Slide background

Primary to Secondary Transition

We are absolutely thrilled to welcome you to The John Roan School! I am Ms Johnson, your head of year, and I wanted to take this time to introduce myself to you all. I was born in Toronto, Canada and moved to England in 2015. As well as being your head of year, I am also an English Teacher and currently reading ‘Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban’ for the third time! I became a teacher because I wanted to share my excitement and love of literature with my students. I believe books are so special because they take you to far-away magical places and worlds you never dreamed existed, all without ever leaving home.

Besides being a teacher and your head of year, I love travelling to different countries, I love playing hockey, I love learning new things (I’m currently learning Spanish!), and I love to sew. I’ve spent these past few weeks reading more, baking more, riding my bike more, sewing more, and excitedly awaiting your arrival in September! We pride ourselves on our incredible pastoral care which includes an outstanding year 7 team who are looking forward to meeting you and working with you just as much as I am. I truly hope you are looking forward to joining us at The John Roan School, because we have a lot of exciting things planned for you!

Virtual Open Event Presentation


Virtual Open Event Video


Special Educational Needs

Extra-Curricular Activities

  • What extra-curricular activities does the school run?
    These vary from term to term and are different for different year groups.  The schedule is published on the website and is shared with the students.  There is always a wide range of sporting and music opportunities, we have a lively and successful debating club, the School Council plays and important part in the life of the school and we have a very busy community group that work with local day centres, have dementia training and support a wide range of local groups.  Our library is busy before and after school very day as well as at breaks and lunches.  We run homework clubs after school.  For older students there is also the opportunity to study for additional GCSEs, as well as to attend revision classes prior to exams.

Setting and Grouping

  • Do you set groups in Year 7?

    Yes, in Maths, English and Science the groups are organised according to ability.  Students can move between groups following assessments.  In all other subjects, the students are taught in form groups or in mixed ability groups from across a number of forms.


  • Is there bullying in the school and if there is how does the school deal with this?

    Sadly there is bullying in all schools.  We work hard to ensure that all students know and understand that bullying is wrong and that it is important to report concerns around bullying at an early point.  Our form tutors and Heads of Year will listen and taken action according to the situation that they are dealing with.  In all cases, parents are involved.  We will not tolerate bullying and take strong action where we find out about such behaviours.  Reconciliation and reparation are a key part of the follow up work.  We have a School Counsellor and a number of other staff with training in working with students who need additional emotional support.

Subject Offer / Curriculum

  • What subjects do you teach?

    Our curriculum offer can be seen on our website.  At key Stage 3 (years 7, 8 and 9) we offer a wide, broad and balanced curriculum to all of our students.

  • What languages do you teach?

    French and Spanish

  • Can students take additional GCSEs?

    Some of our students study for the GCSE in Astronomy – working with students from other schools and the Greenwich Observatory.  The classes for this are at the weekend. 

    Some of our students also take Further Maths GCSE – this is taught after school during Year 11 

    Some of our students take Triple (or separate) Science – this is largely taught after school during Years 10 and 11 

    Where a student is bilingual, we are often able to arrange for them to take a GCSE in their community language


The school is part of United Learning. United Learning comprises: UCST (Registered in England No: 2780748. Charity No. 1016538) and ULT (Registered in England No. 4439859. An Exempt Charity). Companies limited by guarantee. VAT number 834 8515 12.
Registered address: United Learning, Worldwide House, Thorpe Wood, Peterborough, PE3 6SB. Tel: 01832 864 444

Financial Accountability and Freedom of Information
Website Terms, Cookies and Privacy

United Learning

We use Google Analytics cookies to help improve the content of this site, tick the Analytics and click on save of you agree to this. The analytics data is anonymous.