Key Stage Four also places an emphasis on developing practical skills such as problem-solving, communication, and critical thinking. Students are encouraged to take responsibility for their own learning, to work independently and in groups, and to develop a range of transferable skills that will be valuable in their future academic or vocational pursuits.
All students are assigned to a Form Group and follow a comprehensive programme of PSHCE and are also timetabled for a range of physical education activities.
Our students participate in the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme, to help them develop the organisational skills they will need in adult life and they regularly engage in local charity work, which helps them to stay in touch with the community they live in and understand the concerns and needs of others who find themselves in challenging circumstances. In this way, our students develop empathy, initiative and the interpersonal skills that will stand them in good stead in later life.
Regular visiting speakers ranging from local MPs to motivational speakers form part of what is on offer at St. John’s, affording our students an opportunity to gain invaluable insights on different perspectives in life.
Day Visits and residential trips abroad are another feature of our way of life at the school. Our students visit a variety of European destinations based on both their study choices as well as their particular interests. Such visits have included Moscow, Greece and the Berlin Christmas Market. A French student exchange is well-established at the school enabling our students to experience life in a different cultural setting. The school holds an International School Award.
Key Stage Four provides students with a solid foundation of knowledge, skills, and experience that will prepare them for the challenges of further education or the workforce. St. Johnians are expected to work hard, stay focused, and remain committed to their studies in order to realise their potential, achieving excellence in all they do.