St John’s (Cardiff)

School: St John’s (Cardiff)
School Type: ,
Address: St John’s College, College Green, William Nicholls Drive, Old St Mellons, Cardiff CF3 5YX
Postcode: CF3 5YX
Region: Wales
Telephone: 029 2077 8936
Gender: Co-ed
Pupils: 478, Upper sixth 43
Fees: Σ2156-Σ4191
Enquiries: The Admissions Secretary

Founded in 1987, the school is housed in a beautiful Grade II listed building in landscaped grounds; its sports grounds are close by. It has always been a co-ed school and pupils are drawn from a wide area around Cardiff and Newport. A Catholic school, it welcomes pupils of other faiths. Its aim is to provide its pupils with high aspirations in their learning and the values to bring rewarding careers and mature family relationships in adult life. It has very good academic results and a good range of extra-curricular activities. A number of sports are offered, with both county and national representatives among the pupil body. There is a great deal of musical and choral activity of a very high standard; the school is the choir school to Cardiff Metropolitan Cathedral.

School Head: Headmaster: Gareth Lloyd, in post since 2017. Educated at Exeter University, Homerton College (Cambridge) and universities of Reading, London and Sheffield. Previously Headmaster of Ratcliffe College, Senior Deputy Head at Kingswood School and held senior posts at Whitgift. Teaching staff: 42 full-time, 29 part-time.
Results: GCSE: 58 in Year 11, gaining at least grade C in an average of 10 subjects (all including English, maths, a science, a humanity and a modern language). A-levels: 43 in upper sixth, on average passing 3-4 subjects.
Furtherhigher: All sixth-form leavers go on to a degree course (5% after a gap year), 10% to Oxbridge. On average, 30% go on to courses in medicine, dentistry & veterinary science, 15% in science & engineering, 40% in humanities & social sciences, 8% in art & design, 8% in vocational subjects.
Sport: Some 25 sports offered. Pupils may take GCSE and A-level PE, also swimming, gym, lifesaving, netball umpiring, sports leadership exams. A number of pupils represent their county, Wales and UK at a variety of sports. Also bronze, silver and gold Duke of Edinburgh Award; rock climbing, horse riding, quad biking on residential course at Llangrannog; annual ski course; charity events, voluntary work (eg in hospitals, special needs schools). Up to 30 clubs and activities, eg astronomy, chess, book clubs, Young Engineers, science, debating, public speaking.
Alumni: run by James Neville, c/o the school
Formerpupils: Larkin Cen (Finalist BBC Masterchef 2013); Richard Morgan (HTV news presenter).