Among the year group, who gallantly managed much disruption due to the pandemic and approached their A levels as their first experience of public examinations, a quarter of pupils achieved all A*-A grades and almost 80% of grades A*-B. 

St John’s prides itself on supporting and nurturing every pupil’s potential throughout their entire journey, from 11 right through to 18, and all the pupils in this year group exceeded or fulfilled expectations. They should be commended for their resilience and strength of character.

I am very proud of this cohort. They have overcome unexpected challenges, been committed to their studies, demonstrated great adaptability over the last few years, achieved excellent success in sport and the performing arts and shown a genuine desire to give back and make a difference within the local community. 

Amongst them there are some incredible stories of pupils who have worked hard and thrived despite personal challenges. Exceeding all expectations, they will now continue their journey confident of their ability to navigate whatever may lie ahead.

They all leave us as resilient, optimistic, emotionally intelligent young adults, ready to seize all the exciting opportunities ahead of them.

Rebecca Evans, Acting Head

On receiving A*, A, A, confirming her place at Bristol University, a pupil commented:  

After what felt like the longest and most difficult two years of my life, it all turned out to be worth every second. I am sad the St John’s journey is over, but immensely grateful for the opportunities and experiences I was given.

After receiving A*, A, B, confirming his place at Exeter University another pupil said:

I’m delighted to be taking home an A* in politics. Whilst it wasn’t an easy journey, it was certainly worthwhile seeing the hard work and dedication pay off.

Many of the pupils will be back at St John’s next week volunteering on the annual residential community holiday for children with learning difficulties. 

The vast majority of leavers will be moving on to their first-choice university but wherever they head next, they will always be part of St John’s as much loved members of the OJ community.  We wish them every success for the future.