A Word from Mr Chippington

Education is a journey of discovery that lasts a lifetime. When children are very young we want that journey to be full of excitement, challenge, awe and wonder. At St John’s, a rich and varied curriculum with a wide variety of activities allows children to explore and to gain an understanding of the world around them whilst at the same time discovering their strengths and weaknesses.  Each child is encouraged to think for him or herself and to continue asking that all-important question ‘why?’.

At the heart of everything we do at St John’s, though, lies a deep care of each child as an individual. It is this care and engagement with children’s learning that leads to teaching which inspectors describe as ‘inspirational’.  More than that, though, we care deeply about every child’s well-being.

At St John’s we set our aspirations high, not through a culture of hot-housing, but through the underlying principle of instilling a love of learning that will stay with the children throughout the rest of their lives. We want them to become great learners who will go out into our complex and ever-changing world with confidence and the skills they need to make a positive difference. The philosopher Eric Hoffer said, “In times of change learners inherit the earth while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists”.

A genuine love of learning together with inspirational teaching in a caring and happy environment leads to exceptional results. This is what we strive to achieve at St John’s and it is what makes it a very special place. So, please do come and visit us to see for yourself.  I look forward to meeting you.

Neil Chippington