlier finish please liaise with regarding this

Dress code

Business dress

Teacher training

Yes - we run the School Direct Tuition route into teaching with UCL, UEL, Roehampton and St Mary's universities and our provider code is 2BD on UCAS

Find out more about our teacher training

Links to more information about our school

Entry requirements

You must:

    • You must be applying for a teacher training course within this academic year and have a full, enhanced DBS issued within the last 2 years
DBS check required

Yes - Always.

Placement dates

There are no upcoming dates


DBS check fees

£25.00 One-off, BACS, cash or cheque

Sponsorship of DBS application, checking of original documents and fees paid to Strictly Education Limited


Boleyn Road, Forest Gate, London, E7 9QD
Map showing St Bonaventure's RC School

Not available on site

The Google Maps link for directions is here: Please note there is no parking on site and limited on street parking in 2 hour bays. We are very close to Upton Park, Forest Gate and Stratford Stations and served by many bus routes. You will need to bring a form of photographic Identification with you (Passport or Driving Licence) on the day of interview alongside your DBS original certificate.

Boleyn Road, Forest Gate, London, E7 9QD
School phases
Secondary (11 to 16), 16 to 18
DBS check required

Yes - Always.

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