Ethos and Values of St John's

The school motto, vitam impendere vero – be true to yourself – stands behind the ethos and values of St John’s.



“The quality of pupils’ achievements and learning is exceptional. Pupils of all needs and abilities, including the EYFS, are extremely successful in their learning. The school fully meets its aims to enable each boy to extend and develop his talents and interests so that he can grow in confidence and fulfill his potential”


ISI Inspection report 2016

Small Beginnings

We expect each boy to extend and develop his talents and interests, grow in confidence and fulfill his potential. Every pupil is presented with the widest range of opportunities which will enable him to flourish into a fully rounded individual. A positive and aspirational academic environment means every boy achieves his best. Extra-curricular and enrichment activities also provide many opportunities for boys to shine individually and as part of a group.

Learning and life

A stimulating teaching environment encourages each boy to develop a positive and self-disciplined approach to learning. Teaching is designed to foster pupils' enthusiasm and encourage the acquisition of knowledge, skills and understanding. Celebrating achievements of all kinds raises the attainment and aspiration of each boy who gains confidence which will last a lifetime.

Secure values

St John’s is a safe and respectful community where every boy is valued. The School provides a moral and spiritual framework in which boys are taught to respect the feelings, beliefs and property of others, and to play their parts in both the school community and wider society. Every member of the school community is expected to behave with honesty, fairness and self-control.

Nurturing and friendly

From his very first day at St John’s, each boy experiences a home from home where he forms strong bonds with pupils and teachers alike. Pastoral care is given a high priority and boys’ social development matures within a warm and friendly environment. Each boy’s particular talents and needs are recognised within a family community that looks out for its members.

Partners with parents

St John’s places great value on the partnerships we form with parents and carers and recognise that parental support is vital to your son’s achievement. We welcome and encourage contact and discussion of all aspects of their progress and welfare. In addition to regular communications, reports and parents’ meetings, there are many opportunities for informal updates and to share any concerns.