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School life revolves around pupils' houses, the day starts and ends there, their tutor is to be found there, studying and socialising takes place there. The culture of each house differs depending on the Housemaster or Mistress [we are co-ed] but they are not quirky. Art and the Design and Technology [correct description of the department] of facilities are superb, housed in a gleaming new classroom block and equipped with everything the most dedicated artists and design technology students could want...

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St John’s, Leatherhead is a leading independent, co-educational school for pupils aged 11 to 18, offering day, weekly and flexible boarding options. Renowned for outstanding pastoral care, the atmosphere of the School is friendly, relaxed and purposeful. The success of St John’s is underpinned by a strong sense of community, a vibrant house system and an exemplary co-curricular programme. Small class sizes with outstanding teaching leads to a positive learning environment in the classroom. St John’s offers a wide range of opportunity. Every pupil is encouraged to choose their own pathway, informed by his or her interests and ambitions. They are encouraged to perform to the best of their ability, both academically and outside the classroom. ...Read more

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2015 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Boys taking PE / Sports Studies at an English Independent School (GCE AS level)


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Since September 2017, Rowena Cole BSc PGCE MBA, previously head of Dunottar School in Reigate. Biology degree from Exeter; taught biology at Howard of Effingham and City of London Freemen's before deputy headship at Guildford High. Married to Alistair; they have two young children.

Academic matters

St John's has been gradually on the up academically over the last few years and is aiming still higher. Exam results in 2017 were 74 per cent A*-A/9-7 grades at GCSE, and 45 per cent A*/A at A level. It has been considered as a school which provides a good education but not a high pressure one - a suitable place for a child who would not be happy or comfortable in a highly academic environment. Parents here certainly want their children to do as well as they can academically,...

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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.

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Special Education Needs

Learning Support is available to all pupils of the school, particularly those with a specific learning difficulty (SpLD) and the Special Needs Coordinator (SENCo) will contact their parents before the end of the summer term prior to their arrival. Pupils with SpLD will normally be placed on the School’s Special Needs Register, unless parents specifically request otherwise. The SENCo is also responsible for the supervision of literacy testing to establish whether individual support should continue. Specialist tuition, tailored to individual needs, is available to all pupils at St.John’s, on an individual basis. Sessions usually take place outside normal lesson times. An additional charge, paid termly with the school fees, is made for any tuition received. Basic skills are closely monitored throughout the first three years at St.John’s and any pupil who appears to require extra help with English, Maths, time management and organisation, or any other area of Study Skills, is referred by teachers or tutors to the Learning Support Department. As well as internal referrals, parents may request assistance, either through the Housemaster or form tutor, or by contacting the SENCo. Support will sometimes continue into the Sixth Form, where the focus is on Study Skills, including time management and essay writing. Lessons generally take place during a private study period. At this point, the objective is not to give extra lessons in the specific subjects being studied, but to facilitate learning in a more general way and to promote autonomy. 10-09

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class Y
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
VI - Visual Impairment

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