A “sensational” open evening saw parents flock to check out the transformed Epping St John’s School.
Hundreds of prospective students and their families took the opportunity to have a look around the school, which saw a 20% leap in its GCSE results this summer.
Each faculty was on show, with demonstrations in science, PE, performing arts, music, English, art and languages giving a flavour of life at the school.
Jo Daniels, co-head of school, said: “Open evening was sensational! It was, for us, the most wonderful open evening of our careers so far.
“The atmosphere in school was wonderful. Every single faculty area had worked hard to prepare and show off their work; we have so much to show off about.
“But, what we wanted to show wasn’t a whizz bang version of school because that would not have been realistic of every-day life. Instead, we showed the relaxed, calm and purposeful environment where quality learning takes place.
“We are now becoming the school of choice in our community and that is evident in speaking to families. Children showed a genuine excitement at the prospect of coming to Epping St John’s in future.
“We are feeling very proud of our school.”
Three packed talks were put on by co-heads Miss Daniels and Emma Ruffles, along with executive head Allan Osborne and students from Year 7 and 11.
Parents are being given the opportunity to see the school in operation during personal tours.
One parent emailed the school to thank them for a “fabulous experience” at the open evening.
They said: “I was extremely impressed. The facilities and results shone through, but the main thing I took away from the evening was the school’s passion and ethos.”
The school will throw open its doors again on November 1 for the sixth form open evening.
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