On Saturday 6th July St John’s on-the-Hill School celebrated the end of the academic year with a rousing Speech Day. The day began with a fabulous musical welcome, where guests were treated to performances by the School Orchestra, Chamber Winds, Junior Choir, Senior Choir, Chamber Choir, Pre-Prep and each School House.

There were also performances from the winners of the annual St John’s House Music Competition:

  • Vocal Ensemble final winners Camomile Tomkins, Sabrina Hay, Isabel Kennedy and Julienne Swanston
  • Senior Instrumental final winner Roseanna Treharne
  • Senior Vocal final winner Lucia Lee

Guest of honour, Mrs Emma Taylor, Warden and CEO of the Dean Close Foundation, joined Mrs Frett, Head of St John’s; Jason Dobbie, Deputy Head; and Rachael Shakeshaft, Director of Studies, to give out pupil prizes. More than 140 awards were presented with Wye House winning the hotly-contested Crows and Cranes House Shield.

Mrs Frett said: “St John’s shines out as a beacon for what a community should look like. St John’s really is a family – we’re passionate about your children’s education, we walk alongside them from the start of their St John’s journey until the end and beyond. We celebrate their successes. Like a family we are bursting with pride when someone outside recognises how brilliantly talented, kind and inspirational our children are. We listen to every child’s story and encourage them to turn the page and start the next chapter.”

Mrs Frett then announced the destinations of the Year 8 children who will start new chapters of their lives at an outstanding range of senior schools.

Name Scholarship / Award Destination
Amelia Bird Successfully passed Common Entrance Monmouth School for Girls
Kieran Bladen Awarded an Academic Scholarship at 13+ for Monmouth School for Boys Monmouth School for Boys
Anna Boyle Awarded an Academic Scholarship at 13+ to Clifton Clifton College
Georgia Carpenter Awarded an Academic Scholarship & Sports Award at 13+ to Monmouth School for Girls Monmouth School for Girls
Grace Curtis All-Round Scholarship to Dean Close Dean Close School
Constance Davies Awarded a Scholarship at 11+ to carry forward to Dean Close Dean Close School
Eleanor Fletcher

Successfully passed Common Entrance


Five Acres High School
Finlay Gemson Awarded a Sport Scholarship at 13+ to Christ College Brecon Christ College Brecon
Wilfred Green Successfully passed Common Entrance Marlborough College
Olivia Harling Successfully passed Common Entrance Monmouth School for Girls
Sabrina Hay Successfully passed Common Entrance Malvern St James
Ffion Hillman Academic & Sports Scholarship to Dean Close Dean Close School
Isabel Kennedy Awarded a Design & Technology Scholarship to Shrewsbury School Shrewsbury School
Aidan Kitching Awarded an Academic Scholarship at 13+ to Wycliffe College Wycliffe College
Lucia Lee Academic Scholarship at 13+ to Clifton College Clifton College
Izzabella Lewis-Bailey Successfully passed Common Entrance  to Clifton College Clifton College
Imogen Nash Awarded an Academic & Art Scholarship to Rougemont Rougemont School
Siôr Price Successfully passed Common Entrance Monmouth School for Boys
Oliver Russell Awarded a Sport Scholarship to Clifton College Clifton College
Lily Salter Awarded an Academic Scholarship & Sport Award to Monmouth School for Girls Monmouth School for Girls
Stanley Sims Successfully passed Common Entrance Monmouth School for Boys
Julienne Swanston Successfully passed Common Entrance Monkton Combe
Camomile Tomkins Successfully passed Common Entrance King’s School Gloucester


The Head and Deputy Head pupil’s speeches followed.

Head Girl, Lily Salter, said: “Through the years watching and knowing each Head Girl, I think I have learnt what makes a really good leader. You have to listen to everyone and be patient even if you don’t want to because no one should be ignored, you have to accept what comes your way even if you don’t like it, and embrace it and do what you can. You have to be kind and caring and try to understand the people around you. However, you have to be strong and stand up for yourself, without being mean and believe in yourself when people try to put you down. Don’t follow the crowd, be grateful and make everyone feel welcome, just as I was. Good luck to the future Year 8s!”

Deputy Head Girl Georgia Carpenter joked: “I have been honoured to be Deputy Head Girl, particularly as my sister, Charlotte, held the role two years ago setting such a good example for me to follow. I am not so sure about the example my Dad set. He was Deputy Head Boy in 1982 and as a boarder was discovered after lights out by Mr Walker talking with the Head Girl. Needless to say he was suspended from the role!”

Head Boy Oliver Russell gave thanks to all the teachers at St John’s. A special mention went to Mr Cracknell and Mrs Evans-Downie. “Mr Cracknell helped bring out the best in my ability not just in rugby but in other sports. Mrs Evans-Downie brought maths to life and made it achievable.” He advised fellow pupils to always be yourself. “I am always myself, except when I play rugby, then I am my nickname – Nutter!”

Deputy Head Boy, Wilf Green, said: “I have amazing memories of winning and losing with my friends, from the undefeated rugby season of 2017-2018, to the cricket season of this year where we have lost all of our matches but one. Sorry Mr Dobbie, but you have at least taught me how to lose with grace. One of the greatest opportunities of my life was the trip to South Africa where I had the chance to see rhinos and lions up close in the wild. The tour of the shanty town and one of its schools opened my eyes to how lucky I am to have spent six years at St John’s.”

With much anticipation, the new roles of responsibility for the next academic year were announced. Congratulations to:

  • Head Boy Harry Baker
  • Deputy Head Boy Cai Couchman
  • Head Girl Katie Rayner
  • Deputy Head Girl Isabelle Eaves