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The wider community provides St John’s with an important context. Links with local schools are especially strong and St John's is always looking for ways to build upon them. In particular, the School is keen to provide educational opportunity to pupils from other schools.
The importance of learning to serve others within the community is a central element of a St John’s education. The Community Service Unit, Combined Cadet Force and the Duke of Edinburgh and St John’s Award schemes are based on this premise. Every year the pupils and parents raise a substantial amount of money for various charities. The School is very proud of the way in which the pupils actively seek to help those less fortunate than themselves.
St John’s is pleased to play an active role in the Leatherhead community. Many of the events at the School are open to our neighbours and friends. (Click here to see these events.) The School has wonderful facilities which it shares with local charities and other organisations out of school hours.
The pupils at St John’s work hard to involve themselves in local charities and continually raise funds for a number of organisations across the country.
Each academic year pupils, staff and friends of the School organise fundraising events and lend their support to an organisation that has nominated as the ‘School Charity’. Alongside this, each of the nine houses at St John’s supports a charity of its own choosing.
The School Charity is the St John’s School Community Holiday, a week-long residential holiday for 20 children with a range of special needs, aged between 10 and 18. Sixth Form pupils at St John’s volunteer 24 hours a day during the week to provide each child with one-to-one care and attention, involving games, stories and activities.
The first holiday took place in 2014, with a number of pupils returning to volunteer for a second time in 2015. Once a child has a place on the St John’s School Community Holiday, he or she is entitled to a place every year until they reach the age of 18, and so holidaymakers are able to foster friendships with other young people, and gain independence and confidence as the years of the St John’s School Community Holiday go by.
Taking place at St John’s School and making use of the School’s boarding houses, the holiday allows parents and carers a week of much-needed respite, safe in the knowledge that their children are being fully cared for, supported and having a fantastic time.
One parent said of the 2015 holiday: ‘I feel very humble that my daughter was invited, she had an amazing time. It was very well run and I as a parent had every confidence in the staff and pupils running it. As a parent of a disabled child, it allowed me to have a week to think about myself and to be able to relax, so thank you so much.’
Pupils are now raising funds for the fourth St John’s School Community Holiday, which is due to take place in the August of 2017. Throughout the year, a number of fundraising activities and events take place. One such event is a sponsored "Sleep out on the Quad", where pupils spend a night in March on the School’s Quad without tents. For fundraising, there is also a comedy night and a quiz night. If you would like to help support these or any other events, please contact Neil Whitmore.
St John's works with a number of schools, community groups and organisations in the area by sharing facilities, resources and information.
St Andrew's is a Catholic secondary school situated at Grange Road in Leatherhead. It offers an education to boys and girls aged 11 to 19 years and has Specialist School Status for Mathematics and Computing.
St John's is one of Chelsea's host sites for their popular holiday football courses.
The University of Surrey has selected a few schools in the Surrey area with which to build mutually beneficial relationships. St John’s has been invited to take advantage of significant benefits which arise from this relationship. The partnership agreement covers the provision of general support from the Educational Liaison Centre and from the Student Recruitment Office.
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