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Strike Action - Thursday 2nd March

As you will be aware, the membership of the National Education Union (NEU) have voted to take industrial action in schools across the country. This will take the form of strike action and the second in a series of days is due to take place on Thursday 2nd March. I am writing to give you as much notice as possible about the likely impact this will have on our school. The industrial action is a result of a national dispute between the NEU and the government and is not specific to our school nor to United Learning. The overwhelming majority of schools locally and nationally will be impacted but each school will have different arrangements for students due to the number of members of its staff who are likely to strike.

We have been working closely with colleagues here to plan for the strikes so that we can minimise any disruption to our students’ education. Our current understanding is that some colleagues will be taking industrial action and we are thus planning for this accordingly.

Kevin Oakes, 28 February 2023

Dame Sharon White inspires Sixth Form students

Still run as a partnership, with all employees having shares in the business and enjoying special members only perks, John Lewis has been a stalwart of UK high streets for the past century, yet the advent of online shopping, and the emergence of retail giants like Amazon, plus the lasting effects of lockdown have seen John Lewis having to close stores and drastically rethink their business model.

Jayne Nelson, 05 December 2022

A Level Results 2022

In a significant uplift since the last formal exams in 2019, 47% of A Level entries achieved A*-B grades and 71% of entries achieved A*-C grades. For Level 3 equivalent qualifications, 41% of entries achieved the highest marks of Distinction or Distinction*. 

Jayne Nelson, 19 August 2022

Outward bound in the Lake District

The Braithwaite Centre is set within 40 acres of land in the stunning Lake District and every John Roan School student has the opportunity to visit during their time here. This term it's the turn of years 8 and 9.

Hope Memorial Trust, which runs the centre, was established by Arthur Hope, a former Headteacher of The John Roan School from the 1920s. He wanted to give our capital’s young people the opportunity to experience the beauty beyond their urban environment.

The centre acts as the perfect base for our students to access a wide variety of pursuits they may otherwise never experience, embrace the beauty of our spectacular countryside and be challenged and inspired by the bountiful nature of outdoor life. Activities that students can enjoy include:

  • Rock climbing
  • Hill walking
  • Orienteering
  • Nature rambles
  • Canoeing
  • Swimming
  • Ghyll scrambling

Students who have visited always talk about the lasting impression that their trip will have on them. Trips have been extremely limited over the past 2 years, making this visit even more impactful.

Jayne Nelson, 17 June 2022

Community Librarians reach the finals of Goldsmith's Community Engagement Awards

“At The John Roan School we aim to develop character, compassion and service to the community, as well as providing a wide variety of enriching experiences for our students. The Librarians are a remarkable group of young people who genuinely enjoy doing something that benefits others. They have also learnt so much from the planning and organising of all the community events, and the Goldsmiths Community Engagement Awards developed their confidence and public speaking skills. I am extremely proud of them.”

Jennifer Allen, John Roan School Librarian

Jayne Nelson, 23 May 2022

The John Roan School presents High School Musical

After over two years in the planning, Ms Hibbert and a talented troop of singers, dancers and budding actors pulled out all the stops to put on a superb production of High School Musical this week.

Over two nights, the show was a riot of uplifting songs, pom poms and remarkable American accents, ably supported by a crew of lighting, sound and backstage managers. A huge congratulations to everyone who was involved in the show, you should all be extremely proud of yourselves. An enormous thank you also goes to Ms Hibbert, Head of Drama, as without her dedication, none of this would have happened.

Jayne Nelson, 29 April 2022


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