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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 academic year:

  • 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
  • Molly (Upper Sixth) achieved a bronze medal in the Royal Society of Biology’s Senior Olympiad and five Lower Fifth pupils were awarded gold medals in the Junior Olympiad

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 47% A*/A grades, with 31% of pupils receiving three or more A* or A grades.  A total of 81% 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.