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Primary & Secondary
Last update: 11 July 2020
Bristol Grammar School
Primary & Secondary
Last update: 11 July 2020

OPEN DAYS

Bristol Grammar School holds regular open mornings, when you can tour the School in the company of current students and chat to staff over refreshments. 

There are also individual tours on offer when you can see the School on a normal working day and find out more about life at BGS. 

Details of upcoming dates and how to book are available on the BGS website. 

WHOLE SCHOOL OPEN MORNING WEDNESDAY 16 MARCH

Our next Whole School Open Morning is on Wednesday 16 March, from 10.00am–12 noon. Come and spend a morning at BGS on a normal school day and see us in action. You will be shown around the School by some of our current students, and have the opportunity to chat to members of staff over refreshments.

Advance booking is not required, but you are welcome to register your intention to attend on the BGS website <<www.bristolgrammarschool.co.uk/events>>. The event will run from 10.00am until 12.00 noon; we recommend you allow at least an hour for your visit, if possible.

If you'd like to visit BGS but this time is not convenient, please contact the Recruitment Office on 0117 933 9885 to arrange your visit.

We look forward to welcoming you to BGS. 

Primary & Secondary
Last update: 29 June 2020


 

You are warmly invited to attend one of our upcoming Open Days. 

There’s Nothing Quite Like Meeting Face-to-Face

Our School is a hive of activity and we would love for you to experience our warm atmosphere, meet with our Headmistress and subject specialist teachers, and talk with our students. It's the perfect way to understand our academic approach, our focus on life and employability skills, and how we develop the growth mindset. In addition, you can experience our strength in teaching STEM, Arts and Business & Enterprise subjects.
 

Following the UK Government announcement to close schools on 23 March, we are unfortunately not able to welcome prospective families to the school. However, during the school closure period, we have ensured a virtual admissions process is in place to provide families who are considering The Webber Independent School with the information they need.

We hope that our website, videos, photos and prospectus give you a flavour of what The Webber Independent School has to offer, and we will be delighted to welcome you to the school as soon as we possibly can.


MORE ABOUT OUR VIRTUAL ADMISSIONS PROCESS >>

Personal Tours

If you would like to book a bespoke tour of the school with the Headmistress Mrs Marsden, please contact our School Admissions department. Mrs Murchison who will arrange a suitable time and date convenient to you and your family or click on the link below.

We very much look forward to welcoming you and your family to The Webber Independent School in the near future.

Telephone: 01908 574740

Email: [email protected] 

Click here to book a personal tour.
 

PARENT TESTIMONIALS

 


  

We are a high-performing co-educational independent day school offering a stimulating and well-rounded education. We are delighted to share feedback on our school from current parents: 

“I would like to take this opportunity to commend and congratulate you and your team for working as an extended family with pupils and parents alike. I also value the focus on emotional intelligence and the way that everyone at Webber cares, it gives me great warmth as a parent knowing that Ethan's needs are met emotionally as well as academically.”
Mrs Paula Hosken, Year 8 Parent

“Rosie has never been happier since she joined Webber, and I know that your school and all the fantastic staff and students are the reason for this. She is even considering the idea of staying at school and doing A-levels, something she had never wanted to do, which makes me almost burst with happiness!”
Mrs Stephanie Dearn, Year 11 Parent
  
 

OUR HAPPY PREP, PRE-PREP AND NEW NURSERY

   

 

The Webber Nursery – new for 2020 

Open 51 weeks of the year with opening times of 7:30am - 6:00pm and offering full and half day sessions, The Webber Nursery will deliver educational excellence in a nurturing, vibrant and enriching environment, supporting each child’s growth and development.

The Nursery will be divided into three warm and welcoming, dedicated rooms, allowing children to thrive in small groups with individual attention and a personalised learning journey:

• Little Explorers (6 months to 2 years)

• Little Adventurers (2 to 3 years)

• Little Learners (3 years+)

Download our Webber Nursery Booklet >>
 


 

Early Years

In Early Years we are confident that your child will experience the best possible introduction to their education. The environment, including the nursery garden, is designed to provide a safe place to explore, experiment, run, jump, sing, splash, paint, dig, play, make friends, have fun and learn. Health and safety and emotional well-being are priorities for our youngest students. Our highly qualified staff carefully plan an exciting range of activities, visits and learning experiences, which combine to ensure our youngsters make excellent progress to launch them successfully on their learning journey.

Watch our Early Years video here.
 

Years 1 and 2 

Year 1 and 2 classes are small and friendly. Students are taught according to their stage of development, regardless of their age, ensuring everyone has the appropriate level of challenge and is able to achieve their best. The curriculum is an exciting blend of the National Curriculum for England and the International Primary Curriculum, enhanced by specialist teaching, in Modern Foreign Languages, Physical Education and Music, and enriching, relevant outside visits. Opportunities are planned to develop confidence and leadership skills and a passion for learning. Students have access to a well-resourced outdoor space for learning and play, their own library and computers.

 

Prep School

Prep students are taught according to their stage of development allowing everyone the opportunity to achieve their very best.

In years 3 and 4 the International Primary Curriculum is woven through the National Curriculum for England, providing a broad and rich experience for our students, enhanced by an exciting range of outside visits and specialist teaching in Physical Education, Music, Computer Science, French and Spanish.

In years 5 and 6 there is an increased focus on academic excellence and links with the senior section are strengthened to ensure a smooth and confident transition into senior school when the time comes.

A great deal of emphasis is placed on emotional health and wellbeing and there are numerous opportunities for students to experience the art of leadership, team building and independent learning in the classroom, the sports field and through a wide range of extra activities.

The pastoral care we provide is extremely successful in helping our young people grow into courteous, sensible and confident individuals.  Alongside which our excellent transition programme provides a seamless journey to the new challenges and experiences of Senior School life.

Prep students are happy to talk about their learning so please arrange to come and see us.

Halliford School
Secondary
Last update: 18 June 2020

VISITING HALLIFORD

 

We are delighted to invite you to experience Halliford School at one of our forthcoming Open Events and Visitor Mornings:

Open Morning
Saturday 3rd October 2020 tours from 9.30am – 11.30am

Headmaster’s presentation at 11.30am

Visitor Morning
Thursday 5th November 2020 tours at 9.30am and 11.30am

Visitor Morning
Tuesday 10th November 2020 tours at 9.30am and 11.30am

See below for more details on the events and to book. 

You are also most welcome to book a personal visit at any time during the academic year. Please contact our Registrar, Mrs Fran Clatworthy on 01932 234921 or email [email protected]

 

 

Visitor Mornings 

Visitor Mornings take place throughout the year in November, March and May. They provide prospective families with the opportunity to look around the school during a normal school day and to meet members of staff and current pupils.

Your visit will begin with refreshments and a presentation from the Headmaster, Mr James Davies, which is followed by a student-led tour of the School. The visit will conclude with the opportunity to talk informally with the Headmaster, Registrar and other staff. Visitor Mornings take up to 1.5 hours.

A WARM WELCOME FROM HEADMASTER JAMES DAVIES

 

 

A very warm welcome to Halliford School. Halliford is a school based on strong family values where we know and respect every student as an individual. We encourage and support Hallifordians to flourish and become the best version of themselves that they can possibly be.

We aim for excellence by being academically ambitious but at the same time academically sensitive. We inspire Hallifordians within a community that is founded on high quality teaching and learning, outstanding pastoral care and first class sporting, cultural and extra-curricular opportunities. Read more >>

OUR ETHOS

 


  

Our Welcome to Halliford; a warm-hearted School based on strong family values where we are proud to know and be respectful of every student as an individual. We encourage and support Hallifordians to flourish and become the best version of themselves that they can possibly be.
We aim for excellence by being academically ambitious but at the same time academically sensitive. We inspire Hallifordians within a community that is founded on high quality teaching and learning, outstanding pastoral care and first class sporting, cultural and extra-curricular opportunities.
As young Hallifordians we recognise that a child’s potential could lie anywhere - so we ensure that every student is exposed to a vast array of opportunities and experiences. We then pride ourselves on identifying and honing their strengths to make the most of their natural abilities, while working hard with them to develop any areas that might need further improvement.  We are able to offer small class sizes which enable personalised teaching and learning strategies suitable for our boys. Our co-educational Sixth Form then provides all our students with the skills to excel in a more independent environment as they prepare to continue their educational journey beyond the Halliford community. 

Maple Walk School
Primary
Last update: 10 June 2020

OPEN MORNINGS SPRING TERM 2020

If you would like to visit the school please check our website for future dates.

This will be an opportunity to have a tour of the school, meet the Head Teacher and to find out about all the exciting activities Maple Walk pupils are involved in.

To book a place please visit the school website www.maplewalkschool.co.uk, call the registrar on 020 8965 7374 or email [email protected]

 

Primary & Secondary
Last update: 10 June 2020

            

 

Our Upcoming Open Events are as follows:

Friday 25 June 2020, 9:30am

 

Open Days at Sherfield School are designed to let you experience our school ethos and warm, family-friendly atmosphere.

Meet the Headmaster and Senior Leadership Team, staff and pupils and take a walk around our beautiful school and facilities on a pupil guided tour. It's the perfect way to see our academic approach in action and how we develop a growth mindset.

To get a feel for everything happening at the school day-to-day, please like and follow our Facebook page and search our hashtag #SherfieldStories in advance of your visit. 

If you would like to view the school but couldn't attend our recent Open Day please contact [email protected] to arrange a private tour

  Scholarships

Throughout every year Sherfield School offers Academic, Creative, Performing Arts and Sporting Scholarships offering talented children the opportunity to contribute to, flourish and benefit from the ethos and life at the school.

If you would like to register for a Scholarship Day please click on the link below.

 

MISSION AND AIMS

 

      

Our motto at Sherfield School is ad vitam paramus – 'we prepare for life'. This sums up our aim for our school community. Our mission is to educate reliable, honest and responsible young people who are reflective, engaged and dynamic and ready for the challenges of modern life.

We help our students to develop not only their gifts, but also their character, teaching them to work both individually and collaboratively. Our pupils learn to respect one another, contribute to the life of the school and celebrate their successes together.

Our core values:
  

- Learning through Innovation

- Pursuing Excellence

- Global Citizenship

- Growing by Learning

 

GCSE Results 2019

Sherfield pupils once again made signifcantly better progress than the national average, with outstanding achievements in their GCSEs.

- 42% of grades were 9 to 7

- 93% pass rate including Maths and English

We are particularly pleased with the significant increase in pupils that have chosen Sherfield as their first choice for A-level study and we will be welcoming back more than double the number of Year 11 pupils compared with previous years, demonstrating once again that Sherfield is the place for serious Post 16 study.

 

A Level Results 2018

Pupils at Sherfield are celebrating significantly improved grades this year with some of the highest sixth form results ever.

- 36% of grades were an A* or A 

- 11% increase on last year of the very highest A* grade being awarded

- 100% of pupils passed 3 or more A Levels

- 20% of pupils achieved AAB or higher in at least two facilitating subjects

Our A Level progress score is 0.5 which means our pupils achieved grades 0.5 higher than they were expected to.For progress at A Level, Sherfield are 48th out of over 6000 schools and 31st out of over 700 independent schools.

 

St Joseph's College
Primary & Secondary
Last update: 10 June 2020

NEW NATIONAL AWARD FOR WELLBEING

 

 

Following on from winning Independent School of the Year at the hotly contested TES Independent School Awards, St Joseph's is delighted to be shortlisted for the 2019 awards in the 'Wellbeing initiative of the Year' category. 

This award highlights "an impressive initiative to improve mental health".  Read more here

Head Andrew Colpus said: “We are delighted to be shortlisted once again for these prestigious awards. The wellbeing of our pupils is of paramount importance at St Joseph’s College and we are very pleased to be recognised as a leader amongst independent schools in this category.”

WHY SEND YOUR CHILD TO A FAITH SCHOOL?

 

Andrew Colpus, Headmaster, recently answered this question on the St Joseph's College Blog.

"Choosing a school for your child, whether primary or secondary, can be a minefield. Considering factors such as academic results, wider social and moral education, ethics, school reputation, class sizes, peers, facilities – the list is endless and mind boggling.

However, it can be argued that the most important thing is the environment that your child will be in. This is the heart of a school, the hub from which all other aspects radiate. Faith schools undoubtedly have a strong basis for this environment, an ethos that stems from the religious establishment. Read the full story here >>

     

 

 

Autumn Term Open Events:

Wednesday 23 September - Early Years Open Morning and Senior Open Morning

Thursday 1 October - Senior Open Evening

Tuesday 17 November - Early Years Open Morning and Senior Open Morning

 

Senior School events are for pupils joining the school at Year 7 or above. They start with a tour of the school followed by an address by the Headmaster, and the opportunity to talk to key members of staff. 

Early Years Open Mornings (9.30am - 11.00am) ) are for parents interested in our Early Years Centre, for children from the age of 3. These are informal occasions and all family members are welcome to accompany you.

Please contact the Admissions department on 0118 984 6909 or email [email protected] for more information on registration lists.

Primary
Last update: 18 May 2020
Primary
Last update: 18 May 2020


 

We warmly welcome prospective parents to come along to our termly Open Mornings to see for yourself what a special little school Polam is during a normal school day. No gimmicks or special events laid on – just excellent teaching, happy, engaged children and parents who are happy to chat about their child’s experience of Polam.

Our Next Open Events:

 

Book a Private Tour
Arrange to visit Polam for a personal tour, at a time that suits you, to meet the Headteacher, discuss your requirements and experience the atmosphere of a typical working day.

WHAT MAKES POLAM SCHOOL SPECIAL?

 

      

        "Every day is filled with learning adventures"

 

With music, languages, drama, swimming and sport all introduced in small groups from an early age, our curriculum goes way beyond national expectations. The majority of our children progress to the local Harpur Trust schools, but destination schools also include other Cognita Schools as well as a number of State Middle Schools in Bedfordshire.

  • Outstanding Nursery and School provision
  • Nurturing, family environment
  • Individualised learning & broad curriculum

OUR NURSERY - 12 MONTHS TO 4 YEARS

Children may join our Nursery from the age of 12 months until 4 years. The baby and toddler rooms, Acorns & Catkins (12 months to 2 years) and Saplings (2 to 3 years), provide the perfect environment in which to gently prepare your child for life in the School and our small classes ensure that he or she receives personal attention at all times. Our well-equipped and comfortable Nursery is a fully integrated part of the School, giving your child the opportunity to benefit from the extensive range of facilities and specialist teaching which includes modern languages, music, PE and swimming (from 3 years). We also have visiting teachers join us weekly to teach Creative Dance and Yoga.

Primary
Last update: 18 May 2020

 

We hold Open Mornings throughout the year each term, at both our Prep School in Leatherhead and our three Pre-Prep schools (Leatherhead, Epsom and Ashstead). To help working parents, we hold some events on a Saturday and try to make all Personal Tours at a convenient time to suit you.
 

What you can expect
At these Open events you will discover all the opportunities a Downsend education can offer. You’ll meet the Head get to tour the school, meet our children and chat to staff over refreshments. At our Prep school, the Upper School children will take you on a tour, tailored to you, lasting around 40 minutes.
 

Personal Tours
If you choose a week day Open Morning or Personal Tour, you will see our classrooms alive with action in the course of a normal teaching day. If you’d like to arrange a Personal Tour, our Registrar, Sarah Concanon can arrange this for you.  Please contact Sarah either by email ([email protected]) or telephone on 01372 372311 to book a place.

If you haven't booked, you are still very welcome to come along on the morning.

Alternatively, we are always happy to see you for a personal visit by individual appointment. 

 

We are not currently running Open Days or Personal Tours in their normal format, but we working on a suite of virtual experiences so you are able to get a real flavour for Downsend School without having to visit us. Please click on the link below to find out more.

WHY LITTLE DOWNSEND?


 

Here are some of the reasons why parents choose Downsend:

• Over 90% of our children are working above National Average by the end of Year One;

• All Year 3 pupils receive specialist tuition in the flute, trumpet and violin, as part of the Downsend Music Programme;

• All pupils, including our Pre-Prep children, have access to expert coaching in a wide range of sports through the Downsend Academies;

• 68% of our pupils exceed their expected progress by the end of Year 6;

• On average, over 95% of our pupils pass the entrance test to their first choice senior school;

• 45% of our Year 8 pupils gained a scholarship to their senior school last year. 40% of these were academic.

Typically over 40 academic, sporting or creative scholarships are awarded each year to some of the top senior schools, including City of London Freemen's, Epsom College, Reigate Grammar and St John's. Some pupils achieve scholarships to schools further away, such as Tonbridge, Winchester College and Westminster.

Downsend School, Leatherhead Lodge
Primary
Last update: 18 May 2020

  


 

We hold Open Mornings throughout the year each term, at both our Prep School in Leatherhead and our three Pre-Prep schools (Leatherhead, Epsom and Ashstead). To help working parents, we hold some events on a Saturday and try to make all Personal Tours at a convenient time to suit you.
 

What you can expect
At these Open events you will discover all the opportunities a Downsend education can offer. You’ll meet the Head get to tour the school, meet our children and chat to staff over refreshments. At our Prep school, the Upper School children will take you on a tour, tailored to you, lasting around 40 minutes.

Personal Tours
If you choose a week day Open Morning or Personal Tour, you will see our classrooms alive with action in the course of a normal teaching day. If you’d like to arrange a Personal Tour, our Registrar, Sarah Concanon can arrange this for you.  Please contact Sarah either by email ([email protected]) or telephone on 01372 372311 to book a place.

If you haven't booked, you are still very welcome to come along on the morning. Alternatively, we are always happy to see you for a personal visit by individual appointment.

 

We are not currently running Open Days or Personal Tours in their normal format, but we working on a suite of virtual experiences so you are able to get a real flavour for Downsend School without having to visit us. Please click on the link below to find out more.

  

WHY LITTLE DOWNSEND?

 

Here are some of the reasons why parents choose Downsend:

• Over 90% of our children are working above National Average by the end of Year One;

• All Year 3 pupils receive specialist tuition in the flute, trumpet and violin, as part of the Downsend Music Programme;

• All pupils, including our Pre-Prep children, have access to expert coaching in a wide range of sports through the Downsend Academies;

• 68% of our pupils exceed their expected progress by the end of Year 6;

• On average, over 95% of our pupils pass the entrance test to their first choice senior school;

• 45% of our Year 8 pupils gained a scholarship to their senior school last year. 40% of these were academic.

Typically over 40 academic, sporting or creative scholarships are awarded each year to some of the top senior schools, including City of London Freemen's, Epsom College, Reigate Grammar and St John's. Some pupils achieve scholarships to schools further away, such as Tonbridge, Winchester College and Westminster.

Primary
Last update: 18 May 2020



 

We hold Open Mornings throughout the year each term, at both our Prep School in Leatherhead and our three Pre-Prep schools (Leatherhead, Epsom and Ashstead). To help working parents, we hold some events on a Saturday and try to make all Personal Tours at a convenient time to suit you.

What you can expect
At these Open events you will discover all the opportunities a Downsend education can offer. You’ll meet the Head get to tour the school, meet our children and chat to staff over refreshments. At our Prep school, the Upper School children will take you on a tour, tailored to you, lasting around 40 minutes.

Personal Tours
If you choose a week day Open Morning or Personal Tour, you will see our classrooms alive with action in the course of a normal teaching day. If you’d like to arrange a Personal Tour, our Registrar, Sarah Concanon can arrange this for you.  Please contact Sarah either by email ([email protected]) or telephone on 01372 372311 to book a place.

If you haven't booked, you are still very welcome to come along on the morning.

Alternatively, we are always happy to see you for a personal visit by individual appointment. 
 

We are not currently running Open Days or Personal Tours in their normal format, but we working on a suite of virtual experiences so you are able to get a real flavour for Downsend School without having to visit us. Please click on the link below to find out more.

WHY LITTLE DOWNSEND?

 

Here are some of the reasons why parents choose Downsend:

• Over 90% of our children are working above National Average by the end of Year One;

• All Year 3 pupils receive specialist tuition in the flute, trumpet and violin, as part of the Downsend Music Programme;

• All pupils, including our Pre-Prep children, have access to expert coaching in a wide range of sports through the Downsend Academies;

• 68% of our pupils exceed their expected progress by the end of Year 6;

• On average, over 95% of our pupils pass the entrance test to their first choice senior school;

• 45% of our Year 8 pupils gained a scholarship to their senior school last year. 40% of these were academic.

Typically over 40 academic, sporting or creative scholarships are awarded each year to some of the top senior schools, including City of London Freemen's, Epsom College, Reigate Grammar and St John's. Some pupils achieve scholarships to schools further away, such as Tonbridge, Winchester College and Westminster.

Primary
Last update: 18 May 2020

PRE-PREP AND PREP OPEN DAYS IN SURREY

    

 

We hold Open Mornings throughout the year each term, at both our Prep School and our three Pre-Prep schools. To help working parents, we hold some events on a Saturday and try to make all Personal Tours at a convenient time to suit you.

 

What you can expect
At these Open events you will discover all the opportunities a Downsend education can offer. You’ll meet the Head get to tour the school, meet our children and chat to staff over refreshments. At our Prep school, the Upper School children will take you on a tour, tailored to you, lasting around 40 minutes.

 

Personal Tours
If you choose a week day Open Morning or Personal Tour, you will see our classrooms alive with action in the course of a normal teaching day. If you’d like to arrange a Personal Tour, our Admissions Manager, Lisa Durrant can arrange this for you.  Please contact Lisa either by email ([email protected]) or telephone on 01372 372311 to book a place.

If you haven't booked, you are still very welcome to come along on the morning. Alternatively, we are always happy to see you for a personal visit by individual appointment. 
 

We are not currently running Open Days or Personal Tours in their normal format, but we working on a suite of virtual experiences so you are able to get a real flavour for Downsend School without having to visit us. Please click on the link below to find out more.

 

 

 

THE DOWNSEND ETHOS

We like to describe what we do at Downsend as educating the ‘whole child’;

WHY DOWNSEND?

       
     


Here are some of the reasons why parents choose Downsend:

• Over 90% of our children are working above National Average by the end of Year One;

• All Year 3 pupils receive specialist tuition in the flute, trumpet and violin, as part of the Downsend Music Programme;

• All pupils, including our Pre-Prep children, have access to expert coaching in a wide range of sports through the Downsend Academies;

• 68% of our pupils exceed their expected progress by the end of Year 6;

• On average, over 95% of our pupils pass the entrance test to their first choice senior school;

• 45% of our Year 8 pupils gained a scholarship to their senior school last year. 40% of these were academic.

Typically over 40 academic, sporting or creative scholarships are awarded each year to some of the top senior schools, including City of London Freemen's, Epsom College, Reigate Grammar and St John's. Some pupils achieve scholarships to schools further away, such as Tonbridge, Winchester College and Westminster.

Cheltenham College
Primary & Secondary
Last update: 18 May 2020


 

We have two Open Mornings every year: one in the Spring Term and another in the Autumn Term. We also hold a Small Group Visit in the Summer Term. We would be delighted to welcome you - please feel free to register online by clicking here or Visit Us button below.

If you would prefer to register for our Open Morning or Small Group Visit by phone or if you wish to arrange a personal, tailored visit, please call 01242 265 662 and ask for Mrs Samantha Palmer in our Admissions Team.

Alternatively you can email her on: [email protected]

 

Prep School Open Morning

Saturday 10 October 2020
10.00-12.00pm

During the Prep School Open Morning, you can explore our facilities and activities with your dedicated guides and meet our Head Mr O'Sullivan, teachers and pupils.

For more information or to register, please email [email protected], call 01242 522 697 or click on the link below. 

PUPILS PLAY INTERNATIONAL HOCKEY

  


 

Cheltenham College students and 1st XI players, Emily and Jemima, recently represented Wales at U18 level in a test series against Scotland. Jemima made her international debut; a special occasion for any player. Emily recieved recognition and a great reward for her performance during this series and previous matches with a call-up to the Wales Senior Women's Development squad. This is another great opportunity for her to showcase her talents at a senior performance level. 

WELCOME FROM THE HEAD OF COLLEGE

 

  

Mrs Nicola Huggett joined the school as Head in September 2018. 

Mrs Huggett says, “Our aim above all is to inspire young people who are willing to learn, ambitious to achieve and keen to get involved. Boys and girls who join College at any age, will leave us as well-rounded young men and women, having fulfilled their true potential and gained a place at a top university of their choice. They will have been prepared for life beyond school and be able to contribute positively to society.

I feel it is a great privilege to live and work within this wonderful community. We warmly welcome you to come and visit us and see why we believe this is a school where your child will truly flourish."


 

WHY CHELTENHAM COLLEGE?
 

The foundation of the first class, modern education our pupils receive is our experience and history as a co-educational independent boarding school.

We build on this foundation with five characteristics that set every pupil’s time at Cheltenham College apart:
 

ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE 

AN ALL-ROUND EMPHASIS 

THE SUPPORT TO SUCCEED 

OUTSTANDING PASTORAL CARE 

COMMUNITY VALUE 

St John's College
Primary & Secondary
Last update: 14 May 2020



 

We welcome anyone considering independent education to come and see what St John’s has to offer. 

We will happily arrange a Taster Day for your son or daughter. By visiting us and talking with students and staff, you will get a real feel for the school. 

We also run Reception Class Open Events during the year. New dates coming soon. 

Contact us to book an Open Event or Taster Day: 023 9281 5118 or click on the link below.

Situated in the heart of Southsea with excellent transport links and just a short walk from the Hovercraft, St John’s College is an all age, Christian co-educational day and boarding school for children with a wide range of abilities. As a relatively small school every pupil is involved, appropriately challenged and closely supported.

Read about our Admissions Process here

You are warmly welcome to contact Admissions with questions or to book a private tour of our school:

Mrs Janet Mengham
Telephone: 023 9281 5118
Email: [email protected]

 

A WELCOME FROM THE HEAD OF COLLEGE

 


 

At St John’s College, we pride ourselves on the academic success of each individual student and our outstanding pastoral care. We are a Christian school but an inclusive community, welcoming students of all beliefs.

We are not selective by academic ability and are able to offer a rounded education, providing opportunities for students through an extensive range of activities. We are also proud of our international links and, as the only independent Boarding School in Portsmouth, we offer a truly international education experience from which all our students, day and boarding, benefit.

One of the most outstanding aspects of the College is the quality of community spirit, based on positive relationships between students and staff. We passionately believe that we develop the talents of our students and create confident young people for the future, and this is a vital ingredient of our success. This ties in with our College motto – Per laborem ad Honorem (through work to honour), where all members of our community are encouraged to give their best in all activities.

The College was founded in 1908 by a Lasallian community of brothers and established according to the principles of John Baptist De La Salle, the Patron Saint of Teachers. Today, although we are no longer part of the De la Salle Trust, we remain true to our Lasallian values, providing an education based on respect for all, quality relationships and an inclusive, collaborative community.

There are many unique elements to St John’s College and you will get a good sense of our academic results, facilities and co-curricular opportunities from reading our prospectus. However, truly to appreciate what we can offer and to experience the inclusive community in which our students thrive, I invite you to join us at our next Open Morning or alternatively book a private tour.

Mrs Mary Maguire
Head of College 

TEACHING CARRIES ON AT ST JOHN'S

     

The last week of the Spring Term saw schools’ transition to a new phase of learning, where technology and teaching skills were tested as never before. However, as always, students and staff at St John’s College in Southsea were up to the challenge!

 

Following the announcement of school closures, teachers at St John’s College are now taking full advantage of Microsoft Teams to provide remote learning and virtual classrooms. Students from Year 3 to 13 can join their normal timetabled lessons from any mobile device, laptop or desktop and discuss work, speak to their classmates and ask teachers questions at any time through the chat feature. They can also submit work, have it marked and returned as if they were in the classroom.

 

Marisa Elder, Head of MFL at St John’s College, commented “Students have been very mature with the approach to the new style of learning. It’s been nice to see and hear them even though we are not in the same room – I love that they can ask questions either verbally or in the chat function.”

 

Mary Maguire, Head of College, commented, “Microsoft Teams allows for not just classroom style learning, but also collaborative learning. It has allowed the transition to remote teaching seem simple and seamless for both staff and students.” Younger students at the College (Reception to Year 2) have been provided schoolwork packs and staff on hand to support them. 


 

Penny Jones, a Year 6 parent, commented, “St John’s College’s support for the children’s learning has been amazing! My son is really enjoying his online classes – I heard him on a Spanish lesson the other day and it was fantastic!”

 

The College also remains open to students of key workers, given them on-site timetabled lessons, activities and support. Mary Maguire added, “The country’s priority is to protect the health of the population and we have been given a role to provide a safe and secure environment for children of key workers and our boarding community. We have all day provisions available and our School Matrons are on site to provide support and spread tranquillity in these anxious times. By giving our students the support from staff, the normality of being able to talk with their friends (online) and a routine of a normal school day, we hope this will help any anxiety or worries they are feeling and we look forward to welcoming them back on campus soon.”

    

ST JOHN'S COLLEGE RATED FOR ITS 'FOCUSED AND ATTENTIVE LEARNERS' IN INSPECTION REPORT


 

At St John's College we are extremely proud of our Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) inspection which has confirmed and reinforced our strong reputation as an independent school with a good academic record and an outstanding reputation for pastoral care. The report not only comments on our pupil's excellent attitudes towards learning, they have also highlighted the inclusive and supportive ethos of the College, making note of how supportive and tolerant pupils are of each other – essential in a diverse community such as ours.

The College was inspected in January 2017 and we gained the highest possible achievement, meeting all eight areas of relevant legislation. The inspection rated the College ‘Good’ for its academic achievement and 'Excellent' for personal development.

Some highlights from our ISI Report:

‘Pupils of all ages develop good knowledge, skills and understanding in accordance with the school’s aims to foster the spirit of endeavour.’ 

‘Throughout the school, pupils display excellent attitudes to learning’

‘Pupils are very well prepared for the next stage in their education.’ 

‘With the through school ethos, staff work diligently to support individuals as they progress upwards through the school.’