A leading independent day school for boys & girls age 3-18

Choir School to Cardiff Metropolitan Cathedral

A member of The Society of Heads: accredited by the Independent Schools Council (ISC)

Estyn Awards Ceremony 2018

Congratulations to all staff for being recognised by ESTYN for our excellence in the following categories:
1) Standards;
2) Wellbeing and attitudes to learning;
3) Care, support and guidance.
Mrs Thompson and Mrs Jo Gordon-Smith attended the ceremony and proudly accepted this prestigious award on all our behalf from Meilyr Rowlands, Chief Inspector of Estyn and Kirsty Williams AM, Welsh Education Secretary

New Sixth Form Centre

At 2.00pm on Friday, 28th September 2018 our new Sixth Form Centre was officially opened by the Rt Hon Lord Mayor of Cardiff, Councillor Dianne Rees.  This new development is a realisation of our long-term vision that education should prepare students for University and the world of work.

Please see our Sixth Form welcome page for more details of Sixth Form life at St John's College.


2019 Entrance Examinations

Year 4 to Year 9 Entrance Examinations will be held Saturday, 24th November 2018.
Please contact Mrs Gillian Lewis to express your interest and obtain an application form which should be returned no later than Friday, 16th November.

Open Afternoon - Tuesday, 13th November 2018

Come and join us on the afternoon of Tuesday, 13th November from 1.30pm for our Open Afternoon. Prospective parents and pupils of all ages are invited for a tour of the school. In addition, there will be the opportunity to talk to current pupils and students, as well as teaching staff, about the outstanding education offered at St John's College.

GCSE Results 2018

Many congratulations to our GCSE students who have been awarded some wonderful results. Two-thirds of all GCSE pupils achieved A*/A grades - a tremendous achievement!

A* 41%   -    A*/A 67%   -   A*- B 85%



A Level Results 2018

Many congratulations to our A Level students who have once again excelled themselves, achieving excellent grades and gaining places at prestigious universities.

A* 32%   -    A*/A 65%   -   A*-B 86%   -   100% pass rate

Of this year’s fantastic results, Headmaster Mr Shaun Moody said:

“We are absolutely delighted for our students. These results are a testimony to both the students’ exemplary work ethic and their teachers’ resolute commitment to support each and every pupil.  Many congratulations to the Class of 2018!”

Read our full press release HERE.

"St John’s College, Cardiff is used to the celestial as choir school to Cardiff Metropolitan Cathedral. However, this year it was not just the school’s music that was out of this world. Anyone obtaining a C grade on A-level results day in August will have felt a little lonely, as 98.1% of all outcomes secured A*, A or B grades, putting Eton, Westminster, St Paul’s et al into the shade. It is a remarkable achievement for the 525-pupil Catholic day school, in Old St Mellons."

The Sunday Times Parent Power - December 2017

This achievement is based on the school’s outstanding academic results and our commitment to an exciting programme of co-curricular activities. Emphasis on an ethos that promotes the development of the whole child, in preparation for University and careers after school, has been critical in attaining this accolade.

This prestigious award follows a record-breaking summer of A Level results when the annual league table published in The Times newspaper put us in 3rd position behind two selective Sixth Form colleges, thus confirming our status as the number one secondary school in the UK overall.

A welcome from the Headmaster

Thank you all for the very positive responses to my new post. I have accumulated 30 years of teaching experience at St John's as well holding the positions of Examinations officer and Assistant Head. St John's is an extraordinary community, within which I feel privileged to belong. The family spirit which is engendered at the school held out its arms to my own daughters who were warmly welcomed and educated up to A Level. Be assured, the core values and Catholic ethos of the school will continue and prosper under my guidance and that of my senior staff. We shall be moving forward with our new initiatives both academic and co-curricular.

St John's College prides itself on its outstanding academic results and exemplary pastoral care and we are immensely proud of all our achievements and progress which has now been recognised in our most recent ESTYN inspection report where we achieved Excellent  Standards: "The standards achieved by pupils across the school are extremely high and throughout the school pupils are confident and articulate learners". We are indebted to all our dedicated staff, hard-working pupils and supportive parents.

Mr Shaun Moody - Headmaster