St John the Baptist School Have faith... believe you can!
Updated: 29/09/2020

Year 6 into 7:
Information for prospective parents and students

Dear Prospective Parents and Students,

Unfortunately, due to the restrictions currently placed on all schools because of the COVID-19 pandemic we are not able to host an in school Open Evening for Year 6 parents and students in the way that we would normally. I hope this is the only time we ever have to use this virtual format and that by next year 'normal' life has resumed, both in wider society and within schools.

First, I'd like to introduce myself. My name is James Granville Hamshar and I am the Headteacher here at St John the Baptist School. I am incredibly proud to work with such amazing staff and students and it is a privilege to work with all our children who, on the whole, love coming to school each day to learn and be part of the SJB community. Under normal circumstances you would be able to visit the school to experience the vibrant learning environment for yourselves; you would have met with current staff and students, listened to me speak about our mission at SJB and had the chance to ask lots of questions. Sadly, this year we need to do things a little bit differently. From this web page you'll be able to access all the information you need and through the power of video, get a small glimpse into what normal life at SJB is like. Once you've watched the video please make time to go through the parent FAQs section; hopefully, this will answer any questions you have. If not, then please contact our Admissions Officer, Claire Antal on 01483 729 343 and she will help you.

As a Catholic School, the Gospel values are central to our mission guiding everything we do. We endeavour to live them out every day to set an example to the children so that they witness excellent Christian role models and faith in action. Before you begin to watch the video below, please click on this link and find the section of the website which explains what we stand for.

I would now like to expand a little further specifically for prospective parents wishing to join our school. We have a simple recipe for success at SJB... We only appoint the best teachers and we work hard to ensure that their sole focus is teaching the children to the best of their ability. We have the highest expectations of the children in everything they do and will support them relentlessly through every stage of their educational journey – that's it, there is no magic formula, we love the children and we teach them exceptionally well!! I firmly believe if we keep that as our focus, we will never deviate too far from the right path. Having said that, we absolutely have not cracked it... and we never will. We are continually driven to improve in every aspect and that effort will never cease.

Ordinarily, we say every day is an open day here at SJB, which, in a non-COVID world, is true! As soon as society's rules ease, and visitors may be safely reintroduced onto the SJB site, we would love to see you for a visit – please look for updates on our website, although unfortunately, it definitely won't be possible this side of Christmas.

Until then, take care and God bless.

James Granville Hamshar

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