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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 two years:

  • Charlie (Lower Sixth) was highly commended for his essay entry for the Corpus Christi (Cambridge) Bacon Prize for Politics and International Relations
  • Alex and Emma (Lower Sixth) were highly commended for their entries in the Corpus Christi (Cambridge) Hoskyn Essay Prize for Theology
  • Three pupils in Lower Fifth and Fourth Form achieved gold certificates in the UKMT Intermediate Maths Challenge, while four Sixth Form pupils achieved gold in the UKMT Senior Maths Challenge
  • James (Lower Sixth) received a commendation certificate for his entry to the  Fitzwilliam College (Cambridge) Classics and Ancient World Essay Competition
  • Molly (Upper Sixth) and Alex (Upper Sixth) achieved a bronze medals in the Royal Society of Biology’s Senior Olympiad and nine pupils have been awarded gold medals in the Junior Olympiad
  • In the St Catherine's College (Cambridge) Chemistry Competition, Alex (Upper Sixth) achieved a Gold Award.

Examination Results

The public examination results in summer 2018 were strong at St John’s, with the School achieving the best GCSE results in its history.

A level results 2018

  • The cohort of 126 pupils achieved 43.5% A*/A grades, with 31% of pupils receiving three or more A* or A grades.  A total of 79.9% of grades were A*-B and the pass rate was 100%.

GCSE results 2018

  • The cohort of 121 pupils achieved an impressive 74% of grades at A*/A and 9-7 and 48% of all grades awarded were at the highest levels of A* or 9-8 (the highest in the School’s history). On an individual note, a sixth of the year group achieved eight or more A*s/9s, while a third of the year group achieved five or more A*s/9s, highlighting how well pupils excel academically.