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Last updated: December 21st, 2023

Welcome to SJB

Welcome to SJB


 I am very proud to be the Headteacher of St John the Baptist School (SJB) and it gives me great pleasure to welcome you and your family to our website.

SJB is a community where every individual is highly valued and where care and concern for others is central to our work. We aim to blend academic learning with excellent pastoral care so that all students and staff thrive and feel successful.

Our Catholic ethos permeates throughout the school in how we treat each other and we value the opportunities for personal and community reflection that stems from celebrating our faith.

We are incredibly proud of our students! They are hardworking, well-behaved and enjoy both learning and spending time with each other and our staff.  We work in a positive culture using consistent procedures and excellent systems.  We are very proud of the quality of care our students receive alongside their academic education and strive to make all students’ time at school some of the happiest times of their lives.

At SJB we want our students to:

  • Deepen their relationship with God
  • Love learning
  • Achieve their academic potential
  • Have a wide range of experiences both in and out of the classroom
  • Grow into happy, confident, resilient and articulate young people
  • Leave SJB equipped to lead fulfilling lives and make a positive contribution to society

Our staff are vibrant, enthusiastic and passionate about ensuring our students get the very best deal. They work incredibly hard and are continually looking for ways to improve our provision. We are also very committed to improving the whole school system. We work closely with the Xavier Teaching School Hub, Teach South East SCITT and Schools Alliance for Excellence (SAfE) and lead the North East Hants and Surrey Maths Hub. As such we are able to offer our staff new opportunities in: leadership development; training future teachers; developing Maths teaching across all phases and supporting local primary and secondary schools. We currently have a number of staff that work, in a variety of capacities, in other schools. We work hard to offer development to all stages of a teachers career; from initial teacher training to NPQH for prospective Headteachers.

As a school we work hard to innovate and stay at the cutting edge of teaching and learning, and are constantly seeking opportunities to evaluate our practise and improve our provision. We are very proud to have been the first school in the country to have been recognised as “transforming” under the SSATs Framework for Exceptional Education in all twelve strands of practice including: culture of reflection; professional learning; variety of teaching; and leadership through moral purpose; principled curriculum design and many more!

Every Day is Open Day at SJB and visitors are always very welcome.

  • James Granville Hamshar
  • Headteacher