The mission of the Academy is to provide children from Berea, Yeoville and Hillbrow academic and life skill support on the St John’s campus in the afternoons, in order to impact their lives in a sustainable way.

The Academy strives to develop confidence, thereby empowering boys to achieve the matric results required for tertiary education, and enabling them to become meaningful citizens in their communities. In addition to receiving subject tuition, they are taught life skills to help them reach their goals. The support we offer includes pastoral care, career guidance, university application assistance, and securing bursaries or learnerships where possible. They attend leadership and revision camps and go on many excursions to museums and other places of interest.

Over the past three years, Academy boys have achieved a 100% Grade 12 pass rate and an average of 42 distinctions. In 2016, 22 boys wrote the National Senior Certificate, achieving a 99% Bachelor Degree pass rate – a truly exceptional effort. Outstanding achievements include a candidate who achieved 4 distinctions including 92% for English! Other boys achieved a total of 10 distinctions and 60% have received tertiary institution placements.

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Every year, 72 boys in Grade 10, 11 and 12 attend their own schools and then come to St John’s in the afternoons, where they receive a meal and are taught maths, science, English and IT by St John’s teachers.

– Agnes Nugent, St John’s Academy Director