“By far, the best school in Perth”
29 December 2015
I had moved my children from the local school to this school and have never regretted my decision. It is a brilliant school, with fantastic facilities, and the headteacher and deputies know all the children throughout the school by their names, so you can rest assured that the children are well cared for.
The school itself has a great music department, several halls used for gym and drama, including one with a stage and full lighting equipment, tennis courts, astro pitch as well as lots more besides. The standard of teaching is high, and teachers are always aware of their pupil's individual needs and requirements. Staff from the high school regularly visit pupils in the primary to teach them in their specialised subjects such as French, Home Economics, PE and the children are encouraged to take on other interests such as learning to play an instrument, or join in the school teams. There is also great opportunities for travel to other countries whilst in the High school supporting the school's charitable work, or as part of the orchestra or other groups, and the children are invited to go on a European ski trip whilst in S2.
The nursery is well run and has the modern facilities you would expect from the rest of the school. They regularly use the library within the school, as well as make use of the grounds and park close by, and the staff work hard to ensure the children are happy and learning whilst playing. Parents are regularly invited into the nursery to partake in activities with their kids such as storytime run by the library, creating things together etc, and staff enjoy showing parents how to make use of everyday things in the home to encourage their child to play and learn, and demonstrate what skills it is teaching their child.
Having had my children at a local school in my area of Perth, and been very disappointed with the enthusiasm of the teachers for their profession, many of whom were absent a great deal throughout the year, the extreme lack of communication between staff there and parents, and the level of bullying that was being covered up by that particular school, I am so happy and contented with St John's, and cannot sing its praises enough as the gulf between St John's and my childrens' last school could not be any greater.