• Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use
    to change the world
    Nelson Mandela


St John’s Students Celebrate Duke of Edinburgh Success

St John’s Principal Mrs Nicky Edmondson met a group of students in Years 10-13 recently to present them with their Duke of Edinburgh Award.

Over 100 students at St John’s have completed their awards in the current academic year, at Bronze, Silver and Gold level.
“I am very proud of you all for achieving your DofE award, and I am sure that the skills you have gained will be of value in your future lives” Mrs Edmondson told the students.

The Duke of Edinburgh Award is open to all St John’s students in Year 9 upwards, with the Gold Award offered to Sixth Form students. Over 160 of the current Year 9 students have recently signed up for the Bronze Award are heading off on practice expeditions over the May bank holiday weekend, some in the Pewsey Vale and others in Gloucestershire.

St John’s DofE Leader, Mr Richard Moore explained how St John’s is able to accommodate so many students. “We work closely with BXM, a DofE Expedition company that is able to accommodate larger expedition groups than we could manage ourselves, therefore allowing us to focus on supporting students in the other areas of the DofE without having to restrict the number of participants”.

In addition to an expedition, DofE participants are required to take part in volunteering, a physical activity and develop a skill. Many students volunteer in local charity shops, or assist with uniform groups and after-school clubs. Any voluntary organisation able to offer volunteering opportunities to students should contact Mrs Kate Hunter, DofE Administrator at St John’s (email [email protected]).


Students Surprise at the St John’s Design Show

DesignShow2016logoStudents excelled this week in the highly anticipated St John’s Design Show. This annual event is the make or break point for all design and technology students across the school with the event marking the deadline for all coursework and final products.
It was an exciting evening with an electric atmosphere alive with excitement, creativity and nerves from all ends of the spectrum.  While students rushed to make finishing touches to products teachers observed diligently with a seemingly calm exterior. Parents showed their pride and astonishment at the overall professionalism and skill represented by many of St John’s finest designers.

Read the full press release PDF.

– Written by Katie Kerr Year 12

Easton Royal Academy delighted to be awarded £10,000 for a ‘story shed’ project

Easton Royal Academy has been successful in its bid to Tesco, by being awarded Optimized-ERA Tesco funding£10,000 from its carrier bag fund to go towards the school’s ‘story shed’ project. It plans to build an outdoor classroom surrounded by a nature area and pond, which will be used for small group and individual reading and writing work, linking children with members of the local community in small, inspirational projects. Everybody at ERA is very excited!