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.’
NEWS FROM OUR JUNIOR SCHOOL
Spinnaker Tower Visit & Summertime Creativity
Year 3 and 4 pupils from St John’s College Junior School in Southsea recently finished their Creative Curriculum topic, ‘Seaside Art’, with a special trip up the Emirates Spinnaker Tower to get a bird’s eye view of all they have been studying over recent weeks.
During the Spring and Summer Term pupils visited many other local attractions in the Portsmouth and Southsea area in support of their topic where they collected materials and ideas for their seaside poems, collages, models and stories.
Mrs Caroline Robertson, Head of Year 3 at St John’s College said: “The trips were designed to help the children creatively explore the area, and help inspire them with their poems and artwork, and they have done just that. The visit to the Spinnaker Tower was a fantastic way to finish and seeing the children engaged in the activities and discussing what they had learnt while looking down over the city was lovely."
Year 6 Drama Project
Year 6 pupils recently took to the stage for two nights to perform their take on the popular children’s story ‘Alice in Wonderland’. Not only did the pupils have a lot of lines to learn for the two-hour production, they also had to memorise dance routines and a number of songs. They also had to get used to using microphones and performing in front of a live audience – and the children didn’t disappoint!
With the help of the College’s Design Technology Department, family, friends and staff, each prop, costume and backdrop was handmade especially for the production.
Tony Shrubsall, Head of the Junior School, said: “For the last five years the Year 6 Production has always been one of the highlights of the Summer Term and this year’s ‘Alice in Wonderland’ was no different! The Year 6 Drama project is a really good demonstration of our whole school approach to supporting an event like this. The children loved learning the songs and the whole experience of being on stage in front of an audience."
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.