St John the Baptist School, Woking

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St John the Baptist School[1]
Type Voluntary aided Comprehensive
Religion Roman Catholic
Headteacher Mrs A Magill
Location Elmbridge Lane
GU22 9AL
Coordinates: 51°18′30″N 0°32′57″W / 51.30831°N 0.54909°W / 51.30831; -0.54909
Local authority Surrey
DfE URN 125302 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Students 1300
Gender Coeducational
Ages 11–18

St John the Baptist School is a Catholic voluntary aided comprehensive school, located in Woking, Surrey, England. The school was one of the first 100 designated Teaching Schools in the United Kingdom.


The school serves primarily the Catholic community of the Woking Deanery, which comprises the parishes of Woking with Send, Camberley, Camberley North with Bagshot, Frimley, Knaphill and West Byfleet. The deanery primary schools located in that community which are the feeder schools for St John the Baptist School are: St Dunstan’s Primary School, Woking; St Augustine’s Primary School, St Mary's Byfleet, Camberley; St Hugh of Lincoln Catholic Primary School, Knaphill and The Marist Primary School, West Byfleet.

The Headteacher[edit]

The school declares a somewhat ambitious mission statement: 'To be the best school in England'. The Headteacher, Ani Magill, regularly says that school is the most important thing there is as education gives people choices.[2] She is also credited with creating Headteachers for other schools and in the last four years has 'produced' four headteachers[3] Ani Magill is a National Leader of Education, (NLE) and is dedicated to supporting other schools. She is also famous for doing whatever it takes and her sense of humour - for example eating flowers in assembly and coming to school in her pyjamas when the students raised enough money for charity.

National Teaching School[edit]

SJB was designated a Teaching School in July 2011. There are currently ten members of staff seconded to other schools and under the leadership of Ani Magill, 16 Senior Leaders have become successful Head Teachers.

As a National Teaching School they offer training and support to:

  • play a greater role in training new entrants to the profession
  • lead peer-to-peer professional and leadership development
  • identify and develop leadership potential
  • provide support for other schools
  • designate and broker Specialist Leaders of Education (SLEs)
  • engage in research and development

In conjunction with The Surrey Teaching Schools Network SJB has been successful in securing the licence for leadership provision of the National College for School Leadership's programmes. As a Teaching School, St John the Baptist School is responsible for the NPQH.


The school takes its Catholic duty to raise money for charity very seriously and has spent many years working with Plan in Malawi and has now raised £48,000 for a new school to be built[4]


In 2010 the A Level results were 100% pass with 71% at A*-B,[5] putting the school at number 98 in the Daily Mail State School League table

The GCSE results were 97.4% of students achieved 5 or more GCSEs at grade C or above (89.4% including English and Maths). 51% of grades were A* and A putting the school at 128 in the Daily Mail rankings. However, this is a non-selective school so the comparisons may be questioned as many of the schools higher in the table select on ability.

Truancy (unauthorised absences) are below the national average at 0.30%. The Surrey average is higher at 1.0%; whilst the national average is 1.1%.


  1. ^ "St John the Baptist School 100 frree spaces(SJB School, Woking, Surrey)". SJB. Retrieved 2011-06-18. 
  2. ^ Ani Magil at Leading Edge School's Conference June 2010
  3. ^ Headteachers of Salesian School, St Andrew's, Bishop Wand and Mary Immaculate were all deputy heads at SJB before moving to headship.
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  5. ^ results August 2010

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