Combining the rich tradition of Jesuit education with the best that modern teaching techniques and technology can offer. Our boys leave St John’s to some of the country’s finest senior schools, but more importantly do so as confident, aspirational and resilient young men, aware of their own potential and ability to leave a positive impression on the lives of others.
The Jesuit education St John’s boys experience is something that will serve them for life. It is both a first class academic education and a consistent formation of character. This is why boys leave with impressive achievements academically, in sport and the creative and performing arts, and also with well-rounded characters that will serve them well at their senior schools.
The curriculum is structured to ensure breadth, balance and coherence of studies. Of particular interest and importance is the aspect of boys’ motivation and we feel strongly that one of the most significant factors in motivating boys is to ensure that their learning is relevant to the outside world and has a broad context that will assist them in consolidating their learning.
Boarders enjoy a vibrant pastoral system with outstanding medical and personal care. Accommodation is divided into two dormitories with space for 30 boys each. Southwell dormitory is for senior boarders (Years 7 and 8) whereas Morse dormitory is for younger boys (Years 3 to 6/7). Whilst boys have separate night-time routines they spend much of their time together and older boarders often act as role models for the younger boys.
Evening routines are spent engaging in set activities (in which the whole school, including the day boys participate) or specific boarding activities (hide ‘n’ seek around the school or cooking outdoors in the woods are particular favourites amongst the boys). Boarders have access to the school’s facilities in the evening; (floodlit tennis courts, multi-purpose sports hall, gymnasium, the art studio and swimming pool).
At St John’s we run a very large number of extra-curricular activities – all planned with boys in mind. For some boys, their personal strength may lie outside of the academic curriculum and it is important that these skills are recognised to the greatest extent possible within the structure of the school. Our clubs at St John’s provide an opportunity for the boys to try new things, forge friendships outside of the classroom and develop existing skills and interests.
The list of activities include: cookery, art club, athletics, chess, football, swimming, science & general knowledge quiz club, creative writing, computer coding, self defence, Spanish, climbing, rowing, SCUBA diving, kick-boxing, tennis, golf and judo.
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