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St John's School Billericay Review

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essexmum2015 Sun 19-Nov-17 21:07:09

Hi All,

I have a 3 year old daughter. I am currently researching about schools in Billericay area.

I tried searching online to find some reviews about St John's School but cant find much information except for its facebook page.

I would really appreciate if anyone can provide some more information / personal experience with this school.

Many thanks in advance. smile

PerspicaciaTick Mon 20-Nov-17 01:56:40

Have you looked at the ISI reports?

There are so many good state schools in Billericay, I've always wondered why people send their children to St Johns.

HeyRoly Mon 20-Nov-17 22:40:38

AFAIK its results aren't better than the local state schools. And anecdotally, it's apparently quite "chaotic" with pupils wandering the corridors at all times (said to me by someone who recently started working there having worked at a local state school). I guess it has a more relaxed ethos - depends whether that appeals, I suppose!

essexmum2015 Mon 20-Nov-17 22:48:18

Thanks for your feedback. I live in Basildon. I am not part of the catchment area required Billericay's state schools so wanted some information on St Johns. The ISI report looks ok to me but being first time parent I dont know what to expect confused

HeyRoly Tue 21-Nov-17 09:58:01

Well in that case I'd have a look at the results for your local schools and St Johns and see how they compare. Although if I were you, I'd consider using the spare income I had for school fees and put it towards moving house, if Basildon schools aren't an option for you (although I was schooled in Basildon and turned out pretty well grin).

PerspicaciaTick Tue 21-Nov-17 18:15:01

Look into moving east towards SS7 postcodes and the rest. It would put you in catchment for the Southend Grammars.

PetiteOurse Tue 22-May-18 16:12:58

Hello, if you have any question about St John's in Billericay please contact me. This is a great school. Small classes max 10 kids per class, good teaching, nice atmosphere. Above all, nice friends made there so far.

essexmum2015 Tue 19-Jun-18 11:53:48

Thanks great @PetiteOurse.

Is your son/daughter in primary school there? I have been searching online and there is mixed opinion on the school. Glad to hear your experience is very positive so far.

essexmum2015 Tue 19-Jun-18 12:29:36

Thanks @PetiteOurse.

(Not able to edit post somehow confused)

PetiteOurse Tue 19-Jun-18 12:38:40

Hi, yes. I would add a pinch of salt to my comment. It was a good day when I wrote my comment... I mean in every single school there are good and bad sides... I think the school is fine. Am I impressed? Not at all and if you are lucky to live locally to go to a state school in Billericay then I would not waste money on private system which follows national curriculum anyway. Classes of 10 are not any better in fact as it can lead to being too much judgemental of every single kid whereas in a class of 30 kids are maybe more "themselves". I don't know, this is what I am wondering...

essexmum2015 Tue 19-Jun-18 12:53:43

Thanks for the quick reply.

I agree with you there are good and bad in every schools.

Would you be able to point out some goods and bads about this school? I live in Basildon so do not come in catchment area for other Billericay schools so I have option of either Lee Chapel Primary School in basildon or St Johns Billericay.

PetiteOurse Tue 19-Jun-18 13:04:54

What do you mean by "I have option of either Lee Chapel Primary School in basildon or St Johns Billericay"? As you will have to pay for one of those?

essexmum2015 Tue 19-Jun-18 13:23:23

I mean, I come in catchment area of Lee Chapel Primary school (in Basildon).

Not sure if I should go for Lee Chapel Primary School (state) or St Johns (private).

PetiteOurse Tue 19-Jun-18 14:31:54

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

essexmum2015 Tue 19-Jun-18 16:24:14

Many thanks for the detailed information.

It is very useful for me to decide on it. I prefer to push my daughter academically so I think it would be ok for me.

My daughter will be joining in 2019. Hope to see you there smile

SantaBarbara2018 Tue 03-Jul-18 14:52:34

© Independent Schools Inspectorate 2013
"Behaviour management throughout the school is based on positive reinforcement
and the pupils feel that they are well supported by their teachers. Pupils feel that the
rules and sanctions are fair and justified and that bullying or harassment of any kind
is unacceptable. In the questionnaire distributed to parents in connection with the
inspection a small number expressed the view that the school did not deal well with
any cases of bullying, but inspectors could find no evidence to support this view.
The questionnaire distributed to pupils was completed by a small number of whom a
small minority felt that the school did not take account of their views and teachers
were not fair in the way they gave rewards and sanctions."

PetiteOurse Thu 05-Jul-18 10:05:49

Hello, we won't see you there in 2019 as we removed our child from that school a week ago. Good luck with your search.

Myfanwyprice Thu 05-Jul-18 10:16:00

Primary schools in Basildon aren’t terrible, have you visited those you would be in catchment for?

Also the daily commute to Billericay for St Johns would/could be quite busy.

PetiteOurse Thu 05-Jul-18 15:23:59

You have to arrive very early if not you ll ge stuck in traffic on Stock rd then in traffic to enter the school. Worse case scenario you could park then walk from lake Meadows too. Now we left i ll try to put honest plus and minus points abt the school. As I wrote previously, one can be unhappy woth state school X or Z, we had it with st Johns no quite from start, it was a buildup over the months. What works for one kid is destructive for another etc but they don’t adapt.

essexmum2015 Sat 14-Jul-18 18:00:36

Hi @PetiteOurse, sorry to hear that you had to remove your child from the school. Could you please share some reasons for it?

Traffic is a concern, we are planning to do a school trip during normal school hours to get realistic idea about it.

Thanks xx

essexmum2015 Sat 14-Jul-18 18:02:34

Hi @Myfanwyprice, thanks for the info. I have visited some, it looks like Lee chapel is a comparatively good.

SantaBarbara2018 Fri 24-Aug-18 16:38:08

Let's see the schools' websites. Clear information on Lee Chapel Primary School. Now check St John's.

Busymumsie Wed 19-Sep-18 12:47:38


I would urge you to take a second look at St. John’s. I believe the school really does let down the kids. I had 2 kids there and I pulled them out.

NinjaMum007 Wed 19-Sep-18 20:08:21

Not sure when did you remove your kids but for us that school was the worse out of all educational establishments we have ever experienced.
All you have to do is to read the inspection reports again!
Another example... The school failed anti-bullying system!!!
We pulled points out of inspection report points that made more sense once we left (“if only we knew/understood them BEFORE!!!”)...
2.4 Since the previous inspection the school has worked successfully to meet the
recommendations made, including the monitoring of teaching and the development
of teaching and learning styles, the introduction of an appraisal process, the
increase of information and communication technology (ICT) provision and the
improvement of reports to parents. The school has made sound progress in
development planning, but implementation of plans is hampered by inconsistent
communication. {{{ OH ?!}}} Some progress has been made in the improvement of library
facilities. {{{Oh!??}}} Since the previous inspection the EYFS setting has successfully
addressed the recommendation to plan for individual needs and has made good
progress towards developing outdoor learning but this is not yet securely or
imaginatively embedded in the short-term planning.

Recommendations for further improvement
2.6 The school is advised to make the following improvements.
1. Implement the school’s development plan using a more structured and
consistently styled approach to meeting its objectives.
2. Increase the range of extra-curricular activities for older pupils.
3. In the EYFS, put in place a more rigorous overview of the curriculum areas

The school has responded to the previous inspection report in formulating an
adequate school development plan. However, the division into sections in different
formats limits its effectiveness in communicating the school’s plans. Effective
departmental development plans have been prepared which define responsibility for
each objective, costings and timescales for implementation and indications of what
the impact on learning will be when objectives are met. All members of the senior
management team contribute ideas towards development planning and the current
school development plan identifies recent achievements and future targets and
building plans.

5.10 In response to the recommendations of the previous inspection the school has
effectively monitored teaching and learning through lesson observations as part of
the formalised biannual staff appraisal process, with a staff review in the intervening

5.11 Management and staff deployment at all levels ensures suitably qualified teachers
and teaching assistants are trained and motivated to carry out their roles effectively,
including in safeguarding, welfare, health and safety. Staff are aware of their pupils’
different educational and personal development needs and lesson planning often
reflects this. Arrangements for the recruitment of staff, volunteers and governors are
suitable and are appropriately recorded.

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