I wanted to write and update you on the latest figures from
our exam results. The figures released earlier this month are some of the best
the school has ever had, and is testament to the hard work of our young people,
the staff and the continual support we receive for you, the parents and carers
of our learners. These figures relate to
those young people who left at the end of last year, whether in S4, S5 or S6.
As you know, each school is unique. Within Perth and Kinross, St John’s RC Academy has the greatest socio-economic mix of all the secondary schools in the area, with significant numbers of young people living in the most deprived areas. We are very proud of this diversity, but this makes it difficult to compare our school with those elsewhere within the local authority, as this is like comparing apples with oranges. Scottish Government provides schools with the ‘Insight’ tool to help us compare the achievements of individual children in our school with similar pupils in 10 other schools, so we can compare apples with apples. This is called the Virtual Comparator. Against almost all the key measures, the pupils in St John’s RC Academy have outperformed the Virtual Comparator.
These measures include:
Leavers attaining more success in literacy and numeracy at National 4 and National 5 than the virtual comparators
Better complementary tariff points for the lowest, middle and highest achieving groups of pupils than the virtual comparators
Better attainment than our virtual comparators for those living in both the most and least deprived households
Our highest ever figure for positive destinations – 98.18%, which is better than the Perth and Kinross and National averages (see graphic)
61% of our leavers achieving at least 5 National 5 awards (8% higher than our virtual comparators)
62% achieving at least 1 Higher (6% higher than our virtual comparators)
43% achieving 3 Highers (4% higher than our virtual comparators)
30% achieving 5 Highers (4% higher than our virtual comparators)
22% achieving at least 1 Advanced Higher (6% higher than our virtual comparators)
As a school community, we are very proud of the achievements of our leavers. Their achievements are often hard won and these should always be recognised and celebrated. It is very important to me that you have confidence in the school you entrust your child to, and I hope this update gives you a fuller picture of the real successes of our school and the young people who are at the heart of our achievements.
We are now well into 2019 as I write to you, and coming up to our short break. Since the new year our learners have been hard at work across our nursery and school. Our senior pupils have been undertaking assessment opportunities before their formal exams in April/May, and many of our S2 pupils have enjoyed a fabulous week in the Italian Alps learning to ski. A four minute video is available here to view. Secondary pupils also recently enjoyed the delights of Murrayfield for a Six Nations Rugby match. P6 have been participating (in all weathers!) in our outdoor education programme at Battleby, and P7 are busy preparing for the school show (on 27 March – mark it in the calendar!). Our Monday ‘Learning Hub’ in the library is going well, and new Families Connect sessions have begun. Read more
As usual, we’ve been busy in St John’s RC Academy! There’s been lots going on, and I hope that you are keeping up to date with just some of the things that happen through our very active Twitter accounts (@st_johnsacademy and @stjohnsnursery_). You can also access these through our website (www.st-johnsacademy.org.uk)
As we approach the half-way point of our academic year we are very much focused on our learning across the whole school. Our senior pupils are working hard on their coursework and preparing for examinations. Of course, exam success doesn’t just happen in the senior phase. All our learning leads to this, from nursery to the end of S3, so our efforts and hard work, developing our knowledge and skills, are crucial to success later in life. Scottish Book Week, which we are celebrating this week, is a welcome reminder of the importance that reading for pleasure has in building our understanding of the world, as well as improving our literacy skills. Next week, the secondary will be celebrating Scotland Week and in particular celebrating our Scots language. Absolutely stoatin! Read more
We’re up and running! The start of the year is always an exciting time! Over the past couple of weeks we have been welcoming new pupils across the school, including new nursery, primary and secondary pupils. It’s been a real pleasure to see them all resplendent in their new uniforms. As always, thanks so much for supporting our uniform. And please also remember to put your child’s name on everything! We’d love to reduce our lost property and we will return anything found if we can see a name on belongings.
For new parents of St John’s RC Academy, please don’t forget to have a look at our School Brochure for more information on our school.
As I write, we are busy ensuring that all the various transitionswithin St John’s RC Academy are underway and helping all the children and young people get to know what’s in store from them next session. For nursery children, we have various occasions for parents/carers and the children to visit and meet the class teachers. Today we have ‘bumpy-up’ day in the primary, and the children from P1-6 are spending time with the teacher they will have next session. Our P7s are currently on their 2 day induction in the secondary, where we are welcoming children from our cluster primaries and 12 other primaries from across Perth and Kinross. Our S1-3 have already moved into S2-4, and we welcomed back our new S5 and S6 at the beginning of this week. We’re still working with a number of our school leavers, including our outgoing S6, until the end of term to make sure they have sound plans for their future.
Since the start of the final term of 2017/18 we have been busy right across the whole school. While many of our nursery pupils are getting ready for P1, our P7 pupils are preparing for S1, and we have been saying our farewells to our outgoing S6 and leavers in the Senior Phase.
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