Awards & Initiatives
Barnet Partnership for School Sport (BPSS)
The BPSS is a “not for profit” organisation that has been established as a mechanism to retain the outcomes achieved by the School Sport Partnerships, including the organisation of events, competitions, festivals and leadership opportunities with a generic outcome of increasing participation at all levels.
The BPSS is a subscription based membership organisation, lead by the Strategic Manager to:“enable all children and young people in Barnet schools to become confident, physically competent and emotionally resilient learners who can independently and successfully make sustainable healthy lifestyle choices and pursue personalised sporting and physically active pathways (including those for the gifted and talented) through the opportunities offered in their local and wider community.” St. John’s has become an active member of the BPSS since 2015-2016.
The mission of Challenge Partners is to improve pupils’ outcomes and reduce educational inequality through effective collaboration, enabling every pupil to experience the combined wisdom of the education system.
To work towards our mission, we have collectively adopted these four core aims that guide what we do:
- Improve pupils’ examination results at a rate above the national average and accelerate progress of the disadvantaged
- Enable all our schools to improve at a rate above the national average
- Create more national leaders and outstanding schools that fulfil the Teaching Schools criteria
- Develop a world class, self-improving and sustainable system that contributes to national research and policy-making
Eco Schools Award
St. John’s gained BRONZE Eco Status in 2017 and SILVER Eco Status in February 2020. Eco-Schools is a global programme engaging millions of children across 64 different countries, making it the largest schools programme in the world.
For more than 20 years Eco-Schools has been empowering children to drive change and improve their environmental awareness through the same simple seven-step process that has been used successfully across the world.
Eco-Schools improves pupils’ skills, raises environmental awareness, improves the school environment and also creates financial savings for schools as well as a whole host of other benefits. This year we are aiming to achieve the Eco Schools Bronze Award.
St. John’s gained Healthy Schools status in 2009. Although the Healthy Schools Award is no longer available the government still supports the programme and provides schools with the Healthy Schools Toolkit In order for schools to maintain and develop the essence of being a healthy school. There are a number of different areas that St. John’s had to improve on and continues to develop in order to maintain being a Healthy School. These include; healthy eating, keeping healthy through exercise, personal and social well-being, citizenship, looking after and improving our environment.
Healthy Schools London – Gained Bronze Award
St John’s gained the BRONZE award in June 2016, the SILVER award in June 2017 and GOLD award in September 2018. Healthy Schools London is a programme launched at the GLA (City Hall) on Thursday 25 April 2013 that helps schools in supporting the health and wellbeing of their pupils. The award scheme sponsored by the Mayor of London, recognises and celebrates schools that are making a difference for their pupils to be healthy, happy and achieve. St. John’s aim to have achieved at least the SILVER award by the end of the year 2016-2017.
Living the Olympic and Paralympic Values
St John’s School has been recognised as living the Paralympic and Olympic Values in our lives and through our actions.
It takes more than being an exceptional sportsman or woman to become part of the Olympics or Paralympics. This is why both games come with a set of core values which encompass what these competitions are all about proving that sport even at this level, is not just about your ability.
The Olympic Values are:
- respect – fair play; knowing one’s own limits; and taking care of one’s health and the environment
- excellence – how to give the best of oneself, on the field of play or in life; taking part; and progressing according to one’s own objectives
- friendship – how, through sport, to understand each other despite any differences
The Paralympic Values are based on the history of the Paralympic Games and the tradition of fair play and honourable sports competition. Some say that in this particular competition the values are even more important than in any other.
The Paralympic Values are:
- determination – the drive and motivation to overcome both physical and mental barriers in order to achieve your goals.
- courage – having the self-belief and confidence to overcome adversity and face difficulty.
- equality – showing respect and humility towards all those around you in the spirit of fair play.
- inspiration – to be motivated by the achievements and actions of others and to be a positive example to others.
The St John’s community live out the Olympic and Paralympic values through their sporting lives and actions.
At St John’s we are proud to be part of the growing network of MindUP schools who promote the mental health and emotional wellbeing of our whole school community.
The unique evidence-based framework provides knowledge and understanding of neuroscience, mindful awareness, positive psychology and mindful practices to affect positive change within the classroom and beyond. MindUP helps children improve their focus, manage their emotions and face challenges with resilience, kindness and compassion. ‘Brain Breaks’, core mindful breathing exercise, take place throughout the day enabling pupils and staff to calm their minds, focus and get ready to learn.
MindUP supports us to create a whole-school culture of gratitude, optimism, happiness and respect within which we can all grow and flourish.
Sainsbury’s School Games Kitemark – Gained GOLD Award
St John’s gained the GOLD award in July 2016.The Sainsbury’s School Games Kitemark is a Government led awards scheme launched in 2012 to reward schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school and into the community. Schools in England are able to assess themselves across bronze, silver and gold levels of the kitemark. To gain the kitemark Schools need to provide 2 hours of PE and sport within the curriculum every week, provide opportunities for extra curricular sporting activities, provide opportunities for children to compete amongst others in their school and children in other schools, develop children in sports leadership and officiation, display competitive sports on a school notice board and provide all children opportunities to take part in a selection of competitive sports.
Erasmus+ is the European Union programme for education, training, youth and sport. It runs for seven years, from 2014 to 2020, with organisations invited to apply for funding each year for life-changing activities. Erasmus+ aims to modernise education, training and youth work across Europe. It is open to education, training, youth and sport organisations across all sectors of lifelong learning, including school education, further and higher education, adult education and the youth sector. Through Erasmus+, the following can be achieved:
- young people can study, volunteer and gain work experience abroad, to develop new skills, gain vital international experience and boost their employability;
- staff can teach or train abroad, to develop their professional practice, build relationships with international peers and gain fresh ideas; and
- UK organisations can collaborate with international partners to drive innovation, share best practice and offer new opportunities to young people.
As a result of a successful bid St John’s were awarded a small amount of money in the academic year 2018-2019 to lead a literacy project with a partnership school, equivalent to a primary school in Spain, called Puigsoler in Sant Vicence de Castellete.
STARS – Sustainable Travel: Active, Responsible, Safe
STARS is Transport for London’s accreditation scheme for London schools and Nurseries. STARS inspires young Londoners to travel to school sustainably, actively, responsibly and safely by championing walking, scooting and cycling.
At St John’s we are passionate about educating our children about wellbeing, helping to reduce congestion and educating them about how they can help to improve road safety and air quality. St John’s achieved the GOLD award in 2016 (valid for 3 years) and this was achieved again in 2019. Some of the initiatives that the children and staff have been involved in are: Bikeability for the KS2 children, Balance Bike Training for the EYFS team, Walk to School Week initiatives, Big Pollution Roadshow, Be Bright, Be Seen, Ditch your Stabilisers in EYFS & KS1, Bling your Bike, an active travel art competition, the Big Breakfast, cycle repair skills and the Junior Citizens Scheme. We also, wherever possible, encourage the use of public transport when the children and staff go on educational visits.
Sun Safe Schools – Gained Award
St Johns’ gained the Sun Safe School Award in July 2016. The Sun Safe Schools Award is the first and only accreditation scheme of its kind to launch in the UK with the key objective to prevent skin cancer through education. To achieve this award we make sun safety a priority at our school. Sun safety is taught through assemblies, lessons, newsletters and leaflets home. Alongside the standard school cap, we have introduced Sahara hats so children can protect their head, face and neck. We actively encourage children to bring a factor 30+ sunscreen to school to apply throughout the day, to drink plenty of water and to find shade during hot spells.