Message from the Headteacher

Welcome to our school. I am very proud to be the Headteacher of John Mason School; it is an exciting place to be.

At the heart of our ethos is the belief that each child is an individual, with a unique set of talents and abilities. Our job is to allow them the learning opportunities, encouragement and support through which to uncover these abilities, whether on the sports field, in science, music, arts or languages; everyone is good at something.

We have a committed and enthusiastic set of teachers and support staff, who understand the need to build positive and trusting relationships that encourage children to take risks in their learning. Only by taking these risks, trying new challenges and learning from our mistakes do we fulfil our potential.

I believe that high standards of academic achievement and consistently high expectations of behaviour provide children with the stable and calm environment in which to learn effectively. I expect the best of our teachers; they must be passionate about their subjects and committed to continuing to learn themselves. This is at the heart of our community; this is our way.

In addition, our school offers a broad and exciting range of opportunities to learn outside of the classroom with trips, visits and extra-curricular activities. We operate a competitive House system and encourage children to be as involved as they can be in the life of the school. This year all Year 10 students will take their Duke of Edinburgh Bronze award as part of our tutorial programme, as we believe they will learn skills that will allow them to be confident and active members of society.

Every parent wants the very best for their child; at John Mason, we do too.

Mrs S Brinkley


John Mason School - A Level Press Release

John Mason School is celebrating once again, with results that reflect the ‘outstanding’ rating achieved in May’s Ofsted inspection. The percentage of A*/A grades increased to 29% with 80% of all grades achieving A* - C. 13 students achieved at least 3 top grades, as well as the school having the highest completion rate in the South East for the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award, that students take alongside their studies.

Sarah Brinkley, Headteacher of John Mason School, said, ‘I am delighted that our students have once again secured such exceptional results; they are a testament to the hard work, enthusiasm and resilience we see every day from them. In times of increasing pressure on students to tackle more subject specific content and a rigorous examination system, I am proud that John Mason students have shone so brightly. As well as students going on to both Oxford and Cambridge, our young people have secured a range of excellent universities and advanced apprenticeships, that will change their lives. This is the gift of education and it is why it is such a privilege to work in this field.’

3 Peaks Challenge

Team JMS are attempting to climb the 3 highest peaks in Great Britain in under 24 hours to raise money for three deserving charities. The team consist of 8 members, 7 of which are JMS staff: Natalie Uzzell, Sarah Brinkley, Lucie Cotmore-Brown, Richard Tinsley, Lousie Gibson, Astrid Fox-Orband, Sam Ponting and Bryony Landsbert.

The three charities we have chosen to support are:

The Abingdon Bridge - An Oxfordshire charity which supports young people in challenging circumstances;
Melanie’s Ward at the John Radcliffe Hospital – providing adolescent care;
Anthony Nolan Trust - who save the lives of people with blood cancer who need a stem cell (or bone marrow) transplant.

Here is the team on their first training session on a very wet day on the Ridgeway!

We will update you with more photos and how training is going. Look out for tweets @HeadteacherJMS.

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We look forward to updating you on our training and challenge!

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