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Students at Saint John Houghton celebrated their GCSE results today.

Mr Brogan, Headteacher at Saint John Houghton, said: “We are absolutely delighted for our students who have worked so hard for these results through such challenging circumstances over the last five years.

“They are remarkable young people who have shown tremendous resilience through everything life has thrown at them.

“Congratulations to their families and to the staff at Saint John Houghton who have worked tirelessly to support them.”

Avie Byrne

Avie and her parents were delighted with her results!

Max Kelly

Max is now looking forward to continuing on to college to study, Maths, Further Maths, Economics and Computer Studies.

Hannah Leatherland

With a range of great grades, Hannah is now looking forward to going to Bilborough College from September, to study English Literature, Philosophy and Geography.

Holly Padley

Holly is now hoping to study English Literature, Psychology and Law at Derby College.

Rosie Dudley

Rosie will be moving on to Bilborough from September to study Chemistry, Maths and Further Maths.

The Briars FUNdraiser Day 9 July 2023 – Celebrated by Bishop Patrick

Thank you Sophie, Lucy, Isabella, Amber, Josh and Jacob for supporting The Briars.

Year 11 thoroughly enjoyed their leavers celebration on Thursday 20 June 2023 at Horsley Lodge.

On the 10 and 11 June 2023, 18 students completed the Expedition section of the Duke of Edinburgh Bronze award.

The award comprises 4 sections, a Physical section, a Skills section, a Volunteering section and the Expedition. The sections are completed over 3 months with one section completed over 6 months.

In the Expedition section, students took part in two days of training in school on the 5th and 6th June. This involved learning how to put a tent up, cooking food, packing and carrying a 65l bag as well as planning the routes for the qualifying weekend. The students had to complete two days of 6 hours walking with an overnight camp.

The group started their walk at 9am and after a hot, sweaty days walk arrived at the campsite in Birchover between 4 and 5pm to put up their tents and prepare food. The students were up early on the following day and completed the days walk by 2pm.

The feedback from the assessors was very complimentary, the students being one of the best groups they have worked with.

The award will be completed by the end of September 2023.

“Be still and know that I am God” – Psalm 46:10

Friends of Saint John Houghton Catholic Voluntary Academy

We would love for you to join us for coffee and conversation on the 16th June, from 11.30am to 12.30pm.

Come and join us at Saint John Houghton Catholic Voluntary Academy, Abbot Road, Kirk Hallam, Ilkeston, DE7 4HX

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We began our Camino from SJH.  Thank you Mr Hall, Mr Warden, Austino and Ivan. Fr Paul met us in Eastwood and gave us a blessing at the Altar Stone. With thanks to St Thomas pupils, Parishioners, Parents and Alfie and Ava for joining us on our Pilgrimage. We talked, sang, prayed and walked…to Beauvale Priory. St Benedict’s provided wonderful music for this outdoor Mass. It was lovely to be with English Martyrs CVA and St Thomas CVA. We prayed  the Martyrs Prayer and had Mass. With thanks to all in SRSCMAT for making this a very special day. Saint John Houghton.  Pray for us.

We are delighted to share our Catholic Schools Inspection report, we would like to thank our staff and school community for all their hard work and support in helping us achieve our overall “Good” rating and being classed as “Outstanding” for our Catholic life and mission and Collective worship.

Key findings of the report:

  • The integrity and passion of all leaders, including governors, are tangible at St John Houghton. This is a popular school which holds Christ at its heart.
  • The exceptional Catholic ethos permeates all areas of school life.
  • The religious education department is at the forefront of the current progress and developments in teaching and learning at the school.
  • Chaplaincy provision is a shining beacon within the school. The approach to collective worship reflects the passion and engagement of the lay chaplain and school leaders and ensures that prayer remains a key focus of daily life for all students, staff and parents.
  • Engagement with the community, through ‘Faith in Action’, parish work, the development of the eco garden and regular coffee mornings, is a strength which is to be commended and celebrated.

Please see following link to the full inspection report: St John Houghton CSI Report

Staff and Year 7 students dressed up as their favourite characters on World Book Day, to celebrate the end of our sponsored Readathon.

Students were sponsored to read to raise money for local hospitals.

We also linked up live with acclaimed author Michael Morpurgo and enjoyed some World Book Day themed cupcakes.

What a great day!

With thanks to all who supported this Retreat to the Briars Youth Centre. The Briars Team provided a warm welcome with an excellent programme in the Season of Advent.  We were delighted our Lead Lay Chaplain, Jamie, could spend the first part of the week with us and we are grateful for his time and hard work. A special thank you to Father Paul who celebrated Mass with us on Thursday evening.  We enjoyed a fire pit with hot chocolate and marshmallows, a walk in Derbyshire, a disco, quiz, a Modern Nativity and an action packed Advent Calendar in real life!

Saint John Houghton is set to be either rebuilt or substantially refurbished as part of the Government’s School Rebuilding programme.

The school is on the list of 239 schools that will benefit, the Government has announced.

The Government has said that it will address blocks in need of replacement or major refurbishment, which will be determined during a feasibility stage.

The new projects build on the 161 that have previously been announced, with construction works now nearing completion on the most advanced sites. It means in total, 400 out of 500 schools and sixth forms have now been selected for rebuilds through the 10-year School Rebuilding Programme.

Headteacher Mr Brogan said everyone at the school was delighted.

He said: “We are absolutely thrilled as a school community to have heard that we are part of this project. It is a huge boost for our staff, students and their families, who really deserved this and we are extremely excited by what will come of this. It is also much needed and will really lift our school, at a time when we are doing all we can to give our students a great experience of education at Saint John Houghton Catholic Voluntary Academy.”

Kevin Gritton, Chief Executive of the St Ralph Sherwin Catholic Multi Academy Trust, said this was fantastic news for Saint John Houghton and two other Trust schools that have also been selected – Saint Benedict, in Derby, and St Philip Howard, in Glossop.

He said: “This really is amazing news, even more so as only 239 schools have been announced nationally for the project. This will be a massive boost for all three schools that have been selected and for their communities. We are delighted for them.”