St John the Baptist Catholic Comprehensive School
Surrey, United Kingdom
About St John the Baptist Catholic Comprehensive School
Our aim is simple – we want to be the best school in the country! By this we mean that all our students will receive a better education here than they would at any other establishment.
We want children to leave us with:
- Better qualifications than they would achieve in any other school (regardless of what you pay!!).
- The skills and attributes needed to live and work in tomorrow's global society.
- The values and morals to lead good Christian lives.
SJB is an 11-18 comprehensive school with 1245 students including 285 in the Sixth Form and is part of the Xavier Catholic Education Trust. We are located just outside Woking town centre and a 15 minute walk from the train station (22 minutes from London Waterloo). The facilities here are currently being expanded to enable us to take on an additional 60 students per year from September 2018. Phase 1 of this was completed last summer with the opening of our Sports Hall and Gym, which provides world class facilities for both students and staff. Phase 2 begins in January with the complete rebuild of our Sixth Form Centre. This will be followed by the addition of several brand new specialist science labs, a new learning support area and a training suite to house our SCITT.
There is definitely a culture of achievement here at SJB but don't get the impression that we are an out of touch, old-fashioned church school. This could not be further from the truth. Visitors always comment about the ethos within the school "The strong ethos of high expectations that permeates the school is an example to all". If you come to visit us, you will see that our students are happy, hard-working (on the whole!) and very positive about our school. Achievement is at the forefront of everything we do at SJB and it would be fair to say it is 'cool' to achieve! "All groups of students, no matter what their background or needs, make rapid progress in all years in a wide range of subjects."
Our large, vibrant and predominantly young staff are enthusiastic and passionate about ensuring our students get the very best deal. Looking after our staff and ensuring they are supported and given every opportunity to develop is a high priority for the leadership team who all see their primary role as serving the staff and students.
Providing staff at all levels with professional development opportunities is part of our culture. We offer an extensive CPD programme, teacher development courses, leadership development courses, outreach work supporting local schools in difficulty, and opportunities to be involved in teacher training through Teach South East (SCITT).
At our last Ofsted inspection we were judged to be outstanding in every category. As you can imagine we are very proud of achieving this result; it is especially pleasing that the students and staffs hard work was recognised in this way. In addition, we were proud to be designated as a 'World Class School' in 2015-16, an award that we feel our students truly deserve! We also hold Leading Edge Status are a Teaching School and the lead school in the Surrey Plus Maths Hub (one of the 35 National Maths Hubs).
We can only achieve all this by employing the very best teachers and are hoping that this is where you can help! Every Day is Open Day at SJB and visitors are very welcome.
Ani Magill - Executive Head Teacher
James Granville Hamshar - Head of School
For details of all our vacancies please visit our website: Vacancies @ SJB
The headteacher’s inspirational leadership, which promotes a vision of excellence in learning for all, is at the heart of the school...All staff in the school are encouraged to take on responsibilities and to make improvement their highest priority.- Ofsted, 2014
Teaching is often inspirational and the school has been very successful in seeking imaginative ways of continually improving it.- Ofsted, 2014