Results Day 2018!


Saint John Houghton Catholic Voluntary Academy pupil Ben Langfield is celebrating fantastic GCSE results today.

Ben scored an impressive four grade 9s and six grade 8s and is delighted with his achievements.

“I’m really pleased,” said the 16-year-old. “I worked really hard for these grades. I’m so happy but feeling a bit overwhelmed too!”

Ben will now go to George Spencer Academy Sixth Form to study history, English literature and economics.

“I’m looking forward to going to study A levels and after that I hope I will go to university.”

Ben’s results reflect the good results at Saint John Houghton CVA this year with the school’s Attainment 8 figure now standing at 4.9, compared to 4.6 in 2017.


A total of 80 per cent of students achieved a 4 or above in English, 32 per cent of students achieved a 7 or above in English and a total of 72 per cent of students achieved a 4 or above in English and Maths.

Seventy-seven per cent of students achieved a 4 or above in Maths while 77 per cent achieved a 4 or above in Science (with students achieving at least two grades in Science).

This means that in English, Maths and Science at least 77 per cent of students achieved a 4 or above.


The school’s former head girl Amelia Dawes was delighted with her two grade 9s, three grade 8s, three grade 7s, a grade 6 and an A* in product design. She hopes to follow her passion and eventually go on to study performing arts after she has completed A levels in biology, product design and dance at Bilborough Sixth Form College.

Amelia, who moved to the UK from New Jersey in America three years ago, said: “I’m so pleased with these results but I’m still taking it in. It took me a while to acclimatise to being over here but I have had a positive mental attitude and that has really helped.”


Louis Smith made the most progress from the end of KS2 to the end of KS4 of any of the year group and was over the moon with his results of two grade 8s, five grade 7s and A in business and a grade 6.

“I feel completely shocked,” he said. “I worked so hard for these but I’m really chuffed too.”

Louis is also going to Bilborough Sixth Form College to study chemistry, geography and economics.

Oliver Smith, whose teacher made him a plastic 3D finger to help him type after the teenager lost the use of his arm in a freak bike accident in April last year, passed his science, product design and engineering. He has now regained use of his arm and is now doing a traineeship as a bathroom and kitchen fitter with Aquarius Home Improvements.

“I’m pretty pleased with what I passed and I worked hard for it,” said Oliver.

Ellie Chadburn-Tennyson has her sights set on a possible career with the UN and she is on course for that after achieving two grade 9s, to grade 8s, five grade 7s and a grade 6. She also took German GCSE a year early at a Saturday school and achieved an A. She is hoping to go to Bramcote College Sixth Form to study German, French and history.

“I think these results are quite good,” said Ellie. “I’m pleased and I am looking forward to studying languages in the future.”


Deborah Banks was delighted with her two 9s, three 8s, four 7s and a 5. “I am really happy with these results,” said Deborah. “I’m excited about going to Nottingham University Academy of Science and Technology to study maths, English literature, history and biology.”

Former head boy Angus James said he was “quite happy” with his grades of four 8s, three 7s and three 6s. He is now going to study maths, physics and geography at Littleover Community School Sixth Form.

“There were some subjects where I expected I would do well but some I didn’t think I would do as well as I have,” he said.

Taya Joslin said she was shocked but happy with her results of four grade 8s, three grade 7s and two grade 6s. The 16-year-old will be going to Ockbrook School to study sciences as she is keen to pursue a career being a medical physicist.

Molly Fowkes scored an impressive two grade 9s, two grade 8s, three grade 7s and three grade 6s. “I’m so happy and surprised that I got so many 8s and 9s,” she said.

“I worked really hard for the exams.”

Molly is now going to George Spencer Academy Sixth Form School to study biology and chemistry and either RE or English.


Joan McCarthy, head teacher at Saint John Houghton CVA, in Kirk Hallam, said she was delighted with this year’s results.

She said: “We have seen improvements in all areas in this year’s GCSE results and we would like to congratulate our students and thank our dedicated staff for all of their hard work. We would also like to thank all of our students’ families for their support and the local primary schools. We are sure that our students will go on to great things and we wish them the best of luck for the future.”

Help Support Our Student Council


Student Council Fund Raising

At the last meeting of the student council a target was set to try and raise £5000 this term for various equipment and seating requested by students to support their leisure time within school. The student council decided on the following initiatives which will run through or finish within this term. The fund raising activities are as follows: 

Row to Lourdes (Sponsored by Concept 2 rowing machines)

Following the success of the Ride to Rome 2 years ago that raised over £1500 the council this year is going to Row to Lourdes. This will involve 1 team from each new house (3 teams in total) and a Staff team trying to Row the 1008 mile to Lourdes over 2 days. Each team has been asked to raise £1 per mile so hopefully this event will raise a minimum of £1008. The teams will be chosen in the first week of July so anyone interested please talk to Mr Nash, the student Council lead for this event Anica Taylor 10KF and put your name down.

Does your pet need a new pet tag?

The student council with the help of the design and technology department will be selling pet tags in various shapes. You can have your pet’s information such as name and contact number on the tag. The cost of the Pet tag is £2.25 and the tag is made of weather resistant acrylic. If you would like one of these original pet tags then please drop Mr Nash an e-mail at or pop a long to see Mr Nash in room 15 or speak to Danielle Horsley (10AR) Student council Lead who will be happy to give your further details.

Donington Park Race experience

As part of the Saint John Houghton student council fund raising campaign this term we have a Donington Park race track driving simulator set up in room 6 every dinner time. If  students/staff in school feel you are the next Lewis Hamilton or Giovanna Amati come on down and drive the Ford Focus RS around the circuit and see if you can lead the leader board.

The cost of entry is £2.00, this includes a test lap and a timed lap to give you the experience and chance to be the best driver in the school. The experience is open to all year groups. The best driver will receive a prize at the end of this round of fund raising activity.

All funds go towards the school council to support activity and equipment that the students have asked the student council to buy, please spend just £2.00 and give it a go.

Finally, if there are any businesses or people who know of anyone who would consider supporting the Student Council in terms of providing sponsorship, prizes for these activities or prizes that the student council could Raffle in the future. Please get in touch with Mr Nash, Student Council Lead for further information.


Run Club


Run Club runs every Tuesday after school with all students welcome.

Run Club is for everyone of all abilities, the part exercise plays in developing a healthy lifestyle is vital today and it is very important the students understand this and get involved and get active.

Running will help our students eat healthier, study more effectively and sleep much better, please encourage your child to take part.


Your School Lottery – How to Join


What is your School Lottery?

We are currently part of an online lottery, which helps raise money for our school with a guaranteed weekly cash prize every week for one of our supporters.

Its and excellent way to support us with 40% of the ticket sales going towards the school.

It’s simple to join and fun way to support Saint John Houghton.

Who can Join Your School Lottery?

Parents, family and friends can all take part as long as you are over 16 and have a bank account.

How does it work?

There will be a weekly prize draw every week, just for our supporters with one winning a guaranteed weekly cash prize, the more people that take part the bigger the prize will be! Tickets cost as little as £1.00 week.

When you take part you will be entered into a separate national prize draw with the chance of winning £25,000!

Both Prize Draws take place every Saturday evening, the results are then posted on Your School Lottery website. Winners will be contacted directly and paid automatically.

How do I Join?

Joining Your School Lottery is simple, just visit and follow the instructions.


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