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“I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of Library”

14th August 2020

So said the Argentine writer Jorge Luis Borges, and we truly hope that he would indeed find the newly refurbished Sixth Form Library at St. John’s to be a little slice of Paradise.

During the ‘holidays’ the Library project has gone ahead and we can now bring you the photos of what our hard working Sixth Formers will get to enjoy when they finally get to return to school, with new shelving, furniture, chairs and improved computer / study areas.

Finally, another quote, this time from Walter Cronkite, the American broadcast journalist who was also involved in the American Library Association ‘Libraries Change Lives’ Campaign in 1995; “Whatever the cost of our libraries, the price is cheap compared to that of an ignorant nation.”

A Haven of Peace

25th May 2020

The SJFT Trustees have agreed to fund a major refurbishment of the Sixth Form Library and Study area in the main building of the school.

The Trustees were very excited to be able to work with Ann Stokes, the Manager of Learning Resources, and believe it will provide an excellent funding balance for their school projects.

Whilst the climbing wall project was a brilliant physical education project aimed more for Y7-11, this is an academic project clearly for our growing number of amazing Sixth Form students.  It will help students prepare for their future, including potential university study, and fits well with the history of the atrium library, which was developed 10 years ago with funding from the SJFT and the ‘Friends & Family’. 

Over the Wall

29th November 2019

Students at St John’s will be literally reaching new heights from today with the official opening of the Climbing Wall in the St John’s Sports Hall.


The wall has been co-funded by the SJFT (£30,000) and the school, and will make a significant addition to PE and Sport provision within the academy.

With ten lines, or roped climbs, and a height of up to 7.5m, the wall is big enough to allow groups of ten students to climb at the same time, so will become a routine part of the school’s PE curriculum.  St John’s will also offer after-school and lunchtime clubs in January, to enable any interested students to train in a smaller setting.

The climbing wall, which has been designed and built by top climbing wall company ‘Entre-prises’, has 10 ‘lines’ or roped climbs, with that maximum height of 7.5m.  The wall also has a separate bouldering/traversing section which can be used without the need for ropes and harnesses, and each line has numerous different routes which can change the difficulty of the climb to suit all abilities.


Kit Dillon, Head of PE at St John’s Marlborough said: “We will be using the wall in lessons as part of an ‘Outdoor Adventurous Activities’ scheme of work for all year groups, students will be taught to safely belay each other, as well as the key climbing skills. Climbing not only builds students muscular strength and endurance, it is also an excellent way to develop problem solving skills, resilience and team work”

St John’s is currently working with the Youth Sport Trust and Excalibur Teaching School, in a Sport England funded programme. The programme aims to help PE teachers to build positive attitudes to PE and physical exercise among students. St John’s PE staff will be investigating if the use of the climbing wall can improve students’ confidence and resilience to help them manage the increased workload during their GCSE years.

The investment in the climbing wall comes as St John’s celebrates ten years in the current buildings.

SJFT Trustees Carole Awbery, Ruth Sandbach and Steve Tapper (back row, right side) at the official opening of the new climbing wall.

The [not so]  Secret Project  – shhhhh!

October 2019

During the 2018/19 Academic Year the Trustees of the SJFT were in regular contact with staff at St. John’s Marlborough to see what project they could help fund to benefit the amazing students at the school.

In collaboration with Tom Nicholls (Assistant Vice Principal with responsibility for KS4 Students) and the College Captains that work with Tom, students were widely asked what THEY would like to see SJFT funds spent on at THEIR school.

The top request was for a climbing wall, so we’ve all be working hard to make that wish come true.

The wall is now being installed at the school, staff are being rigorously trained and we hope it will be unveiled in late November 2019, possibly by Tom and the SJFT Chair, and previous Geography Guru, Steve Tapper abseiling down it (err… or possibly not…).

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Welcome Ian

Spring 2019

The Trustees of the SJFT are delighted to welcome an experienced new Principal to join the illustrious list of leaders who have served St. John’s Marlborough.

Ian Tucker joins the school from Abbeyfield School in Chippenham and will be assured of a warm welcome into the St. John’s family.

New Trustee

October 2018

In exciting news, in October 2018 Carole Awbery became our fifth and final Trustee, when the St. John’s Marlborough Board of Governors met to authorise her appointment.

Carole is a ‘Nominated Trustee’.  The SJFT has to have two nominated Trustees, who “must have special knowledge of the School”, and are formally authorised by the school.

Carole was a pupil at St. John’s in the late 1980’s and returned as a teacher in 2005.  Between 2005–2015 Carole held several posts at St John’s: Head of Drama; Head of Dance; Assistant Headteacher i/c The School of Human Performance and Reporting; Assistant Headteacher and SENCo, Assistant Vice-Principal and the SLT link for the Arts, the Active Programme, PE, Line Manager for Literacy, Line Manager for the ASTs, and Marking and Assessment.

Carole also worked for Excalibur Academies Trust (EAT) in its infancy, between 2012 & 2015.