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Our Vision for Learning


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 curriculum:

  • Is underpinned by our motto “Have Faith…Believe you can!” and supports the students in growing their faith: in God; in themselves; and in each other.
  • Raises students’ aspirations, challenges and equips them with the knowledge and skills to flourish in their future careers.
  • Is inclusive, well designed and coherently sequenced in order to establish a strong foundation for all students.
  • Is rich, inspiring and as broad as possible.
  • Provides students with opportunities to take the curriculum beyond the classroom to develop independence, creativity and a love of learning.
  • Offers a wide range of opportunities for students to take ownership of and personalise their curriculum in order to develop existing talents and interests as well as discover new ones.
  • Fosters the development of character, communication skills, health and wellbeing in order to thrive beyond SJB.

Delivery of our curriculum:

  • Embraces the concepts of ‘teaching for mastery’ and ‘quality first teaching’.
  • Focuses on building both knowledge and skills over time.
  • Engenders high expectations of all students.
  • Strives to build students’ resilience, confidence and self-belief.
  • Is delivered by subject experts and underpinned by evidence-based practice.
  • Actively encourages making mistakes as part of learning.
  • Uses assessment to help students embed and use knowledge fluently, check understanding and inform teaching.
  • Ensures feedback is regular and concise so that students know their strengths, next steps and are given opportunities to address them.
  • Utilises the latest technology to support learning and ensure all students develop their digital literacy.
  • Develops students’ literacy skills.

For further details please see our curriculum policy

Mission Statement

Our mission is to be a Catholic School where every individual is highly valued and where care and concern for others is central to our work. All our students are expected to achieve their full potential and become equipped for adult life. At SJB everything we do is guided by Gospel values.

The School Mission Statement and the Gospel Values guide us in everything we say and do at St John the Baptist School.

The Gospel values are:

  • Love
  • Forgiveness
  • Reconciliation
  • Justice
  • Faith
  • Integrity
  • Humility
  • Service
  • Peace
  • Hope
  • Prayer

…and the greatest of these is Love


The Governors are drawn from the local community and freely give their time and expertise in order to support the work of the school. There are several different categories of Governor:

  • Foundation Governors are appointed by the Diocese;
  • Parent Governors are appointed by self-nomination and parent vote where necessary;
  • Staff Governors are appointed by self-nomination and staff vote where necessary;
  • Local Authority and Co-opted Governors are appointed by the Governing Board.

We are blessed to have a committed and multi-talented Governing Board with a wide variety of experience and expertise.

The Governors act as ‘critical friends’ to the school working closely with the Headteacher and play a strategic role in the running of the school. This includes maintaining the ethos of St John the Baptist as a Catholic school under the direction of the Bishop, setting aims and objectives, adopting policies and setting targets.

This is achieved through regular meetings – the full Governing Body meets three times a year and three committees (Resources, Staffing and Curriculum, Community and Spiritual Life) meet termly. At these meetings Governors are expected to ask relevant and challenging questions thus ensuring the school leadership is effective and accountable.

Governors are also a visible presence in the school sitting on interview panels for senior members of staff and attending school events supporting staff and students in their achievements and successes.

If you wish to contact us, please email governors@sjb.surrey.sch.uk or send a letter marked for our attention to the school.

Contact Us

  • Headteacher:
  • Mr J Granville Hamshar
  • Email:
  • info@sjb.surrey.sch.uk
  • Tel:
  • 01483 729 343
  • Fax:
  • 01483 727 578
  • Postal Address:
  • Elmbridge Lane, Woking, Surrey, GU22 9AL

About SJB

Our aim is simple – we want to be the best school in the country! By this we mean that all our students will receive a better education here than they would at any other establishment.

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

And so a bit about us…

SJB is part of the Xavier Catholic Education Trust. We are a group of fourteen schools in the Diocese of Arundel and Brighton who have come together to work collaboratively for the benefit of all the children we serve. The Trust’s aim is to provide a caring and supportive environment within which all children receive the best possible education.

Achievement is at the forefront of everything we do at SJB and it would be fair to say it is “cool” to achieve. Our staff are vibrant, enthusiastic and passionate about ensuring our students get the very best deal.

At our last OFSTED inspection (June 2014) we were judged to be outstanding in every category. We are very proud of achieving this result and it is especially pleasing for the students and staffs hard work to be externally recognised in this way. Please do not think we know all the answers, we don’t. Our mission is to be the best school in England and we will continually look for ways to improve.

We are very committed to improving the whole school system. For many years we have been a Teaching School, Maths Hub and SCITT (we are currently the largest SCITT provider in the country). This means we are able to offer our staff new opportunities in: 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.

We are very proud to have been designated as one of the first World Class Schools in 2015 an award that was ratified again in 2018. More recently we have been recognised as “transforming” under the SSATs Framework for Exceptional Education in ten aspects of our practice including: culture of reflection; professional learning; variety of teaching; and leadership through moral purpose. We aspire to achieve accreditation for all aspects and will be working towards achieving more this year!

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

James Granville Hamshar

Exam Results

We are incredibly proud of all our students and would like to take this opportunity to congratulate them and to thank the parents for their unstinting support.

GCSE Results 2018-19

  • Progress 8 – +1.13
  • Attainment 8 – 62.5
  • 94% of all entries grade 4+
  • 86% of all entries grade 5+
  • 47% of all entries grade 7+
  • 93% achieving 4+ in English and Maths
  • 80% achieving 5+ in English and Maths
  • 56% of students entered the EBacc
  • 50% of students achieved a 4+ in the EBacc

Download all the GSCE results (2018-19)

A Level Results 2018-19

  • 72% A*, A or B grade
  • 92% A* to C
  • 99.5% A* – E

Percentage of all exam grades

  • 12% were at an A* grade
  • 25% A grade
  • 35% at a B grade.
  • 21% C grade
  • 69% of our students achieved two or more grades A*-B

Please click here to access the DfE School Performance TablesDownload all the A Level results (2018-19)