Student’s Points- League Table


We are currently publishing the weekly league table for the top ten boys and the top ten girls across Year 7-10. The points are put up around school, put on the school website under Links and are published in the weekly Friday Letter for all to see.  The points are for the ‘top’ pupils for the previous week, in all walks of school life. Pupils are awarded points for stamps; commendations; extra-curricular activities; Act of Worship participation and any other positive participation around school (in and out of the classroom). The positive points are then offset against the negative points (points deducted for demerits; lunchtime/ after school detentions etc) and the top performers across the school are then named.

The new league table system should hopefully spur all pupils on in a positive way in an attempt to get their name in the ‘top ten’.

Mr Thomson.

Update: Last weeks league tables have been published! Click on the link below to view the tables.

You can view the league tables by clicking HERE.

Online Payment Facility for Day Trips, Residential Visits and the Purchase of Materials/Equipment etc.


The facility to pay online for day trips, residential visits and the purchase of some materials and equipment from the academy has been made available to parents/guardians. This allows you to pay via debit/credit card or bank transfer at any time of the day or night, putting you in control.  You will be able to access your secure account at any time to track how much you have paid and view any outstanding balances.  This is our preferred method of payment, which eliminates the risk of sending either cash or cheques, which can easily be lost.


Your card details are not visible or stored in the Schoolcomms or academy system.  All card information is processed by Barclaycard.  You will log in using the email address registered with the academy and with your PIN number, which will be sent as a text to your mobile phone and is part of the registration process.

To register on Schoolcomms

All you need to do is ensure that we have your most up-to-date email address and mobile telephone number, please inform the staff in the Academy’s main office of any changes. You may access the secure Schoolcomms system via our website.

  • Click on the heading ‘Parents
  • Select ‘School Gateway – Make Payments Here
  • Select ‘I’m a New User‘ and follow the instructions to register
  • A PIN number will be sent as a text message to your mobile phone, this is part of the registration process
  • You only need to register once, even if you have more than one child in the academy

Please note that we no longer issue manual payment cards for trips and visits, therefore, you will still need to register on the secure Schoolcomms system in order to view any outstanding balances.

If you have any queries or experience difficulties in registering on Schoolcomms, please do not hesitate to contact the Finance Department on 0115 932 2896, Opt. 2.

Many thanks ~ The Finance Team
Saint John Houghton Catholic Voluntary Academy

Welcome to Saint John Houghton!


On behalf of the pupils, staff and the Governing Body of Saint John Houghton Catholic Voluntary Academy, I am delighted to welcome you to our website.  I do hope you will find it of interest and that it will help give you information about our school community.

Saint John Houghton Catholic Voluntary Academy opened in January 1965 as The Blessed John Houghton Catholic School to provide a secondary Catholic education.  The school has grown in size and reputation ever since.  We are an 11-16 comprehensive providing education for girls and boys of all abilities.  Saint John Houghton Catholic Voluntary Academy is proud to be part of the Saint Robert Lawrence Catholic Academy Trust.

Our aim is to deliver the best education, opportunities, support and care for every child as sons and daughters of God.  We strive to ensure that the children in our care are loved, valued and supported and leave us as confident young adults ready for life in our modern society.

Christ is at the centre of our school and we strive to live by and teach the values of love, forgiveness, excellence, compassion and service to others.  Our motto is “Garde ta Foi” which means “Keep your Faith”.

Our website aims to give you detailed information about our school and you are welcome to arrange an appointment to visit us if you are interested in learning more about Saint John Houghton Catholic Voluntary Academy.  There are many organised activities throughout the school year that you are always welcome to attend.

Many thanks for visiting the website.

Mrs J McCarthy – Headteacher

Phone: 0115 932 2896

Saint John Houghton Catholic Voluntary Academy