Life at St John’s

Life at St John’s

This page has been designed to provide Year 6 students, and their parents and carers, with answers to many of the important questions you may have before coming to St John’s, including information about school uniform, school buses, food, lockers and homework. Some sections will link to other pages on our website, and we encourage you to look around at all the other information that is available there. We have included information on remote learning, explaining what we do if groups of students need to learn from home.

We are very proud of our smart uniform and PE kit and we expect all our students to take a pride in their appearance. For more details about the St John’s uniform, including the full uniform list and ordering information, visit our Uniform page.

Parents > Uniform page

Visit our Uniform page

St John’s serves over 250 square miles of North East Wiltshire, and many students travel to St John’s on school buses that drop off and pick up in the main car park. Students walking into school will come in from the Orchard Road entrance. Check out our videos explaining the routes into school. For more information about school transport visit our Transport webpage.

Life at St John’s > Transport

Food is available for purchase at our main Atrium restaurant and at the new outdoor “pod”. The Sixth Form has its own café in the Sixth Form Common Room. We use a biometric system which enables parents to easily add funds to student accounts, and to keep track of what students are purchasing.

Sample menu        Example of menu pricing

Check out the catering facilities and eating spaces in the 360° virtual tour below.  Use the hotspots or click on the dots and side arrows on the images.

Year 7 students are given the opportunity to rent a locker during Year 7. A small charge is made for this, and depending on demand, students may be asked to choose a friend to share their locker. Lockers enable students to store bags, PE kit and other equipment. Payment is made by parents using ParentPay.

A key focus for everyone at St John’s is to develop a passion and understanding in our students for the environment. SEA – Schools for Environmental Action – was established by St John’s and is led by a UN  Accredited Climate Change Teacher, Mr Friend.

Life at St John’s >  Sustainability

As a result of the COVID-19 lockdown in March 2020 St John’s Senior Leadership Team has developed detailed plans to manage teaching and learning should students be required to learn from home, and has implemented effective methods of remote learning. Our webpage Latest COVID-19 Information linked below gives students and parents regular information about protecting against the virus, and the plans St John’s has in place.

Mrs Wilson explains how we now manage any lockdown situation.

Remote Learning Policy
Communication > Remote Learning User Guides
Communication > Latest COVID-19 Information

Most new students settle at St John’s quickly and have a happy and successful journey to their GCSEs and beyond. However, there are occasions when this doesn’t happen and when students have problems, in school or at home, that affect their learning and well-being. St John’s has a robust pastoral support system in place. Students are encouraged to first speak to their class tutor, who will have the pastoral experience and understanding to help new students settle into their new surroundings, meet new people, and will encourage their independence.

Mrs Hawkins, Head of Year 7 and Miss O’Brien, Deputy Head of Year 7 are also available to support your child and then deal with more significant emotional or behavioural problems. Mrs Kirkup is the Keyworker for Year 7 and will help students, support with any emotional difficulties, and answer any questions parents may have.

Our School Nurse, Mrs Rowberry, is available to help students with medical needs.

We also have a SEND team, including experienced Teaching Assistants who support  students with special educational needs and disabilities.

Contact the pastoral support team by email: enquiries@stjohns.excalibur.org.uk.

Behaviour

All students at St John’s are entitled to a safe and secure environment conducive for effective learning. Good behaviour underpins the success of a school and we expect all our students to demonstrate high standards of behaviour at all times. We recognise that some students experience difficulties and we will do all we can to support them, but every student is expected to do their very best. It is important that St John’s recognises and rewards positive behaviour and achievement. All incidents of unacceptable behaviour will be dealt with in a fair and appropriate way, taking into account the individuals involved.

Parents and students will sign up to a Class Charts account to receive emails relating to rewards and sanctions.

Information about ClassCharts Apps for Parents & Pupils

St John’s uses a website and app, Show my Homework (by Satchel:One), to ensure that students and parents can easily keep track of their homework. We provide detailed guidance on how to install and use Show my Homework, and it has proved to be an effective tool to manage learning.
Life at St John’s > Show My Homework

All payments to the school for uniform, meals, trips and sundries can be made securely using the ParentPay website, with uniform having a shop page of its own.

Parents > Uniform Shop & ParentPay

We take pride in the quality of our provision for students with special educational needs and/or disabilities. Our SEND team works hard during the months leading up to students joining St John’s in Year 7, to ensure that we have all the information we need to support them in September.  Read more about our provision on the SEND page on our webpage, linked below.

St John’s is accessible for students with mobility difficulties. We have lift access at three points in the building and a number of accessible toilet facilities. Download the accessibility map PDF linked below.

If you would like to know more about applying for a Year 7 place at St John’s visit our Admissions webpage.

Admissions > Key Stage 3/4 Admissions

Our students come from a wide geographic area, both in and out of our official catchment. The map below shows a typical geographic spread of Year 7 students.

The current COVID-19 restrictions have severely limited the clubs and activities we are able to offer students at lunchtime and after school. We usually offer a huge range of opportunities including sports clubs, dance, music and drama clubs, computing, art, maths and science. Check our clubs page for more information.

Life at St John’s > Clubs.

We’re proud our large sixth form is one of the top performing sixth forms nationally.

In addition to St John’s Outstanding OFSTED ranking, almost one in four students achieved at least AAB grades in academic subjects, and we have exceptional results in our vocational qualifications. We have an excellent record of success in applications to a wide range of universities including the most prestigious in the country.

Sixth Form > Sixth Form Home


A huge thank you to several ex-St John’s students who helped to prepare our virtual open evening: Izzy Millar for the drone footage and Matt Withers, Ellie Tull and Tash Reed for photography.