Children are at the heart of everything we do at St John’s. We want to ensure that our pupils not only love their time at St John’s, but leave well prepared for the next stage of their education and for life beyond school. With this in mind, last year we introduced the Pre Senior Baccalaureate (PSB) and have not looked back.
The PSB is a two year programme that allows teachers, who know our pupils really well, to design courses to excite, engage and challenge every one of them – from high fliers to those who need support to maximise their learning potential. This means that teachers can foster a love of learning rather than racing through learning facts for a final exam; we look at their progress across the whole time they are learning.
The PSB is a framework covering subject knowledge, subject skills and core skills – these help pupils develop as learners. We nurture skills that we know our pupils will increasingly need in the workplace of the future such as collaboration, leadership, communication, independence, thinking and learning.
One of the great things about the PSB is it gives us the opportunity to celebrate every child and their own particular talents: not only do we recognise pupils’ academic abilities, the PSB includes all the subjects children learn including languages, art, sport, music and drama. It also enables us to share a child’s extra curricular achievements, whether that is singing in the choir, captaining the rugby team, being part one of our eco warriors or performing in a play.
Our first year proved so successful that we are now using the skills and ethos of the PSB throughout the school, giving every child a chance to shine.
Rachael Shakeshaft, Director of Studies