Inspectors praise 'successful' St John's

ST JOHN S School in Sidmouth is successful and good teaching creates motivated and responsible pupils, according to its latest independent report. The report, which was published last week by the Independent Schools Inspectorate, outlined strong relatio

ST JOHN'S School in Sidmouth is "successful" and good teaching creates motivated and responsible pupils, according to its latest independent report.

The report, which was published last week by the Independent Schools Inspectorate, outlined strong relationships and guidance as key to its success.

The report states: "Following a difficult period, staff and management have worked hard to restore the school and to re-establish a good quality of education.

"Good teaching is effective in enabling pupils to achieve their potential academically and most pupils move on to schools of their choice.


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"Pupils behave very well both in lessons and around the school, and there is a very strong sense of cohesion in the community."

The report, which has the full support of the DCSF and Ofsted, has been very positively received by the school and by Headmistress Angela Parry-Davies.

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Mrs Parry-Davies said: "Over the past 18 months, St John's School has gone from strength to strength and this comes through loud and clear in the report.

"Since the International Education Systems took control in the April of 2007, the school is flourishing again - pupils, staff and parents are highly motivated, pupils are achieving their potential academically and the school is providing an environment in which thoughtful, considerate and respectful individuals are being created."

At the same time, the Headmistress outlined that some areas for improvement had been highlighted in the report and that plans were already being put in place to tackle any issues that had been raised, including a new post for the teaching of Design Technology.

She added: "We have come along way over recent months due to the commitment and passion of everyone who is involved with St John's.

"As always, there is still work to be done - we believe inspections should be constructive and should encourage us all to question what we do, in order to improve. "St John's is a happy school which is getting better day by day and, with the introduction of the Senior School and the IGCSE examinations, we feel extremely positive about our role as educators, helping to create happy, confident, motivated and skilled young people.

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