New Head of School
St. John’s new Head of School, Ms Elaine Purves, started over the summer. Elaine has extensive leadership experience of schools – both girls and boys, day and boarding students and all the age-groups represented at St. John’s. In 2006 Elaine was appointed as the overall Head of Ipswich High School, a girls’ school educating students from 3-18, having previously been Head of Modern Languages and Deputy Head at the Royal School Bath. In September 2014, after seven very successful years in Ipswich, Elaine was selected to become the overall Head of Rossall School, a co-educational day and boarding school with students aged 2-18, offering both the British curriculum and the IB.
While her two Headships have been both in the UK, Elaine has always maintained a clear international focus and belief in the value and importance of international education. The boarding component at Rossall is diverse and international, she has made the school a member of the distinguished global Round Square association – all of which, combined with her own academic background in European languages and culture, was a further crucial criterion in appointing her as Head of School at St. John’s.
The School for Pro Tennis
The Justine Henin Academy and St. John’s International School are proud to announce the launch of the School for Pro Tennis, aimed at attracting the world’s best tennis talents age 11 and over to Belgium. It will combine the high level academic programmes of St. John’s International School with the Justine Henin Academy programme, renowned for turning young tennis talents into professional players. “The high quality education and boarding programme offered at St. John’s provide the world’s best tennis talents with a unique combination aimed at reaching their full potential in tennis and academics,” says Justine Henin, tennis legend and successful coach of young talent.
“Players can pursue a professional tennis career, while keeping their options open to attend top universities around the world.”
Athletes will reside in the boarding house at St. John’s and follow personalised academic plans, with individual teaching support, to successfully accommodate tournaments and intense practice schedules alongside the academic requirements. “We are honored and excited to extend our partnership with the Justine Henin Academy on this programme, that will create a world class opportunity for tennis talent,” according to Elaine Purves, Head of School at St. John’s International School. “Our holistic approach and focus on each student as a unique individual ensures the each of these tennis talents will have the emotional, physical and academic support they need to combine their dream of becoming a professional tennis player with an International Baccalaureate (IB) education.”
St. John’s opened its Boarding House in August 2018. The programme offers full and weekly boarding and has a capacity of 32 beds. The Boarding House is located right outside the campus gates. St. John’s is dedicated to providing the care and individual support needed to create an environment where students can flourish. Apart from high-quality academic programmes, the campus also offers excellent athletics programmes and facilities, as well as extensive visual and performing arts experiences. Our Boarding House offers a perfect environment for boarders to have a comfortable ‘home away from home’ whilst enjoying the benefits of a St. John’s education.