The crest of our outstanding Sixth Form is the Bible on top of which stand the scales of justice. This image links to the motto for our sixth form: “Wisdom in Judgement.” The idea being that the virtue of wisdom is perhaps the most important of all virtues. It enables us to make the correct judgements in our lives and ultimately if wisdom permeates our daily life, or indeed the search for it, we will forever be happy as true wisdom links us directly to God and as such will always inform correct judgement in life. This motto and crest are aligned to the sixth form saint: St Edmund Campion. St Edmund Campion was one of the great English martyrs. He showed great wisdom as a young boy illustrated by his intellectual ability when in August 1553, he was chosen to make a ceremonial address to Queen Mary as she passed through London. Campion was able academically and went to St John’s College, Oxford, at the age of 15 (which was not unusual in those days). He was awarded his degree in 1564 and became a Fellow of the University. In 1566, he was again chosen to make a formal speech of welcome before the new Queen, Elizabeth I, when she visited Oxford.
His great judgement was shown in his composition of his “Ten Reasons” which, during a time when it was difficult to be a Catholic in England, he outlined why the Catholic tradition was the one true faith in his eyes and why people should be free to worship in the Catholic tradition. Martyred at Tyburn in 1581, he was one of England’s great saints.
It is this wisdom in judgement that St Edmund Campion displayed throughout his life that we seek to nourish in our sixth form students. They are on the final stages of their school life and must seek to show wisdom in how they are approaching the changes that are about to happen when they leave school, as well as having the wisdom in judgement to apply themselves fully to the work they need to do to in order make the right choices for their future. Key to using this wisdom and making the right choices are using the right sources as an aid to doing this. This support comes from home, school and most importantly God as shown in the sixth form crest.