Welcome from the Student President

St Joan of Arc has instilled in me values that will carry me through the rest of my life. It has taught me compassion, generosity, resilience and reciprocity, and it has ensured that my faith remains a prominent part of my life. Through all the times I have struggled, whether it be with exam pressure, friendships, or just a bad day, I knew there was always a place I could go to if things got overwhelming.

The virtue of compassion is one that, in my opinion, can never be preached enough, and our school manages to weave it into everything we do. Whether it be our weekly assemblies, our charity work for the community, or our pastoral support, we are always taught to love ourselves and others.

St Joan of Arc’s key ethos- ‘Love Christ, Inspire Others’, is an invaluable message that is taught and put into practice. There are several examples of our students aiding our community, such as our annual collection for the food bank, our participation in the Macmillan Coffee Mornings, and our participation in HomeStart every year at Christmas, to give underprivileged families that extra hand at such a financially challenging time. Not only that, we also support Udayan, a school in Kolkata, India, dedicated to helping the children of leprosy sufferers. We have done extensive work with this school, raising money  to aid them in improving their school, annually sending Sixth Form students over to Udayan so they can gain a deeper understanding of how we can use our privilege to help those less fortunate than ourselves. ‘Love Christ, Inspire Others’, is a phrase I will be carrying with me for the rest of my life. It reminds me just how much I can help those around me.

Not only am I reminded to help others later in life, I am given the tools to do so. With our wide range of subjects available to study at both GCSE and A level- from food technology to computer science- we are able to explore what we want to do later on in life. Pair this with our regular and open PSHEE sessions, and you are met with 1200 well-rounded students, ready not only to take on the world, but to take care of it. 

St Joan of Arc is dedicated to providing excellence to all its students. With our remarkable system of pastoral support, students are able to flourish academically, and spiritually. Teachers are supportive to all students, and push us to reach our full potential through our time here. I have attended this school since I was 11 years old and now, in my last year at St Joan’s, I am proud to say that I have spent seven years growing and learning as a student, and as a person. 

Ceri Thomson

Year 13

Ceri Sixth Form President