St. John’s has an excellent reputation for being a friendly, family school. We get to know our pupils as individuals and provide a secure and positive environment; one that stimulates enthusiasm, offers equal opportunity and a challenge for all.
We value our school’s rich history and we drive to be at the forefront of education. We have an exciting and innovative creative cross-curriculum. This has led to partnerships, significantly with nearby Hampton Court Palace where we have designed projects demonstrating how the palace can be used as a learning resource, not only for the children of St John’s, but other schools countrywide.
We have been Richmond’s Lead Primary in the borough’s Teaching School Alliance, supporting a number of other schools and leading a series of successful projects, including a substantial educational conference on the introduction of the The New Curriculum 2014. In 2015 we were awarded School Centred Initial Teacher Training status in affiliation with our London Diocesan Board.
An exciting year, in 2015 we also began our journey towards being a three-form entry Junior School. Our expansion programme is now complete, with our beautiful new Craigie Building sympathetically reflecting the architecture of the main school. We now have two buildings which offer six new classrooms, a new high-specification science and food-tech room, new arts studio, new library and a wonderful enlarged hall.
Our children are at the heart of all we do; these partnerships and other developments bring wider opportunities to our talented young people. Our pupils shine not only academically but also in sports. Our involvement with the National Physical Laboratory Scientific Edge programme over a number of years has demonstrated the children’s prowess in science. And of course, the arts is a key focus; our school’s renowned Drama Club and Orchestra have performed a number of Shakespearean plays in The Great Hall of Hampton Court Palace and performed a Baroque concert in the Queen’s State Apartments. A group of choral speakers enjoyed performing a Michael Rosen poem at Richmond Theatre and our 2015 entry into the BBC’s classical music competition ’10 pieces’ was shown at the Royal Albert Hall Proms.
Our pupils enjoy school and care about helping each other and they care about the wider community. A number of them were invited to the London Mayor’s ‘WE’ concert, also attended by Prince Harry, in recognition of their voluntary work and charitable attitude to life.
The school’s central rule is based on the Christian foundation of loving thy neighbour; ‘Treat others as you wish to be treated yourself’; the school’s motto is ‘Go for it!’ – for us, the two walk hand in hand. The talented young people who arrive at St. John’s as new infants are kind to each other and live by this motto. They leave us as successful, confident and independent young seniors ready to face their secondary school and the rapidly-changing world beyond..
Do come and visit our school ~
Mrs Susan Sawyer BA Ed. (hons) QTS NPQH MA
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