Wednesday, February 1st, 2012
Mitcham Hills school, St John’s Grammar, is on the path to becoming the top school in the nation according to Emeritus Professor Frank Crowther, from the University of Southern Queensland.

The co-educational Anglican school was placed in the top two per cent of more than 300 Australian schools following a survey of teachers, parents and students that explored opinions of school success and achievements, community cohesion and holistic professional learning.

Created by Professor Crowther and conducted by the Australian Council for Education Leaders (ACEL), the survey, which is part of the IDEAS School Improvement Process, is proven to be a highly effective tool in assisting school improvement

Principal of St John’s Grammar, Cheryl Bauer, said the school was focused on high quality education and building a community of active, constructive students and society members, making it a great honour for St John’s to be invited to participate in the IDEAS School Improvement Process.

“To achieve such an outstanding result is testament to the passion and commitment of the teaching staff and the school’s focus on improving student outcomes,” Mrs Bauer said.

“We’re constantly looking for ways to advance the standard of teaching and student experience and it is rewarding to have this recognised by our community of teachers, parents and students - and further verified by ACEL.”

Outcomes of the survey, based on empirical data, identified that St John’s Grammar is an organisation that is in tune with the needs of its staff, students and parents and that teacher morale was high.

Professor Crowther said that is was realistic for St John’s Grammar to strive to become the best school in Australia, having only ever seen data like St John’s two or three times before.

About the IDEAS School Improvement Process

Created by Emeritus Professor Frank Crowther at the University of Southern Queensland and conducted by the Australian Council for Education Leaders.

The comprehensive survey has 64 items under the following headings:
• School success and achievements
• Strategic Foundations
• Community cohesiveness
• Schoolwide pedagogy development and deepening
• Generative resource design
• Holistic professional learning

The principles of IDEAS:
1. Teachers are key
2. Professional learning is key
3. No blame
4. Success breeds success
5. Alignment of school process is a collective school responsibility

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St John's Grammar

St John’s Grammar School is an independent, co-educational Anglican school in Belair. The School is located on three campuses, with an Early Learning Centre, Junior School for Reception to Year 6 and a Secondary School for Year 7 to 12.

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P: 0422 989 329


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