St John's School and Sixth Form College, A Catholic Academy
Durham, County, United Kingdom
About St John's School and Sixth Form College, A Catholic Academy
As a school guided by Gospel Values, St John’s believes that each student is of equal worth and is called to “live life to the full” (Jn 10:10). For this reason, the school continually strives to create a climate in which every student develops high levels of self-esteem and confidence in order to develop their God-given talents to the full.
In our aim to encourage ‘Whole Life Learning’, St John’s provides an environment fit for the 21st Century learner, which addresses the varied needs of its students and the wider community.
There is a powerful sense of community in St John’s. Relationships are based on mutual respect and conflict is dealt within a spirit of justice and reconciliation. As a result, the care, guidance and support for students in school is highly effective and also reaches out to those in need through many charitable projects at home and abroad.
St John’s is delighted to be judged as ‘Outstanding’ in both Ofsted and Diocesan inspections in May/June 2010. Strong partnerships with parents/carers, parishes, feeder schools and the local and wider community will ensure that St John’s will continue to build on this success so that all members of its community can succeed.
Section 48 Report: "St John's is an outstanding Catholic School because... Mutual respect underpins strong positive relationships, engenders a sense of justice for all and ensures care for the most vulnerable. Respect and support for one another, embracing diversity and celebrating individual talents and success, creates a community that is attentive to the needs of all. A stimulating learning environment, making effective use of new technologies, is used to deliver a curriculum that responds to the interests and needs of learners. Staff and students are passionate about the joyful experience of living and working at St John's. Teaching and support staff frequently commented during the inspection about the positive and fulfilling experience of working in the school."
Ofsted May 2010: "This is an outstanding school, where working relationships between students and with staff are excellent, as are the facilities for learning. Students' commitment to work and each other, and their loyalty to St John's, drive the high standards and the exceptional sense of community cohesion in school and beyond. Their behaviour is excellent and they are keen to learn and succeed. Teachers.... communicate an enthusiasm for learning. They have high expectations of their students using a range of teaching strategies and high quality resources in their work."