With class sizes of 15 or less, St John’s continues to provide a safe and innovative environment in which our students learn and thrive
St John’s School and Covid 19
Following Government guidance, St John’s has been open to Key Worker children through lockdown, along with a 1 June reopening for Nursery and Year 6, and more recently a return for all Junior School along with Year 10. With small class sizes in addition to ample indoor and outdoor space (including our own woodland), we have also been able to welcome back our students to as close to normality as possible.
In terms of remote learning from home, all students have received a full academic and wellbeing programme, including live weekly assemblies, intervention support when needed, along with a mixture of traditional, Zoom and Class Dojo/Google Classroom style activities and curriculum. After this year’s GCSE grade submission in May, Year 11 students have continued their studies with A Level Transition classes in Geology, Sociology, Psychology, Art, BTec Sports Science, Business Studies, English, Geography, History, Maths, Science, French and Spanish, PSHE and Life Skills – quite an accomplishment for a small school. We certainly managed to complete the school year in style, with a mini (distanced) Junior Sports Day, award ceremonies and even a Zoom summer concert, and both Junior and Senior speech days.
We are now looking forward to a full return to school in September, currently enjoying our innovative summer camp, and even if social distancing continues inside schools, we would welcome enquiries from new families looking for small class sizes, a supportive and nurturing environment to bring out the best in everybody, and smiling happy faces. At St John’s, coming to school each day means an adventurous academic journey where there is a huge sense of belonging, high expectations, and an unforgettable experience in the small Devon school, overlooking the sea, with a big heart. You have probably seen comments like this posted on every school website in the country, so please come and see us – this opportunity, atmosphere and learning environment cannot be adequately expressed on a webpage, you need to feel it in person, just as your children will on day one!
You may feel that independent education is not for you, or not affordable, but in today’s challenging environment, small class-size education may be the best investment that you can give your children, and you may well be surprised at our highly competitive fees and flexible payment plans. As we always tell our students, a Chinese proverb states ‘A journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step’ and we will definitely support you on the entire educational journey. We hope to meet you soon!
Graham Hurrell, Headteacher