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  • St John's Marlborough
    Granham Hill
    SN8 4AX
  • Head: Mrs Nicky Edmondson
  • T 01672 516156
  • F 01672 516664
  • E [email protected]
  • W
  • A state school for boys and girls aged from 11 to 18.
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Wiltshire
  • Pupils: 1,700; sixth formers: 400
  • Religion: None
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Outstanding 1
      • Outcomes for children and learners Outstanding 1
      • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment Outstanding 1
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Outstanding 1
    • 1 Full inspection 9th May 2014
  • Previous Ofsted grade: Good on 15th January 2009
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

Situated in an area of outstanding natural beauty above the historic and well-heeled market town of Marlborough, St John’s is just a stone’s throw from the prestigious Marlborough College. The high street reflects this, with an array of top boutiques and a flagship Rick Stein restaurant. Facilities are modern, fresh and bright. The library is inspiring to visit and is certainly doing a great job, according to parents. ‘I have been surprised to learn how enthusiastic he and his peers are about visiting the library...'

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What the parents say...

If you are bright, conformist and self motivated you could do well at this school. SEN numbers below national average as are free school meals. I had one SEN child and I top performer at this school. Encouraged to move the SEN child!

Commented on 20th Jan 2018

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International Baccalaureate: diploma - the diploma is the familiar A-level equivalent.


Equestrian centre or equestrian team - school has own equestrian centre or an equestrian team.

What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2015, Nicky Edmondson, previously head at Penair School, Cornwall and Henry Box School, Oxfordshire. Originally from Herefordshire, Nicky studied English at Royal Holloway and Bedford University of London before teaching at several secondary schools in Gloucestershire. Parents see her as ‘professional’, ‘caring’, ‘approachable’ and ‘a strong leader’. We’d like to add ‘stylish’; we haven’t met many heads dressed in animal print.

In 2016, St John’s became a National Teaching School and Nicky has been focused on recruiting and retaining top staff, determined to keep the Ofsted outstanding status and provide support for other schools. Research is also a priority: a range of projects are funded through the teaching school, others are supported by grants from the Institute for Effective Education. Recent topics include ‘how boys achieve’ and ‘neuroscience; how can...

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Independent schools frequently offer IGCSEs or other qualifications alongside or as an alternative to GCSE. The DfE does not record performance data for these exams so independent school GCSE data is frequently misleading; parents should check the results with the schools.

Who came from where

Who goes where

Special Education Needs

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty Y
VI - Visual Impairment

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Interpreting catchment maps

The maps show in colour where the pupils at a school came from*. Red = most pupils to Blue = fewest.

Where the map is not coloured we have no record in the previous three years of any pupils being admitted from that location based on the options chosen.

For help and explanation of our catchment maps see: Catchment maps explained

Further reading

If there are more applicants to a school than it has places for, who gets in is determined by which applicants best fulfil the admissions criteria.

Admissions criteria are often complicated, and may change from year to year. The best source of information is usually the relevant local authority website, but once you have set your sights on a school it is a good idea to ask them how they see things panning out for the year that you are interested in.

Many schools admit children based on distance from the school or a fixed catchment area. For such schools, the cut-off distance will vary from year to year, especially if the school give priority to siblings, and the pattern will be of a central core with outliers (who will mostly be siblings). Schools that admit on the basis of academic or religious selection will have a much more scattered pattern.

*The coloured areas outlined in black are Census Output Areas. These are made up of a group of neighbouring postcodes, which accounts for their odd shapes. These provide an indication, but not a precise map, of the school’s catchment: always refer to local authority and school websites for precise information.

The 'hotter' the colour the more children have been admitted.

Children get into the school from here:

most years
quite often
sometimes, but not in this year

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