Our Vision & Values

We aim to ensure that our children develop as confident, respectful and ultimately successful individuals.  Individuals who will act with Wisdom, who will place others first – Service, not self, and who will always remain Hopeful.  St Mary’s & St John’s School exists to enhance the future life chances and opportunities of all our children, whatever their starting point, by providing a centre of educational excellence at the heart of our community in which all our students can fulfill their potential.

Our foundations:

SMSJ has its roots as far back as 1708, when a parochial school was established at the Sunningfields Road site. 300 years later, St John’s Infants and St Mary’s Juniors successfully amalgamated, in 2005, to become a primary school.  Our Nursery school opened in in April 2007.  Supported by the London Diocesan Board for Schools (LDBS), the school thrived; it opened a nursery class and expanded to a three form entry in the primary phase.

As a result of the success of the primary school, the LDBS in partnership with Barnet Local Authority, expanded into the secondary phase in 2014. The success of this development along with the school’s popularity and subsequent over subscription, resulted in further expansion to a six form entry school in the junior phase from September 2017.  

September 2017 saw the opening of our Stamford Raffles Campus, housing students from years 9 to 13.  This includes new facilities such as our fully equipped theatre and stunning Sixth Form Centre.

SMSJ values its long-standing service to the community.  Our strong foundation has enabled us to grow into the thriving, multi-faith, high-attaining school we are today, providing excellence in teaching and learning for the children of Hendon and beyond.  We welcome young people of all faiths into our school community.

Our Christian ethos and values:

In everything that we do, we are guided by our vision that “With God, all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26) to ensure our students achieve their potential and face a future of limitless possibility.  Our core Christian values of Wisdom, Service and Hope underpin both our motto and vision.  We will prepare our students fully if we value and emphasise the importance of:






The appreciation of diversity



Personal pride

Creativity Literacy and numeracy


High self-esteem and respect

Literacy and numeracy


A healthy lifestyle



A can-do attitude to overcome adversity

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