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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 2019 were strong at St John’s.

A level results 2019

  • 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 2019

  • 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.