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Saint John Houghton Catholic Voluntary Academy

Learning without limits

Whole School

“Inspiring ambition and excellence, guided by Christ”


Our mission at Saint John Houghton CVA is to enable all our students to have the ambition needed to achieve excellence whilst having Christ at the centre of our school community. As a school, we strive to prepare all the students in our care to take their place in the wider world. As such, all teaching practitioners endeavour to demonstrate and promote our core values - “Aspiration, respect and determination” across the whole of our learning environment.

In Key Stage 3, our taught curriculum provides a broad and balanced education for all. Students at Saint John Houghton are able to build on their core knowledge from Primary school which helps to promote further student progress. Our Key Stage 3 curriculum is designed to offer all students in our care the opportunity to develop their talents and abilities, along with building character and resilience. We endeavour to support all students throughout the Key Stage, enabling each to realise their potential and prepare a solid foundation for GCSE.

At Key Stage 4 all students at Saint John Houghton follow the core subjects of RE, English, Maths and Science – either Trilogy or combined. In addition, students also have the opportunity to choose from a range of academic GCSE subjects and vocational subjects. In Year 9 all students are guided throughout the options process and consideration is given over their personal aspirations and assessment preferences. We aim to promote ambition by encouraging the Ebacc pathway and students can choose to follow this route in full.

Throughout Key Stage 3 and 4, students are supported in their academic studies through our strong pastoral system; Tutors, House Leaders and school chaplain. The catholicity of Saint john Houghton permeates all aspects of student learning and our care and compassion is supported where needed, by Learning Support Department.