At St John's College we are extremely proud of our recent 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 between 24 and 26 January 2017 and consisted of two inspections: a Focused Compliance Inspection and an Educational Quality Inspection, both of which are operating under a new framework.
We gained the highest possible achievement in the Focused Compliance Inspection, meeting all eight areas of relevant legislation. The Educational Quality 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’
‘The education the pupils receive, enables the school to fulfil its aim of offering a fully rounded educational experience in all aspects, including academic, creative, emotional and physical. This is underpinned by the ethos which celebrates personal success and achievements and urges pupils to strive to reach their potential in all they do.’
‘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.’
For the full report is available here >>
NEWS FROM OUR JUNIOR SCHOOL
Award-winning writer Jamie Thomson recently visited the Junior School and gave a fanastic talk to Year 5 pupils. The Dark Lord author also ran a session on characterisation and the children loved imitating his evil laugh! The children heard how Jamie, whose books have been acclaimed in the Top 100 Modern Classics by The Sunday Times, first became a writer and his advice for building vocaularly in their own writing.
OUR PRE-PREP and PREP SCHOOL
St John's College Pre-Prep Department (4 to 7 years) and Prep (7 to 11 years), both housed in the main college campus in Southsea.
Head of the Junior School, Mr Tony Shrubsall, says there is a keen focus on ensuring the transition from Early Years to 'big school' is easy:
Our new Early Years facility, ‘Little St John’s’, offers our children a newly re-furbished and equipped environment in which to learn and play, with some very attractive outdoor areas for them to explore. With the nursery now located next to our Reception Class in the main school building, there is a lovely sense of continuity for the youngest members of our community.