FLEXIBLE HAPPY BOARDING
A boarding community has been integral to the life of St John’s ever since the School’s foundation in 1908; currently approximately 100 students board with us. Boarders range in age from Year 4 (aged 8/9 years) to Year 13 (aged 17/18 years), and come from a wide variety of backgrounds – including some from overseas and some from service/military families.
The sense of continuity, community and common purpose which characterises the boarding community benefits greatly the boarding school as a whole. In turn, the boarders benefit from their interaction with the day pupils who help to bring something of the local community into school.
In addition to full and weekly boarding, we also offer flexible boarding.
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"My son has very much enjoyed his time at St John's College, specifically the after school and weekend activities. Staying in West End, he says, was like being at home. I would like to thank you very much for all your support given to the boarders. We really think you and your team have done a very good job and we appreciate it very much."
Mr F Marti, Parent
NEWS FROM OUR SCHOOL
College Gains Official Beach School Status
Nursery and Pre-Prep pupils are now able to enjoy regular, educational trips to the seaside, thanks to our official Beach School status.
Run by qualified Beach School Practitioner, Miss Gemma Hitchcock, the status allows our Early Years Department to make learning in the outdoors a motivational experience, which can be linked with every aspect of the curriculum. Miss Hitchcock commented, “We are extremely fortunate to have Southsea Beach in such close proximity to our school and use it regularly as a fantastic learning resource for our children. Our Beach School gives our young explorers the opportunity to grow and develop self-esteem, creativity and confidence through exploring and learning in a natural, marine environment.”
Beach School has a holistic, kinesthetic approach to learning and is widely recognised in education as one of the most exciting ways to engage children in long-term learning and achieving positive outcomes. The outdoor environment also stimulates their physical and emotional health, alongside spiritual wellbeing.
Excellent GCSE and A level Results 2019
A level results for 2019 saw a 100% pass rate in many subjects, including Maths and English and 100% A* - A grades for History. Students and staff were jumping for joy at another set of outstanding results –– and over 90% of students were offered their preferred place at university. Mrs Mary Maguire, Head of St John’s College, and the Sixth Form staff, said: “Yet again, our results clearly demonstrate how well our staff know the students and have supported them to fulfil their potential, resulting in a positive ‘value added’ set of results."
A week later, the College was celebrating GCSE success in 2019 with an overall pass rate of 84.5%. Particular highlights were the 47% 9 to 8 grades in History and 100% pass rate in Computing.
Beijing Exchange 2019
Over the last year and a half, we have welcomed students from Chaoyang Experimental Primary School to experience life in a British boarding school. This Easter our students from Year 5 to Year 8 had the privilege of visiting Beijing to learn more about their culture, experience Chinese education, Catch up with friends and explore tourist attractions including The Great Wall of China, the Forbidden City and the Olympic Stadium. A huge thank you to our hosts for looking after us so well and giving us the opportunity to visit their hometown and school. Follow the School News page on our website for full details of their trip and lots more photos.
St John's Celebrates 50 years Since Moon Landings
To celebrate half a century since the first moon landing, St John's, in partnership with the Winchester Science Centre, welcomed ten local schools to take place in a special 'expedition'.
Students were faced with a series of unexpected events that challenged their success. These included designing a rescue ship to help save a crew missing in action, building prototype rockets which were launched by water and vitamin C tablets, and completing the route from rocket to spaceman using a Sphero Mini and its coding software.