Can I welcome you to St John’s Beaumont, albeit not in person and thank you for the interest that you have shown in the School.
As you look through this website I hope you will notice the variety of opportunities that our boys experience that combine to make St John’s Beaumont the very special school that it is. In a school that is committed to a non-selective entrance criteria we are proud of the successes of all of our pupils. As a single-sex boys school we are able to offer a curriculum dedicated entirely to the needs of our boys ensuring that their academic, pastoral, creative and sporting potential are realised to the full. Academic success is prized highly at St John’s but is achieved alongside outstanding opportunities and excellence in Art, Music, Drama and Sport.
When your son leaves St John’s, we hope that the time he has spent with us will instil in him the courage not just to succeed in those things that come naturally, but also the things that challenge him. We hope he will have access to the enormous array of extra curricular activities, trips and discussions that take place. In doing so he will facilitate a far more enriching experience and will enjoy an education in the truest sense of the word. An experience that will not allow him to have all of the right answers but also to ask the right questions.
I very much hope to welcome you to St John’s in the near future personally and see at first hand what makes St John’s so different.
Academic Studies at St John's
Our academic curriculum challenges each boy to demonstrate exceptional progress and with additional elements that include our own 'Magis' Programme, pupils are able to explore concepts and opinions that are outside the normal curriculum.
French, Latin, Spanish, Greek and Mandarin are taught at St John's and every boy studies at least one foreign language from Year 2.
A broad and vibrant program is an essential accompaniment to a rigorous academic environment. Our Extra-Curricular activities provide boys with a welcome opportunity for cultural, sporting, social or academic exploration ina fun and alternative environment.
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The School Buildings and Facilities
The building was specially designed in 1888 as a school by John Francis Bentley, the architect of Westminster Cathedral. His work includes a particularly beautiful Gothic chapel, large and handsome rooms and galleries, dormitories in which each boy has his own cubicle, and many signs of fine workmanship. In recent years the kitchens have been completely re-equipped. There is a modern purpose built Science, Technology, Art and Craft Centre in the school and a Music School and Drama Centre opened in 2000. An ICT Centre and Library complex was opened in 2002.
The school has a well-equipped gymnasium, a new indoor 25 metre swimming pool, four tennis courts and what can only be described as one of the finest cricket squares to be found in an English preparatory school. The main cricket square also has a newly renovated Victorian pavilion. Recently the classrooms have been refurbished and many have in them, as standard, a computer, an overhead projector, a television and video recorder and an ever increasing number of smartboards. This ensures staff and children work with the most modern equipment. Of great importance also, in the academic life of the school are the excellent Bellarmine and Butcher Libraries which have large annual budgets
St John's is a Roman Catholic, Boarding and Day school for boys. Admission, academically speaking, is non-selective but is strictly 'first come, first served'. We positively welcome applications from families of other religions.
A pupil may be registered on the School list but will only be offered a place after a tour of the School and meeting with the Headmaster.
The School has its main intake in Nursery (rising 4), Year 1 (aged 5), Year 3 (aged 7) and Year 7 (aged 11). Entry is sometimes possible at other times but only where a place becomes vacant.
If you wish to receive a prospectus please fill in the application form under the 'prospectus request' link.
At the heart of St. John’s is its boarding community. The school was founded around the occupants of its two dormitories; though today boarders are accompanied around the school by our day boy contingent, St. John’s is still a Boarding School.
Some sixty boys choose to board at St. John’s. They are divided evenly between those that board on a weekly basis (leaving school on a Friday and returning either on Sunday evening or Monday morning) and our full boarders. Whilst the vast majority of boarders have English as their first language, the community is a healthy combination of nationalites (and personalities); whilst we maintain proud links with Mexico, Hong Kong and Spain, six continents are well-represented by our boys and they mingle freely and seamlessly.
Boarding at St. John’s gives our boys the essential opportunity to interact with each other beyond the scope that a day-only programme offers. The schools that St. John’s boarders go onto are continually impressed by the way our boys behave within a social group and take responsibility for organising themselves in less structured environments. This is very much as a result of the occasions for personal development they receive as boarders here. A balance is struck between direct supervision and encouraging responsibility and cooperation. The boarding staff know each boarder as an individual and supervise them closely, yet every boy is given opportunities to demonstrate initiative, reliability and conscientiousness on a daily basis.
The boys are looked after by a team of staff led by the Housemaster, Mr. Hardgrove. Mr. Hardgrove is with the boys from Lights On to Lights Out and assisted in providing direction and company for all the boys by the Dormitory Masters. Mr. Bogie looks after Southwell dormitory, where the Rudiments (Year 8) boys sleep; Miss Irwin tends to Morse dormitory, the younger boys’ dorm. The Dormitory Master’s and Mistress’ rooms each adjoin their respective dormitories, ensuring that the boys have round the clock access to a familiar member of staff. Each dormitory also has a dedicated matron to share the ongoing burden of tidiness with. The School Nurses are also a part of the boarding team, ensuring that boys have round the clock access to medical treatment and care as well as, just as importantly, providing extra levels of mothering that all the boys benefit from.
The boys are woken up at 7.15am (with a lie-in on Sundays). Some regularly choose to wake earlier for music practice or to attend daily Mass. All boys shower once a day in addition to washing after games and teeth-brushing is supervised twice a day. After breakfast (always a sumptuous choice of cereals, toast, yoghurts, fruit and cooked food), the boarders join the general school community for the school day. From Lower Elements (Year 4) upwards, all boys at St. John’s – day boys included – remain at school after lessons to complete their studies. The boarders then mark the end of the school day with prayers in the chapel.
There is then the full range of the school’s activity programme and the resources of the Playroom to occupy the boys positively till Supper at 7.15pm. The youngest boys start their bedtime routine after their meal at 8pm, with the older boys having some more free-time. In the dormitories, a story is usually read to the younger boys and everyone has the opportunity for some quiet reading or study before lights out which is at 9.15pm for the oldest boys.
At the weekends there are often school matches and the boarders also have use of the swimming pool and tennis courts. Saturdays are always rounded off with a movie, whilst Sundays feature an excursion. Trips range from paintballing or attending a Premiership Rugby Match to attending Mass in London, theatre and gallery trips, and sightseeing. Twice per term we have is an exeat weekend known as a 'Guest Room'. Whilst boarders are often asked to stay with friends then, it is essential that every full-boarder has a properly appointed guardian to visit for these or any of the other school holidays.
Music and the Arts at St Johns Beaumont.
In an academically non-selective school that recognises excellence in many areas, Music and the Arts are essential to the boys’ academic, spiritual and emotional development. There are numerous ensembles and choirs in which boys are encouraged to participate. Every boy is also encouraged to perform in the regular formal and informal concerts that are held during the year.
Our Art department, also exceptionally well-resourced and managed is a thriving centre for creativity, again with every boy from 3 to 13 exhibiting their work at least once a year in our formal Art Exhibition. There are other smaller exhibitions during the academic year that focus on themes and styles.
Design Technology, a highly popular and busy department both within and outside of the curriculum provides boys with opportunities to work with a wide variety of materials and equipment. All work is displayed during the year for parents and visitors
Mission Statement of St John’s Beaumont
Jesuit Education for Life
St John's Beaumont shares many features with the best of Christian and secular schools but, as a Jesuit school, stands in its own distinctive tradition.
Jesuit education is inspired by the vision of St Ignatius Loyola (1491 - 1556) in which God reveals his love for us in all things. The aim of Jesuit education is the formation of people of competence, conscience and compassion, who are men and women for others.
Jesuit education has a distinctive spirit through which, according to age and maturity, each pupil is challenged and sustained in his or her efforts to be someone :
who is aware of their many talents (academic, creative, social, spiritual and physical) and realises that talents are gifts to be developed for the good of the human community;
who has a healthy sense of self-worth and at the same time develops a realistic acceptance of limitations and failings and the need to seek forgiveness of God and others;
who reflects on personal experience and is sensitive to the needs of others, and so seeks to discern what is more for the praise and glory of God;
who seeks to respond to their own personal call from God, by sharing and promoting Christ's values, and imitating him as the 'man for others';
who is a prayerful and joyful member of the Church, committed to a faith that expresses itself in justice.
who works responsibly for peace, reconciliation and friendship in their family, school and wider community;
who lives with magnanimity and generosity, striving for excellence in all they do, above all in the service of others.
To live in this way is to build the Kingdom of God. It is to engage fully with the world around us. The life and learning that is characteristic of St John's Beaumont seeks to bring concretely to the Church in England and Wales a venerable and living tradition of the universal Church. It is the Jesuit ideal adapted to the circumstances of the people, place and times in which we live.
As a pupil progresses through the School he will become part of this tradition, experiencing at first hand its pattern of teaching, values and practices, informed by the Jesuit vision. It is our hope that each pupil will accept this rich heritage and make it his own and in so doing will be prepared for life, which is itself a preparation for eternal life.
Worldwide there are some 1300 Jesuit schools, colleges and universities, educating some two million young people in 65 countries. The community of St John's Beaumont is a part of this family and participates in an informal network of Jesuit apostolates that ranges from parishes and retreat centres to scientific research, TV and radio stations, missions and medical facilities.
Province Vision Statement for the Jesuit Schools in Britain
A Jesuit school exists to promote improvement in learning and living for the greater glory of God:
Finding God in All Things: it recognises that every aspect of its work can affirm the goodness of God.
Caring for the individual: it focuses on the all-round formation of each and every person.
Showing love in deeds: it is characterised by a constant generosity in service to others particularly where human dignity is threatened.
Building a Christian community: it develops faith commitment and prepares pupils for a fuller participation in the life of the Church.
Engaging with the wider world: it helps students to engage with wider society in a spirit of active service.
Encouraging excellence: it encourages all to ask "What more can I do, what more can I give?" in every area of life.
Co-operating in Jesuit mission: it collaborates with other Jesuit schools, with Ignatian works and with the Jesuit province.