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School Events

Sir John Leman High School is a traditional and extremely successful school where we have the highest expectations of our students. We have worked hard to build our reputation for achieving high academic standards. 

Sir John Leman High School has a strong emphasis on values and a relentless focus on improving learning which is driving up performance in all aspects of our school. We place great emphasis on achievement. Academic Awards Evenings are part of the wide range of ways in which excellence is celebrated. 


GCSE Results Day - 23rd August 2018

Congratulations Class of 2018!

Ten grade 9s and an A in Additional Mathematics for one of our students and student progress likely to put us as one of the top performing schools in the country. Sir John Leman High School staff, students and the community we serve have a great deal to celebrate this GCSE results day.

The school's curriculum offer at KS4 is broad and we are delighted at the level of success achieved, especially in many subject areas which are being assessed in new ways for the first time this year.

These results are testament to the hard work, commitment and positive relationships of staff and students. 

The hard work of Alice Etteridge has placed her among the highest achievers across the country. She attained an incredible 10 grade nine marks - plus an A in Additional Mathematics. The high-flyer spoke of the hard work behind the grades and said: "It feels amazing but very strange - I can't really believe it. I'm really pleased beacuse I did work extremely hard."

Alice puts her success down to making sure she understood topics fully from the beginning and believing in herself when entering the exam room. She added: "I go into exams with a positive mindset and tell myself I know it all. Even if I don't initially understand something I think I can get there somehow."

Staff at Sir John Leman want to wish all our Year Eleven students the very best of luck in their next step. 

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A Level Results Day - 16th August 2018

Congratulations to all of our Year 13 students who have received their A level results today. We are very proud of you all and wish you every success as you embark on your next chapter!

Michael Taylor, headteacher, said: “The Sir John Leman High School would like to congratulate its Y13 students, brilliant results from a comprehensive sixth form, including a 100pc pass rate.

“Many personal bests have been achieved - students exceeding their personal targets and attaining their desired next steps in life, for many this being a move onto university.”


For Sir John Leman’s Sam Hayward, three A levels just wasn’t enough. After earning an amazing four As, the 18-year-old said: “I didn’t know which one to drop." "There was a lot of difficult but enjoyable work and I enjoyed learning about things that I found interesting - I’m really pleased with my results.” Mr Hayward explained how the school helped him achieve such incredible results as he battled personal struggles. “But there was always someone to help - whether that be academic or personal.”

Head girl Charlie Haynes said she was “exceptionally relieved” to have earned two As and a B. The 18-year-old said: “The school was so supportive and were always there if I needed anything. I couldn’t have asked for better support. It felt like all the teachers were invested and really cared.”

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School Awards Evening

On Wednesday 11th July, Sir John Leman High School held their annual School Awards Evening, recognising students for their hard work and achievements from Year 7 to 13 in all the various subject areas. Awards were presented by Mr Taylor and Ms Gurney, with the help of Beccles Mayor, Elfrede Brambley-Crawshaw, who gave a brief inspiring speech with words of support and encouragement to all.

The school hall was full and it was brilliant to see the smiles and pride of nominees and successful winners. Despite attendance at the event being a difficult decision for many (given the distraction of the England football match!), we are grateful to all those who made this commitment to support and join the school community in celebration.

Sports Day 2018 - Tuesday 10th July

We would like to pay tribute to all staff and students for their contribution to an amazing Sports Day! 2018 will certainly be a year to remember; many records broken, a great number of "personal bests" and broad participation from everyone. The atmosphere and support for one another was outstanding and the engagement in the finals in the afternoon was the best yet! 

Throughout the day, students are awarded points for both their participation and performance. The results for Sports Day 2018 are as follows:

1st Place - Zeus (1,169)
2nd Place - Poseidon (1,042)
3rd Place - Heracles (844)
4th Place - Athena (779)

Take a look at our Facebook page for updates during the event.

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Twelfth Night Production

On Friday 29th June - the Drama Club presented their version of Twelfth Night. They performed to a large audience of their families and friends. The feedback received was fabulous, praising the students hard work and creative talents. Miss Holt and Mrs Forster are extremely proud of the commitment and dedication each student made in the cast and the band. Drama Club students rehearsed during their lunchtimes and after school and their hard work really paid off. The student led band arranged the music themselves and created new versions of the 70’s songs with great skill, we were so grateful for their time and dedication to the production. A big thank you to everyone involved, it was a real team effort and we are very proud of the end result.

Partnership Awards Evening Celebrates 10 Years

Sir John Leman High School recently celebrated its 10th Anniversary of the Partnership Awards Ceremony held at St Michael’s Church, Beccles. Around 130 students were awarded for their achievements from Sir John Leman High School and its 11 Partnership Schools. The students, ranging from Year 1 to 13, were nominated by their respective schools in recognition of their academic, sporting or extra-curricular achievements, as well as a positive attitude to learning and hard work and achieving a personal best.

The presentation of the awards was undertaken by Headteacher, Michael Taylor and guest speaker, Sadie Lofthouse, Human Resource Manager at Adnams and Employer Champion, who gave a thought provoking speech incorporating the acronym C, D, E, F for Curiosity, Determination, Energy and Fun when describing a good working ethos whether it be towards school work or professional environments.

Mrs Francis introduced each student and shared with the audience, the reasons for their nominations. All student were presented with a medal and a certificate. Throughout the evening guests were entertained by the School Jazz Band, as well as the Beccles Partnership Choir.

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Discover Japan at UEA

On Wednesday 20th June, 15 students attended the Discover Japan events at UEA. Students were first introduced to the university and the courses and facilities it has to offer, before they took part in a quiz about Japan. Students then attended workshops ranging from Japanese language taster, Origami, Japanese History, Taiko Drums and Japanese culture. After lunch students had the chance to tour the campus to look at accommodation as well as the student union at the Sainsbury’s centre for Visual Arts. The afternoon continued with another workshop which the students enjoyed. An excellent day was had by all and the students were a credit to the school.

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