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


GCSE Results - Rise in standards for the third year running!

John Mason School is celebrating a rise in standards for the third year running under the leadership of Headteacher Sarah Brinkley who joined the school in 2015, with 69.5% of students achieving the new government measure in English and maths. The school has bucked the national trend with boys exceeding the progress of girls in key measures by 10%.

TeamJMS very pleased to report that English has attained 78.3% the equivalent of A* - C, as well as 22.4% of students gaining grade 9-7 (A*/A). In addition, maths has continued its steady rise with a result this year of 77% of students achieving at the equivalent of C or above, way above the national figure. Similarly, science has continued to build on the success of fantastic A Level results last week, and has improved student outcomes with a 10% increase in the A*-C or equivalent pass rate.

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 head on; the results show that – I couldn’t be more proud of our students, their families and our dedicated staff.’

The majority of subjects performed the same or better than last year, including English, Maths, all sciences, history, geography, art, textiles, graphics, 3D design and computing. These results reflect the hard work and determination of staff, students and their families. We are, as ever, extremely proud of our students.

Individual Student Attainment

15 Students (9%) who attained at least 7 9-7 (all A*/A grades) are:

William Thompson

Abigail Walker

Jonathan Bingham

Thomas Fry

Abbie Carter

Carys Hopkins

Daniel Doran

Maisie Hudson

Rowan Bevan

Eloise Aitken

Eloise Brewster

Abbie Hussey

Millie Lyon

Jennifer Graham

Sky Manthey

Students with a high average grade (6 or above) are (in order of average points):

Eleanor Simpson

Mia Adams

Kieran Greenop

Charlie Haynes

Charlotte Nash

Madeline Gray

Brodie Johnson

Madeline Wadsworth

Joseph Pumphrey

Alfie Beckett

Jonathan Marsh

James Gibbard

Oliver Barker

Matthew Evans

Nathan Green

Amelia Ellis

Oscar Thomas

Charlotte Keegan

Leah Moore

Holly Trotman

Marcin Brzykcy

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. This 1.00 Progress 8 score means these students have made at least one grade above their expected outcome across all subjects.

Matthew Evans

Lauren Ball

Eleanor Simpson

Abbie Hussey

Millie Lyon

Max Greenall

Holly Trotman

Katie Bell

Rowan Bevan

Jessica Dann

William Thompson

Trish Ndlovu

Mia Adams

Abby-Leigh Farrelly

Daniel Doran

James Gibbard

Eloise Brewster

Natasha King

Thomas Fry

Oliver Barker

Oscar Thomas

Well done to the students, staff and parents for the excellent results achieved at John Mason School 2018.

A Level Results – It’s a Record Year for TeamJMS!

John Mason School is celebrating record A level results, with 33% of all grades A*/A grades and 60.2% A*/B and 84% of grades achieved were A*/C, the best recorded at the school on all measures and well above national. Sarah Brinkley, Headteacher reflected, ‘These outstanding results reflect two things; great teaching and learning, and a culture that provides opportunity and ambition in its approach. Our students work hard, supported by their parents and teachers who operate in a respectful, encouraging and supportive environment. I am thrilled for the students and for TeamJMS; it is an inspiring place to be. ‘

There were a number of extraordinary individual successes, where students achieved the highest academic grades:

Pheobe Beckett AAA*B

Ellen Charles AAA

Felix Everett A*A*A

Tom Hehir AAAA

Hannah Marsh AAA*

Rachel O’Connell A*A*A

Poppy Ringrose A*AA

Blake Strickland Bennett A*A*A*A*A

Eurico Abrunhosa AAB

Adam Fitches A*A*B

Ruth Foulsham AAB

Ben Holt AAC

Emily Buchanan AAC

Joanna Kilburn AAB

Megan Matthews AAC

Emily Nash AA*B

Olivia Hancock A* AB

We are also immensely proud of our students that made the best progress over their time with us, Ben Holt and Eurico Abrunhosa who exceeded expectations with their results.

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