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Academic Achievement

At St John’s we challenge our pupils intellectually and encourage them to become successful learners.

We recognise the importance of strong examination results, as GCSEs and A levels can open the doors to higher education and future career paths.  However, we also firmly believe that young people should be prepared for a life of learning and self-understanding, and we therefore place equal importance upon examined and non-examined subjects.  

The breadth of academic achievement at St John’s demonstrates the varied interests and abilities of our pupils across the curriculum.  For example, in the last few years:

  • Our St John's 'Eagles' CanSat team, recently became the national winners of the UK CanSat Competition 2022 and have been invited to Bologna, Italy to represent the UK, and St John's, in the European finals in June.
  • Asantewaa, Jacob and Amica recently won the Rotary Debate Competition.
  • Our pupils received a fantastic number of certificates in the 2022 Senior Mathematical Challenge run by the UK Mathematics Trust - with ten silver awards, and eleven bronze.
  • Lower Sixth pupils Amica and Ben recently entered the 2022 British Physics Olympiad Experiment Project, and achieved the highest possible Gold Award for their investigation into compound pendula.
  • A group of Lower Sixth physicists sat the British Physics Olympiad by Oxford University in 2021. From 5270 entrants, our pupils were outstanding - James and Tom achieved Bronze Awards, Harry and Anthonie achieved Silver Awards and a Gold Award was achieved by Kyra!
  • We are proud to celebrate our pupils fantastic achievements in the 2021 Rotary Young Writer's Competition: Intermediate: Caitlyn (Poetry Winner), Dylan and Rufus (Prose Runner Up)
    Senior: Harry (Prose Winner), Hannah (Poetry Winner), Esther (Poetry Runner Up)

Examination Results


A level results

The culmination of two years in Sixth Form at St John’s saw the Class of 2021 celebrating a stellar set of A level results. This exceptional year group previously achieved some of the strongest GCSE results in the School’s history, and they were determined that the disruption of the pandemic would not hold them back.  


GCSE results

The 2021 cohort of St John’s Upper Fifth celebrated fantastic GCSE results in 2021. They experienced an unusual two years while studying their GCSE courses but demonstrated that adaptability, hard work and a positive attitude can overcome many obstacles.



A level results

Over 20% of the year group achieved straight A*-As and notable successes across the breadth of A level subjects offered at St John’s include 100% A*-B in further mathematics, 90% in history, 83% in English literature and 81% in economics.


GCSE Results

Amongst a strong set of results across the subjects, there were some exceptional departmental results including English language and drama where over 80% of results were 9-8s (A*s) and biology, history, Latin, music, religious studies and physical education which all saw more than 70% 9-8s. Within this overall success, a total of 21% of the year group received straight 9-8 grades (A*s), and nine pupils achieved an impressive run of straight 9s.



A level results
  • 2019 results saw another year of strong A level results and exceptional personal achievements.  Almost half of grades achieved were A*/A grades, with well over a quarter of pupils receiving straight A*/A grades (an impressive increase from 2018).  Four out of five grades were A*-B and the pass rate was 100%. Furthermore, this cohort achieved the highest number of Oxbridge and Ivy League places in recent years. 
GCSE results
  • In the first year in which all subjects studied at St John’s have been graded on the 9-1 grade system, implemented to allow greater distinction between top performing candidates, a quarter of grades received by St John’s pupils are at the demanding grade 9 level and over three quarters of results are grade 7-9 (the equivalent to A grade and above). Within these strong overall results, some outstanding departmental performances include nearly 50% of English language grades received being a 9, history receiving nearly three quarters of grades at an 8 or 9 and 80% of GCSE mathematics grades being at 7-9.