Facilities and Projects
We aim to provide our pupils with the very best facilities, creating an environment which is inspiring and enjoyable in which to learn, live and work. We are fortunate to have a beautiful 50 acre school site which combines stunning historical buildings with contemporary spaces and extensive sports facilities.
In recent years, St John’s has undertaken a number of significant projects, both to create innovative new spaces and to renovate and revitalise older parts of the School. These ongoing developments are not only exciting, but stand as testament to our ambition and vision to offer the best possible environment for our pupils.
In 2016 the ground floor of East House, in one of the School’s original Victorian buildings, was completely refurbished to create the new Lower School. With its own entrance and reception, and inner connections to the main school, the St John’s Lower School offers our younger pupils the chance to feel fully involved in school life, whilst providing them with the comfort of their own community within the School.
Comprising a large open-plan common room and garden room along the whole of the back of the wing, the Lower School looks out onto a large new landscaped garden which was created especially for our youngest pupils. There is also a multimedia room and quiet study area along with new changing rooms.
An exciting project to replace the old swimming pool with a new competition-standard six lane, 25m pool is currently underway and due to be complete in 2019. In recent years, the cricket pavilion was given a new lease of life having been refurbished as a memorial tribute to Chris Tongue, the highly respected former headmaster of the School and great cricket enthusiast. The changes included significant modernisation of the upstairs bar and social area, improved heating and changing facilities, allowing the pavilion to be used all year round, and enhanced viewing for spectators.
We are immensely proud of our Science Centre, which opened in November 2015. Providing eight state-of-the-art biology and chemistry laboratories, the building's innovative design engages and stimulates pupils, motivating them to explore the sciences through experimentation, study, research and discussion.
The first phase of the refurbishment of the Hamilton building was completed in 2016, with the next phases completed in the summer of 2017. New glazed openings have been formed between the corridors and the classrooms to create more light and teaching walls with 65” LED touchscreens. Bespoke wall art in the corridors features a series of images from around the School.
- In September 2013, Gloucester House opened as a new girls’ day and weekly boarding house, and was opened by the School’s patron, HRH The Duchess of Gloucester.
- In the spring of 2014, the School’s Old Chapel refurbishment was completed and it opened as a multi-purpose venue for use by the School and the local community.
- In 2015, thanks to generous donations from OJs and Friends of the School, a new Tickell organ was installed in the Chapel. The organ stands testament to the centrality of the Chapel and musical life at St John’s.