Open days at John Mason
Open Evening for prospective parents, carers and their children, on:
Thursday 5th October 2017
5.00pm – 8.00pm
With a brief address by the Headteacher, Sarah Brinkley, at 5.15pm, 6.15pm and 7.15pm.
Open Mornings on:
Wednesday 5th July 2017
Tuesday 26th September 2017
Thursday 19th October 2017
9.00am - 12.30pm
Please come and see our school on a normal working day, by arranging a tour with Louise Griffin or Tracey Miles on 01235 524664
Dates for your diary:
By 31st October 2017
Parents complete and return choices form to the Local Authority. This can be done Online; you will receive confirmation that your request has been received via email.
By 1st March 2018
Acceptance letters are sent to parents with a form to be signed and returned to the County Admissions Team or accepted online.
April 2018 (Date to be confirmed)
Welcome letter and ‘Transition Tea’ for our new students at John Mason School at 3.45pm. Parents’ welcome from 4.30pm.
Please return student data forms, the choice of modern foreign language your child wishes to study and tell-me-about-yourself forms.
Throughout May and June 2018
Your child will be visited at their primary school by their new Head of Year, and our Student Managers, to get to know us a little better.
Induction Day – June 2018 (Date to be confirmed)
Your child’s first full day at John Mason School, taking part in a range of induction activities, followed by a parents’ induction evening at 6.00pm.
Smiles all round for TeamJMS
John Mason School is celebrating a rise in standards for the second year running under the leadership of Headteacher Sarah Brinkley, who joined the school in 2015, with 67% of students achieving the new government measure in English and maths. The number of students securing 5A* - C including English and maths including the new 1 – 9 grades has also risen to 62%.
TeamJMS very pleased to report that English has attained just under 80% the equivalent of A* - C, a 10% increase from last year’s figures, as well as 25% of students gaining grade 9-7 (A*/A), a rise of 15%. In addition, maths has continued its steady rise with a result this year of 74% of students achieving at the equivalent of C or above. Similarly, science has continued to build on the success of fantastic A Level results last week, and has improved student outcomes with a 14% increase in the A*-C pass rate.
French secured 100% A*/B grades, history an increase of 20% in its A* - C and the Visual Arts continue their extraordinary standards with 90% A* - C in art, 93% in 3D Design, 88% in graphics and 100% in textiles. In addition, The Performing Arts students truly shone with 100% achieving a merit or above and 75% securing a distinction*.
Headteacher Sarah Brinkley is delighted with the results, ‘Our students have worked very hard to achieve their best in a year where the education system has challenged them and us at every turn. I am thrilled that our focus on great teaching and learning and student resilience has opened doors for the young people in our care; what a privilege. We have met the challenge of new demanding GCSEs in English and maths head on; the results show that – I couldn’t be more proud of our students, their families and our dedicated staff.’
18 subjects performed the same or better than last year, including English, Maths, History, Geography, Core Science, French and German. These results reflect the hard work and determination of staff, students and their families. We are, as ever, extremely proud of our students.
There are 13 students, who achieved at least 8 A*/A or 9-7 in English and Maths (the new grading system)
Dulcie Burchill 1A* 4A 1B 3 grade 7
Andrew Clark 2A* 4A 1 grade 9 2 grade 7
Anna Cook 6A* 2 grade 9 1 grade 8
Katie Drennan 3A* 3A 2 grade 9 1 grade 7
Alice Green 5A* 1A 1 grade 9 1 grade 8 1 grade 7
Katherine Haynes 2A* 4A 1 grade 9 1 grade 8 1 grade 7
Lucy Jones 1A* 5A 1 grade 8 1 grade 6
Rebecca Lyon 5A* 1A 1 grade 9 2 grade 8
Thea Marsh 3A* 3A 2 grade 8 1 grade 7 1 Distinction
Bethan Moss 5A* 1C 2 grade 8 1 grade 7
Freddie Paley 1A* 5A 1 grade 9 1 grade 8 1 grade 7
Kate Tilley 3A* 3A 2 grade 9 1 grade 8
George Webber 5A* 3 grade 9
We are equally proud of those students who have made the most academic progress since leaving primary school, at least 1.00 Progress 8 figure:
Freddie Paley, Katie Drennan, Geogria Kogel, Telma Palluat De Besset, Bertie McPherson, Rachel Akkouche, Evie Gibbard, Megan Krawiec, Bethany Watkinson, Andrew Clark, Otis Speare, Lucie Jackson, Megan Davidson, Rosie Shaw-Moore, Anna Cook, Alice Green, George Webber, Holly Mitchell, Daniel Hunt, Caroline Hudson.
This 1.00 Progress 8 score means these students have made at least one grade above their expected outcome across all subjects. Well done to the students, staff and parents for the excellent results achieved at John Mason School 2017.
Tears of joy at JMS as students achieve A Level Results
John Mason School is celebrating another year of excellent academic achievement for its A Level students, with 28% of all grades for courses taught at JMS awarded an A* or A grade. Almost half of grades where A* - B, showing that the drive for challenge and academic excellence that the school has is paying off. Sarah Brinkley, Headteacher, is thrilled with the performance of the students, ‘This day reflects the attitude and hard work of our amazing students, who have shown such resilience and endeavour over the course of their studies. Every one of them should be proud of what they have achieved; it is the product of great teaching and learning and pure hard graft. With the introduction of new specifications and continually changing educational landscape, it is clear that there is no substitute for this; you get out what you put in.’
Huge congratulations to all of our students – have a look at our photo gallery to see some very happy faces!
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
Busy week at JMS next week; Futures' Evening Monday, KS3 Sports' Presentation Evening Wednesday, recognising our sporting heroes #bethebest