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
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.
If you would like to sponsor us, please visit: gofundme.com/jms3peaks
We look forward to updating you on our training and challenge!
Sixth Form Parents Evening
The Sixth Form Parents Evening presentation is now available for download on the Sixth Form page.
Please click the following link for more information: http://johnmason.oxon.sch.uk/sixth-form-yr
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.
Well it’s been a busy few days, but in bigger news our school musical has been announced........