St Mary's and St John's Church of England School
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St Mary's and St John's CE School is a mixed Church of England all-through school located in the Hendon area of the London Borough of Barnet, England. The school admits pupils aged 3 - 18. Known as SMSJ, it was created by the London Diocesan Board for Schools and London Borough of Barnet to provide a mixed Church of England based education up to Sixth Form for an increasing number of pupils in the Barnet area. It was the first all-through school in Barnet. It specialises in performing arts as well as Business & Enterprise, offering discrete Music, Dance & Drama to its students, as well as scholarships in these subjects.
It is based on 3 sites: A Nursery School and Reception to Year 4 are based at the Lower School on Prothero Gardens; Years 5 - 8 at the Middle School on Sunningfields Road and Years 9 - 13 at the Stamford Raffles campus on the Downage. The school has undergone a huge refurbishment and rebuilding programme and the newest site opened on the Downage in September 2017.
It is a voluntary aided school, part of the London Diocesan Board of Schools, administered by the Church of England Diocese of London. It is not an Academy but is free of control from the Local Authority and has the freedom of Voluntary Aided status.
Previously a primary school located at Prothero Gardens in Hendon, SMSJ was asked to expand by Barnet Local Authority and began accepting secondary school age pupils in September 2014 when the Middle School site opened on Sunningfields Road. The building was officially opened by the then Bishop of London, Richard Chartres.
When full the school will have a sixth form and a pupil roll of some 1,800 pupils across its three sites. The third campus and Upper School building, Stamford Raffles opened on the Downage in September 2017. It was officially opened by the Bishop of Edmonton, Rob Wickham, in November 2017.
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